01 April 2011
Martin Baker Mk 16 ejector seat for JSF (all photos : Martin Baker)
East Bentleigh Company to make parts for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft
Member for Hotham Simon Crean and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today congratulated East Bentleigh based company Cablex on signing an order to supply components for the ejector seat on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
Cablex has secured an order to supply parts to ejector seat manufacturer Martin-Baker.
“This is a big win for manufacturing in our community. Cablex already employs about 160 people locally and as a result of this order I hope they will be able to employ even more,” Mr Crean said.
“Winning this work proves that local companies like Cablex have the skills and expertise needed to win work on big international projects. This is good news for the Hotham electorate and a boost for employment prospects in the local area,” Mr Crean said.
The Joint Strike Fighter is an advanced stealth aircraft being built by Lockheed Martin in the United States. The Program is expected to deliver about 3,000 aircraft to the US and the other eight international partners over the coming years.
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said that Cablex is one of a growing number of Australian defence companies working on the global Joint Strike Fighter Program.
“This is a great example of the kind of work Australian companies can win on international defence projects,” Mr Clare said.