Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, Minister for Defence Industries

April, 27 2015

The Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith has met with the South Australian companies supplying the world’s largest and most complex military aircraft project.

Adelaide-based BAE Systems Australia, RUAG Australia and Levett Engineering are all operating on the international stage, manufacturing and exporting components for the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Based in Elizabeth, Levett Engineering manufactures several F-35 components, including parts for the F135 engine which powers the aircraft.

“We’re living proof that a small to medium enterprise based in South Australia can be a successful link in a global supply chain. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality products at competitive prices, in turn keeping jobs and technical knowledge within our local industry,” said Levett Engineering Managing Director, Mr Paul Levett.

The global F-35 Program will see over 3000 F-35 Lightning II aircraft produced between now and 2030 for air forces around the world. The first F-35 aircraft are due to arrive in Australia in 2018.

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Photo with BAE RUAG and Levett

L to R: Paul Levett (Managing Director, Levett Engineering), Graeme Brent (Director Land & Integrated Systems, BAE Systems Australia), John Teager (Vice President Sales and Marketing, RUAG Australia), Minister Hamilton-Smith, Stephen Harvey (Project Manager – Wingfield, RUAG Australia)