F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program

Canadian Industrial Participation

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program involves the development, production and sustainment of a stealthy, multi-role fighter aircraft. Globally, the F-35 JSF is the largest fighter aircraft program. Canada is one of nine countries in the F-35 JSF program, along with the U.S., UK, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Denmark and Australia. Other countries such as Japan, South Korea and Israel are also purchasing the aircraft through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

Canada has been a participant in the F-35 JSF program since 1997. This early involvement has been providing Canadian industry with the opportunity to become a part of the F-35 JSF supply chain. In order to maximize affordability, the partner countries agreed to a best value approach to industrial participation which awards work to the most competitive companies.

In 2006, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada signed Memoranda of Understanding containing industrial participation plans with each of the prime contractors (Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney). These agreements allow Canadian companies to compete for work on the JSF program, including the airframe, systems, engines and associated services. Opportunities include providing a wide range of manufacturing and services in areas such as major structural assemblies, electronic systems, advanced composites, high speed machining, simulation and training, tooling, sustainment, and landing gear maintenance.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada works to maximize Canadian industrial participation on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program through activities such as opportunity identification, awareness and outreach, technology investment, and capability matching.

The 2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General was released on April 3, 2012 and contained a chapter entitled Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets. In response to the Auditor General's report, the Government of Canada released a Seven-Point Plan to ensure that the Royal Canadian Air Force acquires the fighter aircraft it needs to complete the missions asked of it by the Government. According to the Seven-Point Plan, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will continue its activities related to Canadian industry participation in the F-35 JSF Program.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's contribution to the Government of Canada's Seven-Point Plan has also included tabling reports to Parliament on the industrial participation of Canadian industry in the F-35 JSF Program: Canadian Industrial Participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. According to the Fall 2014 report, companies in Canada have secured $637 million USD in contracts on F-35 development and initial production.

Under the Seven-Point Plan, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada also completed a Report on Industrial Benefits summarizing its assessment of potential industrial benefits associated with four fighter aircraft. The assessment is based on information submitted by companies as part of the evaluation of options market analysis. Specifically, companies were requested to provide information regarding their commitment to provide economic benefits in Canada and the approach they would take.

For more information about the F-35 JSF program, please consult its official website at F-35 Lightning II Program website.

At Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the JSF Industrial Participation contacts are:

Clem Srour, Telephone: 613-697-5566
Julia Climie, Telephone: 613-404-5794

For more information on Canadian industrial participation, please consult the following reports.

Canadian Industrial Participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

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