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SOME THINGS YOU NEVER LEAVE TO CHANCE.
MARITIME SECURITY IS ONE OF THEM.
THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
The NSW State Government said that it has provided a number of
financial incentives to the company as part of a $75 million initiative to
assist defence-related industries. The Premier, Kristina Keneally, said
that the support for Quickstep was consistent with a strategy to secure
30% of Australia’s in-country defence expenditure by 2019.
Federal Defence Procurement Minister Jason Clare has been equally
supportive and pointed out that Quickstep had also received support
through the Government’s Export Finance Insurance Corporation. The
Minister also noted that he had recently signed a related Global Supply
Chain Deed with Lockheed Martin:
“Under the agreement Lockheed Martin will put in place a team of
people dedicated to finding opportunities for Australian companies on
top of the JSF project.
“ They’re in charge of some big and important projects around the
world and this gives Australian companies access to the work that flows
out of that.
“It’s a chance for Australian companies to take their expertise to the
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS: THE J-20
January was a busy month for fifth generation fighter activity, with the
Chinese J-20 making its long-anticipated first flight while Secretary
Gates was visiting Beijing. Some commentators boldly predict that this
single 20-minute event marks the end of US air dominance. According
to this line of thought, the JSF has now been leapfrogged and the only
thing able to save us is the out of production F-22 .
A few things can be observed about the J-20, namely that it is large-ish
for a fighter and that its external shape bears some similarities to aircraft
types such as the Viggen, the MiG 1.44, and even the F-22. However,
there are many things that are not known, including the basic issue of
JSF production line
Credit: Lockheed Martin
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