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 eight countries in the F-35 JSF program, along with the U.S., UK, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Australia. Other countries such as Belgium, Finland, Germany, Israel, Japan, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland 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 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, and sustainment.

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 contact is Keegan Filion, Telephone: 1-873-355-6167

For additional information, reports on Canadian Industrial Participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program can be consulted.