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Australia 's anticipated acquisition of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft represents the largest Defence procurement program in the nation's history. The program is expected to run for 40 years and includes on-going development of JSF capability and support systems, involving a vast range of advanced technologies.
A major benefit of Australia 's involvement in the JSF Program is the opportunities that will be created for Australian Industry and Research and Development sectors. T he JSF Project will differ significantly to other Defence procurements. Australia is a partner in the System Development and Design (SDD) phase of the Project and, subject to Government approval later this year, will sign up to be a partner in the on-going development of the aircraft.
Developments within Australia may be applied not only to the Australian aircraft but also to the thousands of JSF aircraft that will be used worldwide. Expenditure for US aircraft acquisition alone is estimated to be over US$200 billion. When sales to other countries and support costs are taken into account, total expenditure could be well over US$500 billion over the 40-year life of the program.
The New Air Combat Capability (NACC) Integrated Project Team, within the Department of Defence, seeks to identify early those new technologies and applications that may have a significant impact on JSF capability. The objective is to develop a national infrastructure where R&D and industry exploit Australian technology for future development of the aircraft.
Research staff and research students are invited to attend. Relevant areas of technology include, for example:
Materials science & engineering
Mechanical & manufacturing engineering
Computer science & engineering
Optometry & vision science
Electrical engineering & telecommunications
Chemical Engineering & industrial chemistry
Spatial information systems