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The F-35 Lightning II Australia contract

Updated: Jun 26

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Every single F-35 war machine incorporates Australian parts and components. More than 70 Australian companies have secured contracts totalling AU$3 billion for the development, production, and maintenance of the F-35.

It’s important to note that workers in these factories, don’t wake up, ‘eat their Weetabix’, and decide to take part in the genocide of Palestinian people.

About the Contracts

Just as we recognise the indirect accountability that settlers hold through the privilege of colonisation and white supremacy, we collectively do need to recognise the indirect accountability that these companies and executives hold.

These contracts can only occur because the Government cannot produce vehicles, weapons, and equipment themselves. They can't produce anything, so they assign contracts to privately-owned companies. Thus, during conflict, the Government spends more money on 'defence' contracts, and the (colonial) state as a whole sees 'profit'.

F-35 Maintenance Hub Contract

“The Government [in Nov 2023] signed stage two of a facility services deed with BAE Systems Australia worth $110 million, which is in addition to its initial first stage commitment of $100 million announced [earlier] last year.”

This media release indicates that the ‘boost’ of $100 Million will enhance the airport on Wonnarua Country, to serve as a maintenance and service hub for the International F-35 fleet, expected to surpass 3,000 aircraft.


- Martin, L. (n.d.). Australia. [online]
- Defence Ministers. (2023). Hunter Valley on Track to Become Regional F-35 Aircraft Sustainment Hub. [online]
- (2024). BAE Receives $75M Contract From Australian Government for Additional F-35 Maintenance Bays. [online]
- ACT, R. (2023). Department of Defence. [online]


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