As a partner on the F-35 Lightning II program Canadian industry is already contributing to the production of the F-35 and, in turn, the F-35 is contributing to the Canadian aerospace industry by developing indigenous capabilities and bringing new manufacturing and engineering technologies to the country. The financial benefits to Canadian aerospace and defence companies are projected to far exceed Canada's cost of procuring the F-35 Lightning II. Industrial participation is estimated at nearly $12 billion. To date the program has identified nearly 200 projects with more than $435 million already contracted – more than double Canada’s current investment in the F-35 program. Lockheed Martin and the F-35 will continue to bring manufacturing and production opportunities to Canada, ensuring the domestic technology industry remains globally competitive for decades to come.
Canada's participation in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program began in 1997, allowing the nation to participate in the selection of the fighter aircraft that will recapitalize three U.S. fighter fleets as well as numerous allied countries. Even prior to Canada’s decision to become a program partner in 2002 Canadian industry was actively involved in the JSF project. Domestic industry continues to benefit from the development of the F-35 through the localized establishment of advanced manufacturing technologies.
The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant is the best value solution for replacing the CF‑18 fleet. The F-35A is a stealthy 5th Generation fighter for the U.S. Air Force and strong allies including Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Israel and Japan. With air forces across the globe flying the same aircraft, allies can take advantage of advanced fighter technologies and inherent interoperability while leveraging economies of scale to enhance affordability. In 2013, the U.S. Air Force will officially begin F-35A pilot training at Eglin Air Force Base and operational test and evaluation will begin at Edwards and Nellis Air Force Bases. The test flight program will continue weapons and high angle of attack testing in 2013, further proving this Next Generation Fighter Capability.
Learn more about the partnership at F-35.ca.
A Canadian-built outboard wing is installed on an F-35C aircraft.