August 31, 2010
Minister Ambrose Highlights Joint Strike Fighter Program Industrial Participation Opportunities on Tour of Avcorp Industries
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, visited Avcorp Industries Inc. in Delta, British Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, to offer congratulations to the company on its multi-year, $500-million contract with BAE Systems Operations Ltd. and to highlight the opportunities available to Canadian industry through Canada's participation in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35 aircraft program.
"Our government is proud that Canadian industry and Canadian workers are partners in the JSF program through the Government of Canada's industrial participation agreement," said Minister Ambrose. "Our government's involvement in this program will continue giving Canadian companies significant economic opportunities for decades to come."
The contract will result in the delivery of up to 340 sets of wing tips for the F-35 Carrier Variant Outboard Wing (CV-OBW) by Avcorp, at a value of $500 million, over 10 to 15 years of production.
"Avcorp is proud to have been selected to produce the F-35 CV-OBW. This contract will lead to approximately 70 jobs and critical new technologies for the company," said Paul Kalil, President of Avcorp. "This opportunity is a result of the work done by the Government of Canada by investing in the program and securing high-value work for Canadian industry."
As a result of Canada's early involvement in the JSF program, Canadian firms have gained long-lasting, high-quality business opportunities. By being directly involved in the design of JSF parts and subsystems, companies have been able to build on Canadian strengths, establish new strategic product development capabilities in Canada and position themselves for future opportunities in technologically advanced aerospace and defence projects.
As the program moves into full production, Canadian companies will have access to competitions for contracts for the entire global supply chain, numbering thousands of aircraft. This opportunity is unprecedented in the history of the Canadian aerospace industry. Further opportunities will be available to Canadian industry in areas such as sustainment, maintenance, repair, training and simulation.
With facilities in Delta, British Columbia, and Burlington, Ontario, Avcorp designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the world's leading aircraft companies, including Boeing, Bombardier and Cessna.