F-35A fighters a boost to region

The Newcastle Herald // May 22, 2014

The Williamtown RAAF base runway will be extended by about 300 metres towards Raymond Terrace as part of a $1 billion upgrade to prepare for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighters.

About 140 people at a Hunternet defence conference at Fort Scratchley yesterday heard a range of defence chiefs outline the opportunities the F-35s would offer to the private sector.

As well as the $1 billion base upgrade, the RAAF has confirmed that increasing amounts of maintenance and training would be done by private contractors.

Hunternet defence project manager and conference organiser Ian Dick said Hunter companies would have to compete on price and quality to win work on the F-35s, which were likely to attract new "higher tier" contractors to the region.

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