Lockheed Martin issued the following official statement:
“Lockheed Martin is honored by the trust and confidence the Australian government showed in the F-35 program with today’s announcement. Along with the first two Australian jets in production, which will deliver in mid-2014, we will work closely with the government to support their purchase of their remaining 100 F-35 aircraft.
“Additionally, we will work with Australian industry supporting their participation in the production of components and sub-assemblies for the more than 3,000 F-35s to be built during the life of the program. The projected $5.5 billion of industrial participation will bring long-term economic benefits to Australia for decades.”