JSF UK Industry Team

The JSF UK Industry Team is an informal alliance between BAE Systems, Cobham, EDM Ltd, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Martin-Baker, MBDA, Qinetiq, Rolls-Royce, SELEX Es, Survitec and Ultra Electronics.

It has three principal aims:

To ensure that UK Industry continues to play a major role during the production phase of the programme, creating value and employment and thereby sustaining a competitive UK defence industry.
To broker and subsequently lead the European elements of JSF production and sustainment, optimising both UK operational capability and UK Industry’s involvement.
To ensure that UK products, such as helmets and missiles, are qualified as early as possible and are promoted to customers on the same terms as the incumbent US alternatives.
BAE Systems, Cobham, EDM Ltd, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Martin-Baker, MBDA, Qinetiq, Rolls-Royce, SELEX Es, Survitec, Ultra Electronics and have been part of the JSF programme since its inception. Their innovation, experience and knowledge have contributed significantly to the programme’s success. UK Industry has secured significant elements of work competitively and on merit.

MBDA, one of the world’s foremost missile system companies, has developed several products, qualification of which on the Joint Strike Fighter would bring enormous interoperability benefits, provide genuine customer choice and create a significant export opportunity.

All these companies have invested considerable amounts of money and proprietary information in the programme and now seek equitable financial returns through long term participation. However there are no guarantees of involvement in future phases, and increasing political pressures risk distorting the allocation of future work within Europe.

At risk is the independence of UK industrial and military capability. There is a short, one-time opportunity for UK industry to secure a meaningful, profitable and long-term role on the programme, but this requires the aspirations of Government and Industry to be closely aligned. This website complements other activities being performed by the Team to raise awareness and promote discussion amongst key UK decision shapers and makers.