PCB maker eyes further JSF work internationally

Queanbeyan’s Lintek has upgraded its facility, and is attempting to increase its participation in the global F-35 program.

Lintek employs roughly 50 at the site, and makes microwave and high-frequency printed circuit board using a patented “high vacuum deposition” process, enabling very accurate copper features to be created. It is a supplier to government departments, local clients, select international clients, and to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. It contributes to the phased array radar and electronic warfare systems for the latter.

A statement from defence industry minister Melissa Price said the company’s investment had increased the likelihood of further global supply chain work on the JSF.

“Lintek is a prime example of a small business benefiting from Australia’s involvement in the global F-35 program,” added NSW senator Jim Molan.

“It’s great to see advanced manufacturing growing and creating jobs in Queanbeyan.”

The release mentions the projection that JSF work would create 5,000 jobs. The figure has come under question this week, and an analysis from former defence economic adviser Rob Bourke holds that the number of jobs created in 2023 – when local JSF work peaks – will be fewer than 2,000. 

Picture: Lintek

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