Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld made the comments while speaking exclusively on the new episode of the Australian Aviation podcast.
Defence Minister Melissa Price said 150 jobs in the Hunter region were supported through the deep service works, facilitated by Boeing Defence Australia.
Australian F-35A pilot Flight Lieutenant Adrian Herenda was in the cockpit of A35-001 as the clock ticked over the milestone.
Airbus Helicopters has signed a charter to collaborate with Australian defence and aerospace service company Nova Systems.
The development of the country’s next-generation ‘loyal wingman’ airpower teaming system with the Royal Australian Air Force is another step closer with two major milestones achieved.
Chemring Australia’s deal will create skilled manufacturing jobs, and benefit local businesses supplying raw materials, testing and transportation.