Australia has committed to 14 F-35A aircraft, initially planned for RAAF Base Williamtown. Up to a further 58 F-35A’s (to total 72) will be considered as part of Phase 2A/2B to create a total of three operational squadrons – two at RAAF Base Williamtown and one at RAAF Base Tindal – and a training squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown. Phase 2C will consider a fourth operational squadron for RAAF Base Amberley, for a total of about 100 F-35A’s.
The F-35A’s combination of stealth, advanced sensors, networking and data fusion capabilities, when integrated with other defence systems, will enable the RAAF to maintain an air combat edge.
The F-35A display at the Point Cook air show will indicate the final form of this upcoming capability.
More information about the air show, including what will be on display and how to get there, is available atwww.airforce.gov.au
Read an article on JSF opportunities for Australian industry in the current edition of Air Force News.
Source / Author: RAAF