Royal Australian Air Force to Buy Lockheed Martin’s F-35

Royal Australian Air Force to Buy Lockheed Martin’s F-35

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Australia has committed to purchasing 72 F-35As. Photo: Lockheed MartinAustralia: Australia is planning to buy 58 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) at a cost of AUD 12.4 billion (USD 11.4 billion), according to an announcement made by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Together with the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) 24 in-service Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters and 12 on-order EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35s would ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge while also providing a major boost to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. The aircraft will replace 71 upgraded 1980s-era Boeing F/A-18A/B classic Hornet fighters, the last of which will be withdrawn from service in 2022. The government would also consider the option of eventually acquiring an additional squadron of F-35s to replace the Super Hornets, according to Abbot.

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