Australia Welcomes Next Seven F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Dec. 12, 2019)
Seven new F-35A fighters arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown on December 11, bringing the Australian fleet to 13 aircraft. The aircraft departed Luke AFB and traveled with tanker support via Hawaii and Guam. (RAAF photo)
The Liberal National Government’s multi-billion dollar Joint Strike Fighter program has reached a new milestone with seven F-35A Lightning II aircraft arriving at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the F-35 program is on track to provide Australia with a fifth-generation aircraft that is at the forefront of air combat technology.

“This brings the total number of F-35As that are operating at RAAF Base Williamtown to 13, with another five aircraft based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, USA,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This is the most advanced, multi-role stealth fighter in the world which will deliver next generation capability benefits and provide a major boost to air combat capability.”

In addition, the Australian Government has approved the next 24 aircraft – meaning all 72 Australian F-35A Lightning II aircraft are now locked in.

Defence has also signed onto an international deal known as the Block Buy Contract, valued in total at USD$34 billion, which will deliver 45 of Australia’s F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

“The deal is great news for Australia, with the unit price now five-percent below the estimate at Government approval in 2014,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The F-35A is a key part of the Morrison Government’s $200 billion investment in Defence capability which includes investing in next-generation air combat capability for Australia.”

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(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Dec 12, 2019)
Australia's multi-billion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter program has reached a new milestone with seven F-35A Lightning II aircraft arriving at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the arrival brought the total number of F-35As at Williamtown to 13, with another five based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

The F-35 program was on track to provide Australia with a fifth-generation aircraft at the forefront of air combat technology.

“This is the most advanced, multi-role stealth fighter in the world which will deliver next-generation capability benefits and provide a major boost to air combat capability," Senator Reynolds said.

The Australian Government has approved the next 24 aircraft – meaning all 72 Australian F-35A Lightning II aircraft are now locked in.

Defence has also signed on to an international deal known as the 'Block Buy Contract', valued in total at US$34 billion, which would deliver 45 of Australia’s F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

“The deal is great news for Australia with the unit price now 5 per cent below the estimate at Government approval in 2014,” Senator Reynolds said.

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