F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to transform Australia’s air combat capability
The Government has approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
The fifth generation F-35 is the most advanced fighter in production anywhere in the world and will make a vital contribution to our national security.
Together with the Super Hornet and Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35 aircraft will ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge. The F-35 will also provide a major boost to the ADF’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
The first F-35 aircraft will arrive in Australia in 2018 and enter service with the Royal Australian Air Force in 2020.Read the full release from the Prime Minister of Australia.