December 19, 2006

Dec, 19, 2006: Aussie Fighter

Australia to buy new Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 JSF)

[....] Lockheed Martin Corp is developing three models of the radar-evading, multi-role fighter in a co-operative effort financed by the US and eight other countries, including Australia.

The Pentagon plans to buy more than 2400 F-35s by 2027 for the air force, navy and marine corps, in a project worth $US276.5 billion ($A353.8billion). Britain is expected to buy 138.

Australia intends to buy up to 100 JSFs to replace its F/A-18 Hornet fighters and F-111 bombers, at a total cost of about $16 billion. [....]


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