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Further F-35A aircraft on the way

The F-35A will prove to be a valuable addition to the RAAF over the next few years."

A further order has been placed for the F-35A Lighting II, a multi-role jet being developed by Lockheed Martin.

The F-35A is one of the most advanced joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft in the world, representing the pinnacle of airframe, sensor and manoeuvrability technologies. As the culmination of decades of research and development, and in partnership with several nations, it was a certainty Australia would require the aircraft.

"The F-35A provides Australia with a fifth generation aircraft capability to enable air superiority into the future," said an Air Force spokesperson.

The first delivery is expected in 2018, with full capacity reached by 2023. New facilities are scheduled to be constructed at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Tindall.

As part of the requirements for ongoing national defence, the Australian government announced on April 23 the purchase of 58 more aircraft, set to be delivered over the course of the next decade. In total, 72 JSF aircraft will be operational, with a large focus on the defence of the Northern Territory.

The purchase will significantly accelerate the capabilities of the RAAF in the South Pacific region, ensuring a capable force over the next few decades.

"Fifth generation aircraft provide a networked force-multiplier effect in terms of situational awareness and combat effectiveness."

"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 spokesperson explained.

With commitments still required in the Middle East - and with no sign of slowing down - the F-35A will prove to be a vital addition to the RAAF fleet.

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