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Australian Air Force Must Make Careful F-35 Choices
February 15, 2016 http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2016-02-15/australian-air-force-must-make-careful-f-35-choices
To minimize costs and maximize the effectiveness of its new F-35A fleet, the RAAF will have to closely follow U.S. weapons and training decisions.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is preparing to receive its first squadron of 14 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs in-country in late 2018. They will be preceded by a squadron of 12 Boeing EF-18G Growlers that will arrive next year.
Like other air arms receiving advanced combat aircraft from the U.S., the RAAF must make careful choices about weapons and software commonality, and training, if costs are to be restrained. Air Commodore Mike Kitcher, the RAAF’s director general capability planning, provided some insight into the issues for delegates attending The International Fighter Conference in London last November.