Australia’s first two locally-based F-35 fighter aircraft arrived at Royal Australian Air Force station Williamtown, marking a milestone for the programme.

“The arrival of the first F-35 aircraft to be permanently based in Australia is a historic occasion and we are proud of our role as the 5th Generation design pioneer and F-35 original equipment manufacturer,” said Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia, Vince Di Pietro AM, CSC.

An Australian F-35A touches down.

“We congratulate the RAAF, the ADF and all of our Australian industry partners who have worked to make this achievement a reality.”

Australian suppliers play a significant role in the F-35 programme say Lockheed Martin, with more than 50 Australian companies contributing to the programme. To date, the F-35 programme has secured more than 2,400 highly skilled jobs created and generated more than $1.3 billion AUD in contracts for Australian industry.

“Flown by Australian pilots, maintained by Australian maintenance personnel and containing many best-of-breed advanced components made right here in Australia, all Australians have every reason to be proud of this achievement,” Di Pietro said.

“Australia plays a significant role in the program with a suite of local industrial technology and know-how behind the hundreds of F-35s flying today, as well as the thousands of F-35s that will be produced in the future.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. Shouldn’t the title of the article be;

    “F-111 obsessed defence commentator Carlo Kopp on suicide watch as Australia’s first F-35 jets arrive home“

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