Two more F-35A Joint Strike Fighters arrive in Australia

The next two F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in a fleet if eight have made it to Australia.

Australia will take delivery of eight F-35A aircraft in 2019 and at least 72 aircraft over the life of a program that will see Australia’s defence capabilities boosted.

The newest F-35As are an A35-011 and A35-012.

After completing various validation and verification activities in the United States, these aircraft have now arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown and will be assigned to Number 3 Squadron.

Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds said the F-35A program has provided significant opportunities for Australian industry.

“More than 50 Australian companies have directly shared in over $1.3 billion in global F-35A production contracts to date, employing more than 2,400 Australians,” said Reynolds.

“This also includes small and unique Australian businesses who indirectly benefit through the supply chain network.”

“More opportunities are expected for Australian companies as production continues, with Australian industry involvement expected to exceed $2b by 2023 and employ 5,000 people nationally,” she said.