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Australian F-35s
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:25:19 PM »
Avalon 2017: F-35 makes Australian debut | IHS Jane's 360 - 28 February 2017
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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is showcasing its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on home soil for the first time at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 running from 28 February to 5 March.


AU-1 is one of two RAAF F-35As that will make their home debut during the Avalon Air Show 2017, making the round trip to Melbourne from their current home station of Luke Air Force Base in the United States. (Lockheed Martin)

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Re: Australian F-35s
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 10:39:06 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/90244/update-australia-consolidates-f-35-mro-support

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Update: Australia consolidates F-35 MRO support
01 August 2019

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and Lockheed Martin Australia have agreed to consolidate the corporation's provision of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) support for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft under one contract.

The DoD said on 1 August that a new five-year deal - worth AUD91 million (USD62 million) - will "streamline operational support for Australia's F-35A aircraft". It added that the agreement consolidates existing arrangements provided through the US F-35 Joint Program Office into "one Australian-managed contract with Lockheed Martin Australia".

The agreement relates to the F-35 logistics system - known as the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) - which provides fault diagnosis, maintenance management, supply support, mission planning, and training management.

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Australia has ordered 72 F-35As, the first two of which arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown, north of Sydney, in December 2018. The RAAF aims for the aircraft to achieve initial operating capability (IOC) by December 2020. Jane's reported in May that by the end of 2019 Australia will have received 18 F-35As, and up to 33 aircraft by the end of 2020, including F-35As currently in the United States.

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Re: Australian F-35s
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 02:51:28 AM »
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-notes/sdb-increases-capability-raaf-f-35a/

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SDB increases capability of RAAF F-35A
21st August 2019 - 09:30 GMT

The capability of the Royal Australian Air Force’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighters has quadrupled since the introduction of the GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), according to the government.

Introduced into No 3 Sqn in June 2019, the SDB Increment 1 (SDB1) weapon is a 16kg weapon guided by GPS-aided inertial navigation, utilising so-called ‘diamondback’ wings that deploy after release to provide greater stand-off range, and four bombs are fitted to new bomb release unit racks before loading on the aircraft.