Australia to release defence white paper findings

Australia will release the highly anticipated findings of its defence white paper tomorrow morning.

Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon will release the findings at 10.30am local time, a day after he returns from a trip to the USA that included visits to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman facilities.

Among other things, the announcement should clarify Canberra’s position on its commitment to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. It should also confirm if it will order additional Boeing F/A-18F fighters. There should also be guidance on Australia’s naval helicopter, transport aircraft, and tanker programmes.

Let’s just hope there is no plan to buy Lockheed Martin F-22s – that would be extremely bad timing after recent events in the USA!

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