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Will Australia cap F-35 buy at 72?

The greatest single question facing the Lockheed Martin F-35programme is how many will end up actually being bought?  Barely a week goes buy without one of thefuture operators such as Canada, Japan, or Norway expressing concern about theaircraft’s cost. Australia is in the same boat. It originally talked aboutbuying 100, and has far as I […]

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Lowy Institute questions Australia’s F-35 future

When F-35 programme executive officer Vice Adm David Venletbriefed Australian defence journalists on the F-35 programme in late Februaryhe was bombarded with tough questions. The journalists, mostly sector veterans,had been following the programme for years and asked detailed questions abouteverything from costs to block software upgrades. Their queries reflected the concerns some Australians have aboutthe […]

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Singapore 2010: Spotlight likely to be on F-35 programme

More Asian countries are likely to assess the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the coming years as a possible solution to their fighter requirements, and that should result in the aircraft taking the spotlight next week.But expect a lot of questions from the media for the Lockheed executives next week, especially on the […]

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What next for Australia’s defence procurements?

Who is waiting for the Australian defence white paper? Not Canberra itself, it seems.The defence establishment down under is moving ahead of the release in April by making some key decisions. These include wiring half of the 24 Boeing F/A-18Fs Australia has ordered so that they can be converted into E/A-18G growlers in the future, […]

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More Super Hornets for Australia?

Will Australia order additional Boeing F/A-18E/Fs? That is the view of some industry sources after today’s announcement that Canberra will wire 12 of the 24 Boeing F/A-18E/Fs it has ordered for electronic attack capabilities, allowing it to upgrade these into the E/A18 Growler later on if it wishes.When the country finally releases its long overdue […]

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Critical non-thinking

It is the Lockheed Martin F-35 silly season again. Every few weeks, the Joint Strike Fighter’s critics feed a story to the media about the aircraft’s alleged shortcomings. That happened in Australia earlier this week. Air Power Australia, which describes itself as an independent defence think-tank, was formed by several ex-Royal Australian Air Force officers […]

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Japan should forget about the Raptor

Waiting for nothing

Japan has finally confirmed what everyone figured would happen anyway – it has delayed its F-X competition in order to continue lobbying the USA for information on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It is silly, though. The Japan Air Self Defense Force’s capability will keep dropping, and there is no guarantee that Washington would allow […]

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