Mei 29 2014
ABC news publicized an article Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 about upgrade costs for the proposed two major RAAF fighter bases: Williamtown in New South Wales and Tindal in the Northern Territory. It will cost the Australian taxpayer almost 1.6 billion Australian Dollar (currently € EUR 1.085 billion for two airbases) to make both bases ready for the JSF. Another interesting note is that both bases will need widening and lengthening of the airstrip.
Tindal RAAF base upgrade to F-35A readiness will benefit and cost Katherine, mayor says
By Mark Di Stefano
However, Ms Miller said the widening and lengthening of the airstrip would make it too expensive for the council to maintain.
Tindal’s $470m upgrade timed for F-35A aircraft
The upgrade comes after the Federal Government announced last month it had approved funding for the next tranche of 58 F-35A aircraft and associated support equipment and facilities work, with a total budget of $12.4 billion.
The approval included about $1.6 billion in facilities upgrade work to be conducted at locations around Australia, the majority of which is to be spent at Australia’s two major RAAF fighter bases: Williamtown in New South Wales and Tindal.
According to Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, Defence expected about $470 million to be spent on the facility upgrade at Tindal.
“In addition, some minor upgrade work will occur at RAAF Darwin (up to about $1 million),” he said, adding that the work was in the detailed planning stage, and construction was expected to begin in 2017.
Air Vice-Marshal Osley said Tindal was a key base for the F-35A, just as it has been for the F/A-18A/B Hornet.
The RAAF expected that the ongoing presence of an F-35A fighter squadron at RAAF Tindal from 2022 would “continue to provide a similar financial benefit to that provided by the current F/A-18A/B squadron to the local Katherine community, and to the Northern Territory more broadly”, he said.
He said the RAAF expected the Number 75 Squadron based at Tindal to have begun the transition from the F/A-18A/B to the F-35A in late 2021.
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