Jan 30 2012

Australia may delay 12 of 14 F-35s in initial order

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 7:54 onder Global F35 News

(by Eric L. Palmer) - Today, Australian Defence Minister Smith has stated he is considering delaying purchase of 12 of the initial 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft for at least 3 years due to concerns of more problems with the program.

Smith has stated that Australia is contractually bound to purchase 2 of the 14 aircraft for “training purposes” in the United States.

In 2009, then Defence Minister Faulkner approved a commitment to go forward with acquiring 14 F-35s for $3.2B dollars. Before then and since then, the program has suffered significant delays and price blow-outs due to technical defects.

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