Mrt 17 2012

Australia: delayed JSF causes fighter gap

Gepubliceerd door om 7:07 onder Global F35 News

AUSTRALIA faces an air combat capability gap later this decade with revelations the RAAF’s new fighter won’t be available until after 2017.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was due to have its initial capability of 14 jets operating at Williamtown air base in 2017.

That means the Government will have to buy more Boeing Super Hornet jets to replace the classic F/A-18 Hornet fighters that will be retired during the next five years.

“We are still … five to six years away from the end of our development program and we are only 20 per cent through our flight test program,” Maj-Gen Thompson said.

Maj-Gen Thompson said that if serious problems were uncovered during the development phase then the fighter’s capability might need to be reduced, rather than expose customers to long delays.

Read more …. SOURCE Adelaide Now

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