RAAF accepts three more F-35As

The RAAF has formally accepted three more F-35As from Lockheed Martin at the Integrated Training Centre at Luke AFB in Arizona. After rolling out and taking flight for the first time in December and January, F-35As A35-003, 004 and 005 were accepted into the ITC in early March. The new aircraft are the … [Read more...]

The options that weren’t for the RAAF fighter fleet

Today’s 'Throwback Thursday’ feature from a past edition of Australian Aviation is this June 2013 article that looks at the options that never were to replace the RAAF's fighter force. It is now history that, as a result of delays to the RAAF’s AIR 6000 New Air Combat Capability (NACC) project brought on by … [Read more...]

Marand opens new F-35 tail production facility

The RAAF’s third F-35A, AU-3 has vertical tails build by Marand. (Defence)

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne opened a new Marand Precision Engineering F-35A tail manufacturing facility in Melbourne on January 24. The Moorabbin facility, which was partly funded through a grant from Defence’s New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program, will support 44 new … [Read more...]