RUAG Australia has become the latest recipient of the government’s Defence Global Competitiveness Grants to support the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet supply chain.
The isolation of Australia provides both defensive advantages and disadvantages but this ‘tyranny of distance’ is now a key concern for projecting Australian air power.
Australian F-35A pilot Flight Lieutenant Adrian Herenda was in the cockpit of A35-001 as the clock ticked over the milestone.
Preparing the next generation of Australian pilots and maintainers to operate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will now be undertaken on home soil, with the final Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) training mission now completed at Luke Air Force base.
This story from Andrew McLaughlin about the RAAF’s F-35 activities at Luke AFB in Arizona is from the Jan/Feb 2019 edition of Australian Aviation.
Chemring Australia’s deal will create skilled manufacturing jobs, and benefit local businesses supplying raw materials, testing and transportation.