Singapore has picked the Lockheed Martin F-35 to replace its fleet of F-16 fighters following a lengthy technical evaluation process that began in 2013.
The Commonwealth has signed a Heads of Agreement for Australian Sovereign Sustainment Contracts for the RAAF F-35 program with Lockheed Martin.
Japan will have its first aircraft carriers since World War 2 after announcing its intention to acquire up to 42 short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B variants of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter to operate off its Izumo class helicopter carrier ships.
The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office has officially cleared the Lockheed Martin F-35 to begin initial operational test & evaluation, the milestone coming as the first two F-35As to be based in Australia arrive in-country.
A generational change in Australian airpower has been marked with the arrival of the first two RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters at RAAF Base Williamtown on Monday morning.