Australian lawmakers confident in F-35's future

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Unread post11 Dec 2019, 09:06

Thanks. At the DEATHjeff posted this pic: https://scontent.fsyd8-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5E855661

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"7 new F-35A Lightning II arrived at Williamtown this afternoon with an impressive 7 Ship fly in at RAAF Base Williamtown."
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Unread post16 Dec 2019, 17:29

Extract of recent Auditor report about the F-35A for Oz says:
"AIR 6000 Phase 2A/2B - Joint Strike Fighter
Aircraft 17 and 18 were delivered in the United States of America during October 2019 and will be ferried to Australia in December 2019." https://www.anao.gov.au/sites/default/f ... 9_19_0.pdf (7.5Mb)

22 page F-35A relevant pages attached below from: The Auditor-General - Auditor-General Report No.19 2019–20
2018–19 Major Projects Report - Department of Defence - Australian National Audit Office - ANAO [eye-glazing stuff innit]
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Unread post16 Dec 2019, 17:38

Two more F-35A aircraft delivered to RAAF Base Williamtown
13 Sep 2019 Australianaviation

"The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 3 Squadron based at RAAF Base Williamtown has received two more Lockheed Martin F-35As to bring the total number of the fleet to six. The two aircraft – A35-015 and A35-016 – were ferried from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and arrived on September 10.

This latest delivery takes 3SQN’s Williamtown-based fleet to six, with the previous four aircraft being delivered in two waves last December and in April 2019. The new additions will join 3 Squadron’s validation and verification (V&V) effort, an Australian-specific operational evaluation of how the F-35A integrates with the RAAF’s basing infrastructure, networks and other capabilities, and force multipliers. A successful V&V is a key requirement in order for the RAAF to declare an initial operational capability (IOC) of the F-35A, currently scheduled for late 2020.

Four more F-35As were expected to be delivered by the end of calendar 2019.

The RAAF was expected to continue to maintain 10 F-35As embedded with the United States Air Force’s (USAF) 61st Fighter Squadron (FS) at the international training centre at Luke AFB until at least the end of 2021...."

https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/ ... lliamtown/

Oz RAAF F-35A Fast Facts Oct 2019
"...Aircraft were ferried to Australia in pairs in December 2018, April 2019 and September 2019. The fleet of six F-35A aircraft are being operated by No. 3 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown. Through the JPO, Australia has contracted for an additional two Lot 11 aircraft for delivery in 2019...." https://www.defence.gov.au/casg/Multime ... 0Facts.pdf (attached below)
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Unread post16 Jan 2020, 08:30

Royal Australian Air Force completes training mission, departs from Luke
15 Jan 2020 Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez, 56th Fighter Wing

"LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- After achieving all training milestones, the Royal Australian Air Force began returning its F-35A Lightning II pilots, maintainers and aircraft to Australia from Luke Air Force Base in December 2019.

The RAAF began training at Luke AFB with the 61st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit in December 2014 with two F-35s. Since then, 34 Australian pilots and 16 instructor pilots have earned their certification, and as of January 2020, the RAAF owns 20 F-35s....

...In the future, Australian pilots and maintainers will train in Australia; however, they will remain regular visitors to Luke. “Luke AFB is the RAAF’s F-35A delivery point, and Australian pilots will return several times a year to ferry the country’s new fifth generation fighters to Australia,” said Wing Commander Jordon Sander, 61st Fighter Squadron Australian Senior National Representative and new commander of RAAF No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2 OCU). The ferrying missions will continue until the RAAF receives its last F-35A in 2023....

...“Both the RAAF and U.S. Air Force approach fighter flying and pilot training from different cultural perspectives,” said Sander. “Working alongside each other has seen the USAF challenge some of our ideas and vice versa. The relationship has helped us look inwards and ask ourselves why we do things the way we do.”

The RAAF plans to transition one of its existing units into an operational F-35 fighter wing within the next three years, said Van Haren. On Dec. 16, the No. 2 OCU, located at RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia, ceased training F/A-18 Hornet pilots and transitioned into an F-35A training squadron, said Sander. No. 2 OCU will train all future RAAF F-35A pilots and maintainers...."

Photo: "Lt. Col. [WING COMMANDER RAAF] Jordon Sander, 61st Fighter Squadron Australian Senior National Representative and new commander of the Royal Australian Air Force No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2 OCU), is sprayed with water following his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. RAAF pilots and pilot instructors are returning to No. 2 OCU located at RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia, to begin the base’s transition to an operational F-35A Lightning II fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)" https://media.defense.gov/2020/Jan/15/2 ... 0-0039.JPG (0.9Mb)


Source: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/20 ... from-luke/
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