5th Generation Capability for Australia

In 2009, the Australian Government announced its selection of the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning II to replace its classic Hornet fighter fleet, building on a more than 50-year partnership between the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Lockheed Martin.

The first two Australian F-35s were delivered in 2014, and the first Australian F-35 pilot flew his first F-35 sortie in 2015.

“The fifth generation F-35A capabilities represent a quantum shift over legacy fighters... This aircraft will give fighter pilots a level of situational awareness that far exceeds legacy platforms. Experiencing this level of capability first hand is something every pilot dreams of."

Sqn Ldr Andrew Jackson, RAAF, on flying the F-35

Every F-35 built contains parts and components manufactured in Australia - local companies are already realizing the industrial benefits of the program. Learn more about the people building F-35 components in Australia.

Some 100 5th Generation F-35As will transition the RAAF into a next generation net-centric fighter force that is capable of assuring the nation's territorial integrity and national security. By operating the same aircraft as allies in the Asia-Pacific and around the world, the RAAF will take advantage of the F-35’s powerful sensors to share data to an unprecedented level of interoperability. The global fleet of F-35s will also give Australia advantages in economies of scale on production and sustainment of more than 3,000 F-35s for decades to come.