Australia: White Paper to consider F-35Bs for LHDs – report

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has instructed the authors of the new Defence White Paper currently in preparation to consider the acquisition of the STOVL F-35B variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to operate from the Navy’s forthcoming LHD amphibious ships…

http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/05/white-paper-to-consider-f-35bs-for-lhds-report

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Australia: We want shipborne F-35s!

The Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force will operate a shipborne version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealthy fighter jet. Australia’s Defence Minister David Johnston told The Weekend West the second week of May 2014 that the government is considering buying the B-model, the same variant as the US Marine Corps is getting…

http://airheadsfly.com/2014/05/17/australia-we-want-shipborne-f-35s/

Australia requests AIM-9X Block II AAMs

The request submitted by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and valued at $US534m (A$568m) is for “up to” 350 AIM-9X missiles, and also includes training and captive missiles, tactical guidance units, test sets and support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documents, personnel training and training equipment, and US government support and admin…

http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/05/australia-requests-aim-9x-block-ii-aams/