Air Force Australia may defer the purchase of new multipurpose fighters F-35 at least two years, since the Government intends in 2010 to tighten control over defense spending, reports The Australian. In this case, the first squadron, manned F-35, will appear in the Australian air force no earlier than 2017.
Currently, as explained publication, the government postponed the second phase of the approval decision on the purchase of fighter planes, which cost about 16 billion Australian dollars, or 13 billion U.S.. Under the new plans, in 2014, the Air Force will have to obtain only two aircraft to assess their fighting qualities.
Purchase of new multi-role fighters for aviation must be the largest defense transaction Canberra. Dearer than it estimated just a project to build twelve new generation of submarines, which cost should amount to more than 25 billion Australian dollars, or about 21 billion U.S..
In 2010, as stressed by The Australian, the country's air force plans to withdraw weapons fighter-bomber F-111. After this, the Australian aircraft fleet will consist of the upgraded F/A-18 Hornet, which operated for nearly 25 years, and 24 fixed-wing F/A-18 Super Hornet in the new modification, which Australians should be given in 2010-2011.
Recall that Australia, along with some other countries are considering buying American fighters F-22 Raptor, the export of which has not yet allowed by U.S. law. Because of this, the military opted for the alternative F-35, which will be supplied to the U.S. and its allies. To date, the market for these aircraft is estimated at three thousand units.
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