Wednesday, November 13, 2013
An Australian Look at the Lockheed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Australia is like Canada in some ways when it comes to Lockheed's F-35. Australia is a large country with a relatively small population, facing change and potential threats along its vast northern flank.
While Canada hasn't clearly stated what we expect from the warplanes our air force will fly in the future, Australia has. It's number one mission is air defence of Australia and the wide open ocean areas out to Asia. That's an undertaking of hemispheric dimensions which begs the question of why the Australian government is considering a single-engine aircraft with the range, payload and performance limitations of Lockheed's light attack bomber.
Australia's channel 4 found there are a lot more questions than answers.