Joint Strike Fighter Division

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment

Joint Strike Fighter Division

The Australian F-35A Project

The Australian F-35A Project, also known as AIR6000 Phase 2A/2B, is introducing a fifth generation air combat capability to meet Australia’s air combat needs beyond 2030.

Australia’s F-35A will fulfill the functions of air dominance and strike capability currently provided by F/A-18A/B Hornets.

In the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Government confirmed that it plans to equip the Air Force with 72 F-35A aircraft by 2023, to meet  Final Operating Capability.

The Australian F-35A Project is on track to meet Initial Operating Capability in December 2020.

In addition to acquiring 72 aircraft, the project will also deliver facilities, weapons and new support systems to meet the fifth generation requirements. The workforce will also need to transition to meet fifth generation approaches to operating and sustaining a fifth generation F-35A fleet as part of a global F-35 network.

View the latest news on the Australian F-35A Project and F-35 Program.

View the F-35 fast facts – October 2017.

View the Australian F-35A Project milestone history and forecast – October 2017.

Learn more about the F-35 capability.

Australian industry participation in the F-35 Program

The Australian F-35A Project will transform Australian industry as it supports the F-35 capability and provides Australia with long-term economic benefits.

Learn more about the Australian industry participation in the F-35 Program.

Environmental impact

After consultation with the Department of Environment, a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the operation of the F-35A in Australia was released for public comment in 2014. After considering all factors including public submissions, in July 2015 the Minister for the Environment approved F-35A flying operations in Australia subject to Defence meeting certain conditions. Defence is continuing to work with the Department of Environment to meet all conditions of approval.

Learn more about the environmental impact of the flying operations of F-35A aircraft.

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