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5th Generation Capability for Australia

Lockheed Martin is working with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as the F-35 program industry leader and Original Equipment Manufacturer in Australia, providing unparalleled experience, expertise and success in leading the design, production and sustainment of the F-35 weapon system. Through our longstanding partnership with the RAAF, Lockheed Martin is delivering the F-35 production and sustainment capability in Australia while creating thousands of jobs for Australian industry.

Program Stats

The Royal Australian Air Force will operate the F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing variant. Australia’s program of record is for 100 F-35A aircraft.

Industrial Partnerships

As a programme partner, Australian businesses have the opportunity to supply components for the entire F-35 fleet, not just Australian aircraft. Every F-35 built will contain some Australian parts and components.

The centre wing assembly contains machined longerons produced by Lovitt Technologies Australia. Sydney-based manufacturer Quickstep also supplies components to the F-35 Lightning II program. Lovitt and Quickstep are just two of the more than 17 Australian-based companies manufacturing parts and components for the worldwide fleet of F-35s, including Australia’s own F-35 aircraft.

In total, more than 50 Australian companies have been awarded contracts for the development, production and sustainment of the F-35, valued at AU$2.7 billion. These contracts will provide more than 2,400 high-tech manufacturing jobs for Australian industry.

The high-tech industry jobs contribute to economic growth in cities around Australia, setting up the industrial base with the technology transfer required to remain competitive in the global aerospace marketplace well into the future. Learn more about the people working on the F-35 for Australia.

Base Locations

The RAAF currently operates F-35As out of RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, and will stand up a base at RAAF Tindal in 2021.

Program Milestones
  • 2014: Australia’s first F-35, known as AU- 1 takes flight in Fort Worth, TX
  • 2014: Australia’s first F-35, known as AU-1 is delivered from Fort Worth, TX
  • 2015: First Australian pilot goes through F-35 training at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
  • 2017: F-35 makes Australian public debut at Avalon Airshow
  • 2018: F-35 Training Center is stood up at RAAF Williamtown
  • 2018: First aircraft arrives for permanent basing at RAAF Williamtown
  • 2020: Australia declares IOC
  • 2021: First aircraft arrives for permanent basing at RAAF Base Tindal