Australia will order 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for $12.4 billion, the government said on April 23. Including jets the country has already ordered, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be able to field three squadrons of the fifth-generation fighter.
Air Combat Group RAAF
In a ceremony held at RAAF Amberley, Queensland, the Royal Australian Air Force retired its General Dynamics F-111 fleet on December 2. Affectionately known as the “Pig,” the F-111 served the RAAF from 1973 in the long-range attack and reconnaissance roles. It has been replaced by the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, although the new fleet is not yet operational.
The first two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 pilots began training at a new aircrew training system (ATS) facility at RAAF Amberley, Queensland. The air force had previously undertaken its aircrew training in the U.S., and the Australian ATS is the first to be established overseas.