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5th Generation Capability for Australia

The F-35 Lightning II is the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) premier 5th Generation fighter that will meet Australia’s requirements to defeat emerging threats for decades to come. Lockheed Martin is proud to partner with the RAAF as the 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 Lightning II. Through our longstanding partnerships with Australian industry, Lockheed Martin is delivering the F-35 Lightning II production and sustainment capability in Australia, creating thousands of Australian jobs.​

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Program Milestones 

2014: Australia's First
F-35 Delivered 
2018: RAAF
Williamtown stood up
2021: Maintenance depot established
at RAAF Williamtown
2015: First Australian pilot
completes F-35 training
2018: First F-35 arrives
at RAAF Williamtown
2021: First F-35 arrives for permanent basing at RAAF Base Tindal
2017: F-35 makes public
debut at Avalon Airshow 
2020: First F-35A Squadron
declares IOC 
2023:  Asia-Pacific
Regional Warehouse