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Friday, July 10, 2015

Australia Not To Operate F-35B Fighters For LHDs

RAAF F-35 Lightning IIAustralia has dropped plans to operate Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft for its Landing helicopter Ship (LHD) HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.

According to a report published by Australian Financial Review, the proposal to operate F-35B STOVL fighter was dropped on the basis of cost and complexity and the number of modifications needed to LHDs. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had asked to evaluate operating the F-35B fighter from the LHDs as part of the Defense White Paper deliberations.

The Defense Minister David Johnston last year had confirmed operating F-35B from both the ships.

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