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Australia has dropped consideration of buying the short takeoff and vertical landing (Stovl) version of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning for its two largest assault ships, a defense source says.
The decision was made during preparation of a defense white paper that may be published next month.
Deploying Stovl fighters, proposed last year by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, would have required costly modifications to the two ships, says the Australian Financial Review newspaper, which first reported that the idea had been abandoned.
There was widespread opposition across the armed services to buying the F-35B, the defense source tells Aviation Week.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Zaphod58
Both articles and the OP state the same thing…
Deploying Stovl fighters, proposed last year by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, would have required costly modifications to the two ships…
a fix has been found for it.
In the future, a fourth operational squadron will be considered for RAAF Base Amberley, for a total of 100 F-35As.