Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

US approves F-35 weapons sale to Aus

australia jsf
F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters A35-001 (closest) and A35-002 during the first trans-Pacific flight from Luke Air Force Base, USA to RAAF Base Amberley, Australia. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The US State Department has cleared a potential sale of weapons to Australia to enhance its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter for an estimated cost of $815 million.

The US State Department has cleared a potential sale of weapons to Australia to enhance its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter for an estimated cost of $815 million.

The deal primarily centers around selling the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) to Australia.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The proposed sale would cover up to 3,900 SDB II weapons, up to 30 GBU-53/B Guided Test Vehicles (GTV) and up to 60 GBU-53/B Captive Carry Reliability Trainers (CCRT). The deal would also include maintenance, transportation and support for the weapons.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.

In a statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said, "The proposed sale of SDB II supports and complements the ongoing sale of the F-35A to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This capability will strengthen combined operations, particularly air to ground strike missions in all-weather conditions, and increase interoperability between the United States and the RAAF. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

"The proposed sale will improve Australia’s F-35 survivability and will enhance its capability to deter global threats, strengthen its homeland defence and co-operate in coalition defense initiatives."

Australia is procuring 72 JSFs with the first planned for delivery in 2018 and entering service in 2020.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The notice of the potential sale does not mean the sale has been concluded.

 

 

US approves F-35 weapons sale to Aus
Australia-JSF.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jan 21 2022
Israel places order for three Dakar Class subs from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has confirmed that the company intends to enter into an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defence...
Jan 21 2022
CRF awards new tranche of defence innovation grants
Five cross-industry defence ventures have secured funding to advance the development of new innovations in military technology.  ...
Jan 21 2022
EOS announces new deputy CEO
Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has appointed a candidate to fill the newly created role of deputy chief executive. ...