Australia is delaying by two years the purchase of the bulk of its first tranche of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, but is also leaning against buying a gap-filler capability. Australia has committed to buying two F-35s (with delivery planned in 2014 and 2015), but has been debating when to buy the next dozen. That move “will occur but . . . two years after the previously anticipated timetable, says Defense Minister Stephen Smith. The move is aimed at mirroring the U.S. strategy to avoid buying ...


You must have an Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) account or subscribe to this Market Briefing to access "Deferred Purchase".


Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to for access.


Not currently a subscriber? Click on the "Learn More" button below to view subscription offers.

Already registered? here.