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 ...

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