The Royal Australian Air Force is intensifying its lobbying for an order of 100 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings, a number that has received official endorsement but could be scaled back next year. An initial Australian order is expected after the release of a defense white paper in 2009. The choice of the F-35 as Australia’s next fighter is defended by the chief of the air force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin. He argues it will be part of an integrated airpower system on which the country ...

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