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  • So, Canada and Australia are not buying the F35 any time soon.

    This may actually be a gift that keeps on giving. I mean, the Canadian price tag went from nine billion to 45 and counting in just five years before they finally pulled the plug. The export sales are always a huge portion of the project plan for lowering the per unit cost. If even your closest allies are not buying, then this may turn out to be one expensive short run program.
  • gaslight: So, Canada and Australia are not buying the F35 any time soon


    You nailed it. The Aussies said to themselves, "it's going to cost WHAT WHAT WHAT???"

    I wish we had done the same thing. The Super Hornets are sweet aircraft.
  • gaslight: So, Canada and Australia are not buying the F35 any time soon.


    The F-35 is the F-111 Part Deux, writ large.
  • Australia's Ministry of Defense is concerned about a capability gap if the increasingly expensive Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are delayed.

    Who are the Aussies worried about? Is New Zealand poised to invade?
  • You forgot blue ringed octopii.
  • No I hear Tonga is set to invade, need to beef up the air capabilities to combat their navy.
  • Canada with SU-35 Flankers. That is what I want to see.

    Failing that, F-15 Silent Eagles.
  • Australia hasn't got the balls to cancel the F35 order.
  • Well hello there Mr Super Spider, you're looking quite good today, have you started working out?

    Compliment like that?
  • They need to go old school and get more supermarines.
    /were good enough for them back in the day
  • Australia I'll tell ya want Bella and I'll tell ya well meh
  • fusillade762: Australia's Ministry of Defense is concerned about a capability gap if the increasingly expensive Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are delayed.

    Who are the Aussies worried about? Is New Zealand poised to invade?


    There's a lengthy paper (pdf) on Australian defence policy if you're really interested.

    In short they want to be able to deter and defeat armed attacks on Australia and be self reliant in doing so, contribute to security and stability in the South Pacific and East Timor and contribute to military contingencies in the Asia Pacific region in particular and the rest of the world in general. There are things like piracy in the Straits of Malacca and other trade routes important to the country and there's a diminishing fear of a potentially unstable Indonesia. Although as Jakarta continues to bed in democratic reforms, that fear will continue to decline.

    They see themselves as a mid-level power and want to project power commensurate with that role.
  • Well our closest neighbour is the world's most populous Muslim country.

    Historically, "Fortress Australia" was the base that the Pacific war was waged from in WW2.

    And quite frankly, we like our country here and want to be able to defend it...
  • bukijin: Well our closest neighbour is the world's most populous Muslim country.

    Historically, "Fortress Australia" was the base that the Pacific war was waged from in WW2.

    And quite frankly, we like our country here and want to be able to defend it...


    Fair enough, though I doubt Indonesia is your country's primary self-defense concern. Australia doesn't need F-18's to repel boat people. More likely, though still very unlikely, is China deciding it needs Lebensraum.

    Having the F-18 is like having a good fence...it makes for good neighbors.
  • bukijin: Well our closest neighbour is the world's most populous Muslim country.


    You sound well-informed. Is Indonesia threatening Australia? Specifically how will the F-18s protect Australia against Indonesia?
  • www.fas.orgView Full Size


    Still the best plane ever.
  • tiiger: Canada with SU-35 Flankers. That is what I want to see.


    The world sure has changed a lot in the past 20-30 years. America's hat flying Soviet planes. That would be interesting.
  • Keizer_Ghidorah: [www.fas.org image 850x581]

    Still the best plane ever.


    Iran? Is that you?
  • Quantum Apostrophe: Well hello there Mr Super Spider, you're looking quite good today, have you started working out?

    Compliment like that?


    I see my work here is done.
  • what they really need are more SPIDER GOATS
  • The primary role of any defense force is to defend against invasion. Since we are an island, yes, we would be repelling boat people (in the form of amphibious invasion). The F18 gives us the capability to disrupt enemy bases being used as origins of amphibious invasions, to destroy invasion fleets in transit and to maintain air superiority over our territory. We need long-range and multi-role planes.

    Is Indonesia a threat now ? No. But we have been involved in military conflicts with Indonesia more than once and no doubt will again in the future. So one would have to classify Indonesia as a potential threat. But there are other potential threats.

    Link  to Airpower Australia for those interested. The defense white paper has already been linked to above.
  • That's not a super hornet.

    www.honeybeehive.co.ukView Full Size


    THIS is a super hornet.
  • fusillade762: Australia's Ministry of Defense is concerned about a capability gap if the increasingly expensive Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are delayed.

    Who are the Aussies worried about? Is New Zealand poised to invade?



    You saw what those Ewoks did to those poor defenseless AT-ATs.
  • Keizer_Ghidorah: [www.fas.org image 850x581]

    Still the best plane ever.


    Only in grossly homoerotic movies
  • Gyrfalcon: That's not a super hornet.

    [www.honeybeehive.co.uk image 498x449]

    THIS is a super hornet.


    NUKE IT FROM ORBIT. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE.
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