Squadron 3 of RAAF Officially Received F-35A Jet

Squadron 3 of RAAF Officially Received F-35A Jet. The squadron 3 of the Royal Australian Air Force received its first Lockheed Martin F-35A, the first RAAF plane not destined for the Luke AFB International Pilot Training Center. This is the ninth F-35A of the RAAF, and the rest are used to training in Luke, according to the Australian Defense Department.

Squadron 3 of RAAF Officially Received F-35A Jet

"It's an exciting time for the Air Combat Group to transition to F-35A operations in the coming years," says Commodore Michael Kitcher. "While there are challenges ahead, especially as we prepare to conduct operations in Australia next year, I am confident we are well positioned to handle the transition."

RAAF accepted the plane, A35-009, at Luke AFB in early September. No. 3 Squadron operates the "Classic" Hornet Boeing F / A-18 A / B, which RAAF will remove.

Follow the first fall of RAAF Order F-35A, A35-006, July 20. The activity took place in the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Arizona, and saw the F-35 launch two GBU-31v3 JDAM GPS guided by inert bombs that managed to direct the impacts on their goals.

The RAAF aims to achieve the initial operational capability of the type by December 2020. The IOC missile weapons include Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM, the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile, the JDAM, small diameter pumps and the 25mm inner cylinder.

Australia operates 55 F / A-18A single-seaters and 16 F / A-18Bs from two seats that were acquired in the 1980s. This fleet was retired in 2022 for the F-35A, which Canberra committed to acquire 72 examples.

Canada will have up to 25 RAAF F / A-18 A / B surplus, 18 of which will be used to fill a capacity gap as Ottawa decides on its next jet fighter. Seven will be used for non-flight activities, such as software testing, static training and spares.