Planned acquisition of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter)

13 October 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-455-9

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1228KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee Membership (PDF 25KB)
Recommendations (PDF 25KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 43KB)

Referral of inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
History of the Joint Strike Fighter in Australia
Past parliamentary inquiries
Structure of report

Chapter 2 - Australia's air defence needs (PDF 154KB)

Defence capability needs
Figure 2.1—F-35 combat radius with and without single air-to-air refuelling
F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

Chapter 3 - Performance of aircraft in testing (PDF 137KB)

Testing and evaluation
Manoeuvrability and flight capabilities
Stealth capabilities
Mission systems
Mission data loads and Autonomic Logistics Information System
Escape system
Verification Simulator (VSim)

Chapter 4 - Acquisition timeline and potential alternatives (PDF 104KB)

Acquisition schedule
Table 4.1—Current and projected ages of Australia's F/A-18A/B fleet
Alternative aircraft

Chapter 5 - Effects of the F-35 Program on Australian industry (PDF 180KB)

The cost of the F-35 Program
Australia's participation in the program
Benefits to Australian industry
Table 5.1—Source and value of Australian industry contracts to date
Benefits to the Australian economy
Table 5.2—Forecast cumulative value of contracts secured by Australian Industry for F-35 design and production

Chapter 6 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 40KB)

Performance of aircraft in testing
Acquisition schedule and capability gap
Potential alternatives
Benefits to Australian industry

Dissenting report by the Australian Greens - JSF: Too big, too failed (PDF 27KB)
Additional comments by the Nick Xenophon Team (PDF 43KB)

No Competition

Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 12KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 14KB)

Tabled documents
Answers to questions on notice
Additional information

Appendix 3 - Public hearing and witnesses (PDF 76KB)

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Appendix 4 - Air Power Australia's ZOCT Table (PDF 453KB)

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