The Royal Australian Air Force (RAF) will receive a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet in 2014, Northrop Grumman
Northrop delivered the first of 100 center fuselages for the RAF to Lockheed Martin
last week. Australia, one of eight international partners on the F-35 program, will be using its CTOL F-35s for pilot training.
"This center fuselage will be incorporated into the first F-35 for the Royal Australian Air Force and will be delivered in 2014 for pilot training," said Brian Chappel, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman
Aerospace Systems sector. "The first Australian center fuselage was inducted into our Integrated Assembly Line (IAL) at Palmdale last October and now we've delivered it, marking yet another milestone achievement for the F-35 program."
Northrop Grumman, a principal member of the F-35 industry team, also designs and produces the radar, electro-optical, communications, navigation and identification subsystems for the next generation fight jet.