Striving to be Fifth-Gen

The Royal Australian Air Force is well into a major re-equipment programme that’s transforming it into a ‘fifthgeneration’ air arm, capable of viable and sustained operations in the battlespace of the future. Nigel Pittaway reports.

FORCE REPORT Royal Australian Air Force

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After nearly 40 years of operational service, the RAAF’s F/A-18A/B Hornets will be retired at the end of 2023, replaced by fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs.

OVER THE past few years, almost every Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) platform has been subject to either a major capability upgrade or a replacement programme – and the work is continuing.

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