5th Generation Capability for Australia

Lockheed Martin is working with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as the F-35 program industry leader and Original Equipment Manufacturer in Australia, providing unparalleled experience, expertise and success in leading the design, production and sustainment of the F-35 weapon system. Through our longstanding partnership with the RAAF, Lockheed Martin is delivering the F-35 production and sustainment capability in Australia while creating thousands of jobs for Australian industry.

Program Stats

  • Aircraft Variant: F-35A
  • Program of Record: 100 Aircraft
  • Aircraft Delivered: 10
  • Flight Hours: 1,900+
  • Pilots Trained: 10
  • Maintainers Trained: 70+

Economic Impact

  • Suppliers: 50+
  • Contract Value: $1.3 Billion

Base Locations

  • RAAF Williamtown
  • RAAF Tindal (2021)

Program Milestones 

  • 2014: Australia’s first F-35, known as AU- 1 takes flight in Fort Worth, TX
  • 2014: Australia’s First F-35, known as AU-1 is Delivered from Fort Worth, TX
  • 2015: First Australian Pilot to Undertake F-35 Training at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
  • 2017: F-35 makes Australian public debut at Avalon airshow
  • 2018: F-35 Training Center Stand-up at RAAF Williamtown
  • 2018: First aircraft arrival for permanent basing at RAAF Williamtown