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Feb 25, 2013

PM’s words on JSF merit close attention

Either the Prime Minister was being sarcastic or the victim of incredibly poor advice in her reported comments about the

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Either the Prime Minister was being sarcastic or the victim of incredibly poor advice in her reported comments about the Joint Strike Fighter debacle in this AAP report.

“… we do have the agreement to purchase two and we will go ahead with that purchase.” She said her government would not allow a gap to arise in the nation’s air warfare capabilities.

Australia already has a gap in its air warfare capabilities for the immediate future that two fully functional JSFs couldn’t fill, and what we are getting in these particular F-35s will remain developmental.

Nor can the gap be filled by more Super Hornets, according to non PR or manufacturer aligned analysis at home or abroad. There is an important axiom to consider here. Government’s must not become the creatures of PR pleading in matters as important as defense.

The PM’s words on the JSF are comical or tragic today. They may only seem tragic in the future.

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