AUSTRALIA’S new stealth fighter jets are set to be ready by the time the first aircraft is delivered to the military in the first half of 2021, according to the latest reports.
The F-22 Raptor, which was announced in January, will be built in Australia at the Woomera facility in Victoria.
Its first combat flight is scheduled for June 2021.
The F-27 Hornet, which is due to enter service in 2021, will also be built at the site.
The Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne, told reporters the two jets would be ready in 2020, and in 2021 they would be able to be flown by pilots from the Australian Army.
The two stealth jets, which are expected to be delivered to Australia by 2021, are expected by the start of 2021.
The US, which has been pushing for the development of a stealth fighter to replace the F-15E, is believed to be the main buyer of the jets.US defence officials have not commented on the reports, but the report suggests the first F-23, which will be developed at the US Air Force’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, is in production and in the final stages of delivery.