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Australia to be maintenance base for controversial F-35 jet fighter

2015-01-04 08:24:51       source:World Socialist Web Site

January 3, 2015

"The announcement last month that Australian bases will serve as the South Pacific maintenance facilities for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter further underlines the degree to which the country is being integrated into US strategic and logistical preparations for war in the region.

The US Department of Defense announced on December 17 that as the so-called “fifth generation” fighters enters service with the US and other armed forces, aircraft based or operating in the Pacific would be maintained in either Japan or Australia. The DoD had previously made public that Italy, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Norway would share maintenance of F-35s in Europe."

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