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How much will the Joint Strike Fighter cost Australia?

By Andrew Davies

One of the uncertainties surrounding Australia’s proposed purchase of the Joint Strike Fighter is its cost.

At the half way mark of the development program we can make some reasonable estimates of what Australia will have to pay.

This Policy Analysis concludes the result is a positive one—there seems to be enough money in the project budget to buy 100 aircraft, especially if some of them can be purchased a bit later.