Flying into a defence disaster

As the Joint Strike Fighter continues to poke holes in our defence budget, the US appears to be edging closer to abandoning it and leaving Australia's air force dangerously exposed.

In the next few months, an event more dramatic for Australia than the export of uranium to India and one ranking alongside the European crisis looks like it will hit our country – the United States is getting closer and closer to abandoning the Joint Strike Fighter. If they do abandon what was to be our biggest defence purchase it will not only cost around 250,000 jobs around the world (including 5,000 to 10,000 in Australia) but it will also lock in Russian and Chinese air superiority in our region for the foreseeable future.

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