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‘Hemo’ regards the F-35 as a cut above the rest of 4th Generation aircraft, and he contends that if Australia wants to maintain interoperability with 5th Generation aircraft such as F-22 ‘Raptor’, and other nations’ F-35s, then it needs to “step up to the next level with its own F-35s.”"
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Australia has committed to 72 F-35A aircraft for three operational squadrons at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Tindal, and a training squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown.
In the future, a fourth operational squadron will be considered for RAAF Base Amberley, for a total of 100 F-35As.