New F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at RAAF Base Williamtown

The federal government's multi-billion dollar Joint Strike Fighter program has reached a new milestone with seven F-35A Lightning II aircraft arriving at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the F-35 program was on track to provide Australia with a fifth generation aircraft that was at the forefront of air combat technology.

"This brings the total number of F-35A's that are operating at RAAF Base Williamtown to 13, with another five aircraft based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, USA," Minister Reynolds said.

Seven new F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at Williamtown

Seven new F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at Williamtown

"This is the most advanced, multi-role stealth fighter in the world which will deliver next generation capability benefits and provide a major boost to air combat capability."

The government has approved the next 24 aircraft too with all 72 Australian F-35A Lightning II aircraft locked in.

Defence has also signed onto an international deal known as the Block Buy Contract, valued in total at USD$34 billion, which will deliver 45 of Australia's F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

Seven new F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at Williamtown

Seven new F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at Williamtown

"The deal is great news for Australia with the unit price now five-percent below the estimate at Government approval in 2014," Minister Reynolds said.

"The F-35A is a key part of the Morrison government's $200 billion investment in Defence capability which includes investing in next-generation air combat capability for Australia."