The chief weapons buyer for the United States Pentagon says he is confident Australia and seven other countries will all stick with the F-35 joint strike fighter project, despite cost blowouts and delays.
The Defence Department’s Ashton Carter gave a briefing for the media, a day after telling the US Congress it was unacceptable countries were being asked to pay more and wait longer for the joint strike fighter.
But Mr Carter is confident Australia will stay with the project.
“When we have the program on a realistic plan that everybody can see going forward, then Congress, as well as the military departments here and the international partners will stay with their plan, which is to equip their fleets with this aircraft.”
Australia has ordered 14 of the jets with an option for another 100.