An F-35 II Joint Strike Fighter prototype undergoes testing in America.
An F-35 II Joint Strike Fighter prototype undergoes testing in America. US Department of Defence

Defence ask locals' views on Joint Strike Fighter

DEFENCE wants the Ipswich community to comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the flying operations of the F-35A Lightning II, commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter.

Commander Air Combat Group Air Commodore Tony Grady said it was important for community members to have their say.

"These documents represent the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by Defence and demonstrates Air Force's commitment to transparency with the Ipswich community about Air Force operations, including aircraft noise," Air Commodore Grady said.

"I encourage the Ipswich community to read the documents. Submissions on the draft EIS can be submitted at f35evolution.com.au."

Comments must be received by 5pm on September 19, to be incorporated into the final EIS.

The draft EIS compares the environmental impacts between the flying operations of the current F/A18A/B Hornet and the F35A aircraft. The EIS process provides an opportunity for the community to provide submissions on the content of the study.

The F-35A will provide Australia with a fifth-generation aircraft to replace the ageing F/A-18A/B Hornets and enable air superiority into the future.

Australia has committed to 72 F-35A aircraft, to be based at RAAF Bases Williamtown (NSW) and Tindal (NT).

The aircraft will visit RAAF Bases Darwin, Pearce, Amberley, Townsville and Edinburgh for training. The first F-35 aircraft will arrive in Australia in late 2018.

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