Posted: May 2, 2012 11:01 PM
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - Australia has delayed by two years the delivery of 12 of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from the United States as a cost-cutting measure.
Defense Minister Stephen Smith said Thursday that delaying the delivery of advanced warplanes to 2019 would save the government 1.6 billion Australian dollars ($1.6 billion) over the next four years.
Australia contractually obligated to take delivery of only two of the warplanes. They will be based in the United States and be available from 2014 for training Australian pilots.
Australia is delaying delivery of another 12 planes it had planned to get by 2017.
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Help those in need this holiday season
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
Win! Win! Win!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Let us help grow your business
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories