Defense Industry Daily hosts an article by retired Australian Air Vice Marshal Peter Criss which includes:
An interim purchase or lease of strike aircraft, when we already own and have spares to support our existing strike aircraft, the F-111, for another decade would make even less sense than the current decision to withdraw that aircraft by 2010.
In his evidence to a Parliamentary committee recently, the Chief of Air Force stated that he was concerned about ‘not knowing what it is that he does not know’. Now I am concerned. Apparently, because CAF says they ‘don’t know what they don’t know about the F-111’, this is sufficient justification to get rid of it prematurely. Yet the Aerospace Adviser to the Minister recently acknowledged that a fully combat-capable JSF will not be available until around 2018.
Even before the recent North Korean action, the F-111 decision was questionable. It makes even less sense now.
The Australian F-111s came up in an MO post by Nicholas (an Australian) on the 2006 Richmond Air Show.