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. . The Australian F-35A Lightning II fleet has passed the final regulatory hurdle required to be operational.
. . Lockheed Martin F-35As in service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have reached initial operational readiness (IOC). .
. . The Department of Defense says the controversial stealth fighters have reached "initial operational readiness" after being "rigorously tested" since being shipped from the US two years ago.
. . Joint Media Release: Secretary of Defense, Senator of the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC Australia's F-35A Lightning II fleet is now ready for service. . . .
. . Australia's new squadron of F-35A stealth fighters is operational after two years of testing. The Lockheed Martin Lightning II built in the USA. . .