US law prevents Australia from acquiring F-22

by: Matthew Potter
February 25, 2008

Category: Australia, Department of Defense, Federal Budget Process, FMS, Lockheed Martin, Military Aviation, production program, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

Australia has expressed an interest in procuring F-22 Raptor aircraft. Currently they are planning on buying JSF ultimately. Currently US law prevents the export of the F-22. In this article from News.com.au, the US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, expresses the sentiment that Australia would be good stewards of the F-22 if they received them. Obviously the law is to prevent the transfer of what is considered the best technology that the US has, but there are certain allies in the past that have been able to share it. As previously discussed technical transfer laws have become very restrictive and have affected US programs.

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