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What is a 'Fifth Generation Fighter' and does the JSF qualify as one?

Department of Defence

Budget Estimates Hearing – 2 & 3 June 2014

Question on Notice No. 26 - Joint Strike Fighter – 4th / 5th Generation Comparison

Senator Ludlam asked on 2 June 2014, Hansard page 112:

 

Senator LUDLAM: I do not expect you to have this information at the table, but could you take on notice for us—whoever feels most qualified to provide it—the various criteria by which jets are judged to be either fourth or fifth generation? In addition, can you tell us which of those criteria the JSF meets and which it does not?

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Lightening of Joint Strike Fighter not predicted to compromise it's protection from lightning

Department of Defence

Budget Estimates Hearing – 2 & 3 June 2014

Question on Notice No. 25 - Joint Strike Fighter – Lightning protection

Senator Ludlam asked on 2 June 2014, Hansard page 111:

 

Senator LUDLAM: Something that was available publicly was that the aircraft could not fly within 40 kilometres of an electrical storm, and we are proposing to base a substantial number of them in Darwin. Has that been solved.

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War Powers laws introduced into the Parliament

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (12:11):  I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to defence to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Defence Force, and for related purposes. Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014.

I would add that this is the 29th year that this bill will have been on the Notice Paper.

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