F-35: Why There's Nothing Like Australia's New Warplane

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The initial squadron of America's most expensive weapons system ever built is on track for "initial combat use" by August 2016. This is where they're being built.

Fourteen years ago this month, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build America's premier fifth generation stealth fighter jet. Australia has committed to buying up to 100 of the F-35A variant.

We toured Lockheed Martin's massive production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where the three F-35 Lightning II variant aircraft are designed and manufactured.

Here is a look at the unique capabilities of the F-35 variant aircraft.

Originally published on Business Insider Australia