MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Defence Force on Saturday said its deliveries of F-35 fighter jets from the United States were still on track, despite the planes being grounded after one of the aircraft crashed in September.
All U.S. and international F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin Corp
The pause in operations of the warplanes would not "affect the delivery of aircraft to Australia", the ADF said in a statement, according to broadcaster ABC TV.
Australia has taken delivery of nine F-35 jet fighters and has committed to buy 72, with all aircraft expected to be fully operational by 2023. The nine planes remain grounded at a training base in Arizona.
"Australian F-35 aircraft currently based in the United States will return to flying operations once safety inspections are complete," the ADF said.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)