Australia’ is about to take delivery of two of its expensive, state-of-the-art fighter jets, which will arrive near Newcastle.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne will be on hand at the Williamtown RAAF Base on Monday when the jets arrive.
The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter has been labelled the most advanced in the world and is capable of reaching a top speed of 1975km/h.
The federal government will spend a total of $17 billion on 72 of the F-35 aircraft, with the cost being widely criticised, including by US President Donald Trump.
Lockheed Martin, builders of the jets, say the cost is expected to be driven down to $80 million per plane by 2020.
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull backed the spending when questioned last year.
“When we send our young men and women out to war, they have the tools to do the job to destroy their enemies and the terrorists,” he said.