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The first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters have arrived in Australia at the Avalon Airshow.

The two aircraft were welcomed by the prime minister, defence minister and defence industry minister as well as representatives of US manufacturer Lockhead Martin.The controversial fighter program has been plagued by delays and cost overruns and is expected to cost Australia 17 billion dollars for 72 fighters.The government is today releasing a report which predicts jobs supported by the joint strike fighter production and maintenance program will double over the next six years to 5,000.

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