The Royal Australian Air Force received the first delivery of training equipment for its F-35A Integrated Training Centre.

The equipment for the joint strike fighter includes an ejection systems maintenance trainer, a replica of the F-35A aircraft escape systems and a weapons load trainer that replicates the F-35A fuselage, including the weapons bay and wing hard points.

Two of Australia’s F-35A aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Williamtown beginning December 2018 and pilot training at the base is expected to commence around mid-2019. Williamtown’s number two operational conversion unit is expecting six full mission simulators for F-35A pilot training, with the first two scheduled for delivery later this year.

The equipment will provide Australia with its own F-35 pilot and maintainer training capability, so pilots and crews can train without removing aircraft from flight schedules.