A new RAAF fleet of F-35B Joint Strike Fighters is set to be built in 2019.
The RAAF says the jets will be able to be flown for long periods of time and “fly through a range of threats”, such as “close air support, surface to air missiles, and cruise missiles”.
The Joint Strike Fighter is expected to replace the F-15E Strike Eagle.
The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) aircraft will replace the AN/APG-86 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missile.
The JAGM is able to reach distances of up to 6km from its target, and is capable of delivering a maximum of two warheads.
The new aircraft will be a key part of the RAPF fleet.
It will replace all of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that have flown since the late 1970s.
In a press release, the RACF said it would “provide significant capability and survivability to the RNZAF” and was “an important milestone” in the RAF’s “transformation”.
“The JAS-39E is the only F-16 aircraft capable of carrying the JAGMs on its ground-to air and air-to ground platforms,” it said.
The F-22 Raptor has been the aircraft of choice for the RUSAF and the US military since 2001.
The USAF is building six of the aircraft to replace all four that were retired in the early 2000s.