Military Capabilities

Australia announces further upgrades to RAAF Base Tindal

24 February 2020

Upgrades to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Tindal airbase in Australia’s Northern Territory costing AUD1.1 billion (USD748 million) were announced on 21 February by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The upgrades are not only intended to support the stationing at Tindal, which is located some 320 km southeast of the city of Darwin, of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters but also to boost military ties with the United States.

Morrison said in a statement that improvements costing AUD737 million will include runway extensions, extra fuel storage, and engineering to support RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTTs).

An additional AUD437 million are for enhancing critical base infrastructure.

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