Originally Posted by HAWX
Australia is of course acquiring two LHDs as most of you probably already know. LHD stands for "landing helicopter dock" yet the LHDs have a runway and a ramp??? This might be a stupid question, but do you guys think that the F-35s we are getting in the future will be operational from these carriers? If any type of fixed wing aircraft are used on them, it will be a first for AUS in a while!
Hi Hawx, welcome to the site
The short answer is no, you might see some possible cross decking from the USMC or the UK but that is about it.
The RAAF is aquiring the F-35A which is the conventional takeoff variant, the F-35B is required to operate from this type of vessell which is the short takeoff vertical landing variant.
Have a good read of the following threads, they have a wealth of discussion and information on this subject, and just a word of advise, read them as this subject comes up all the time and gets very tiresome, not saying that to palm you off, but it litteraly comes up every month or so http://www.defencetalk.com/forums/na...-updates-5905/ http://www.defencetalk.com/forums/na...-lhd-jci-9587/ http://www.defencetalk.com/forums/na...buy-ran-10410/
These threads have a wealth of information, it is a lot of reading, but will have every imaginable bit of info you seek