Australia's decision to purchase the United States' new stealth warplane the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been thrown further into doubt after unconfirmed reports of poor performance against Russian Sukhoi fighter planes in simulated dogfights.
Liberal party politician Dennis Jensen said a person with information regarding the tests had told him "the JSF had been clubbed like baby seals by the simulated Sukhois". Late model Sukhois are fielded by Russia & China among many others.
Australia has been lobbying the US for access to the F-22 which currently has a foreign sales ban, but is already operational and performs exceptionally in wargames. An opposition defence spokesman dismissed the report saying "this is not real life".