Enormous problems with Australia’s multibillion dollar commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter have emerged from an audit review just delivered to Congress by Mike Gilmore, the US Director of Operational Test & Evaluation concerning the JSF project in 2009.

Only 16 test flights of 168 planned in 2009 -- and the 5000 needed to complete System Design Designation (SDD) -- were made in the year and only 12 out of more than 3000 SDD success criteria were verified.