Australia Defense Min: Wants Option To Buy US F-22 Raptor Jet

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February 23, 2008
CANBERRA (AP)--Australia's defense minister said Saturday he wanted the option of buying Lockheed Martin Corp.'s (LMT) F-22 Raptor - a jet fighter barred by U.S. law from sale overseas.
"The Australian government doesn't have any view about whether the F-22 should be or should not be part of the mix, but we do want the opportunity to consider the F-22," Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon told reporters after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Gates told reporters he had no objection to the sale to Australia, but said Congress would have to change the law.