"Australia was an indicator market known for its due diligence. An order here could translate into further sales across the region."
"Due diligence"? Where is the evidence?
"Given the potential spin-offs from securing an Australian contract, it might even make sense for Airbus Military to sell planes at cost or even at a loss."
In a thin market, that can only be a business plan of doom. Maybe he needs to talk to some Australian SME's involved in the F-35 program to get their opinion; while they are still in business.