It is unfortunate that the RAAF is getting away from the AIM-132 ASRAAM air-to-air missile when the legacy Hornets retire.
AIM-132 is an option for F-35 customers, however the RAAF has not taken that path.
In the F-35 development phase, it was assumed that AIM-132 would be carried internally and externally on the F-35. However, some problems have developed and it could end up as external carry only.
Back in 1998, AIM-132 was selected by the RAAF for legacy F-18s after a process which eliminated the AIM-9X and the Python-4.
Besides the helmet targeting and off-bore-sight targeting ability, range is its big selling point. You can get off a shot first before the other guy. It even has a potential beyond-visual-range engagement ability.
Disadvantage of AIM-132 for the RAAF? It isn't in the U.S. supply chain for joint operations.
With that though, it would have been nice if the 2006-7 "bridging fighter" and replacement for the legacy F-18s was based on the use of AIM-132, LITENING Pod (which is also used by the RAAF), and the potential for Meteor capability.
If the F-35 fails and Australia came to its senses and restarted with a clean sheet of paper, it could take advantage of some truly practical appliances for the F-18 replacement.