PM, Defence Ministers welcome the F-35 to Australia

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was the most advanced combat aircraft in the world with lethal technology to destroy our enemies who included the Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East. Challenged on the F-35’s cost and capabilities, … [Read more...]

Boeing brings AH-64E Apache to Avalon

Back in 2001, Australia opted to buy the Eurocopter Tiger instead of the US Apache but now Boeing is pitching the latest generation Apache, the AH-64E, as a potential Tiger replacement. Should Australia head down that path, it would tick many boxes – it would be a FMS purchase with aircraft produced in the … [Read more...]

Air Force looks ahead to mark its centenary

In 2021 the RAAF turns 100, with the centenary to be marked by a series of commemorative events to showcase Air Force heritage and the work it performs for the nation. It will also showcase the career opportunities for the next generation of airmen and women who will operate the next generation of aircraft, … [Read more...]

F-35 program chief looks to a US$80 million F-35

Australia could end up paying under US$80 million for F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft as accelerating production drives down costs. US Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, head of the F-35 Joint Program Office in the Pentagon, said the production lot (LRIP) nine negotiated in 2015 was for 60 … [Read more...]