US approves large RAAF SDB II buy

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the approval of a possible US$815m (A$1.04bn) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) weapons for the RAAF. The sale comprises 3,900 SBD IIs, 30 guided test vehicles, 60 captive carry reliability … [Read more...]

UMS Skeldar to boost Australian presence

UMS Skeldar plans to establish an Australian base for its V-200 platform in 2018 as part of efforts to boost its presence in this part of the world. The prospect of bringing a V-200 demonstrator, along with the personnel and equipment that would involve, Down Under comes as UMS Skeldar puts its best foot … [Read more...]

Navy conducts EC135 trials aboard MV Sycamore

The Royal Australian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU) has commenced first of class flight trials (FOCFT) for the new Airbus Helicopters EC135 training helicopters and the aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore. The trials of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) EC135s are … [Read more...]

Drone collides with US Army Black Hawk

A file image of a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter from the 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion from Grand Ledge, Mich., land at Grayling Airfield, Grayling, Mich., Aug. 3, 2013. The 3-238th is participating in Exercise Northern Strike 2013, a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson/released)

A remotely-piloted aircraft collided with a US Army UH-60M Black Hawk while it was flying at 500ft over a residential neighbourhood on Staten Island, New York on September 23. Believed to be the first time a drone has collided with a helicopter in flight, the incident happened at about 1930 local time … [Read more...]