Tiger ARH grounding lifted last November

Army’s Tiger ARH will conduct FoCFT in February embarked on HMAS Canberra. Note the LHD’s deck markings painted on the flight lines at 1 Aviation Regiment's, Robertson Barracks, in Darwin. (Paul Sadler)

The Australian Army lifted the grounding of its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) fleet more than two months ago according to a statement given to Contact Air Land & Sea magazine. The fleet had been grounded since August 11 following the fatal crash of a German Tiger in Africa. Despite … [Read more...]

First flights for fourth and fifth RAAF F-35s

The RAAF's fourth and fifth Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs have made their first flights. Photographer Caulun Belcher captured these images of A35-004 – above – and A35-005 – below – during their first flights, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on December 14 and January 23, … [Read more...]

Marand opens new F-35 tail production facility

The RAAF’s third F-35A, AU-3 has vertical tails build by Marand. (Defence)

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne opened a new Marand Precision Engineering F-35A tail manufacturing facility in Melbourne on January 24. The Moorabbin facility, which was partly funded through a grant from Defence’s New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program, will support 44 new … [Read more...]