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...]

RAAF C-17A completes Antarctic cargo air drop

Royal Australian Air Force C-17A conducts a food drop at Australia's Davis Research Station on Antarctica. (Australian Antarctic Division/Barry Becker)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has conducted an air-to-air refuelling over the sub-Antarctic region for the first time to deliver about 10,500kg of cargo to researchers at Australia’s Davis Research Station. A RAAF C-17A Globemaster III conducted the air drop on Wednesday, taking off from Melbourne … [Read more...]

Sixth RAAF KC-30A arrives at Amberley

The sixth Airbus Defence and Space KC-30A MRTT for the RAAF arrived at Amberley, south-east Queensland on September 1. The former A330-203 airliner saw service with Qantas and Jetstar as VH-EBH and first flew in 2007. It was converted to MRTT configuration by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe near Madrid … [Read more...]