Tuesday September 02, 2014

First RAF A400M flies

First RAF A400M flies

The first Airbus A400M airlifter for the Royal Air Force made its first flight on August 30. The UK will take delivery of 22 A400Ms, which will be named ‘Atlas’ in RAF service. Airbus says the first will be “available for delivery by... [Continue reading]

RAAF Herc undertakes second Iraq air drop

RAAF Herc undertakes second Iraq air drop

The Royal Australian Air Force has undertaken a second air-drop of humanitarian supplies to civilians in northern Iraqi cut off by Islamic State militans, and could soon be involved in airlift missions supplying weapons and ammunition to Kurdish forces. In... [Continue reading]

BAE Australia to supply F-35 audio control modules

BAE Australia to supply F-35 audio control modules

BAE Systems Australia is set to produce about 1,000 Audio Control Electronic modules for the F-35 Lightning II’s communication, navigation and identification suite under a long-term arrangement with Northrop Grumman. The work will initially augment... [Continue reading]

Wedgetails return from Red Flag Alaska

Wedgetails return from Red Flag Alaska

Two RAAF E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft have returned to Australia after participating in Exercise Red Flag Alaska last month. The two 2SQN aircraft, supported by 59 personnel from the RAAF’s 49 Wing, took part in a number of ‘large force... [Continue reading]

Photo – A400M demonstrates refuelling capability

Photo – A400M demonstrates refuelling capability

Airbus says the A400M airlifter has successfully demonstrated its air-to-air refuelling capabilities. During a recent flight test campaign, a Spanish air force F/A-18 Hornet made 33 dry and 35 wet contacts with an A400M development aircraft. During the... [Continue reading]

CAE links RAAF C-130J sim and crew trainer

CAE links RAAF C-130J sim and crew trainer

CAE has demonstrated its ability to network RAAF C-130J Hercules training systems by linking the C-130J full-flight and mission simulator with a C-130J tactical airlift crew trainer. “The networked training devices demonstrated how the entire mission... [Continue reading]

First RNZAF T-6Cs touch down

First RNZAF T-6Cs touch down

The first two Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers for the Royal New Zealand Air Force touched down at Whenuapai, RNZAF Base Auckland this week at the end of their 20 stop delivery flight from Wichita, Kansas. The two aircraft will be formally handed over... [Continue reading]

Army Black Hawks farewell Townsville

Army Black Hawks farewell Townsville

The Army has marked the end of S-70A-9 Black Hawk operations from Townsville with a flyover of the northern Queensland city they have called home for the last 25 years. Six Black Hawks and three examples of the helicopter it is being replaced by, the... [Continue reading]

Contracts covering first RAAF P-8s signed

Contracts covering first RAAF P-8s signed

A US$296 million contract for the procurement of long-lead items for a dozen Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft including the first four aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force has been signed. “We are extremely excited about this... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black participants in unique photo shoot

Pitch Black participants in unique photo shoot

Exercise Pitch Black 14 participants have taken part in a unique air-to-air photo shoot over Darwin and its surrounds. These images by RAAF photographer CPL David Gibbs show differing combinations of representatives of the fast jet participants in the... [Continue reading]

Defence Minister flags additional KC-30s, C-17s

Defence Minister flags additional KC-30s, C-17s

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has flagged the acquisition of further Airbus KC-30 tanker-transports and Boeing C-17 airlifters for the RAAF. Speaking to News Limited’s Ian McPhederan last week, Minister Johnston suggested the next Defence... [Continue reading]

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