Thursday April 24, 2014

PM confirms RAAF order for 58 F-35As

PM confirms RAAF order for 58 F-35As

The Australian government has approved the purchase of a further 58 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs to allow the replacement of the RAAF’s fleet of F/A-18A/B ‘classic’ Hornets. Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the formal announcement... [Continue reading]

US Navy UCLASS draft RFP released

US Navy UCLASS draft RFP released

The US Navy released its draft request for proposals for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) on April 17. The draft RFP has been sent to Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, Boeing and Lockheed Martin for comment and... [Continue reading]

F-35 confirmed for UK airshow season

F-35 confirmed for UK airshow season

The UK MoD has confirmed a Lockheed Martin F-35 will make its first overseas airshow visit this year when one visits the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) from 11-13 July and the Farnborough Airshow from 14-20 July. Approval for the airshow displays... [Continue reading]

Lockheed Martin delivers RAN MH-60R EWSS

Lockheed Martin delivers RAN MH-60R EWSS

Lockheed Martin has delivered an MH-60R electronic warfare support system (EWSS) to the Royal Australian Navy. Built in its Adelaide facility, the EWSS will provide the RAN with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads for... [Continue reading]

First Kiwi SH-2G(I) Seasprite flies

First Kiwi SH-2G(I) Seasprite flies

The first Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite for New Zealand has made its first production test flight at Kaman’s facility in Bloomfield Connecticut. The aircraft, one of 10 on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy, will be used for maintenance and aircrew... [Continue reading]

F-35′s 15,000 flying hours milestone

F-35′s 15,000 flying hours milestone

Lockheed Martin has announced that the F-35 Lightning II fleet recently passed the 15,000 flying hours milestone. The F-35′s prime contractor says as of April 7 operational F-35s had flown a total of 8,050 flight hours, while SDD development aircraft... [Continue reading]

New Air Force Cadet Centre opened

New Air Force Cadet Centre opened

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester has officially opened the Australian Air Force Cadets National Aviation Centre at Bathurst. Overseen by the RAAF, the new $5 million centre is located at Bathurst Aerodrome, and will... [Continue reading]

Lockheed Martin to retrofit cracked F-35B bulkheads

Lockheed Martin to retrofit cracked F-35B bulkheads

Lockheed Martin will retrofit modified bulkheads to early production F-35Bs after cracking was found in the major structural components during fatigue testing. Speaking at the US Navy League Sea-Air-Space conference on April 7, RAdm Randy Mahr, deputy... [Continue reading]

X-47B UCAS-D wins Collier trophy

X-47B UCAS-D wins Collier trophy

The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator (UCAS-D) program has been awarded the 2014 Collier Trophy for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in the US. The award, announced by the National Aeronautic Association... [Continue reading]

Virgin Aust rated 2nd best employer

Virgin Aust rated 2nd best employer

For the second year running, Virgin Australia has taken second place in the Randstad Awards for the best employer in Australia. The award, which was won by national broadcaster the ABC also for the second year in a row, is based on the results of the... [Continue reading]

Quickstep to supply JSF parts to Marand

Quickstep to supply JSF parts to Marand

Quickstep Holdings has announced it has signed a long-term agreement (LTA) with Marand Precision Engineering to supply about 700 sets of carbon fibre composite parts for F-35 JSF vertical tails over 14 years. The estimated $148 million deal comes after... [Continue reading]

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