Friday July 25, 2014

F-35 rollout highlight’s RAAF’s “greatest opportunity for evolutionary change”

F-35 rollout highlight’s RAAF’s “greatest opportunity for evolutionary change”

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown has told the rollout ceremony of the first RAAF F-35 that the aircraft represents the “greatest evolutionary change” in Australian military aviation history. The first of a planned fleet of 72 F-35A Lightnings... [Continue reading]

RAAF F-35 previewed ahead of AU-1 rollout

RAAF F-35 previewed ahead of AU-1 rollout

Lockheed Martin has previewed the second F-35A for the RAAF a day ahead of a formal rollout of Australia’s first aircraft in a ceremony, which took place at the company’s Fort Worth facility on Thursday. The second jet, AU-2, was previewed... [Continue reading]

Alenia/ATK MC-27J gunship development progresses

Alenia/ATK MC-27J gunship development progresses

Development of the Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi MC-27J ‘Praetorian’ gunship under the lead of ATK is progressing, with the prototype recently completing a first phase of ground and light tests at Eglin AFB in Florida. The MC-27J utilises... [Continue reading]

Defence releases draft F-35A Environment Impact Statement

Defence releases draft F-35A Environment Impact Statement

Defence has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the flying operations of the new F-35A Lightning II fighter which is due to enter service in Australia from 2018. The extensive draft EIS is available here, and Defence is inviting... [Continue reading]

Navy Romeos fire first Mk 54 torpedoes

Navy Romeos fire first Mk 54 torpedoes

Crews from Navy’s NUSQN 725 have successfully fired Mk 54 Lightweight Torpedos from the squadron’s MH-60R Seahawk during recent trials at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC), on Andros Island, Bahamas. A total of three anti-submarine... [Continue reading]

New Zealand Beechcraft T-6Cs on schedule

New Zealand Beechcraft T-6Cs on schedule

Beechcraft says the first two T-6C advanced trainers for the RNZAF will be delivered on schedule and will depart for their new home by the end of July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow on July 17, company representatives said the aircraft are scheduled... [Continue reading]

F-35 basing facilities project referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

F-35 basing facilities project referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works

  New basing and other facilities required for the RAAF’s planned fleet of 72 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters at RAAF base Williamtown and other locations have been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for... [Continue reading]

First RAAF F-35A rollout confirmed for July 24

First RAAF F-35A rollout confirmed for July 24

  The first of up to 100 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for the RAAF will be formally rolled out on July 24. The aircraft – designated AU-1 – will be ceremonially handed over to RAAF and government officials at the company’s Fort... [Continue reading]

Images of the day – A330 MRTT refuels A400M

Images of the day – A330 MRTT refuels A400M

Airbus Defence and Space has released a series of images of a Royal Air Force A330 MRTT Voyager refuelling an A400M transport over southern Spain. Taken from what appears to be a Spanish Air Force EF-18M chase plane, the refuelling was one of a series... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black 2014 to kick off on August 1

Pitch Black 2014 to kick off on August 1

Air arms and supporting forces from seven countries will participate in the largest air exercise to be held in Australia, Exercise Pitch Black from August 1. The action will be centred on RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal in the Northern territory, and will... [Continue reading]

Airbus Group Australia Pacific established in Canberra

Airbus Group Australia Pacific established in Canberra

  The various brands formerly represented under the EADS Australia Pacific umbrella have been re-aligned to form Airbus Group Australia Pacific. The restructure was announced in Canberra at the opening of the Group’s new headquarters at Brindabella... [Continue reading]

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