Saturday July 26, 2014

ANAO releases damning report into ADF MRH90 program

ANAO releases damning report into ADF MRH90 program

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a damning report into the acquisition and service introduction of the NHI/Australian Aerospace MRH90 helicopter which was acquired under Project AIR 9000 Phases 2, 4 & 6. The acquisition of... [Continue reading]

BFTS CT-4s return to flight

BFTS CT-4s return to flight

The Department of Defence has advised that all CT-4B trainers operated by BAE Systems at the Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) at Tamworth have returned to service. Operations of the aircraft were temporarily suspended on June 10 following a precautionary... [Continue reading]

Power-on for first Sikorsky S-97 Raider

Power-on for first Sikorsky S-97 Raider

The first prototype Sikorsky S-97 Raider achieved electrical power-on for the first time during a May 28 test at the company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida. Based on the successful X2 demonstrator, the S-97 has been designed to compete in the... [Continue reading]

BFTS CT-4B fleet grounded following forced landing

BFTS CT-4B fleet grounded following forced landing

The ADF’s fleet of Pacific Aerospace CT-4B basic trainers operated by the BAE Systems Basic Flying Training School at Tamworth has been grounded following the forced landing of a CT-4 near Gunnedah on June 10. A report in The Northern Daily Leader on... [Continue reading]

BFTS CT-4B makes forced landing

BFTS CT-4B makes forced landing

A Pacific Aerospace CT-4B operated by the ADF’s Basic Flying Training School at Tamworth made a forced landing in a paddock near Gunnedah on June 10. The aircraft, operated by BAE Systems Australia on contract to the ADF and other military customers,... [Continue reading]

BAE details AIR 5428 bid

BAE details AIR 5428 bid

BAE Systems Australia has offered some details on its Project AIR 5428 Pilot training System bid, tenders for which closed on March 31. The company has teamed with CAE Australia and Beechcraft to offer a solution based around the Beech T-6C aircraft. “We’ve... [Continue reading]

New Defence chiefs named

New Defence chiefs named

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Defence Minister Senator David Johnston have announced that current Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF) AIRMSHL Mark Binskin will be promoted to Air Chief Marshal and will succeed GEN David Hurley as Chief of Defence Force... [Continue reading]

Team 21 submits AIR 5428 PTS bid

Team 21 submits AIR 5428 PTS bid

The ‘Team 21’ grouping of Lockheed Martin Australia, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific submitted its bid for the ADF’s AIR 5428 pilot training system on March 31. The bid, based around the Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainer, is similar to that which the same... [Continue reading]

New Chinook facilities close to approval

New Chinook facilities close to approval

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Darren Chester has announced the planned $54.8 million Replacement Chinook Facilities Project at Townsville has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for approval. The project will support... [Continue reading]

Adelaide LHD hull arrives in Melbourne – UPDATE

Adelaide LHD hull arrives in Melbourne – UPDATE

The hull of the RAN’s second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD02) has arrived in Melbourne from Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in Spain. Like the LHD01 (NUSHIP Canberra) before it, the hull of LHD02 – which will be named HMAS Adelaide in RAN service... [Continue reading]

Defence confirms Boeing as preferred HATS tenderer

Defence confirms Boeing as preferred HATS tenderer

Following on from our story of January 13, Defence has confirmed that a Boeing Defence Australia led team has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the ADF’s AIR 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) project. In a written statement... [Continue reading]

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