First HATS H135 arrives at Nowra

The first HATS EC135 T2+ arriving at Nowra on March 31 from Bankstown. (Defence)

The first of 15 Airbus Helicopters H135 (EC135 T2+) for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) arrived at its new home at HMAS Albatross, Nowra on March 31 after flying in from Airbus Helicopters' facility at Bankstown Airport. The H135 carries the ADF serial of … [Read more...]

Navy tenders for interim VTOL UAS capability

Saab Skeldar

The Royal Australian Navy is looking to acquire an interim vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  A request for tender (RFT) for the Navy Minor Project (NMP) 1942, released on the AusTender website on February 26 (with a closing date of April 11), seeks to procure a "proven" … [Read more...]

New RAAF pilot training contract signed

Pilatus

Formal contract arrangements have been signed between the federal government and Lockheed Martin Australia to provide and support the Australian Defence Force’s new pilot training system, after the company was named as the preferred tenderer the AIR 5428 project in September. Under the acquisition and … [Read more...]

Second LHD commissioned

The Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General, the Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Retd), receives a Royal Salute from the band and Commissioning Guard during HMAS Adelaide's Commissioning ceremony.

The second Canberra class amphibious assault ship built for the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Adelaide, was commissioned into the fleet at Garden Island on Friday. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett attended the ceremony, … [Read more...]