Thursday July 31, 2014

First RAN Romeo Hellfire missile firing

First RAN Romeo Hellfire missile firing

A 725SQN MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopter has fired a Hellfire missile, the first time a RAN aircraft has fired a guided missile since the demise of the Fleet Air Arm’s fixed wing flying in the early 1980s. The missile was fired on July 25... [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]

UK carrier named for Queen Elizabeth

UK carrier named for Queen Elizabeth

The first of two new aircraft carriers for the UK Royal Navy has been officially named Queen Elizabeth by the Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony in Scotland. They are being built at the Rosyth dockyard on the Firth of Forth, and at 70,000 tonnes when loaded,... [Continue reading]

Government approves Navy ESSM upgrade

Government approves Navy ESSM upgrade

The Australian government has granted first pass approval of Project SEA 1352 Phase 1 to upgrade the Navy’s stocks of Enhanced Sea-Sparrow (ESSM) missiles. The upgrade will involve the adoption of the Block 2 version of the missile which provides greater... [Continue reading]

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]

Navy helicopter maintenance facility approved for Nowra

Navy helicopter maintenance facility approved for Nowra

The Shoalhaven City Council’s Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel has approved the construction of a $35 million helicopter maintenance facility at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park adjacent to HMAS Albatross near Nowra. The facility primarily will... [Continue reading]

First RAN MH-60R Romeo SENSOs graduate

First RAN MH-60R Romeo SENSOs graduate

The first two RAN members to complete the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo basic sensor operators course have achieved the qualification of ‘SENSO’. Training at NAS Jacksonville in Florida, the first two SENSOs will join NUSQN725 as it ramps up its training before... [Continue reading]

US Navy LCS set to deploy with Fire Scout VTUAS

US Navy LCS set to deploy with Fire Scout VTUAS

The US Navy has completed a successful concept of operations demonstration of an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter aboard the Littoral Combat Ship, USS Freedom. The demonstration was done as part of preparations of the Fire Scout’s first operational... [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]

DMO releases UAS tender

DMO releases UAS tender

The DMO has released an invitation to register interest for a Navy Unmanned Aerial System (NUAS) to operate from the RAN’s Armidale class patrol boats. The tender (DMOMSD/ITR0001/2014) states “The Commonwealth requires a fully integrated Naval Unmanned... [Continue reading]

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