Thursday July 24, 2014

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 due to take 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]

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]

Raytheon & Kongsberg join forces on JSM

Raytheon & Kongsberg join forces on JSM

Raytheon and Norway’s Kongsberg Gruppen have announced at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow they have signed an agreement to jointly develop the anti-ship Joint Strike Missile (JSM). A development of Kongsberg’s land and ship-launched Naval Strike Missile... [Continue reading]

F-35s returned to limited flight status – UK airshow debut cancelled

F-35s returned to limited flight status – UK airshow debut cancelled

The Pentagon has announced a partial lifting of flight restrictions on the F-35 Lightning II fleet after engine inspections revealed no systemic issues with the aircraft’s P&W F135 engine. The fleet was grounded following a June 23 engine fire,... [Continue reading]

Pentagon works with industry to reduce F-35 price

Pentagon works with industry to reduce F-35 price

The Pentagon has revealed a plan to reduce the production and acquisition costs of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Speaking to media on the sidelines of this week’s Farnborough Airshow in the UK, JSF Program Office (JPO) head LtGen Chris Bogdan... [Continue reading]

New C-130J wing flap order for Quickstep

New C-130J wing flap order for Quickstep

Sydney-based composite components manufacturer Quickstep has been awarded a US$11.2 million purchase order from Lockheed Martin for 19 wing flap sets for the C-130J Hercules. The latest purchase order takes to 55 the number of wing flap sets Quickstep... [Continue reading]

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