Former project manager praises operational KC-30 capability

The former KC-30A transition team director has praised the aircraft on operations. (Defence)

The former manager of the transition team to induct the Airbus Defence & Space KC-30A (A330) multi-role tanker transport into RAAF service, AIRCDRE Noel Derwort has welcomed the resulting capability whilst on operations in the Middle East. Moving to the Commander of the Aerospace Operational Support Group (AOSG) in 2011, and now posted as Deputy Commander of Joint Task … [Read more...]

RAAF acquires deployable airspace management systems

The federal government has purchased deployable air traffic management and control systems for the Royal Australian Air Force. Indra Australia has been awarded a contract valued at more than $50 million to supply two rapidly deployable systems and one larger system, Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston said on Monday. “This acquisition will assist the ADF in … [Read more...]

Formal request made for extra RAAF C-17s

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft unloads its cargo of ammunition at Erbil International Airport, Iraq. (Defence)

A November 12 US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notification has revealed Australia has formally requested “up to four” more Boeing C-17A Globemaster II airlifters from the US government. The notification states that up to four C-17s and associated equipment, parts and logistical support have been requested for an estimated US$1.609bn (A$1.85bn). The extra equipment … [Read more...]

RAAF leads attacks on ISIL targets

The Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston accompanied by Director General Air Operations, Air Commodore Vincent Iervasi presenting an update on Australian operations in Iraq. (Defence)

ADF support for coalition air operations in Iraq is continuing at a high tempo under Operation OKRA, with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel drawing up plans for and leading attacks for the first time. The Australian Air Task Group has flown 144 sorties since September, providing close air support and air interdiction for the Iraqi security forces, and undertaking … [Read more...]

RAAF Heron lease extended to bridge to Triton

A six-year, $120 million lease extension that will see two IAI Heron surveillance UAVs remain in RAAF service until the introduction of the MQ-4C Triton from late this decade will ensure unmanned aircraft skills and corporate knowledge are maintained, Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has announced. The RAAF currently operates three Herons, two based in Kandahar, … [Read more...]