Saturday April 19, 2014

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]

First production JASSM-ER missiles delivered

First production JASSM-ER missiles delivered

The USAF has taken delivery of the first production lot of Lockheed Martin JASSM-ER missiles. The JASSM-ER is a longer range version of the 400km range JASSM which is in service with the USAF and RAAF. Using the same mould line as the JASSM the –ER... [Continue reading]

ADF & DFAT personnel sent to Solomons

ADF & DFAT personnel sent to Solomons

The RAAF has deployed a C-130J Hercules with ADF Department of Foreign Affairs personnel on board to the Solomon Islands following severe flooding in the island nation. The ADF says the team of 11 ADF personnel and DFAT advisor will assess the scope of... [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]

More F-35 work coming for Australia

More F-35 work coming for Australia

Systems manufacturer Rockwell Collins has announced it has signed a long-term agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation to expand the manufacturing of optical assemblies for the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS) on the Lockheed Martin... [Continue reading]

NG sponsors 2014 UAV Outback Challenge

NG sponsors 2014 UAV Outback Challenge

Northrop Grumman has announced it will sponsor the 2014 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Outback Challenge competition. The challenge is held near Kingaroy in Queensland, and requires students to design, build and fly a UAV capable of conducting search and... [Continue reading]

Levett gets more F135 engine work

Levett gets more F135 engine work

Pratt & Whitney has announced it has awarded a contract to South Australian firm Levett Engineering to manufacture components for F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The new contract covers bearing housings,... [Continue reading]

Wedgetail joins MH370 search operations

Wedgetail joins MH370 search operations

The RAAF is deploying a E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning & control aircraft to assist in MH370 search operations. From Wednesday the Wedgetail will take on the role of an airborne command post in the search area, replacing civilian aircraft that... [Continue reading]

BAE signs to support Wedgetail ESM

BAE signs to support Wedgetail ESM

BAE Systems Australia has signed a five year contract extension with the Boeing defence Australia to provide in-service support to the RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C fleet’s electronic warfare systems. Now running to mid-2019, the contract will provide... [Continue reading]

First F-35A concurrency mods completed

First F-35A concurrency mods completed

The first USAF F-35A to be modified by that service’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB in Utah returned to its operating unit at Nellis AFB in February after having concurrency work performed. The aircraft entered the facility last September... [Continue reading]

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