Saturday August 23, 2014

Contracts covering first RAAF P-8s signed

Contracts covering first RAAF P-8s signed

A US$296 million contract for the procurement of long-lead items for a dozen Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft including the first four aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force has been signed. “We are extremely excited about this... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black participants in unique photo shoot

Pitch Black participants in unique photo shoot

Exercise Pitch Black 14 participants have taken part in a unique air-to-air photo shoot over Darwin and its surrounds. These images by RAAF photographer CPL David Gibbs show differing combinations of representatives of the fast jet participants in the... [Continue reading]

Defence Minister flags additional KC-30s, C-17s

Defence Minister flags additional KC-30s, C-17s

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has flagged the acquisition of further Airbus KC-30 tanker-transports and Boeing C-17 airlifters for the RAAF. Speaking to News Limited’s Ian McPhederan last week, Minister Johnston suggested the next Defence... [Continue reading]

BAE Systems hails Hawk support performance

BAE Systems hails Hawk support performance

BAE Systems has marked the first year of its latest Hawk 127 support contract, stating that it has achieved “solid” performance in aircraft availability and fleet management. “One of the hallmarks of the [Lead-In Fighter] Phase 3 project is its... [Continue reading]

Hercules flypast to commemorate 50 years since Vietnam War deployment

Hercules flypast to commemorate 50 years since Vietnam War deployment

A C-130J Hercules flypast will be a highlight of a reunion being held in Coffs Harbour this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the first RAAF personnel to the Vietnam war with the establishment of the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam. The... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black in pictures

Pitch Black in pictures

Flying in the three-week long Exercise Pitch Black 14 began on Monday. The biennial exercise is the RAAF’s largest, and this year sees participation from 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand,... [Continue reading]

Pitch Black 14 gets underway

Pitch Black 14 gets underway

Some 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and France are due to take part in Exerise Pitch Black 14, which began on Friday. The three-week long exercise will see participants... [Continue reading]

F-35 rollout highlight’s RAAF’s “greatest opportunity for evolutionary change”

F-35 rollout highlight’s RAAF’s “greatest opportunity for evolutionary change”

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown has told the rollout ceremony of the first RAAF F-35 that the aircraft represents the “greatest evolutionary change” in Australian military aviation history. The first of a planned fleet of 72 F-35A Lightnings... [Continue reading]

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, which took 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]

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