Audit questions OneSky value for money

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Australia may end up paying too much for the combined civil and military air traffic management system OneSky, an Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report says.

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Satellites in space. (Northrop Grumman)

Finding a new lease on life for fading satellites

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This story by Max Blenkin in the April 2019 edition of Australian looks at efforts by Northrop Grumman to extend the life of satellites in space.

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Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets fly in formation with a pair of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters over Stockton Beach, NSW. (Defence)

Budget shows defence spending to increase 1.93pct in 2019/20

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The government is on track to lift Defence funding to the fabled two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020/21, the federal budget papers show.

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A C-27J Spartan of No. 35 Squadron lands at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria. (Defence)

Northrop Grumman developing Palletised Weapons System for C-27J

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Northrop Grumman is developing a system where a Bushmaster cannon, ammunition and operator consoles can slot in and out of the hold of a C-27J Spartan.

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A file image of a Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton in Australian Defence Force colours. (Defence)

Northrop Grumman gearing up to support RAAF Tritons

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Australian firms stand to gain substantial work from the Triton unmanned aircraft program as the RAAF progressively rolls out an advanced capability to conduct long-range maritime surveillance.

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2019 a “pivotal year” for RAAF integrated air and missile defence project – Northrop Grumman

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The ADF is embarking on perhaps its most complex project ever – the creation of an integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) system – and this year key decisions on the way forward are set to be made.

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Colour party – BAE and the ADF prepare to farewell the ‘Plastic Parrot’

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Soon the CT-4 will end ADF service for a second time, with the final RAAF and Navy basic flying course winding up in February and the final, single service class of Army pilots finishing up next October.

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How EO/IR tech can help airports keep birds, and drones, at bay

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Airports are resorting to advanced technology electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) systems to detect and classify intruders by day or night, increasing safety and levels of collision avoidance.

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A35-002 and -001 soon after their arrival at Avalon on March 3 2017. (Paul Sadler)

TBT: RAAF F-35As light up Avalon Airshow

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This feature from the April 2017 magazine edition of Australia Aviation looks at the Lockheed Martin F-35A’s appearance at the 2017 Avalon Airshow.

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A French Rafale readies for a Pitch Black mission. (Richard Nicolas-Nelson)

Demanding scenarios and uncrowded airspace – Exercise Pitch Black 18

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Pitch Black 2018 was the biennial multinational air force training exercise hosted by the RAAF and attended by personnel of 16 nations, with nine countries flying more than 130 aircraft.

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A competitive edge – 50 years of the Australian Army Aviation Corps

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Half a century on from its formation, the Australian Army Aviation Corps is an all rotary-wing force with advanced and ever‑evolving capabilities.

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RAAF deployments are “making important contributions” on global ops – CJOPS

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Around 2,300 ADF personnel are currently engaged in operations around the world and in Australia.

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UK Wedgetail acquisition could create opportunities for Australian industry

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The United Kingdom is considering buying Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to replace the RAF’s seven ageing E-3D Sentry aircraft.

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Basic Flying Training School CT-4 aircraft participate in a formation flypast over Tamworth, New South Wales. (Defence)

Parrot Party at Tamworth celebrates CT-4

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To mark 27 years of operational service, 30 CT-4 training aircraft have conducted a mass display over their home base at Tamworth in northern NSW.

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The world’s oldest fighter pilot hangs up his flying boots

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Squadron Leader Phil Frawley retired from the RAAF at the end of June as the world’s oldest fighter pilot, having flown Mirages, Hornets and Hawks and having trained 499 ADF pilots as an instructor.

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Airpower disruption in the age of the F-35

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Australia is building its future air power capabilities around the F-35. What future threats might the fifth-gen fighter face?

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Airbus signals plans to play key role in Australia’s space renaissance

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Airbus has signed a pair of partnership agreements with Australian companies and institutions, signalling it plans to play a significant role in Australia’s space renaissance. Nicolas Chamusy, head of Space Systems for Airbus Defence and Space, said it was their intention to work with academia, SMEs and startup companies to develop Australia’s sovereign space capability, […]

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Unmanned systems finally taking off in ADF service

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When Australian troops first deployed to Afghanistan in late 2002, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) had no unmanned aircraft and not much experience beyond some trials, which did show the vast potential for this technology. Sixteen years on, the ADF is becoming a UAS (unmanned aerial systems) force with all three services set to possess […]

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Breaking the fast jet ceiling

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Welcome to our latest “Throwback Thursday” feature article from a past edition of Australian Aviation. Here, this June 2017 issue story from Max Blenkin looked at why Australia had yet to have a female fighter pilot. Since this story was published, two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) female fighter pilots completed their operational conversion course […]

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Lockheed Martin Australia opens new Canberra office

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Lockheed Martin Australia’s new head office has been officially opened in a newly outfitted building in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle, close to its main customer, the federal government and Defence. The official opening was performed by Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne who said Lockheed Martin was a great partner with the government in defending Australia and […]

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RAN’s first Air Warfare Destroyer commissioned

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The first of three new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, was officially commissioned into Royal Australian Navy service on Saturday, a proud occasion when the white ensign flew from the ship for the first time and she officially became Navy property. The commissioning ceremony, at the Navy’s Fleet Base East on Sydney Harbour, […]

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Lockheed Martin’s Melbourne research lab takes flight

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Australia spends around $1 billion a year surveying powerlines by helicopter, a job that could be done for a faction of that price by new autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to top up their batteries from the powerlines themselves. Engineering students from Melbourne University, backed by Lockheed Martin’s new STELaRLab advanced research centre, have […]

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Insitu marks one million hours

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Unmanned aircraft systems company Insitu has notched up one million operational flight hours – 114 years – by its ScanEagle, Blackjack and Integrator platforms. Insitu chief executive Ryan Hartman said the first operational mission, which started the clock, was for the US Marine Corps, and so too was the one millionth flight hour. He gave […]

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RAAF operations against IS to wind up late this year or early next?

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Australia’s part in the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria looks like ending late this year or early next year. With Mosul set to fall, possibly within days, the main fight against IS – referred to by the acronym Daesh – will move to neighbouring Syria where their de facto capital, the city […]

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