Air

A new five-year, $65 million contract with Australian-owned Daronmont Technologies will support the Mobile Control and Reporting Centre based at RAAF Base Darwin.

Hawker Pacific has delivered its fourth and final special mission Beechcraft King Air 350 to the NZ Defence Force (NZDF).

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded $8 million to build the MQ-4C Triton Network Integration Test Environment, which will be located at RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA.

Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) has signed a contract with BAE Systems to provide software defined radios, back up communications systems and monitoring for RAAF air traffic control.

The release last week of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan pledges $65 billion of investment in air capability over the next 10 years: but, as they say, the devil is in the detail.

Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a new five year contract with Defence for ongoing sustainment of the Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS), which is used by the RAAF for air surveillance operations.

Boeing says it will replicate its established Australian Industry Content (AIC) model if the AH-64E Apache is selected for Australia’s armed reconnaissance helicopter replacement under Land 4503.

Three local Australian companies have been awarded grants and work under the New Air Combat Capability – Industry Support Program to support JSF manufacturing in country.

Defence released a Request For Information (RFI) to industry on June 2 with a view to replacing its Lead In Fighter Training System (LIFTS), currently provided by the BAE Systems Hawk Mk.127 platform.

A first-of-its kind trial to remotely pilot a small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from the back of a C-130J has the potential to open up a range of capability options for the joint force.

At the 2017 Avalon Airshow, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) CEO Linden Blue announced the formation of a team of local and international companies to support its bid for Defence’s Air 7003 Phase 1 competition.

Construction of the four Gulfstream G550 business jets acquired for Project Air 555 has been completed and external modifications required for the MC-55A Peregrine electronic warfare support configuration are now under way on the first two airframes.

Sydney-based CAE Australia has been awarded a $26 million contract to upgrade an aircraft simulator and other training systems as part of the C-130J Block Upgrade Program at RAAF Base Richmond.

The RAAF’s Boeing E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability celebrated 10 years of operational service on May 5.

The company will operate out of a 1,000 square metre facility in north Brisbane.

The first Wingman has now been presented to the Commonwealth, marking the first time in over 50 years that a military aircraft has been designed and built in Australia.