Air

Exercise Pitch Black 2018, the largest air combat exercise in the southern hemisphere, was held in the Top End between July 27 and August 17.

Australia is positioned to become an international centre of Chinook expertise following a new partnership agreement between Boeing and CASG.

Defence has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to industry for the proposed acquisition of a Special Operations Helicopter capability.

Australian companies involved in Super and Classic Hornet sustainment now stand to win business supporting overseas jets.

OCCAR has commissioned Airbus Helicopters to perform de-risking studies aimed at providing the Tiger helicopter with next generation battlefield capabilities.

The US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have finalized the lowest per aircraft price in F-35 program history on the same day that an F-35B crashed in South Carolina.

Defence has entered into a contract with Hawker Pacific as prime contractor for the delivery of a substantially upgraded version of the Air Combat Officer Training System.

Boeing has signed an agreement with the Commonwealth that consolidates current and future upgrades and sustainment for the life of the RAAF's fleet of six E-7A Wedgetail aircraft.

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have completed F-35 static, drop test, and durability testing and early results indicate a potential for an increased service life certification for the F-35A variant.

Schiebel Group has founded Schiebel Pacific to provide the Pacific region with a permanent program, logistics, and sales hub.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has announced the further expansion of Team Reaper Australia with the inclusion of Sentient Vision Systems.

The signing of two Defence Innovation Hub contracts to further develop unmanned aerial system (UAS) capabilities have been announced.

TAE Aerospace will develop a turbine engine maintenance facility in Bundamba, south-east Queensland, which will support in-country sustainment of Australia’s fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets.

Defence has confirmed that three of its C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft were affected by fuel contamination during the recent Pitch Black exercise, held in the NT in July and August.

Airbus’ Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, has risen in the stratosphere to a pressure altitude of over 62,000 feet.