Air

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.

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.

Defence this week provided more details regarding its plans to dispose of its remaining fleet of Classic F/A-18A/B Hornets, PC-9/A trainers and most of Army’s S-70A-9 Black Hawk helicopters.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has partnered with Geelong-based Conflux Technology on the development of a heat exchanger.

The new BLU-111 will have the same range and performance metrics as current General Purpose Bombs but will be significantly safer to store, transport and operate.

Airbus Helicopters and Nova Systems have agreed to identify future collaborative business opportunities.

A Boeing Australia industry team has presented the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft to the RAAF.

Chemring Australia has secured a contract for the production and delivery of countermeasure flares for Australian, US and international F-35 operators.

In late January a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A dropped supplies by parachute to Wilkins Airfield, near the Australian Antarctic Division research station at Casey on the southern continent.

Airbus Defence and Space announced this week that it has achieved the first automatic air to air refuelling (A3R) operation using the Advanced Aerial Refuelling Boom System.

TAE Aerospace is now Woodward approved as a Licensed Repair Service Facility (LRSF) for the Woodward FCU range for the high power PT6A engine.

Defence has cancelled Exercise Pitch Black, the RAAF’s largest domestic air combat exercise for 2020.

RBI Hawker recently received OEM approval for successfully completing the industry’s first leading edge abrasion strip replacement on the Leonardo AW139 main rotor blade.

Boeing Australia recently achieved two more milestones on the RAAF’s Loyal Wingman.