Air

Though it lacks the anticipation and excitement surrounding the forthcoming Phase 6 capability upgrade planned for the RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) fleet, the Phase 5A compliance and interoperability upgrade of Project Air 5077 is nonetheless significant and has achieved some firsts.

Aircraft enthusiasts living in Adelaide were treated to the sight of several huge Antonov An-124 freighters coming and going from the airport just before Christmas, all in support of Australia’s 
P-8A Poseidon program.

There is almost a certain chance of Lightning, of the Lockheed Martin kind, occurring in Australia in 2018, as the RAAF prepares for the arrival of its first pair of F-35As.

The three simulators delivered by CAE Defence are now fully operational with pilots having already commenced the first weapons and tactics course this month.

This year's Exercise Red Flag will see four EA-18G Growler aircraft and crews from Number 6 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley deploy will deploy on their first international exercise.

While major projects in the Land and Sea domains are likely to dominate next year, 2017 was a momentous year for air projects and could be described as 'a year of delivery'.

The five-year base, 22-year rolling wave, performance-based contract includes engineering and logistic services.

According to GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue the technology will provide long-range patrol and relay capabilities to the MQ-9 to augment maritime mission sets

The Commonwealth plans acquisition of seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft under Project Air 7000 Phase 1B.

The RAAF and USN have signed a MoU to jointly develop the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Mid-band (NGJ-MB) capability.

Since the first Orion P-3B touched down in Australia back in April 1968, these aircraft have performed mighty service. Subsequently replaced by P-3Cs and upgraded to AP-3C configuration, the RAAF’s Orions are among the most capable ISR platforms in the world.

Lockheed Martin Australia is responsible for identifying potential suppliers with the ability to develop, integrate, build, supply and maintain capabilities and elements within Australia.

A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target on Saturday in the first-ever MSE test from a remote launcher.

Manufacturer of ejection seats Martin-Baker has opened an Australian field office at Williamtown as part of its commitment to supporting the F-35 in the Asia Pacific region.

Ghosthawk will replace existing mission information systems with an integrated, next generation intelligence support system capable of collecting, manipulating and disseminating data to pilots and their aircraft.