Air 5428 finally signed

A RAAF PC-9 together with a RSAF PC-21 near RAAF Base Pearce.

It was the contract that never seemed to end but the Commonwealth and Team 21, a joint effort of Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific, have finally signed Air 5428.

Air: Innovation & Flexibility - AMG embraces Plan Jericho

A RAAF KC-30A refuels a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail. Credit: Defence

The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group has enjoyed a busy 12 months, in which it has continued to enable and support operations in the Middle East, introduce new aircraft and roll-out an ongoing series of upgrades aimed at maximising existing capability.

Air: Underpinning operations - Air Force engineering capability

E-7A Wedgetails are less likely to operate from airfields in a contested area but require flexibility and agility to deliver the desired effect, so a military OM workforce is retained. Credit: Boeing

Most stories about Air Force capability tend to focus on either the platforms themselves, or in the case of the combat elements, the weapons they employ, but underpinning all of this capability is the engineering and maintenance system.

Air: MRH90 Taipan - reaching for 2016 milestones

Australian Army soldiers from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, disembark Army MRH-90 Taipan multi-role helicopters after completing a mission in Shoalwater Bay training area, near Rockhampton, Queensland, during Exercise Blue Dog 2. Credit: Defence

Delays in the introduction of the MRH90 Taipan multirole helicopter have triggered a second life extension for more than half the Army’s Black Hawk fleet, the last of which will now remain in service in the special operations role until 2021.

Project Review: a busy year for Air programs

The C-27J Spartan has entered service with the RAAF. Credit: Defence

The past 12 months have been a busy time for Air projects and there are further milestones ahead in 2016.

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A NIFTY piece of kit saves time on flight-testing

A NIFTY sensor installed on a PC-A's vertical stabiliser. Credit: Defence

Instrumenting aircraft to collect certification, continued airworthiness and mission effectiveness data is a critical enabler towards the successful management and development of the RAAF's aerospace capability, but the cost of such work has traditionally been prohibitive and time consuming. The ‘NIFTY’ wireless sensor system is set to change all that.

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Defence Business - Growler

Officials from both the US and Australia attended the official roll-out ceremony. Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

The RAAF's first EA-18G Growler has been handed over in a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facility. Destined for 6 Squadron, the aircraft is the first of 12 Growlers to complement 24 Super Hornets already in service. All 12 aircraft are due to be in country by the end of 2017.

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View from Canberra: Air 9000 rationalisation goal never reached

A MRH-90 helicopter from 5th Aviation Regiment on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at sunset during Sea Series 2015.

Back in 2004 defence launched an ambitious project, Air 9000, to rationalise the ADF helicopter fleet. That’s 10 different types, each with its own particular support, logistics and training requirements. Premium

IAI promotes Heron TP for future ADF MUAS

Coincidental with the news during the Avalon show that the Australian government has sent personnel to the United States to commence training on the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper MUAS, Israel Aircraft Industries revealed that it has conducted initial discussions with the RAAF regarding the potential of its Heron TP medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial system. Premium

Firescout for RAN?

According to CDRE James Borghardt US, deputy program manager for the MQ- 8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, several discussions have taken place between the US Navy and the RAN on this capability, including its potential use in the Sea5000 Future Frigate program. Premium

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New icebreaker for Antarctic Division

An artist's impression of the new design. Credit: DMS Maritime
A subsidiary of Serco Australia has been awarded a $1.9 billion contract by the Commonwealth to design, build operate and maintain a new research and supply icebreaker vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).