15 Sep 2014
Work on the first two aircraft to be modified under the validation and verification phase of the RAAF’s Hawk Mk.127 Lead In Fighter Capability Assurance (LIF CAP) program is now underway at Williamtown.
Twelve months ago, it was clear to visitors to Airbus Military’s A400M Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Seville that the aircraft was still very much in its development stage, with five test and development working hard to certify the aircraft and customer deliveries yet to begin.
02 Sep 2014
In February the Abbott Government formally approved the purchase of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with an option for another four, to replace the existing 18 AP-3C Orions. The first Poseidon is expected to achieve initial operating capability in 2017, with the eighth in 2021.
As the RAAF prepares for the introduction of a fifth generation fighter capability, in the form of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter later in the decade, Chief of Air Force (CAF) has announced details of the transition plan.
24 Jul 2014
The first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force are due to roll off the assembly line in Texas on July 24.
Most of the RAAF’s 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft will not be delivered until mid-2016, but four aircrews are already flying the type in the US and RAAF specialists are now embedded in US Navy (USN) electronic warfare (EW) support organisations.
22 Jul 2014
A quiet evolution has been occurring throughout the ADF over the last few years as the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness reforms the regulatory process to better align for the future.
13 Jun 2014
At a time when many SMEs in the defence industry are suffering from a slowdown in Defence contracts, Nowra-based aviation company Air Affairs Australia has bucked the trend by purchasing a second special mission Learjet 35A and are just completing a third purpose-built hangar at its facility in the Albatross Aviation Technology Park adjacent to HMAS Albatross.
10 Jun 2014
While the RAAF is contemplating delivery later this decade of Triton Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) boasting wingspans of nearly 40 metres, the DSTO is meanwhile studying the complex interaction of air flow over the infinitely smaller wings of insects.
Rumours of a project to acquire an armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the ADF being included in the Defence Capability Plan (DCP), due in the first quarter of 2015, have recently gained momentum following a recent speech by Deputy Chief of Air Force (DCAF), Air Vice Marshal Gavin Davies.
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