Sustainment: A tale of two helos | ADM October 2014

The Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and Taipan (MRH 90) Multi-Role Helicopter have now both been in service for several years, but both still face challenges, particularly with regard to sustainment. Premium

Defence Business: First Australian Joint Strike Fighters rolled out | ADM September 2014

In a ceremony at the historic US Air Force Plant No.4 in Fort Worth Texas on July 24, the first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force were formally rolled out. Premium

Defence Business: ADF Pilot Training System heads towards downselect | ADM September 2014

After a protracted nine-year process from inception to RFT, Defence is now considering Air 5428 Pilot Training System Phase One bids primed by BAE Systems Australia and Lockheed Martin, offering two trainer aircraft with a shared DNA. Premium

Land Forces 2014: Lessons from French Tiger combat operations | ADM September 2014

French Army Tigre (Tiger) helicopters have been continuously conducting real operations for six years, working in different and demanding environments such as Afghanistan, Mali, Somalia and Libya and the lessons learned have proven very useful for French rotary wing teams. Premium

Defence Business: Integrated air defence – Exercise Pitch Black 2014 | ADM September 2014

Over eighty aircraft and 2300 personnel from seven countries took part in the biennial Exercise Pitch Black over the empty skies of Australia’s Top End in August. Premium

Defence Business: TASPO – Rolling out airworthiness reform | ADM September 2014

The Training Aircraft Systems Program Office (TASPO), headquartered at RAAF East Sale has achieved significant engineering efficiencies through its recent reform program and is now looking to roll out further reforms which will also benefit aircraft maintenance. Premium

Defence Business: Lifting the lid on LIF CAP | ADM July 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. Premium

Defence Business: Significant Opportunity in Asia-Pacific for Airbus D&S | ADM July 2014

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. Premium

Land Surveillance: Protecting Australia’s borders | ADM July 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. Premium

Defence Business: Plan Jericho – Introducing 5th Generation Capability | ADM July 2014

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. Premium

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BAE Systems 6,000 training mission milestone

BAE Systems' NTP's Airborne Navigation Trainers have completed 6,000 successful training missions for the Australian Defence Force's SAW.