Combat Capability: Lightning strikes twice | ADM June 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. Premium

Combat Capability: Jamming with the Growler – RAAF electronic warfare plans | ADM June 2014

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. Premium

Defence Business: ADF airworthiness regime reforms | ADM June 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. Premium

UAV: Nowra company bang on target | ADM May 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. Premium

UAV: On the wings of an insect – DSTO MAV research | ADM May 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. Premium

UAV: Armed UAVs in the next DCP? | ADM May 2014

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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. Premium

Defence Business: Singapore Air Show Highlights Regional Capabilities | ADM April 2014

Held between February 11 and 16, the 2014 Singapore Air Show attracted more than one thousand companies from 147 countries and highlighted capabilities and products from across Asia and the western world, including Australia. Premium

Land Warfare: Battlefield Helicopters progress towards major milestones | ADM April 2014

Although Army hopes to declare Final Operational Capability (FOC) in early 2016 for its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH), progress continues to be hampered by supply chain difficulties in Europe. Premium

Defence Business: Poseidon on the way - Triton in the wings | ADM April 2014

Australia will acquire eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, with options on four more, and has committed to the acquisition of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned system. Premium

Sea Power: Making way for Romeo | ADM March 2014

The RAN’s new MH-60R combat helicopters will be able to operate with Mk54 torpedoes and AGM-114N Hellfire missiles from Hobart class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) from the time the ships are commissioned, although some alternative procedures will need to be used until the ships receive the “Romeo” modification after delivery. Premium

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Heron rotation hands over to new team

Incoming Heron Detachment Commander, Wing Commander Phillip Parsons (left), signs the Transition of Authority with Wing Commander Matthew Bowers at Kandahar Air Field.
The 14th Rotation of the Heron Detachment at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan has handed over to a new team after five months deployed to Operation SLIPPER.