18 Nov 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.
30 Oct 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.
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.
28 Oct 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.
21 Oct 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.
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.
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.
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