Sea Power: Poseidon's challenge - replacing the AP-3C | ADM March 2014

Over the remainder of this decade, Australia’s Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orions will begin to be replaced by a mix of manned and unmanned platforms under the umbrella of Project Air 7000, but the transition needs to be carefully managed to ensure no shortfall in maritime ISR capability. Premium

Air: Sustained Lightning - New Air Combat Capability project focuses beyond acquisition | ADM February 2014

Last year was an important year for the international Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program as it continued to reduce risk and meet both internal and external challenges. Premium

Air: Battlefield Airlifter on the horizon| ADM February 2014

The maiden flight of the first Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan for the RAAF in mid-December marks a significant milestone in the ADF’s quest to acquire a Battlefield Airlift (BFA) capability. Premium

Air: The slow journey of Air 5428 continues | ADM February 2014

Yet another delay to Air 5428 Phase 1 (Fixed Wing Pilot Training System); this time with the closing date of the long-awaited Request for Tender (RFT) pushed back six weeks from 17 February to 31 March. Premium

Air: Advanced technologies key to OneSky | ADM February 2014

In many respects Australia is leading the world in the introduction of new satellite and ground-based technologies in air traffic management. Further advances in these and other innovations are sure to emerge with the replacement of the current Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) system by a combined civil/military system. Premium

Projects: First Oz Romeo in December 2013 | ADM December 2013/Janaury 2014

On December 10, the Royal Australian Navy became the first international operator of the Sikorsky Seahawk MH-60R “Romeo” anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter. Premium

Projects: New parachute systems for the ADF | ADM December 2013/Janaury 2014

With the removal of 3RAR’s jump status in 2012, the Australian Army no longer has a conventional parachute-infantry force and the only combat units to retain a parachute capability are the Special Air Services Regiment and the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments. Premium

Defence Business: Onesky: All aboard for a single air traffic system | ADM October 2013

Back in 2009, The Government’s white paper on aviation saw little advantage in Airservices Australia and Defence providing separate air navigation services in Australia. With major equipment upgrades due this year the then Labor Government saw an “ideal opportunity” to synchronise and harmonise these air traffic services. Premium

Maintenance: C-130 to land further capabilities | ADM September 2013

With the RAAF’s C-130J medium transport fleet having recently completed a significant block upgrade, planning is under way for another such capability enhancement but a third is likely to be deferred for at least two years. Premium

Maintenance: Battlefield helicopter back on track | ADM September 2013

After a long and challenging introduction to service the MRH 90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopter is now showing signs of maturity and has recently achieved two significant milestones, but the program is running three years behind schedule and has been a Project of Concern (PoC) since November 2011. Premium

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Australia to buy 58 Joint Strike Fighters

Australia will buy 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35A JSF at a cost of more than $12 billion after the Federal Government recently gave the go ahead for the purchase.