F-35 report: JPO seeks to fend off Pentagon Chief Tester’s concerns

Australian F-35A serial A001 flying out of Luke Air Force Base, US. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The Pentagon’s Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore has released his report into the F-35 Lightning II for US Congress with the Joint Program office (JPO) saying the deficiencies raised are “well known” and come as “no surprise”. Premium

US Navy launches SLEP for Super Hornets

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Fist of the Fleet” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Credit: USN by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman A. O. Tinubu

The US Navy will launch a service life extension program (SLEP) for its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as delays to the carrier variant (F-35C) joint strike fighter force it to consider contingency plans. Premium

Mars mission head says Australia an important contributor

Connolly says Australia has a lot of talent and many Australian companies have and will continue to deliver innovations for the space industry. Credit: NASA

The man who will head up NASA’s Mars mission believes Australia has a part to play in future space programs that goes beyond the happy chance of being an ideal site for tracking and communications stations. Premium

Integrating unmanned systems into civil airspace

The U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has completed operational assessment, which paves the way for a Milestone C decision in the coming months. Credit: USN courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Chad Slattery

With remote piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) set to boom in both civil and military roles in Australia, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) believes it’s time to solve the critical issue of safely integrating them into civil airspace. Premium

Japan closer to indigenous 5th Generation fighter capability

Japan hopes to have the F-3 in production by 2027. Credit: Kyodo News video via YouTube

Late last week Japan revealed its fifth generation fighter technology demonstrator, known unofficially as the “ShinShin”, or the X-2. Premium

Royal Thai Navy opts for another OPV

The first Royal Thai Navy OPV, Krabi, was launched in 2011. Credit: BAE Systems

BAE Systems has signed a new contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Royal Thai Navy. Premium

UAE selects Patria AMVs

The platform has attained a strong combat reputation, chiefly based on the strength of its operational performance with the Polish Army in Afghanistan. Credit: BAE Systems

Land 400 Phase 2 contender Patria (teamed with prime contractor BAE Systems Australia) has been awarded a contract to supply up to 40 hulls of its 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicles (AMVs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Time to back our potential – new Chief Scientist’s vision

Dr Finkel has an extensive background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. Credit: Office of the Chief Scientist

Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel assumed the role on 25 January. Here is the text of his first statement: Premium