Chief of Air Force releases new strategy

Senior vice president (Global Sales and Marketing) for Boeing Defence and Space Tom Bell (L) gifts a model of the EA-18G Growler to Chief of Air Force AIRMSHL Leo Davies on the occasion of the aircraft's arrival in Australia. Credit: ADM (Patrick Durrant)

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies released Air Force’s new 2017-2017 Strategy at the Chief of Air force Symposium this week prior to the Avalon Air Show. Premium

General Atomics launches Team Reaper

An MQ-9 Reaper RPAS on display at the Avalon Airshow. Credit:
ADM (Patrick Durrant)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), makers of the MQ-9 Reaper and Predator remote piloted aircraft, has launched its Team Reaper Australia solution for the ADF’s Project Air 7003 armed remote piloted aircraft system (RPAS) requirement. Premium

Working up A400M tactical capability

An RAF A400M Atlas arrives for the Avalon Airshow. Credit: ADM (Nigel Pittaway)

The Royal Air Force is now expanding the capability of its Airbus A400M Atlas C.1 into tactical roles, according to Wing Commander Simon Boyle, Officer Commanding No.70 Squadron. Premium

Innovators recognised at Avalon

Avalon 2017 CEO Ian Honnery presents Young Innovator Scholarship for Civil Industry to Jarrod Hayes-Griss from Advanced Composite Structures. Credit: ADM (David Jones)

Four Australian innovators were presented with Aerospace Australia Industry Innovation Awards at Avalon 2017 yesterday.

CAE providing support for RAAF training

CAE's VP APAC Ian Bell (2nd from R) talks with journalists alongside the KC-30A simulator. Credit: CAE Defence

Conversion training of aircrew for the RAAF’s KC-30A multi-role tanker transports (MRTTs) may soon dispense with live sorties and rely entirely on simulation.

RUAG proposes light SAR option

RUAG is marketing a special mission version of the Dornier 228; here is a passenger version of the aircraft on display at Avalon 2017. Credit: Philip Smart

Swiss firm RUAG is perhaps best known for its engineering and component services (having bought Rosebank Engineering in 2012), but one part of the company has put the Dornier 228 twin-turboprop utility aircraft back into production

BAE Systems launches F-35 portal for local industry

Credit: BAE Systems Australia

At the Avalon Airshow on Tuesday, BAE Systems Australia launched a new website targeting Australian and regional stakeholders with an interest in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

TADRS now in service

The Frequentis secure comms defence system. Credit: Frequentis

The Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS) communication upgrade for the RAAF is now in service.

QinetiQ acquires H125s for Empire Test Pilots’ School

An Empire Test Pilots' School Gazelle-3. Credit: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has signed a deal for four Airbus H125 helicopters as part of its modernisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), which it manages alongside the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Varley partners with US T&E solutions provider

Varley Group has been a long term supplier of specialist equipment for Defence, including shelters, equipment enclosures, vehicles, trailers, ground support equipment, transport & storage, marine gangways and airboats. Credit: Varley Group

Engineering and manufacturing company Varley Group has announced a $10 million partnership investment in US Defence Avionics Company, Coherent Technical Services (CTSi) at the Avalon Airshow.

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