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RAAF's third F-35 pilot qualified

FLTLT Borrman recently completed his qualifying flight in a USAF F-35 Lightning II.
Credit: Defence

Australia’s third F-35A pilot Flight Lieutenant Edwin Borrman, recently completed his qualifying flight in an F-35A aircraft at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

Australia's first P-8 spreads it's wings

The first P-8A aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force leaves Renton Field for Boeing Field in nearby Seattle, marking its transfer from Commercial Airplanes to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for final completion. Credit: Defence

Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight, flying a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State in the US.

Airbus Helicopters chosen for UK HATS

A graphic rendering of the Airbus Helicopters H135 in MFTS colours. Credit: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has been selected for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), the equivalent of the Australian HATS.

Navy trials for ScanEagle UAS completed

ScanEagle UAS ready to launch for a night sortie. Credit: RAN (LEUT Marcelo Lagos)

Navy's Unmanned Aircraft System Unit achieved a significant milestone in late March, completing the first of class flight trial for the ScanEagle.

Australia and Indonesia complete coordinated maritime patrol

Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Cape Wessel on patrol with the BAKAMLA vessel Ular Laut 4805. Credit: ABF

The Australian Border Force and Indonesia Coast Guard have recently completed a coordinated maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea north-west of Darwin.

Roulettes grounded as PC-9s reviewed

"Roulette 6" Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Morgan in front of a RAAF Roulette PC-9/A aircraft at the Wings Over Illawarra airshow. Credit: Defence

The Royal Australian Air Force is undertaking an engineering review of the PC-9/A fleet that supports flying training and the Roulettes.

Woomera Hypersonic test success for DST Group

HIFiRE 5b rocket launches successfully at the Woomera Test Range in South Australia on May 18, 2016.

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has congratulated an Australian-US team on the success of an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range.

RAAF Hawks achieve 100K hours

From Left: Group Captain David Langlois, Officer Commanding Tactical Fighter Systems Project Office, Group Captain Terry van Haren, Officer Commanding Number 78 Wing, and Steve Drury, BAE Systems Australia Aerospace Director, mark the 100,000 hour milestone for the Hawk fleet.

The Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter has achieved a significant milestone, reaching 100,000 flying hours.

RAAF C-27J Spartan damaged in Texas landing incident

A RAAF Spartan appears to have been involved in a hard landing at Waco, Texas during a pilot qualification flight. Credit: Defence

The Royal Australian Air Force has commenced a safety investigation after a C-27J Spartan aircraft had an incident on landing at the conclusion of a routine training flight.

New contract bids for aerospace suppliers

Boeing and the Commonwealth have agreed to extend and expand the company’s critical support for Australian aerospace suppliers with new contract bid opportunities.

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