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RAAF procures Boeing Virtual Maintenance Trainers for P-8s

Boeing’s Virtual Maintenance Trainer is part of the maintenance training suite that Boeing will provide to the Royal Australian Air Force. Credit: Boeing.

The Royal Australian Air Force has selected Boeing to provide the service with P-8 maintenance training devices.

US Navy shifts priorities for unmanned program

Northrop Grumman's X-47B unmanned air combat system demonstrator could form the basis of a design for the USN's CBARS. Credit: USN by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg

In light of what appears to be a looming joint strike fighter shortfall, the US Navy has sought to repurpose one of its unmanned projects, following a directive from the Pentagon.

"Risks understood and manageable" as F-35 faces intense scrutiny

The Marine Corps has declared IOC with Block 2B software in July 2015 as it provided increased initial warfighting capability. Marine F-35Bs have the necessary weapons to conduct close air support, air interdiction and limited suppression/destruction of enemy air defence missions. Credit: USMC

The F-35 Joint Program office has released a public statement into the release of the Pentagon's Test and Evaluation draft report.

The Answer is Strategy - Part 3: Leadership

The 76th Iraqi Army Brigade graduation parade marks the completion of their training with the combined Australian and New Zealand force at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Credit: Defence

World leaders take time to learn when and how to intervene with force, something which seems to be learned only by doing.

Boeing receives $3.5b order for more P-8A Poseidons

The P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft will replace the RAAF's P3-C Orions.

Boeing has been awarded a $3.5 billion contract for 20 P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance planes, including four for Australia.

Nulka fired from US carrier for the first time

A MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS) launches a Nulka electronic decoy cartridge aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin during a Nulka fire exercise as part of RIMPAC 2012. Credit: USN by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr.

The US aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower completed the first successful carrier launch of the Nulka countermeasure fired from the MK 53 Decoy Launching System in December.

First of the USN's Great Green Fleet sails

The Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Stockdale, shown departing San Diego, is the first Navy ship running on an alternative fuel blend in regular operations. Credit: USN by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Veloicaza

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS Stockdale became the first warship of the US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' "Great Green Fleet" last week as it sailed from San Diego.

The Answer is Strategy - Part 2: Recent military experience

Australian Army trainer Corporal Jeff Cummings demonstrates the correct operation of a MK 19 grenade launcher to Iraqi Army soldiers at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Credit: Defence

Regardless of your view of the invasion of Iraq, nothing was preordained. Even if the intervention was strategically unwise, once it occurred we were obliged to remain.

Defence Ministers issue counter-Daesh cooperation statement

From L-R: Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne; Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti; German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen; French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian; US Defence Secretary Ash Carter; British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon; and Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert pose for a photo in Paris, Jan 20. Credit: US DoD by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

The Defence Ministers of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, UK and US issued a joint statement on counter-Daesh cooperation on Wednesday after a meeting held in Paris.

RAAF heads to Nevada for Red Flag

A RAAF C-130J Hercules seen through a Heads Up Display of another C-130J during a mission for Exercise RED FLAG 15-1. Credit: Defence (Eamon Hamilton AMG)

The RAAF has deployed 14 aircraft and approximately 410 personnel to Exercise Red Flag 16-1 in the US.

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