The Marine Corps has declared 10 aircraft of the VSTOL version of the Joint Strike Fighter to be operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. Credit USMC

Marine Corps declares F-35B jump jet operational

The US Marine Corps' vertical short takeoff or landing (V/STOL) variant of F-35B Joint Strike Fighter reached initial operational capability late last week with a squadron of 10 aircraft ready for world-wide deployment.

Lockheed Martin's F-35 production line. The number one defence company posted revenues of $US40 billion. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Top 100 Global Defence companies robust despite downturn

The top 100 global defence companies have been announced showing the industry is in good health despite downturns in defence spending.
All 12 aircraft are due to be in country by the end of 2017. Credit: K Ziesing

First RAAF Growler rolled out in St. Louis

The RAAFs first EA-18G Growler has been handed over in a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facility.
The Los Angeles, Seawolf, Virginia and SSGN-class submarines and the Navy's Collins-class submarines use the AN/BYG-1 software and hardware. Credit: Defence

GD To Modernise Weapons Control System of US, Australian Submarines

General Dynamics has won a $20 million contract from the US Navy to continue modernising the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for US as well as Australian submarines.
USS The Sullivans was damaged by an explosion of a Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA missile during a test launch. Credit: USN/USNI

SM-2 missile explodes on launch, damages US destroyer

A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the US Atlantic coast.
Marand is manufacturing the vertical tailfins of the F-35 Lightning II in Australia. Credit: Marand

First F-35A with Australian Made Vertical Tails Takes Flight

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, known as AF-73, took to the skies July 17, marking the first flight by an F-35 possessing two vertical tails manufactured by the Australian-based engineering company Marand.

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ScanEagle trial for RAN in 2016

An RAN ScanEagle trial looks set to occur in 2016. Credit: USN

Insitu president and CEO Ryan Hartman confirmed to Australian media this week that Insitu will be supporting a Navy trial of ScanEagle. more »

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    Meggitt delivers additional weapons training simulation systems

    Meggitt Training Systems Australia (MTSA) delivered five Weapons Training Simulation Systems (WTSS) at bases across Australia under Army Minor Project AMP029.44 and is also upgrading 18 existing WTSS facilities to bring them up to a similar standard as well as providing enhanced weapon simulator capability. Premium

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      What dreams may come under Sea 5000

      Some conferences are worthy but reiterative, others are genuinely informative and have the power to influence, and such was the case with the Future Surface Fleet conference organised by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Premium

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        RAAF ladies roundtable at Avalon

        Want to have a serious case of career envy? Hang out with the next generation of RAAF ladies at the Avalon Air Show. Premium

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          IAI promotes Heron TP for future ADF MUAS

          Coincidental with the news during the Avalon show that the Australian government has sent personnel to the United States to commence training on the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper MUAS, Israel Aircraft Industries revealed that it has conducted initial discussions with the RAAF regarding the potential of its Heron TP medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial system. Premium

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            ADF Weapons: Is Defence interest in non-lethal weapons waning? | ADM July 2014

            The notion of acquiring new, enhanced non-lethal weapons, to provide deployed forces with greater options than through the use of lethal force, had its genesis in the 2009 Defence White Paper. And there it appears to have rested. Premium

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