Air

Defence has confirmed that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will increase the number of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters based at the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey.

The RAAF’s 36 Squadron (36 SQN) has chosen Konica Minolta and MiR to explore the automation of the movement of aircraft parts.

Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), in partnership with BAE Systems Australia and BAE Systems UK, has recently validated the Hawk Lead In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) structure for 50,000 flight hours.

Infrastructure works to support RAAF’s incoming M-55A Peregrine EW aircraft under Air 555 Phase 1 remain on schedule despite the pandemic, according to Defence.

You don’t have to be a Type-A personality or the captain of the school football team to make a good defence force pilot, but you do have to have a set of skills and capabilities that will get you through training and into an operational squadron.

The Commonwealth’s Request For Information for its proposed Lead In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) program to be delivered under Air 6002 Phase 1 closed on Friday, eliciting responses from at least three companies.

RAAF aircraft and more than 150 personnel have deployed to Guam to join exercises with the RAN and the US.

The WA Police Force has ordered one H145 helicopter, making it the first Australian customer to operate the five bladed H145 variant.

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has signed a A$287 million sustainment contract for the RAAF’s fleet of 12 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

Boeing has conducted an end-to-end flight mission using three high performance test beds in outback Queensland.

When Hornet A21-43 ceremonially rolled out of Boeing Defence Australia’s facility at Williamtown on July 9, it marked the end of Classic Hornet deeper level maintenance work for the RAAF.

A new five-year, $65 million contract with Australian-owned Daronmont Technologies will support the Mobile Control and Reporting Centre based at RAAF Base Darwin.

Hawker Pacific has delivered its fourth and final special mission Beechcraft King Air 350 to the NZ Defence Force (NZDF).

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded $8 million to build the MQ-4C Triton Network Integration Test Environment, which will be located at RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA.

Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) has signed a contract with BAE Systems to provide software defined radios, back up communications systems and monitoring for RAAF air traffic control.

The release last week of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan pledges $65 billion of investment in air capability over the next 10 years: but, as they say, the devil is in the detail.