Air

An all-new Australian airshow was launched on 27 April, to be held on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

While Australia touts its Loyal Wingman program as the first locally-designed and built fighter since the Boomerang in the Second World War, several of its regional neighbours have a history of vibrant indigenous fighter programs.

India’s Navy will deploy a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (P-8I) to Darwin from 11-15 April to conduct coordinated exercises with a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon Aircraft.

Airbus has handed over the fifth of seven C295 aircraft to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in a ceremony held last Thursday.

RUAG Australia has been awarded a Defence Innovation Hub Prototype System (Phase 3) contract to develop technologies for the restoration of damaged components for aircraft sustainment.

The next phase of the Air 5428 aircrew training program has begun, with industry teams now vying to supply a Future Air Mission Training System (F-AMTS) under Air 5428 Phase 3.

The study by a Boeing-led industry team will guide capability development efforts by the alliance members in advance of the planned retirement of NATO’s E-3 AWACS in 2035.

RUAG Australia is the first Australian company to be granted Authority To Proceed from the US Government F-35 Joint Program Office to establish F-35 Wheels and Brakes sustainment capability in the Asia-Pacific.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) confirmed that Defence has advised it will not proceed with its Air 7003 Skyguardian project.

Leonardo Australia has announced that the Essendon Fields Service Centre in Melbourne, VIC, has received CASA Part 145 approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Speaking at the naming ceremony for Boeing’s MQ-28A Ghost Bat, Boeing’s Director Boeing Airpower Teaming System Glen Ferguson revealed mission payload configurations are in the ground test phase.

The first T129B ATAK attack helicopters were delivered to the Philippines last week following a six months delay.

Boeing P-8A team members and Spirit AeroSystems employees have laid the keel beam for New Zealand’s first P-8A.

The RAAF has selected ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’ as the military designator and name for the Loyal Wingman uncrewed combat aircraft.

The government says it is planning to invest $244 million in a major upgrade of a RAAF airbase near Derby in Western Australia.

The 2022 iteration of the biennial Singapore Airshow was held between February 15 and February 18 and provided a welcome return to business for a region hit hard by COVID-19.