Air

Three local Australian companies have been awarded grants and work under the New Air Combat Capability – Industry Support Program to support JSF manufacturing in country.

Defence released a Request For Information (RFI) to industry on June 2 with a view to replacing its Lead In Fighter Training System (LIFTS), currently provided by the BAE Systems Hawk Mk.127 platform.

A first-of-its kind trial to remotely pilot a small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from the back of a C-130J has the potential to open up a range of capability options for the joint force.

At the 2017 Avalon Airshow, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) CEO Linden Blue announced the formation of a team of local and international companies to support its bid for Defence’s Air 7003 Phase 1 competition.

Construction of the four Gulfstream G550 business jets acquired for Project Air 555 has been completed and external modifications required for the MC-55A Peregrine electronic warfare support configuration are now under way on the first two airframes.

Sydney-based CAE Australia has been awarded a $26 million contract to upgrade an aircraft simulator and other training systems as part of the C-130J Block Upgrade Program at RAAF Base Richmond.

The RAAF’s Boeing E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability celebrated 10 years of operational service on May 5.

The company will operate out of a 1,000 square metre facility in north Brisbane.

The first Wingman has now been presented to the Commonwealth, marking the first time in over 50 years that a military aircraft has been designed and built in Australia.

Defence this week provided more details regarding its plans to dispose of its remaining fleet of Classic F/A-18A/B Hornets, PC-9/A trainers and most of Army’s S-70A-9 Black Hawk helicopters.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has partnered with Geelong-based Conflux Technology on the development of a heat exchanger.

The new BLU-111 will have the same range and performance metrics as current General Purpose Bombs but will be significantly safer to store, transport and operate.

Airbus Helicopters and Nova Systems have agreed to identify future collaborative business opportunities.

A Boeing Australia industry team has presented the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft to the RAAF.

Chemring Australia has secured a contract for the production and delivery of countermeasure flares for Australian, US and international F-35 operators.

In late January a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A dropped supplies by parachute to Wilkins Airfield, near the Australian Antarctic Division research station at Casey on the southern continent.