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.

Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a new five year contract with Defence for ongoing sustainment of the Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS), which is used by the RAAF for air surveillance operations.

Boeing says it will replicate its established Australian Industry Content (AIC) model if the AH-64E Apache is selected for Australia’s armed reconnaissance helicopter replacement under Land 4503.

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.