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An Australian KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) from 33SQN, operated by the Aircraft Research and Development Unit, conducts aerial refuelling compatibility flight testing over the Atlantic Ocean with a United States Navy P-8A Poseidon from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero.
 *** Local Caption *** Over the period 27 February to 14 April 2018 members from the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) and 33 Squadron deployed to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in the United States, to undertake clearance testing between the KC-30A and the Poseidon P-8A aircraft. 
The testing was jointly planned and executed by ARDU and the United States Navy (USN) P-8A Integrated Test Team from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20). 
Throughout the program the RAAF and USN flight test units were tightly integrated to the extent that USN flight test personnel flew as crew on the RAAF KC-30A and RAAF flight test personnel flew as crew on the USN P-8A. 
The ability to refuel the P-8A in flight will allow our aircraft to project maritime patrol and strike capabilities further and for longer.

RAAF KC-30 conducts P-8A refuelling trials

An RAAF KC-30A MRTT has returned from a six week detachment to NAS Patuxent River in Maryland where it conducted a series of air-to-air refuelling trials with US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidons. From February 27 to Aril 14, the KC-30 along with members … [Read More...]


Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Davide Sargeant, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, holds the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano air vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. *** Local Caption *** Australian Army soldiers from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, trained with the PD-100 Personal Reconnaissance System at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. 

The system comprises a Nano air vehicle weighing only 18 grams and a base station and antenna. It is the world's smallest operational unmanned system and has been used extensively in combat by NATO forces in the past few years. It has 25-minutes endurance, 1.6km line-of-sight range and has live video and high-definition snapshot capability, with an optional night vision sensor.

Army rolls out Black Hornet Nano UAS

The Australian Army has begun rolling out the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aerial system to its units following a successful trial program. Commander 6th Brigade and the Army’s only UAS unit, the 20th Surveillance Target … [Read More...]

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F-35 makes combat debut

The Israel Defence Force says it has used its F-35I 'Adir' fighters in recent combat operations, marking the combat debut for the long-awaited 5th generation fighter. During a May 22 speech to visiting air chiefs at a … [Read More...]



COMBAT CLOUD – Next Generation C2

By Chris McInnes Most readers will have heard or read discussions about the ‘combat cloud’. Like the white fluffy things from which its named is derived, the combat cloud can seem to be an ethereal thing – composed mostly of … [Read More...]

HMAS Ballarat prepares to launch her MH-60R Seahawk helicopter as ships from Task Group 659.1 (including HMA Ships Canberra, Warramunga and Ballarat and HMNZS Te Kaha) transit to Pearl Harbour, Hawaii to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. *** Local Caption *** The Australian Defence Force is deploying three ships, three aircraft and more than 1650 personnel to take part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 off the coast of Hawaii and California.

The multinational activity held from 30 June to 4 August 2016 is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes more than 25, 000 personnel from 26 countries.

RIMPAC seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, ostensibly as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations. The exercise helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Down to the Wire

With the SEA 5000 Future Frigate decision believed to be imminent, we summarise the contenders The competition for Australia’s new Project SEA 5000 warships is drawing to a close, with bids in and considered, and a decision … [Read More...]