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Sergeant Brodie Stewart (foreground) of No. 37 Squadron assists Flight Sergeant Liam Higgins with the loading of pallets onto the C-130J Fuselage Trainer at RAAF Base Richmond. *** Local Caption *** On 15 June 2018, a C-130J Hercules Fuselage Trainer was formally handed over at RAAF Base Richmond, providing the first accurate and dedicated cargo compartment training device for any RAAF C-130 variant since the Hercules’ introduction in December 2018. 

The device will be supported by CAE Australia and was constructed by Airbus Australia Pacific, with further assistance from Lockheed Martin, using the fuselages of two retired C-130H Hercules. The Fuselage Trainer will provide a dedicated training environment for Loadmasters as well as other personnel who utilise the C-130J, including Air Dispatchers, Air Movements personnel, and Aero Medical Evacuation specialists. Previously, personnel utilised retired C-130E Fuselage Hulks for training or worked on real C-130J airframes.

RAAF inducts new C-130J fuselage trainer

The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group (AMG) and 37 Squadron based at Richmond west of Sydney have inducted a new C-130J-30 Hercules fuselage trainer (FuT). Designed by CAE and built by Richmond’s Airbus Group Australia Pacific workforce from two … [Read More...]



USAF conducts Joint Strike Missile testing

The USAF has recently conducted a series of testing phases with the Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) at Edwards AFB. Designed as an air-launched derivative of the surface launched Naval Strike Missile (NSM) specifically to … [Read More...]

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Germany signs with Airbus for Heron TP UAS

Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a contract with Airbus for the provision and operation of five IAI Heron TP unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The … [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...]