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RAF establishes first F-35B squadron

The Royal Air Force has established its first squadron of F-35B Lightning STOVL fighters, and at the same time has revived one of the most famous squadrons in its history. At an April 17 ceremony at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington … [Read More...]

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USMC classic Hornets equipped with APKWS

The US Marine Corps has completed its first operational flights of F/A-18A-D ‘classic’ Hornets equipped with the new BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). The 2.75in precision-guided munitions add a new … [Read More...]

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Malaysia orders Kongsberg NSM

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has announced it has been awarded a €124m (A$199m) contract by Malaysia for the supply of Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) to equip the Royal Malaysian Navy’s six new Littoral Combat Ships. The … [Read More...]

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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...]

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Govt announces Defence leadership changes

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that current Chief of Army, LTGEN Angus Campbell will be appointed to the position of Chief of Defence Force (CDF) and promoted to the rank of General, replacing ACM Mark Binskin who … [Read More...]

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F-35 JSF Program completes SDD

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has completed the nearly 12-year System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. The final SDD test flight was conducted on April 11 at Naval Air Station Patuxent … [Read More...]