US Senate bill threatens Turkish JSF participation

A bill to prevent the delivery of Lockheed Martin F-35As to Turkey introduced by a group of US Senators has put Turkey’s future participation in the JSF program at risk. The bill was introduced on April 26 in response to the worsening human rights situation in Turkey, alleged imprisonment and harassment of US citizens, and its decision to acquire a Russian Almaz-Antey S-400 … [Read more...]

Full-scale European MALE RPA concept unveiled

A full-scale model of a proposed European Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) was unveiled at the 2018 ILA Berlin Airshow on April 26. The air vehicle is jointly designed by Airbus Defence & Space, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo Aircraft Division, and the T-tail and rear mounted pusher propeller engines layout bear a close resemblance to … [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 vapour and not necessarily establishing solid foundations upon which to build. That is a shame, particularly for the Australian Defence Force and … [Read more...]

CHC awarded RAAF SAR contract extension

Search and rescue (SAR) coverage for RAAF flying operations from five air force bases around the country will continue to be provided by CHC Helicopter under a 30-month contract extension announced in mid-April. Under the extension which actually came into effect in November 2017, CHC’s Australian operation is replacing existing Sikorsky S-76A+ SAR helicopters with six … [Read more...]

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 (PAX) River by F-35C development jet CF-2 which completed a loads data mission while carrying external 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions … [Read more...]