Iraq declares liberation from ISIS

Defence Minister Marise Payne has congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi after he declared that all areas of his country have been liberated from ISIS control. “We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their courage and determination in defeating this national, regional and international threat,” a December 10 ministerial release reads. “The liberation of … [Read more...]

Boeing to miss KC-46 delivery target

Boeing says it will miss its 2017 calendar year target to deliver the first KC-46A Pegasus to the US Air Force. In a December 6 report in Defense News, Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense and Security said, “We’re not going to be delivering a tanker this year.” The report follows the first flight of the first production KC-46A on December 4. Converted from the … [Read more...]

NIOA establishes Canberra office

Australian ammunition company NIOA has established an office in Canberra to support its growing market share. Established in 1973, NIOA is now Australia’s largest privately-owned weapons, ammunition and technical support supplier. Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne congratulated NIOA on the opening of the office at Brindabella Park. “The growing success of this … [Read more...]

Pyne announces counter-IED technology grant

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne announced on December 6 that RingIR Pty Ltd would receive $4.6 million from the Defence Innovation Hub funding to develop and demonstrate a new technology to enhance the ADF’s counter-IED capabilities. A ministerial statement says the new technology uses highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the … [Read more...]

Third RAAF F-35A pictured on first flight

The Royal Australian Air Force’s third F-35A Lightning II, A35-003, has completed its first flight. Photographer Carl Richards captured these images of A35-003 taking off on its first flight, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, on December 1. The aircraft is due to be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in early 2018 to be used for pilot and … [Read more...]