New M88A2 recovery vehicles enter service

Defence has received six new M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) armoured recovery vehicles. All of the vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated that delivery of the HERCULES vehicles ensures the safe and effective … [Read more...]

50,000 hour milestone for RAAF SPA fleet

The RAAF’s 34 Squadron has marked 50,000 flying hours with its current fleet of two Boeing BBJ and three Bombardier Challenger 604 Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA). The 50,000 flying hour milestone was passed in March. “Recent flood and cyclone damage in Queensland and northern New South Wales led 34SQN to provide transport for the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to … [Read more...]

Cirrus to supply EW training system for Navy

Through a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is extending its use of simulation in training to ensure that future electronic warfare (EW) specialists are equipped to successfully fight at sea, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has announced. The RAN is planning to deploy a common EW sensor suite across the future fleet, … [Read more...]

Defence receives first aviation refuelling vehicles

Three new aviation refuelling vehicles have been delivered to RAAF Base Amberley, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has announced. These are the first of 100 vehicles that are set to be delivered by Refuel International, which was awarded a $47 million contract in October under the JP 157 Phase 1 Replacement National Support Base Aviation Refuelling Vehicles … [Read more...]