Lockheed Martin awarded USAF hypersonic cruise missile development contract

The US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$928m (A$1.21bn) contract to develop a hypersonic cruise missile, to match similar systems reportedly in development by Russia and China. A USAF statement says the contract will cover the “design, development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and aircraft integration support of all the elements of a … [Read more...]

RAAF receives last of 10 C-27Js

The RAAF has taken delivery of its tenth and final Leonardo/L-3 C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter. The delivery is the latest milestone for the Project AIR 8000 Phase 2 program which saw 10 C-27Js ordered in 2012 to replace the obsolete but much-loved DHC-4 Caribou transport. “The Spartan provides flexibility to Defence operations, allowing us to land at airfields that … [Read more...]

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 will retire in early July. Mr Turnbull also announced that the current Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS), VADM David Johnston will become Vice Chief … [Read more...]

JASSM-ER makes combat debut in Syria strike

Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158B Joint Air to Surface Strike Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) made its combat debut on April 14 when the weapon was employed against suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities near Damascus. Launched from two B-1B Lancers flying out of Al Udeid Air base in Qatar, 19 JASSM-ERs were reportedly employed against the Barzah Research and Development … [Read more...]