Sixth RAAF KC-30A arrives at Amberley

The sixth Airbus Defence and Space KC-30A MRTT for the RAAF arrived at Amberley, south-east Queensland on September 1. The former A330-203 airliner saw service with Qantas and Jetstar as VH-EBH and first flew in 2007. It was converted to MRTT configuration by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe near Madrid and arrived at Amberley, where it will enter service with 33 Squadron, … [Read more...]

Martin-Baker opens Australian field office

UK-based Martin-Baker has opened an Australian field office at RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle, the company’s first F-35 capable field office located outside of the US and UK. The new office has been established to support not only the RAAF’s fleet of F-35As, the first of which is due to arrive at the base in late 2018, but also the new PC-21 advanced trainers, classic … [Read more...]

F-35 maintenance training making progress

The team charged with bringing home Australia’s F-35A Lightning II in December 2018 has reached a few important milestones, with 27 of the first cadre of maintenance crew completing technical training in May. Squadron Leader Leigh Tinker, senior engineering officer for the F-35A Transition Team, said he now has 20 personnel stationed at Luke Air Force Base, after initial … [Read more...]

US approves MH-60R Romeo upgrades

The United States has approved a possible upgrade program for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) MH-60R multi-mission helicopter fleet under an estimated US$360 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) deal. The Australian Government has requested a possible 10-year upgrade program for the RAN’s 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) … [Read more...]

Boeing supports Five Power exercise by enhancing situational awareness

Upgrades undertaken by Boeing to the situational awareness picture utilised in the Combined Joint Operations Centre (CJOC) within Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System (HQIADS) is giving the members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) improved multi-domain awareness to aid decision-making during exercises. The integration, automation and performance upgrades … [Read more...]