Australia grounds Tiger fleet after German helicopter crashed in Mali

Defence has grounded the Australian Army’s Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter fleet, following a fatal crash involving a German Tiger in Mali. As of August 14, Defence decided to cease flying operations “until further information becomes available”, a spokesperson for Defence told Australian Aviation. The brief statement from Defence did not give a reason for the grounding … [Read more...]

Pilatus PC-21 formally welcomed into RAAF service

The first six Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force were formally welcomed into service during a ceremony at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria on Friday. Forty-nine PC-21s as well as simulators and training devices are being acquired under the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System. The first two RAAF PC-21s were displayed at the Avalon Airshow earlier this … [Read more...]

RAAF retires “legacy” Heron UAV

The Royal Australian Air Force is facing a three-year gap in operating an unmanned aircraft (or remotely-piloted aircraft systems – RPAS – to use the RAAF's preferred nomenclature) following the retirement of the IAI Heron in June. Three Herons were leased in late 2009 to meet an urgent operational requirement to provide surveillance support to Australian and coalition troops … [Read more...]

Next eight RAAF F-35As on track for 2018 delivery

Australia’s next eight F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are in production at prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth final assembly plant ahead of delivery to the Commonwealth in 2018. Australia is acquiring 72 F-35As to replace the RAAF’s F/A-18 ‘classic’ Hornets, the first two of which, known as AU-1 and AU-2, were handed over in late 2014 and have since been … [Read more...]

Talisman Saber 2017 concludes

Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 has culminated with an amphibious landing on the central Queensland coast, with troops brought to shore by landing craft and helicopters from an expeditionary strike group led by the USS Bonhomme Richard and including the Royal Australian Navy amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra. The land battle phase of the exercise, centred around the … [Read more...]