RAAF F-35A training systems delivered to Williamtown

The RAAF has taken delivery of two key training systems for its F-35A Lightning II project at RAAF base Williamtown. A weapons load trainer and an ejection systems maintenance trainer were delivered to Williamtown by an Antonov An-124 on May 2, and will be installed at the new Integrated Training Centre which is nearing completion at a greenfield site on the northern side of … [Read more...]

RAAF P-8A to monitor North Korean sanctions

An RAAF P-8A Poseidon from the Edinburgh-based 11SQN will be deployed to Japan as part of a multi-national force to monitor the enforcement of a United Nations Security Council resolution against North Korea. Reports have emerged in recent months of at-sea transfers of fuel, oil and other materials from vessels to North Korean ships in international waters, and the RAAF P-8 … [Read more...]

Govt releases new National Security Science and Technology Policy

The Federal Government released on May 1 its new National Security Science and Technology Policy which it says is aimed at strengthening Australia’s national security. Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne said the policy would be given Government’s highest priority on national security, and that it is underpinned by strong scientific research and the latest … [Read more...]

Australian fatigue testing technology to be tested on retired US Navy helicopter

The US Navy has supplied a retired Seahawk helicopter for Australian Defence scientists to develop and test new fatigue testing technologies which, if successful, could significantly reduce maintenance costs and improve aircraft availability. “In a world first, Defence scientists and engineers are developing a full-scale, structural fatigue test rig that can accurately … [Read more...]

COMBAT CLOUD – Next Generation C2

By Chris McInnes Most readers will have heard or read discussions about the ‘combat cloud’. Like the white fluffy things from which its named is derived, the combat cloud can seem to be an ethereal thing – composed mostly of vapour and not necessarily establishing solid foundations upon which to build. That is a shame, particularly for the Australian Defence Force and … [Read more...]