Minister Payne confirms RAAF classic Hornet sale to Canada

Defence Minister Marise Payne has confirmed the Government has agreed to sell 18 RAAF F/A-18A/B 'classic Hornets to Canada. The Minister’s announcement comes after Canadian officials overnight confirmed they would not be proceeding with a planned purchase of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from Boeing, and would instead agree to a letter of offer from Australia for the classic … [Read more...]

Coming home

Australia stakes its claim as the Asia Pacific hub for Joint Strike Fighter sustainment, as the F-35 prepares to make its Australian debut. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has vowed to continue arguing the case for Australia to act as the region’s hub for F-35 Lightning II sustainment, and intends to push for as much maintenance work as possible to be assigned … [Read more...]

Crawl, walk, Growl

Director Growler Transition Office explains how striving to successfully introduce the EA-18G airborne electronic attack capability with the RAAF, and the wider ADF, is about more than just the ‘whoosh-bang’ of missiles test-fired from a fancy new jet. Thinking through how best to go about introducing the Boeing EA-18G Growler has brought to the fore a number of opportunities … [Read more...]

Putting on a good show requires a great rivalry – how about F-35 versus Growler?

Welcome to the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition edition of Australian Defence Business Review. The scheduled arrival of Australia’s first two F-35A jets at Avalon Airport on Friday March 3 is sure to be the talk of the town. Confirmation from the Defence Minister of the planned Australian debut of the aircraft was greeted by media … [Read more...]

Defence, the budget deficit and the age of low economic growth

One of the risks of working up a new plan to drive a whole new generation of new military capability acquisitions distilled from the conclusion of a brand-new Defence White Paper is the burning issue of how the new investment program will be paid for. This was not a problem for former Prime Minister John Howard, as he spent his way through the mining boom, but really is a … [Read more...]