Australian and UK Invictus crews complete Sydney to Hobart

Two crews comprising wounded Australian and British defence personnel successfully completed the 2017 Sydney to Hobart yacht race on the evening of December 29. Each crew comprised 16 former ADF or British Forces personnel who had been wounded, illness or had been injured. The Australian crew in Invictus Games 2018 Down Under, and the UK crew sailing Invictus Games Sydney … [Read more...]

MADE IN AMERICA – How Italian SEA 5000 contender Fincantieri established a new shipbuilding industry half a world away.

By Max Blenkin In a community where more and more factories were shutting up shop, the auto business was in terminal decline and unemployment was soaring, legislators desperately sought to attract new jobs and wealth-creating industries. This isn’t South Australia in the wake of Holden’s closure, but the US mid-west a decade ago as the global recession started to bite. … [Read more...]

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...]