Canada formally declares interest in buying RAAF Hornets

Canada has formally expressed its interest in acquiring Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornet multirole fighter aircraft as it explores options to supplement its CF-18 fleet. According to a statement from Public Services and Procurement Canada dated October 9, Canada entered discussions with the Australian government in late August to assess the potential purchase of … [Read more...]

PM officially opens PACIFIC 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed guests, exhibitors, VIPs and a “veritable armada of admirals” from 39 navies to the 10th PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exhibition, declaring Australia was embarking on an ambitious and unprecedented program of naval shipbuilding. Mr Turnbull said PACIFIC 2017 was a crucially important gathering at a time of enormous investment … [Read more...]

Australia to set up national space agency

Australia plans to establish a national space agency as part of efforts to play a greater role in the fast-growing space industry. The federal government announced the commitment to set up a national space agency on September 25. Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash told the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide a national space … [Read more...]

US approves possible Canadian Super Hornet buy

The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) has announced the potential sale to Canada of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets has been approved. The announcement says the Congressional approval covers a US$5.3bn (A$6.45bn) package comprising 10 single-seat F/A-18Es and eight F/A-18F two-seat aircraft, and a long list of support equipment and spares. Key elements of the … [Read more...]

Canada considering RAAF classic Hornets?

The Canadian government is considering the acquisition of soon-to-be-retired Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 classic Hornets to bolster its own fleet of CF-18A/B Hornets, a September 6 media report claims. The online report in the Globe and Mail says the RAAF jets are being considered as an interim capability boost in lieu of a permanent replacement for Canada’s classic … [Read more...]