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...]

WA appoints Gates as state defence advocate

Raydon Gates has been appointed as a defence advocate to champion the interests of Western Australia’s defence industry. The former chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand will divide his time between Perth and Canberra, working to deliver contracts and jobs to WA. “The McGowan government is committed to diversifying the state’s economy, and securing a … [Read more...]

Singapore to base F-15SGs in New Zealand?

Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG fighters could be based in New Zealand “long-term” for training, NZ Defence Minister Mark Mitchell has announced. Singapore has asked the New Zealand Government “to consider accommodating F-15SG fighter jet training at Ohakea long-term”, a statement released by Minister Mitchell on August 2 reads. “At the moment both countries are … [Read more...]

Industry awaiting release of sovereign industrial capabilities policy

Development of a new ‘sovereign industrial capabilities’ policy, covering those military capabilities that are considered to be so important that they must be developed or supported by Australian industry, remains a work in progress. That is despite the Defence Industry Policy Statement that was released with the 2016 Defence White Paper having stated that a transition from … [Read more...]