RAAF KC-30 conducts P-8A refuelling trials

An RAAF KC-30A MRTT has returned from a six week detachment to NAS Patuxent River in Maryland where it conducted a series of air-to-air refuelling trials with US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidons. From February 27 to Aril 14, the KC-30 along with members of 33SQN and the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) undertook the clearance trials with the US Navy's P-8A Integrated … [Read more...]

Army rolls out Black Hornet Nano UAS

The Australian Army has begun rolling out the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aerial system to its units following a successful trial program. Commander 6th Brigade and the Army’s only UAS unit, the 20th Surveillance Target Acquisition Regiment BRIG Susan Coyle, said the Black Hornet Nano UAS rollout was a significant achievement for Army. “UAS are a game-changer for the … [Read more...]

First Defence Cooperative Research Centre launched

The first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems was formally launched at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018 in Brisbane on May 22. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, welcomed the CRC which was established under the Next Generation Technologies Fund. “I am pleased the first Defence CRC, which is … [Read more...]

Production representative LRASM successfully hits moving targets

The USAF has successfully tested two production-representative Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) against moving maritime targets off the coast of California. The missiles were fired from a B-1B Lancer bomber, and they successfully navigated through all their planned waypoints and transitioned to mid-course guidance before finding and positively identifying the targets … [Read more...]

F-35 makes combat debut

The Israel Defence Force says it has used its F-35I 'Adir' fighters in recent combat operations, marking the combat debut for the long-awaited 5th generation fighter. During a May 22 speech to visiting air chiefs at a conference in Israel, IAF commander Major General Amikam Norkin showed a picture of an F-35I flying over Beirut. “I think we are the first to attack with … [Read more...]