Boeing to miss KC-46 delivery target

Boeing says it will miss its 2017 calendar year target to deliver the first KC-46A Pegasus to the US Air Force. In a December 6 report in Defense News, Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense and Security said, “We’re not going to be delivering a tanker this year.” The report follows the first flight of the first production KC-46A on December 4. Converted from the … [Read more...]

Third RAAF F-35A pictured on first flight

The Royal Australian Air Force’s third F-35A Lightning II, A35-003, has completed its first flight. Photographer Carl Richards captured these images of A35-003 taking off on its first flight, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, on December 1. The aircraft is due to be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in early 2018 to be used for pilot and … [Read more...]

France takes delivery of MBDA MMP

The French military procurement agency, Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has taken delivery of its first batch of MMP anti-armour guided missiles. The MBDA MMP system is to be employed from VAB Armoured Fighting Vehicles and is also man portable, and will replace the Milan, HOT and ERYX systems currently in use. The batch of 50 missiles and 20 firing posts is the first … [Read more...]

Harris and Elbit to deliver Battlefield Command System

Approval of the LAND 200 Tranche 2 project, which will provide the Australian Army with a new Battlefield Command System, has been announced by Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne. Valued at up to $1.4 billion, the project is set to enhance the Australian Defence Force’s digital command, control and communications … [Read more...]

Third RAAF F-35A completes production

Australia’s third F-35A Lightning II aircraft has rolled off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ production facility in Fort Worth. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated that 3 Squadron markings were applied to the aircraft (A35-003) in early November, representing the final stage in the production process before several weeks of ground and flight … [Read more...]