NZ reportedly close to ordering P-8A Poseidon

The New Zealand government is reportedly close to placing an order for four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Following the April 2017 approval to acquire the aircraft in from the US State Department, NZ Defence Minister Ron Mark will reportedly present the acquisition for approval to the NZ Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review … [Read more...]

RAAF inducts new C-130J fuselage trainer

The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group (AMG) and 37 Squadron based at Richmond west of Sydney have inducted a new C-130J-30 Hercules fuselage trainer (FuT). Designed by CAE and built by Richmond’s Airbus Group Australia Pacific workforce from two long-retired C-130H fuselage hulks and new components from Lockheed Martin, the C-130J fuselage trainer will be operated by CAE. It will … [Read more...]

Canada to buy 25 RAAF classic Hornets – report

Canadian media has reported that Canada has requested the sale of 25 F/A-18A/B classic Hornets from Australia from 2019 to complement its own force of similar CF-18A/B Hornets. The Ottawa Citizen said on June 15 that the number of jets to be acquired by Canada’s Department of National Defence has risen from 18 as reported in late 2017, and that the additional seven aircraft … [Read more...]

Pratt & Whitney proposes advanced F135 engine for F-35

Pratt & Whitney has proposed the development of an upgrade to the F-35’s F135 engine that could add more useable power while reducing fuel consumption. Dubbed Growth Option 2.0, the new engine would utilise a more advanced power and thermal management system through new compressor and turbine technologies that would provide more thrust and efficient power. The 2.0 … [Read more...]

Thales & Raytheon to upgrade Collins class sonars

The sonar systems of the RAN’s Collins class submarine fleet will receive an upgrade, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced. In an international collaborative program, the boats’ cylindrical sonar array will be replaced with a Modular Cylindrical Array (MCA) based on Sonar 2076 submarine technology developed by … [Read more...]