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Will Australia cap F-35 buy at 72?

The greatest single question facing the Lockheed Martin F-35programme is how many will end up actually being bought?  Barely a week goes buy without one of thefuture operators such as Canada, Japan, or Norway expressing concern about theaircraft’s cost. Australia is in the same boat. It originally talked aboutbuying 100, and has far as I […]

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Full text of Airbus’s statement about C-27 selection in Australia

Airbus Military is highly displeased with Australia’s decision to go for the C-27J over its own C-295 (Surprise! Surprise!). In recent months Airbus Military made a compelling offer, the promise of more A330 multi role tanker transport (MRTT) conversion work provided Canberra plumped for 10 C-295s and a sixth A330 MRTT – designated the KC-30 […]

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Spotting tips: can that Super Hornet become a Growler?

The other day Australianmilitary expert Andrew McLaughlin shared a trio of photos (below) showing the extrabumps and lumps that distinguish Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets that are wiredfor upgrading to E/A-18 Growlers. “There is a lump on thespine, and two on the lower rear fuselage which are apertures for future antennainstallations,” wrote Andrew. ” Other mods […]

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RAAF F-111s go six feet under

Old aircraft tend to have ignominious ends.  Numerous F-4 Phantoms, F-102s, and even earlymake F-16s have received the fatal ‘QF’ target drone designation, which generally portends swift destruction by missiles. With the end of the Cold War, the wingsand fuselages of dozens of old B-52s were guillotined by a steal beam droppedby a crane, making […]

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Lowy Institute questions Australia’s F-35 future

When F-35 programme executive officer Vice Adm David Venletbriefed Australian defence journalists on the F-35 programme in late Februaryhe was bombarded with tough questions. The journalists, mostly sector veterans,had been following the programme for years and asked detailed questions abouteverything from costs to block software upgrades. Their queries reflected the concerns some Australians have aboutthe […]

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Australia’s defence budget: A$72,766,619.18 per day

Think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute has produceda 255 page report titled the Cost of Defence about Australia‘s2011-2012 defence budget. It pegs the daily expenditure at A$72.8 million ($77million). While the report touches on all aspects of Australia‘smilitary. It expresses doubts that  Australiais on-track to achieve Force 2030, the high-tech, flexible force envisaged in a2009 government white […]

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VIDEO: Australia’s Super Hornets arrive tomorrow

Okay, i am on an Australia roll – but here is a short one. It is exciting that the Super Hornets will finally be in Australia tomorrow (a video of the aircraft, kindly provided by Boeing Defence Australia, is above).Canberra is the first export customer and it will be great to see how the twin-engine […]

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VIDEO: Boeing’s Project Wedgetail facility in Amberley

A few weeks ago, Boeing Defence Australia invited me up to their facility at Amberley, just outside Brisbane. This is where work is being done on Project Wedgetail, the programme to develop a 737-based airborne early warning and control system for Australia.I managed to see the inside some of the aircraft in various stages of […]

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Alan Joyce remains optimistic about Qantas’ prospects

It has not been an easy ride for Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce since he took over at the helm of the Australian carrier in November 2008.He ran smack into the headwinds caused by the high fuel prices and economic downturn, and as capacity into the country increased despite the slowdown. Undoubtedly, there are numerous […]

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VIDEO: Wreckage of Airnorth EMB-120 that crashed yesterday

An Embraer EMB-120 turboprop came down in Darwin yesterday just after take-off from the Northern Australian city’s main airport during a routine training exercise.According to local news report, the aircraft was seen banking sharply before crashing into trees and bushland near a golf course on the Royal Australian Air Force near Darwin Airport.From the reports […]

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