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PHOTO: First flight of Australia’s Super Hornet

Boeing has successfully conducted the first flight of Australia’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in the USA. The aircraft, which was unveiled on 8 July, took off from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on its inaugural flight that lasted just over an hour.And it looks like they may not buy any more than the 24 that […]

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PHOTOS: Australia’s Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

Here are some photos from yesterday’s unveiling of the first Australian Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet. The Royal Australian Air Force is the first export customer for the type, a fast that will help Boeing in other international competitions.                                                                                                                          Source: BoeingMy colleague Steve Trimble, who can also be found at the excellent DEW Line blog, […]

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VIDEO: Australia joins P-8A development

Canberra has confirmed that it will join in the development of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with the country likely to receive its first of eight aircraft before 2018 when its Lockheed Martin AP-3Cs are due to retire. You can see the US Navy’s really cool promotional video about the aircraft above.The question […]

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Australia details big wish-list in defence white paper

Australia’s defence white paper, which was released on Saturday, has a wide-ranging wish list that aims to revamp the country’s military in the next 20 years. This envisages a big growth in the defence budget, which is bound to face opposition from various groups.Here are some highlights relating to military aviation, with hyperlinks to the […]

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Australia releasing defence white paper tomorrow

                                                                                        Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike FighterOkay, after the false alarm from last time, this time it appears to be real. Australia will release its defence white paper tomorrow, spelling out the country’s military strategy and priorities for the next 20 years.There is speculation that the paper envisages a build-up of Australia’s air and naval […]

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Australia moves on Chinooks, but still no white paper

Another one of Australia’s defence requirements is being filled after the US government said that it plans to sell seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook (above) heavy lift helicopters to Canberra.Yet, there is still no sign of the country’s defence white paper. It looks like many of the key military procurement decisions are being made ahead of […]

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No Australian white paper – yet

Oops! My bad. Today’s announcement by Australia’s defence minister was on the findings of the community consultation segment of the defence white paper – and not the actual report itself. Apologies for being too quick off the mark.Not surprisingly, the consultations found that Australians do not want their country to go beyond the current A$22 […]

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Australia to release defence white paper findings

Australia will release the highly anticipated findings of its defence white paper tomorrow morning. Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon will release the findings at 10.30am local time, a day after he returns from a trip to the USA that included visits to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman facilities. Among other things, the announcement should clarify Canberra’s […]

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Tough times down under as Qantas defers A380 deliveries

Tough times call for tough measures down under. Australia’s Qantas Airways will defer the delivery of four Airbus A380s and 12 Boeing 737-800s as worsening economic conditions force it to cut its pre-tax profit forecast by up to 80%.Jobs are also at stake. Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar will remove 500 management jobs, in […]

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Confusion in Melbourne

It is all getting a little bit confusing over in Melbourne.Last year, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways paid good money to sponsor the Australian city’s main stadium. The deal makes sense for the carrier, which has just started its first direct Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights and is planning on a major expansion of services to Australia. The […]

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