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VIDEO: Last chance to see Australian F-111s and Caribous next week!

Next week’s Australian International Air Show 2009 will be the last chance for aviation enthusiasts to see the Royal Australian Air Force’s General Dynamics F-111s and Caribous before they are retired.In particular, F-111s are likely to perform the famous “dump and burn” routine. This involves the F-111 pilot dumping fuel while engaging the afterburner, resulting […]

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What next for Australia’s defence procurements?

Who is waiting for the Australian defence white paper? Not Canberra itself, it seems.The defence establishment down under is moving ahead of the release in April by making some key decisions. These include wiring half of the 24 Boeing F/A-18Fs Australia has ordered so that they can be converted into E/A-18G growlers in the future, […]

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More Super Hornets for Australia?

Will Australia order additional Boeing F/A-18E/Fs? That is the view of some industry sources after today’s announcement that Canberra will wire 12 of the 24 Boeing F/A-18E/Fs it has ordered for electronic attack capabilities, allowing it to upgrade these into the E/A18 Growler later on if it wishes.When the country finally releases its long overdue […]

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Critical non-thinking

It is the Lockheed Martin F-35 silly season again. Every few weeks, the Joint Strike Fighter’s critics feed a story to the media about the aircraft’s alleged shortcomings. That happened in Australia earlier this week. Air Power Australia, which describes itself as an independent defence think-tank, was formed by several ex-Royal Australian Air Force officers […]

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Japan should forget about the Raptor

Waiting for nothing

Japan has finally confirmed what everyone figured would happen anyway – it has delayed its F-X competition in order to continue lobbying the USA for information on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It is silly, though. The Japan Air Self Defense Force’s capability will keep dropping, and there is no guarantee that Washington would allow […]

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