Andrew McLaughlin

  • A330 MRTT

    ANALYSIS: RAAF's transport capabilities in transition


    The Royal Australian Air Force's air transport capability is midway through a massive transformation that is revolutionising how it conducts operations.

  • F-35

    ANALYSIS: How Australia will ramp up ISR capabilities


    ​The Royal Australian Air Force’s air combat and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities will be substantially increased over the next decade as new fifth generation capabilities are introduced.

  • HMAS Canberra - Commonwealth of Australia

    Australia commissions helicopter carrier Canberra


    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) commissioned its first of two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels at a ceremony in Sydney on 28 November.

  • News

    Australia formally requests extra C-17s


    Australia has formally requested “up to four” more Boeing C-17A Globemaster III airlifters from the US government, a notification by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) posted on 12 November shows.

  • EC135 - Airbus Helicopters

    ​Australia confirms HATS win for Boeing/Thales EC135 bid


    Australian defence minister Senator David Johnston has formally declared the teaming of Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia as the winning tender for the Australian Defence Force’s Project Air 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS).

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    Australia to buy up to four more C-17s


    ​The Australian Government has announced its intention to buy an additional two Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transports for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

  • Australia F-35 take-off - Lockheed Martin

    Australia's first F-35 gets airborne


    ​The Royal Australian Air Force’s first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II made its flight debut from the manufacturer’s Fort Worth facility in Texas on 29 September.

  • News

    Australia commits combat aircraft to fight IS


    ​Australia will commit air and special forces assets to the international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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    PICTURES: Thailand deploys Gripens to Australia for first overseas exercise


    Thailand's air force has deployed its Saab Gripen C/Ds to Darwin in northern Australia for Exercise Pitch Black 2014 (PB14), in the type’s first overseas exercise deployment by the service.

  • RAAF KC-30 - Commonwealth of Australia

    Australia considering more C-17s, KC-30 tankers


    Australian defence minister Senator David Johnston has hinted that his government is considering acquiring additional Airbus Defence & Space KC-30/A330 multirole tanker transports (MRTTs) and Boeing C-17 strategic transports as part of a Defence White Paper currently in development

  • News

    Australia pushes for Harpoon integration on P-8As


    ​Negotiations have commenced between Boeing and the US Department of Defense to secure integration of the AMG-84 Harpoon Block 1G anti-ship missile with the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft on behalf of the type’s Australian customer.

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    Australian auditors slam bungled NH90 procurement


    In a scathing report, ​Australian auditors have blamed a series of procurement errors and “development deficiencies” for the delayed service entry of the nation’s fleet of NH Industries NH90 helicopters.

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    Australia's first EA-18G enters production


    ​The Royal Australian Air Force's first Boeing EA-18G Growler has commenced production at Northrop Grumman’s El Segundo plant in California.

  • F-35B USS Wasp - Lockheed Martin

    Australia reveals interest in F-35B


    Australian defence chiefs have told a hearing by the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee that prime minister Tony Abbott’s coalition government is considering whether to acquire a number of short take-off and vertical landing Lockheed Martin F-35Bs.

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    Australia to confirm 58-aircraft F-35 order


    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will on 23 April announce that his government has approved the acquisition of 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters.

  • News

    Lockheed Martin, BAE square off for Australian trainer contract


    ​Industry teams led by Lochkeed Martin and BAE Systems in Australia have met the 31 March deadline to bid for the Australian Defence Force’s AIR 5428 pilot training system, which aims in 2018 to replace the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of 63 Pilatus PC-9/As.

  • Australian C-27J - Alenia Aermacchi

    Australia waits on C-27J transfer approval


    Despite having made its first flight last December, the Royal Australian Air Force’s first Alenia Aermacchi/L-3 Communications C-27J Spartan remains laid up in Turin due to delays in obtaining flight clearances for its ferry flight from Italy to the USA.

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    Australia develops support infrastructure for MH-60Rs


    ​Work on the Royal Australian Navy’s Lockheed Martin MH-60R Romeo helicopter support facilities is well underway at HMAS Albatross near Nowra on the New South Wales south coast.

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    Australia to buy MQ-4C Triton


    The Australian government has announced its intention to acquire the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance system, becoming the first foreign customer for the maritime variant of the Global Hawk.

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    P-8A deal starts Australian maritime surveillance renewal


    Australia's P-8A selection is just the start of a wider programme of maritime surveillance equipment spending