All Royal Australian Air Force articles – Page 5

  • RAAF KC-30A

    AVALON: RAAF A330 MRTT makes strong combat debut


    As a Royal Australian Air Force Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) continues to support operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the service is placing a major emphasis on getting the type's long-delayed boom refuelling capability on-line.

  • Reaper

    RAAF begins Reaper training in USA


    The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed a number of personnel to the USA to begin training on the US Air Force’s General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle.

  • RAAF Hawk thumb

    RAAF pushes for tighter integration of assets


    The Royal Australian Air Force has ambitious plans that emphasise the seamless integration of airborne assets, as it continues to induct new platforms.

  • RAAF C-27J - Commonwealth of Australia

    Australian C-27J crews commence training in USA


    Australian personnel are embarking on flight training related to the new Alenia C-27J tactical transport aircraft.

  • 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.

  • USMC F-35C - Eglin

    USMC receives first F-35C


    ​The US Marine Corps has received its first carrier-based Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II, marking the 36th and final delivery of a Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in 2014.

  • 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.

  • News

    Australia extends lease for two IAI Herons


    Australia will continue leasing two Israel Aerospace Industries Heron unmanned air vehicles pending the arrival of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton.

  • RAN MH-60R delivery Aus - Commonwealth of Aus

    Australia's first MH-60R arrives by C-17


    The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R combat helicopters has been delivered in-country from US Navy Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, where the squadron has been training alongside US personnel.

  • RAAF Super Hornet - Commonwealth of Australia

    Australia debuts armed Super Hornets over Iraq


    ​Royal Australian Air Force combat aircraft have performed their first operational mission over Iraq, the nation’s Department of Defence has confirmed.

  • Belgian F-16s - Rex Features

    Allies strengthen coalition against Islamic State militants


    ​Several additional nations have begun taking part in US-led operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq, with UK aircraft having performed their first strikes, and fresh deployments made or announced by Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • RAAF C-17

    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).

  • P-8 and P-3 NAVAIR FS

    USN contracts for first four Australian P-8As


    ​The US Navy has agreed on an advanced acquisition contract for the first four of Australia’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

  • 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

  • F-35A AU-1 Australia - Lockheed Martin

    Australian F-35s rolled out in Texas


    ​Australia’s first pair of F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft have been rolled out, during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth final assembly site in Texas. They are the lead examples of at least 72 aircraft to be produced for the nation, under an acquisition worth a projected A$12.4 billion ...

  • EA-18G - RAAF

    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.