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Australia Joins Military Exercise Focused on Indo-Pacific Anti-Submarine Mission Capabilities
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Australia Joins Military Exercise Focused on Indo-Pacific Anti-Submarine Mission Capabilities

The Royal Australian Air Force sent two P-8A Poseidon aircraft and 51 airmen to the Sea Dragon 2024 exercise that the U.S. Navy is hosting at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, from Jan. 8 to 24. The exercise, which also includes representatives from the United States, India, South Korea and Japan, is focused on anti-submarine...

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Boeing Secures $402M Deal to Sustain, Modernize Australia’s Fleet of Military Aircraft

The Australian government has awarded Boeing Defence Australia a $401.6 million contract for sustainment and modernization support of the country’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The modification extends the two parties’ original agreement by another five years, guaranteeing support for the Royal Australian Air Force’s military aircraft through 2030. The extension is the...

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Northrop Says Initial Flight Confirms Australia’s MQ-4C Triton Ready for 2024 Delivery

Northrop Grumman has completed the first flight of Australia’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle at its Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center in California. The initial flight conducted airworthiness assessments, covering engine, flight control and fuel system checks, and basic aircraft handling tests, the company said. According to Northrop, the flight test confirmed that the UAV is...

Australia Steps Up Strategic Defense Program With $140M Investment in Munition Factories
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Australia Steps Up Strategic Defense Program With $140M Investment in Munition Factories

Australia’s Department of Defence announced on Friday that the Albanese administration is investing $140 million to boost the munitions production capacity in the ammo factories in Mulwala, New South Wales, and Benalla, Victoria. Defence Australia said the investment exemplifies the government delivering on the Defence Strategic Review’s priority to quickly build local manufacturing and increase...

RAF Wing Commander Completes Course to Qualify as E-7 Wedgetail Operator
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RAF Wing Commander Completes Course to Qualify as E-7 Wedgetail Operator

The Royal Air Force’s Wing Commander Sarah McDonnell recently completed a qualifying course in Australia to operate the E-7 Wedgetail. Administered by the Royal Australian Air Force and Boeing Australia under the RAF’s E-7 Wedgetail AEW1 Programme, the course provided class-based instruction and simulator training to McDonnell and allowed her to fly Australia’s E-7A. The...

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Australia Beefs Up MQ-4C Triton UAS Order From Northrop

The Australian government has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to add a fourth MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system to the Royal Australian Air Force’s UAS fleet. The company said production of the three aircraft that were ordered initially is progressing as scheduled. According to Christine Zeitz, CEO and general manager of Northrop’s Australia and New...

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Australia’s F-35A Jet Fighters Debut at Joint Air Combat Exercise Series With Indonesia

The Royal Australian Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters participated in the Australia-Indonesia air combat Exercise Elang AUSINDO 23 for the first time from Sept. 18 to 23. According to the Australian Ministry of Defence, six F-35A fighters were assigned to the exercise based in Manado, North Sulawesi. The training joins 150 RAAF...

Japan’s F-35A Fighter Jets Arrive in Australia
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Japan’s F-35A Fighter Jets Arrive in Australia

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has deployed two of its F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal in the Northern Territory, marking the first time it has sent the military aircraft overseas.  Japan’s vice minister of defense for international affairs, Kiyoshi Serizawa, and Kazuhiro  Suzuki, the ambassador to Australia, were present at...

BAE Systems Australia Sets Up New Williamtown Facility to Support RAAF’s F-35 Sustainment Needs
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BAE Systems Australia Sets Up New Williamtown Facility to Support RAAF’s F-35 Sustainment Needs

BAE Systems Australia worked with the Australian government to stand up a new aircraft coating facility at its Williamtown aerospace site in Newcastle, New South Wales. According to the company, the government-funded facility will support the future sustainment requirements of the Royal Australian Air Force’s F-35 fleet. The service currently operates 63 F-35As and plans...

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Adacel Supports CAE’s Bid for Australian Future Air Mission Training System

Adacel, an air traffic control training and simulation solutions provider, has joined a team of companies supporting CAE’s proposal to deliver and integrate ATC training into the Royal Australian Air Force’s Future Air Mission Training System. The CAE-led AUStringer team, which also includes Leidos, Milskil and Nova Systems, is expected to provide expertise and technologies...

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