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Ghost Bat is getting ready to hunt

Perhaps Boeing Defence Australia’s MQ-28A Ghost Bat has a soft spot for the Avalon Airshow, because it was at this very event that it made its debut in 2019! Since…

March 2nd, 2023
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Airbus Helicopters enjoys rebound after…

Like other helicopter OEMs, Airbus Helicopters is reporting a…

March 2nd, 2023

Schiebel embarks on Australian naval…

Last year, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) selected Schiebel’s…

March 2nd, 2023

Nioa acquires Barrett Firearms in…

The defence company Nioa made an announcement on 17…

March 2nd, 2023
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February 27th, 2023

Collins Aerospace enjoys wide footprint in Australia

Collins Aerospace, a US-based company owned by Raytheon, has just shy of 150 employees in its Australian workforce. Sonny Foster, Managing Director…

February 27th, 2023

HIMARS rockets into Australia

Lockheed Martin is displaying an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at Avalon Airshow 2023. Yet the Australian Army will have…

February 27th, 2023

Project Currawong – bearer of good news

Boeing Defence Australia has been busy supplying the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a deployable battlespace communications system under the AUD650 million…

February 27th, 2023

Thales Australia and RGM team up

Thales Australia and RGM Maintenance have announced an agreement to enhance the support of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) heavy vehicle fleet.…

February 27th, 2023

Spearpoint blows up decoy fighter

One interesting product being promoted at Avalon Airshow 2023 is a 1:1 scale inflatable decoy Su-30 fighter jet. Spearpoint Solutions & Technology…

February 27th, 2023

Bell delivers 429s to New Zealand Customer

Bell Textron announced on the opening day of Avalon Airshow 2023 that it had delivered a pair of Bell 429 helicopters to…

February 28th, 2023

Skylarks dart into Australian inventory

Elbit Systems announced on 7 December 2022 that its Skylark I-LEX small UAV had been procured by the Australian Army. The Israeli…

February 28th, 2023

Boeing looks after full brood of Australian Chinooks

The Australian Army completed its fleet of 14 CH-47F Chinook helicopters when the final two examples touched down aboard a US Air…

February 28th, 2023

Ballooning tensions – Chinese balloon is emblematic of greater threats

China continues to brazenly deny that it is using a fleet of high-altitude balloons to conduct surveillance and intelligence-gathering missions all around…

February 28th, 2023

RAAF seeks replacements for 737 BBJs

No. 34 Squadron of the RAAF operates a pair of 737 Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), but the air force is preparing to…

February 28th, 2023

Classic Hornet ‘red air’ sale is still on the agenda

Australia announced on 5 March 2020 that up to 46 surplus Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters would be sold to Air USA, who…

February 28th, 2023

…and ‘Hello, Poseidon!’

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, resplendent in grey and bearing the serial number ‘NZ4801’, touched down at RNZAF Base…

February 28th, 2023

NZ says, ‘Goodbye, Orion…’

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) retired the last of its Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft in January. Two aircraft…

February 28th, 2023

Completed Defence Strategic Review is handed over

On 14 February, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Defence Minister Richard Marles announced in parliament they had received the final version of…

February 28th, 2023

Hanwha signs contract for Australian howitzer subsystems

Last December, Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) signed up German firm AirSense Analytics for the supply of chemical and hazardous substance sensors for…

February 28th, 2023

Forcys offers subsea solutions to Australia

Forcys, a UK-based maritime defence company, announced the creation of an Australian subsidiary on 13 February. Unsurprisingly called Forcys Australia, the entity…

February 28th, 2023

Pegasus isn’t horsing around when it comes to flying cars!

Melbourne-based Pegasus International Group is exhibiting its innovative flying cars at Avalon Airshow 2023, one a civil aviation variant and another decked…

February 28th, 2023

Phoenix Pod rises to the fore with SiNAB

The Australian firm SiNAB is displaying its Phoenix intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) pod at Avalon Airshow 2023, with the sensor attached…

February 28th, 2023

Babcock Australasia and IAI forge UAV cooperation

On Valentine’s Day, Babcock Australasia and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the start of a special relationship. The two parties signed an…

February 28th, 2023

Avalon Airshow is back!

The Avalon Airshow is Australia’s largest such aviation and aerospace exhibition, and it is boomeranging back in full force after a four-year…

March 1st, 2023

Falcon Soars in Australia for DASSAULT

French aerospace company Dassault Aviation is displaying two aircraft from its line-up at Avalon Airshow 2023. One is the ultra-long-range, large-cabin Falcon…

March 1st, 2023

AIRBUS Predicts Aircraft Growth in Asia-Pacific

Aerospace giant Airbus expects that the Pacific region, comprising Australasia and the Pacific Islands, will receive 920 new airliners over the coming…

March 1st, 2023

Kongsberg Missiles Aim High in Australia

Norwegian entity Kongsberg is involved in three important Australian military programmes,as the company greatly expands its footprint via its Kongsberg Defence Australia…

March 1st, 2023

AVT Launches New Micro Gimbals

AVT Australia unveiled two new variants of its CM62 micro gimbal, designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors aboard UAVs, at Avalon…

March 1st, 2023

BABCOCK Amps Up the Frequency for ADF

Late last year, Babcock was contracted to manage the ADF’s long-range high-frequency(HF) communications network. The deal, awarded on 21 October 2022 and…

March 1st, 2023

Australia Awaits Black Hawk Helicopters

On 18 January, Canberra announced that it had procured 40 UH-60M Black Hawks from Sikorsky for the Australian Army. This prospective sale…

March 1st, 2023

Black Sky Aerospace launches training missile

Black Sky Aerospace (BSA), an Australian rocket company, has successfully launched a prototype long-range missile from its 3-million-acre site in the outback…

March 1st, 2023

Embraer makes its presence felt at Avalon

Brazilian aerospace giant Embraer has a strong presence at Avalon Airshow 2023, with its line-up parked on the tarmac including the E195-E2…

March 1st, 2023

Triton gets ready for Australian service

The first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high-altitude long-endurance UAV destined for Australia was unveiled at the OEM’s production facilities in Palmdale, California…

March 2nd, 2023

RAAF finds ideal replacement for C-130J

The RAAF has been operating Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft since 1999, with twelve examples delivered from 1999-2001. With a 30-year…

March 2nd, 2023

Cirrus extends navy simulation training contract

Cirrus has secured an additional engineering services contract to support the Generic COMCEN System (GCS) simulation training system used by the Royal…

March 2nd, 2023

Birdon begins construction of landing craft

The shipbuilder Birdon has commenced the construction of a prototype landing craft, which represent s a new class aimed at an Australian…

March 2nd, 2023

Thales completes Lithgow building

Thales Australia has announced that a new manufacturing building at the Lithgow Arms site in New South Wales has completed construction. The…

March 2nd, 2023

HATS off to Boeing for helicopter training

Boeing Defence Australia is responsible for supporting the training of helicopter and UAV pilots of both the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and…

March 2nd, 2023

RNZAF awaits arrival of new C-130J Hercules

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has retired the first of its five C-130H Hercules transports. The aircraft, bearing the serial…

March 2nd, 2023

AARGM-ER looks enticing for RAAF

The RAAF has both the AGM-88 HARM and AARGM medium-range missiles in its inventory, but a new longer-range variant currently still in…

March 2nd, 2023

Kongsberg to sustain Australia’s NASAMS

Late in 2022, Kongsberg Defence Australia signed a contract with prime contractor Raytheon promising five years’ worth of sustainment for the Australian…

March 2nd, 2023

CAE confirmed as ADF’s training partner of choice

On 1 March, the second day of Avalon Airshow 2023, CAE announced that it had received a contract extension from the ADF…

March 2nd, 2023

Scale of Land 400 Phase 3 hangs in the balance

Like many programmes, the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 3 effort to obtain new infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) has been impacted by…

March 2nd, 2023

Peregrines to come home to roost soon

The RAAF is acquiring four modified Gulfstream G550 airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare (AISREW) aircraft to support land, air and…

March 2nd, 2023

Defence satellite communications still up in the air

One programme attracting attention at Avalon Airshow 2023 is the multi-billion-dollar Joint Project 9102 (JP9012), which is a programme seeking a sovereign…

March 2nd, 2023

Wasp SUAS successor still awaits

The Australian Army acquired a total of 66 Wasp AE small uncrewed aerial systems (SUAS) from AeroVironment in 2018-21. This acquisition fell…

March 2nd, 2023

Additional leased AW139s to fill gaps in army ranks

Leonardo announced on 1 March that the Australian Army would lease two additional AW139 helicopters, adding to three previously leased in the…

March 2nd, 2023

Defence to upgrade north Queensland bases

The Department of Defence revealed it is investing AUD111.2 million (USD75.9 million) to upgrade RAAF Base Townsville, Townsville Field Training Area and…

March 2nd, 2023

Nioa delivers small arms to army under Land 159 Tranche…

Within Australia, Nioa as prime contractor is helping deliver the ADF’s Project Land 159 Tranche 1, which is a multi-faceted programme promising…

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