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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
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Mar 7, 2015 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia


Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today announced that a collaborative research program between the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the US Navy has resulted in upgrades to the radar warning receiver in the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18F Super Hornets.

“A significant improvement to a defence capability has been realised through the exceptional collaborative work of Australian defence scientists and our US allies,” Mr Robert said.


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13 octobre 2014 1 13 /10 /octobre /2014 07:30
Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets refuel at night during their first combat mission in Iraq


source Australia’s Department of Defence

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) refuelling aircraft supported RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets conduct their first combat mission in Iraq on Sunday, October 05, 2014. During its mission it distributed thousands of litres of fuel to Australian aircraft in order to maintain sustained air operations.

Six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet, an E-7A Wedgetail Early Warning and Control aircraft and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft are assigned to the Air Task Group (ATG).

The ATG comprises nearly 400 RAAF personnel who have deployed to the Middle East. Australia’s efforts are in response to a request for assistance by the Iraqi Government in combating ISIL terrorists.

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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 11:30
Irak: l'Australie se joint aux frappes contre Daesh (TV)


MOSCOU, 3 octobre – RIA Novosti


L'armée de l'air australienne s'est jointe aux frappes de la coalition internationale contre les positions des combattants du groupe terroriste Etat islamique en Irak, rapporte la chaîne Sky News Australia.


La décision ad hoc a été adoptée vendredi matin lors d'une réunion du Comité de sécurité nationale du gouvernement australien.


La démarche de Canberra était attendue: six chasseurs F/A-18F Super Hornet australiens ont été dépêchés il y a deux semaines dans une base des Emirats arabes unis. En outre, le gouvernement a approuvé vendredi le déploiement en Irak d'unités spéciales afin de former les militaires locaux.


L'EI, appelé autrefois l'Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL), sévissait au départ principalement en Syrie où il combattait les troupes gouvernementales, s'imposant comme l'une des organisations terroristes les plus cruelles. Il y a quelques mois, l'EI s'est soudainement activé en Irak, s'emparant d'importants territoires.


Fin juillet l'EI a proclamé un califat islamique sur les territoires irakiens et syriens sous son contrôle. Depuis le 8 août, l'armée américaine porte des frappes aériennes contre les positions des djihadistes de l'EI en Irak.

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16 septembre 2014 2 16 /09 /septembre /2014 17:30
Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

Australia is sending Super Hornets, a tanker and an airborne early warning and control aircraft to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for possible use against the Islamic State.


Sep. 16, 2014 - By NIGEL PITTAWAY – Defense News


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State forces in Iraq.


The Australian contingent will move to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for operations, ahead of a government decision regarding Iraq.


The move, which also includes 400 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) support personnel and 200 ground troops, was announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday.


The ground troops will include Special Forces, which will be used to train Iraqi military personnel and Kurdish peshmerga fighters.


This marks the first time Australian Super Hornets have been deployed to the region since entering service in 2010, and the first time RAAF combat aircraft have deployed with both organic tanker and AEW&C support.


“The decision to prepare Australian Defence Force personnel for deployment has not been taken lightly,” Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, chief of the Australian Defence Force, said in a statement.


“This is a highly complex operating environment which continues to evolve, and we now have a significant amount of detailed planning work to undertake as we prepare for this deployment.


“Disrupting and degrading ISIL will take a comprehensive and sustained effort from the international community. If we do nothing, we risk allowing the shocking acts of ISIL to further destabilize the Middle East region and to spread beyond the Middle East region where it will pose a greater threat to Australians.”


Mark Thomson, a senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a defense think tank, says the proposed force is a credible contribution by Australia.


“This is an international effort to deal with a problem that we all share. I think from Australia’s point of view, if you look at the scale of forces that we can deploy and recognizing the RAAF is at the moment working to introduce a broad range of platforms to service, this will be a demanding deployment. But I’d say it’s a deployment which is commensurate with Australia’s interests in this issue,” he said.


“I don’t think we should underestimate what the RAAF is doing now, deploying the tankers and the AEW&C with fighters at the same time, at distance from Australia. This is a challenging exercise that they’ll undoubtedly learn a lot from.”


Thomson also said that it is difficult to estimate how long Australian forces will need to remain in the region.


“The word complex doesn’t come close to capturing the situation we’re moving into. Just looking back over the whole Iraq venture from 2002 onwards, it’s been one surprise after another and if you asked the Iraqis what was going to happen, they probably didn’t know ahead of time either,” he said.


“These things are what we as scientists call the emergent properties — there’s a complex interaction that drives the political and military situation in a certain direction, and it’s largely unpredictable ahead of time.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 18:52
F/A-18F Super Hornet from Fighting Black Lions Flies From USS George H.W. Bush


11 août 2014 US Navy


ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 10, 2014) Cockpit footage from an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 as it launches from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Bush is is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct military operations in support of humanitarian aid deliveries and targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and interests, in response to activities conducted by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

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7 juillet 2014 1 07 /07 /juillet /2014 16:20
Un chasseur Boeing discret...(en Belgique)


05 juillet 2014 lavenir.net


L’avionneur américain Boeing a présenté cette semaine en toute discrétion son chasseur-bombardier F/A-18F Super Hornet à l’armée belge, alors que la succession des F-16 vieillissants, un gros dossier pour le prochain gouvernement, commence à se profiler, Deux de ces appareils en version biplace séjournent depuis lundi sur la base aérienne de Florennes dans le cadre d’une tournée européenne qui les a déjà menés au Danemark, avant la Grande-Bretagne, avec une participation au salon aéronautique de Farnborough, près de Londres du 13 au 20 juillet.


L’un d’entre eux a effectué, vendredi après-midi, un vol de démonstration avec un pilote belge en place arrière, alors que Boeing organisait une réception sur invitation – sur la base de Florennes pour quelques invités en ce 4 juillet, jour de la Fête nationale américaine. Selon la Défense, cette visite de deux Super Hornet ne constitue en rien une «évaluation» de l’un des candidats à la succession des F-16. Mais quelques pilotes belges ont eu la possibilité de voler à bord des appareils de Boeing. Il s’agissait de «faire connaissance» avec ce type d’avion peu répandu en Europe.

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29 novembre 2013 5 29 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
Night Ops



11/27/2013 Strategy Page


PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 24, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, right, and an E/A-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 prepare to launch from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart)

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