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21 décembre 2015 1 21 /12 /décembre /2015 17:35
photo MoD Australia

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Dec 21, 2015 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

A RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has returned from the United States following the first round of air-to-air refuelling trials with F-16 multi-role fighters.

From December 3-15, the KC-30A conducted seven flights with F-16s from the United States Air Force (USAF), the refuelling being conducted using the tanker’s 18-metre-long advanced refuelling boom system.

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8 novembre 2015 7 08 /11 /novembre /2015 17:35
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07 November, 2015 by James Drew - FG

 

Dubai   - Australia still hopes to acquire an armed, long-range unmanned air vehicle in a similar class to the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper, but moving forward with a “recommended project” depends on the outcome of a pending force structure review.

 

That review, the Defence White Paper, takes into consideration the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) request for a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV, but is awaiting examination and release by the country’s new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 17:35
C-17A Globemaster - photo Australia MoD

C-17A Globemaster - photo Australia MoD

 

Nov 4, 2015 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

The Royal Australian Air Force has officially welcomed its newest aircraft into service at RAAF Base Amberley today. The acquisition of two additional Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft, and associated equipment and facilities, is a $1 billion investment in Australia’s ability to provide vital heavy airlift to a range of global military operations.”With extraordinary lift and range, the C-17A Globemaster is an integral part of the Australian Defence Force’s airlift capability. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, combat equipment, tanks, helicopters and humanitarian resources worldwide,” Minister Brough said.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 17:30
RAAF KC-30A Refuels E-7A Wedgetail Above Iraq

 

October 28, 2015 By Australian Department of Defence - defencetalk.com

 

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft has used its air‑to‑air refueling boom for the first time on operations while refueling a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail last week during a Coalition mission above Iraq. The air-to-air boom refuelling process involved two large aircraft, military versions of the Airbus A330 and Boeing 737-700, approaching within metres of each other while in flight and transferring fuel via a maneuverable pipe, known as a boom, which extends back from the rear of the KC-30A. This type of refuelling involves use of the AAR boom at the rear of the aircraft, rather than the wingtip AAR drogues used to refuel smaller aircraft equipped with an AAR probe. Commander of the Australian Air Task Group, Air Commodore Stuart Bellingham, said establishing and proving the operational boom refueling capability was yet another in a long list of accomplishments by the Australian Defence Force team in the Middle East.

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 06:30
Two bomb-laden Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft formate on their tanker whilst transiting to Iraq for another mission. -  photo SGT Pete / Aus DoD

Two bomb-laden Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft formate on their tanker whilst transiting to Iraq for another mission. - photo SGT Pete / Aus DoD

 

16 septembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Sydney - L'aviation australienne a effectué sa première frappe contre l'organisation Etat islamique en Syrie, détruisant un transport de troupes blindé des jihadistes, a annoncé mercredi le ministre australien de la Défense Kevin Andrews.

 

Cela fait partie de l'extension logique (de l'engagement australien) dans la lutte contre Daesh, pour opérer non seulement au-dessus du nord de l'Irak mais aussi au-dessus de l'est de la Syrie afin de dégrader et de détruire les forces de Daesh, a déclaré le ministre à des journalistes, utilisant l'acronyme arabe correspondant à l'Etat islamique (EI).

 

Lors de cette frappe qui a eu lieu il y a deux jours, un appareil F/A-18A Hornet de la Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) a détruit un transport de troupes blindé de l'EI avec un missile guidé, a indiqué M. Andrews.

 

Deux de nos Hornet ont repéré le transport de troupes, qui était dissimulé dans une installation de Daesh, a précisé le ministre. Après avoir reçu l'autorisation (de frapper l'objectif), l'un des Hornet a utilisé une arme de précision guidée pour détruire la cible.

 

Les sorties de l'aviation australienne sont menées au-dessus de la Syrie et de l'Irak, la majorité de nos missions se font toujours au-dessus de l'Irak, et nous les effectuons à une fréquence très régulière, a ajouté M. Andrews.

 

Les Etats-Unis, le Canada, la Turquie et des Etats du Golfe effectuent déjà des frappes aériennes contre des objectifs de l'EI en Syrie.

 

L'Australie s'est jointe l'année dernière à la coalition menée par les Etats-Unis pour combattre l'EI en Irak, mais elle a étendu la semaine dernière ses opérations aériennes à la Syrie, déclarant que la base juridique pour cela était la nécessité d'une défense collective de l'Irak contre le groupe jihadiste, qui contrôle une vaste étendue de territoire en Irak et en Syrie.

 

Le ministère australien de la Défense avait annoncé samedi dernier dans un communiqué que l'aviation australienne avait effectué sa première mission au-dessus de la Syrie mais sans effectuer de frappe.

 

Le ministère avait précisé que les appareils utilisés par la RAAF au sein de la coalition sont deux chasseurs F/A-18A Hornet, un avion-citerne KC-30A et un avion de veille radar E-7A.

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14 septembre 2015 1 14 /09 /septembre /2015 16:30
RAAF’s Air Task Group Completes First Mission In Syria (12 Jul. 2015)

Night vision image of an F-18A Hornet from Australia's Air Task Group refuelling from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft during the first mission of Operation OKRA to be flown over Syria (AUS DoD photo)

 

Sept 12, 2015 defense-aerospace.com (Source: Australian Department of Defence)

 

The Australian Air Task Group (ATG) completed its first operational mission in Syria overnight, retuning to base in the Middle East without incident.

 

No weapons were released during the mission.

 

The mission provided on-call interdiction and dynamic targeting support as part of the international coalition’s effort to disrupt and degrade Daesh.

 

Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornets, a KC-30A air-to-air refuelling aircraft and E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft combined during the mission.

 

ATG Commander, Air Commodore Stu Bellingham said the Hornets searched points of interest for enemy activity in eastern Syria, reporting to the international coalition’s Combined Air Operations Centre through the E-7A aircraft.

 

“Daesh controls a large amount of territory in eastern Syria that serves as a source of recruitment and oil revenues, and as a base from which it continues to launch attacks into Iraq”, Air Commodore Bellingham said.

 

“The Hornets were also prepared for any short notice high priority tasking which could include surveillance and weapons release,” Air Commodore Bellingham said.

 

The KC-30A provided air-to-air refuelling support to the F/A-18A Hornets throughout the mission.

 

The ATG is part of Operation OKRA, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the international effort to combat the Daesh terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria.

 

The Australian ATG will continue to plan and conduct air strikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria as part of coalition strike operations aimed at disrupting and degrading Daesh strongholds.

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4 juillet 2015 6 04 /07 /juillet /2015 07:35
photo Australia MoD

photo Australia MoD

 

02 juillet 2015 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

Les forces aériennes australiennes vont se doter de deux ravitailleurs multirôles A330 MRTT supplémentaires. Elles en exploitent déjà cinq. Les deux nouveaux appareils sont en fait des A330-200 de Qantas qui vont être transformés en Espagne (Getafe) par Airbus Defence and Space. Ils devraient être opérationnels en 2018.

Les actuels A330 MRTT australiens dénommés KC-30A sont équipés de deux perches de ravitaillement (ARBS) utilisables par les F/A-18 des FAAF et d’autres chasseurs. Ils possèdent également un système pour se ravitailler en vol (UARRSI). Les KC-30A ont été engagés dans le Golfe.

 

Les forces aériennes australiennes opèrent déjà cinq ravitailleurs A330 MRTT

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30 juin 2015 2 30 /06 /juin /2015 11:35
Arrival of C-27J Spartan  at RAAF Base Richmond - photo Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Arrival of C-27J Spartan at RAAF Base Richmond - photo Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

 

30 June 2015 Australia DoD


Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, welcomed the first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft in Australia at a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond today, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the base’s establishment.
 
The acquisition of the C-27J Spartan will fill a gap in Australia’s military capability for tactical fixed wing airlift, which has been left open since the retirement of the Caribou fleet in 2009.
 
AIRMSHL Brown said the acquisition of 10 C-27J aircraft, which has been planned since 2012, signifies a $1.4 billion investment in Australia’s airlift capability.
 
“This acquisition represents a commitment to Australia’s air power capability which is a critical element of Australia’s national security and defence strategy,” he said.
 
“The C-27J will strengthen the Australia Defence Force’s air lift capability by increasing our ability to move troops, equipment and supplies.
 
“The aircraft will complement the capabilities of the C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster and will be able to carry medium-sized loads and access smaller runways that are not suited to other aircraft.
 
“This will allow Air Force to support humanitarian missions as well as battlefield airlift in remote locations and unprepared airstrips common in Australia’s region.
 
“Under Plan Jericho, the plan to transform Air Force into a fifth generation fighting force for the information age, the C-27J will operate within an integrated system that is more agile, has an extended reach and gathers and distributes information quicker and more efficiently than ever before.”
 
The C-27J aircraft provides protection from a range of threats through features such as missile warning systems, electronic self protection, secure communications and battlefield armour.
 
Initial Operational Capability for the C-27J fleet is planned for late 2016, with Final Operational Capability expected within the following two years.
 
The fleet of C-27J Spartan aircraft will initially be based at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales, until their permanent home at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland is completed.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Australia’s First F-35A Pilot Takes Flight

 

21 March 2015 Pacific Sentinel

 

Australia first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, yesterday [AEST] took his first flight in an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States.

 

The flight was on the morning of Wednesday 17 March (US CST) in a United States Air Force F-35A aircraft, as the Australian F-35A aircraft are currently located at Luke Air Force Base, in anticipation of the opening of the international pilot training centre in mid 2015. SQNLDR Jackson will continue his intensive training program over the coming months.

 

The F-35A (commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter) will meet Australia’s future air combat and strike needs, providing a networked force-multiplier effect in terms of situational awareness and combat effectiveness.

 

The F-35A’s combination of stealth, advanced sensors, networking and data fusion capabilities, when integrated with other defence systems, will enable the RAAF to maintain an air combat edge.

 

The first F-35A aircraft will arrive in Australia at the end of 2018 with the first operational squadron to be established by 2020. The F-35A will replace the aging F/A-18A/B Hornets at RAAF Bases Williamtown (NSW) and Tindal (NT).

 

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
RAAF’s New Tanker No Longer “Project of Concern”

 

March 11, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Australian Defence Materiel Organisation; issued March 10, 2015)

 

Multi Role Tanker Transport Removed from “Projects of Concern” List

 

The Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft has been removed from the Projects of Concern list after effectively being remediated by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and its industry partner.

 

Known as Project AIR 5402, the KC-30A MRTT had been on the Project of Concern list since February 2010 due to delays in delivery by Airbus Defence and Space.

 

DMO Acting Chief Executive Officer, Harry Dunstall, said that following an extensive development and testing program, the issues previously identified with the introduction of the Aerial Refuelling Boom System had been resolved and Defence had formally accepted the capability.

 

“Resolution of this issue completes the remediation of all activities identified in the project’s remediation plan, and accordingly it has been removed from the list,” Mr Dunstall said.

 

“Airbus Defence and Space has worked collaboratively with us to address our concerns and I would like to recognise and thank Airbus for their efforts.

 

“This is a great example of the effectiveness of the Projects of Concern process in remediating troubled projects.”

 

The project has delivered five new-generation Airbus Military KC-30A MRTT aircraft.

 

These aircraft are capable of in-flight refuelling of current and future ADF aircraft and will provide a significant air logistics services capability.

 

The KC-30A aircraft has been conducting hose and drogue in-flight refuelling in the RAAF since 2011 and is being used to great effect on current operations in the Middle East.

 

The recent acceptance of the boom capability paves the way to begin introduction of the boom in-flight refuelling capability into service progressively through 2015.

 

This capability will now undergo operational evaluation and all aircrew will be trained before Air Force can declare Full Operational Capability.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 26, 2015by Lockheed Martin

 

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a modern C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid (MFTA) to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond.

Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardised curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of C-130 training innovation by Lockheed Martin.

“Delivering these training technologies to the RAAF represents Lockheed Martin’s continued commitment to supporting the RAAF air mobility mission,” said Raydon Gates, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand. “These capabilities, supported by a network of training services and products across Lockheed Martin’s aircrew training programs, enable the most effective training for the next generation of pilots and maintainers.”  

Under the maintenance training contract, Lockheed Martin Australia together with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Orlando, Florida, will update two classrooms, providing a modern electronic learning environment. The new classrooms will feature high resolution desktop maintenance trainers paired with computer-based training courseware for a realistic, integrated simulation offering. Further support will add two developer stations to enable RAAF C-130J-30 training staff to modify and update the training courseware through the aircraft lifecycle. 

In addition, the delivery of Lockheed Martin’s MFTA will provide innovative, aircraft-based simulation to aid the instructors and students. Powered by Prepar3D® simulation software, the MFTA reduces demand on operational aircraft while providing a highly realistic simulation environment for more affordable training. 

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,000 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

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25 février 2015 3 25 /02 /février /2015 21:35
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photo Armée de l'Air

 

25/02/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Du 22 au 25 février 2015, le général Denis Mercier, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air (CEMAA), s’est rendu en voyage officiel en Australie. Une visite qui coïncide avec l’arrivée de l’A400M Atlas en terres australes, une étape dans son périple autour du monde.

 

France-Australie : des liens étroits appelés à se renforcer

« L’armée de l’air et la Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ont toujours eu des relations assez proches. Par le passé, les aviateurs australiens ont ainsi volé à bord d’appareils français, comme le Mirage III, explique le général Mercier. Aujourd’hui, la distance géographique entre nos deux pays peut poser problème. Pourtant, grâce à des appareils dotés d’un rayon d’action considérable, comme l’A400M aujourd’hui, ou le Multi Role Transport Tanker (MRTT) demain, nous pourrons entretenir des relations beaucoup plus étroites. Et d’ajouter : la coopération existe déjà, notamment avec la base aérienne 186 de Tontouta, en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Elle peut toutefois se renforcer par le futur. »

Lors de son entrevue avec le général Geoff Brown, chef d’état-major de la RAAF, le CEMAA a pu évoquer le dynamisme des relations entre les deux pays. « La coopération entre nos deux forces aériennes porte notamment sur le domaine du ravitaillement en vol, détaille le général Mercier. Depuis octobre 2014, les Rafale français ravitaillent ainsi sur les KC-30A MRTT australiens. Nos deux pays font actuellement partie de la coalition internationale engagée contre les groupes terroristes Daech au Levant. Par ailleurs, depuis le mois de janvier, un pilote de C135 FR est inséré en échange au 33e escadron de la RAAF, stationné sur la base aérienne d’Amberley. »

 

Rencontre au sommet : le Chief of Air Force Symposium

Dès le lundi 23 février, le CEMAA a participé au Chief of Air Force Symposium. Organisé tous les deux ans en Australie, ce colloque rassemble les chefs d’états-majors d’une trentaine de nations du monde entier, autour d’un thème fédérateur. Les débats de cette édition 2015 étaient centrés autour du concept de « l’intégration de la puissance aérienne». Intégration aussi bien interarmées, interalliée, qu’interministérielle. A cette occasion, la RAAF a présenté son plan stratégique appelé « Plan Jericho ». « Ce dernier est très intéressant à plusieurs titres, puisqu’il présente de nombreuses comparaisons avec le plan Unis pour « Faire Face » de l’armée de l‘air, confie le CEMAA. Cela nous a permis de partager nos visions respectives de l’avenir au sein de nos forces. » Au cours de ce symposium, le général Mercier a aussi rencontré plusieurs de ses homologues étrangers, dont les CEMAA singapourien et japonais.

 

Inauguration de l’Avalon Air Show

Mardi 24 février, le général Mercier a assisté à l’inauguration officielle du Avalon Air Show. Le CEMAA s’est rendu dans les allées du salon aéronautique, à la rencontre d’importants industriels aéronautiques français et européens. Sa journée s’est achevée par une visite du stand dédié à la présentation statique de l’armée de l’air. Il s'est également entretenu avec la quinzaine d’aviateurs opérant le premier tour du monde dans la jeune histoire de l’A400M Atlas.

 

photo Armée de l'Air
photo Armée de l'Air
photo Armée de l'Air
photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

Le salon d’Avalon en bref :

- Plus important salon aéronautique de l’hémisphère sud ;

- Organisé tous les deux ans sur l’aéroport d’Avalon, dans la région de Melbourne ;

- 14e édition depuis sa création en 1988 ;

- Thème principal de cette édition : célébration du centenaire de l’ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps - contingent australien et néo-zélandais ayant combattu durant la Première Guerre mondiale). Cet événement est un véritable acte fondateur pour la nation australienne ;

- Près de 200 000 visiteurs lors de la dernière édition du salon en 2013 ;

- Environ 300 appareils présentés au sol, dont une trentaine de nations étrangères ;

- Environ 300 présentations aériennes

 

Site web : Avalon Air Show 2015

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13 février 2015 5 13 /02 /février /2015 12:20
AUS: Air Force units wrap it up for Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 in Nevada

A RAAF AP-3C Orion awaits its next mission as a United States Air Force (USAF) B-2A Spirit stealth bomber lands at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise RED FLAG 15-1. photo Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence  


13 February 2015 by Pacific Sentinel
 

Three weeks of intensive air combat training wraps up today as Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 concludes at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

 

A contingent of 150 Royal Australian Air Force personnel have participated with two C-130J Hercules transports and an AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft, working alongside counterparts from the United States and United Kingdom.

 

The RAAF also sent an Air Battle Management team from No. 41 Wing, tasked with overseeing missions with more than 60 combat aircraft in the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). The 30,000-square-kilometre tract of exercise area is home to an array of ‘enemy’ radars, ground-borne defences, and Aggressor fighter aircraft.

 

Flying low-level along ridgelines in the NTTR, a pair C-130J Hercules from the RAAF’s No. 37 Squadron hid from prying radars to deliver personnel and cargo to drop zones.

 

37 SQN Commanding Officer Wing Commander Darren Goldie said the Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 training environment rated as the world’s best.

 

“This exercise represents the greatest test for the C-130J’s abilities since it entered RAAF service in 1999,” WGCDR Goldie said.

 

“During each mission, instruments on our aircraft and the monitoring equipment in the range, collect precise information about each engagement for use in debriefings.”

 

The face-to-face interaction between American, British and Australian personnel at Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 is invaluable to the success of future operations.

 

“It’s critical that we’re well prepared to participate in operations and speak the same tactical language as our partners,” WGCDR Goldie said.

 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Exercise RED FLAG, with Australia having participated since November 1980. Throughout its history, Exercise RED FLAG has recreated an aircrew’s first 10 missions in a war-like environment to increase their chances of survival in combat operations.

 

No. 10 Squadron Commanding Officer Wing Commander Jason Begley said RAAF personnel worked alongside the world’s most advanced combat aircraft, including the B-2A stealth bomber, F-22A Raptor, and E/A-18G Growler.

 

“You only have to look at the flight line to see the regard in which this exercise is held, allowing us to operate at the leading edge of capabilities and tactics,” WGCDR Begley said.

 

“The tactics, techniques and procedures we learn here will be directly transferable to future aircraft and systems we will operate.”

 

The AP-3C Orion, from 10SQN at RAAF Base Edinburgh, conducted overland surveillance missions in a highly-complicated electronic warfare environment.

 

“Because of the extensive investment the United States has made on the NTTR, it’s a level of complexity that you can’t get anywhere else in the world,” WGCDR Begley said.

 

Imagery is available HERE

 

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19 décembre 2014 5 19 /12 /décembre /2014 08:35
Internationally Integrated

A view of Baghdad at night from a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft during a mission over Iraq.

 

10 December 2014 news.defence.gov.au

 

One of Australia’s contributions to the Coalition air campaign against ISIL is the Air Task Group’s E-7A Early Warning and Control ‘Wedgetail’ aircraft.

Deployed on Operation OKRA, the E-7A Wedgetail aircraft missions entail controlling the ‘battle management areas’ that cover the majority of the airspace above Iraq.

Commander of Australia’s Air Task Group Air Commodore Steve Roberton praised the skills of the crews who regularly manage over 80 combat aircraft during a single mission.

 

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4 décembre 2014 4 04 /12 /décembre /2014 21:30
AUS: Advanced tanker takes the initiative


04.12.014 Pacific Sentinel
 

The crew of a RAAF KC-30A have been praised by senior Super Hornet crews in Australia’s Air Task Group for their performance during a recent mission over Iraq.

 

Commander of Australia’s Air Task Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton, said the decisive action from the air-to-air refueller during a mission over Iraq mid November was pivotal in a successful attack against ISIL militants.

 

“In a recent mission over the North of Iraq, the actions of the KC-30A crew reduced the refuelling time for Australia’s Super Hornets by 15 minutes. This enabled them to rapidly return to the fight during a crucial period of battle,” AIRCDRE Roberton said.

 

“That might not sound like much but minutes matter.  

 

 

“Their situational awareness and initiative allowed our own Super Hornets to deliver weapons with a decisive effect in support of Iraqi Forces.”

 

The KC-30A is equipped with advanced communication technology which allows crews to monitor the progress of the air and ground battle.  

 

They exploit this increased situational awareness to dynamically re-position the aircraft as close as possible to Australia’s Super Hornets and other Coalition strike aircraft.  

 

Taking this initiative reduces the refuelling time between attacks on ISIL.

 

“Their actions are often unheralded but the KC-30A crews made the difference that day.”

 

As for the KC-30A crew, they attribute their responsiveness to the aircraft’s advanced systems and its reliability.  

 

One of the pilots, SQNLDR C (name withheld), remarked on how the aircraft was withstanding the hot and dusty conditions in the Middle East.

 

“The tanker is thriving over here, the more you fly it, the better it performs,” he said.

 

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7 novembre 2014 5 07 /11 /novembre /2014 12:35
Déplacement de Jean-Yves Le Drian en Australie

 

07/11/2014 International

 

À l’invitation de son homologue australien David Johnston, Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense, a effectué du 31 octobre au 2 novembre 2014 une visite en Australie. L’occasion pour les deux pays de renforcer leur coopération dans le domaine de la défense et de commémorer la Première et la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

 

Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense, s’est rendu en Australie du 31 octobre au 2 novembre à l’invitation de son homologue australien, David Johnston. A cette occasion, il a participé à la commémoration à Albany du départ des troupes australiennes et néozélandaises pour les fronts de la Première Guerre mondiale. A l’issue, le ministre a remis les insignes de chevalier de la Légion d’honneur à trois vétérans qui ont servi en France pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

 

Le 2 novembre, le ministre a rencontré à Perth son homologue australien, David Johnston, pour évoquer la situation en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient et les efforts pour combattre le terrorisme international. Les ministres ont réaffirmé leur engagement, en coopération avec leurs partenaires internationaux, de soutenir l’Irak dans son combat contre le groupe Daesh.

 

Afin de faciliter la coopération opérationnelle, les ministres ont également signé un arrangement technique qui définit les conditions du ravitaillement en vol des avions Rafale par l’Airbus KC-30 MRTT de la Royal Australian Air Force. Ils ont par ailleurs noté l’achèvement des négociations sur l’arrangement qui définit les conditions du soutien logistique mutuel en opérations, en particulier en cas de catastrophes naturelles ou d’assistance humanitaire.

 

Les ministres ont salué la bonne coopération entre les deux pays dans le domaine des équipements de défense et rappelé l’importance de poursuivre des échanges réguliers. Jean-Yves Le Drian et David Johnston ont conclu que la France et l’Australie devaient continuer à travailler sur la question des capacités de défense et à partager les meilleures pratiques et le retour d’expérience dans les domaines opérationnels et techniques.

 

Cette visite de Jean-Yves Le Drian marque le renforcement des relations entre la France et l’Australie. Elle précède le déplacement du président de la République en Australie à l’occasion du sommet du G20 et de la visite d’État planifiée les 18 et 19 novembre.

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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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RAAF’s first F-35A fighter conducts inaugural flight test

Australia's first F-35A joint strike fighter taking flight from Fort Worth, Texas, US. Photo Liz Kaszynski - Lockheed Martin.

 

1 October 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter completed its inaugural flight at a facility in the US.

 

Designated AU-1, the aircraft reportedly took off from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, the US, for a two hour flight, which included a series of functional checks.

 

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said the first flight event represents a significant step towards acceptance of the aircraft.

 

"Australia's first aircraft AU-1 and AU-2 will undergo further flight testing in the lead up to acceptance and ferry to Luke Air Force Base in 2015.

 

"The fifth generation JSF is the most advanced fighter in production anywhere in the world and will replace our fleet of Classic Hornets, which by 2020 will be more than 35 years old."

 

Australia is acquiring a total of 72 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft from Lockheed Martin for an estimated cost of more than $12bn.

 

The first two aircraft were rolled out by Lockheed in Fort Worth, Texas, on 24 July.

 

At Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, US, the aircraft will be used in Australian and partner country pilot training programmes.

 

The first F-35 aircraft is scheduled to enter service in Australia in 2018, while the first operational squadron would be established by 2020.

 

Under development in three variants, the F-35 is a fifth generation multirole fighter jet designed to carry out a wide range of ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability.

 

Australia joined the F-35 programme during the development phase, bringing more than $355m worth of contracts to the domestic defence industry.

 

In addition to this, the Australian industry is on course to win in excess of $1.5bn in JSF-related production and support work over the life of the programme.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
BAE Systems helps keep RAAF ‘eyes in the sky’

 

31 March 2014 BAE Systems

 

Adelaide, SA: BAE Systems today signed an AU $77 million, five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to continue support for the electronic warfare sub-systems aboard the RAAF’s Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.

 

This extends the existing support contract until at least mid-2019 and retains 35 high skilled positions in South Australia. It also keeps BAE Systems at the forefront of Australia’s electronic warfare capability. The extension follows the recently announced signing of a five-year extension to the Wedgetail support prime contract between BDA and the Commonwealth.

BAE Systems has provided engineering, maintenance and spares support for the Wedgetail electronic warfare suite under subcontract to Boeing for the past two and a half years. The state-of-the-art equipment is operated by on-board sensor specialists to locate and identify radar emitters and to protect the aircraft and its crew from potential missile threats.

“We are very pleased to retain this work and specialist skills in South Australia,” said Kim Scott, Director Land & Integrated Systems. “We trust that continued success on this program will help demonstrate that this type of advanced technology and capability can be provided locally to world standards.”

“BAE Systems is a key partner in the Wedgetail support program”, said BDA’s Mark Horton, Acting Wedgetail In-Service Support Program Manager.  “The extension to BAE Systems’ contract recognises the results achieved during the initial support period and continues the excellent partnership we have established.”

“We are very proud to be associated with the Wedgetail project and look forward to continuing that association,” said Mr Scott.

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7 novembre 2013 4 07 /11 /novembre /2013 08:35
RAAF starts Growler training in the US

 

Nov 6, 2013 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

An important step in the introduction of the Royal Australian Air Force’s electronic warfare capability has commenced, with the first pilot instructor commencing flying on the EA-18G Growler in the United States.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sean Rutledge has commenced training with the Electronic Attack Wing, US Pacific Fleet (CVWP) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Once he’s completed his training, Flight Lieutenant Rutledge will be qualified to instruct other RAAF aircrew for the 12 EA-18G Growlers the Australian Government is purchasing from the United States Foreign Military Sales program.

 

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16 janvier 2013 3 16 /01 /janvier /2013 08:35

C-27J – photo3 Alenia Aermacchi

 

14 Januari 2013 Defense Studies

 

The Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown welcomed the re-establishment of No.35 Squadron today at RAAF Base Richmond. 
 
“The re-establishment of No.35 Squadron will see it prepare for our fleet of ten C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft, due to arrive in Australia from 2015,” Air Marshal Brown said. 
 
“No.35 Squadron has provided combat airlift for Australia in several conflicts, and the C-27J is ideally suited to continue this legacy of support for personnel deployed on combat, peacekeeping, or disaster relief operations,” Air Marshal Brown said. 
 
No.35 Squadron will be re-established under the command of Wing Commander Brad Clarke with 25 personnel but will grow to approximately 250 members after the first C-27Js arrive in 2015. 
 
“Our first tasks are to work with the Battlefield Airlift Transition Office to map the required workforce structure, operating procedures and introduction plan for the C-27J Spartan,” Wing Commander Clarke said. 
 
“No.35 Squadron will send the first aircrew and maintenance personnel to train on the C-27J in the United States in 2014.” 
 
“Once in service, our C-27Js will greatly increase the number of airfields Defence can operate in to, increase the level of fixed wing support available on the battlefield, and synchronise with the existing C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster fleet,” Wing Commander Clarke said. 
No.35 Squadron was first established in Western Australia in March 1942 and provided air transport around Australia and in New Guinea until its disestablishment in June 1946.
 
In July 1964, the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam was formed with the DHC-4 Caribou transport to provide combat airlift throughout the conflict in that country. It was coined Wallaby Airlinesafter its callsign ‘Wallaby’, and re-formed as No.35 Squadron in June 1966. Throughout the warWallaby Airlines carried about 677,000 passengers and 36 million kilograms of freight, without a single fatality.
 
On return to Australia in 1972, No.35 Squadron was based at RAAF Base Richmond before relocating to RAAF Base Townsville in 1974, where it remained until its disestablishment in 2000.
 
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20 December 2012 Pacific Sentinel

 

 

The fuselage of the first C-27J for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has arrived at the Alenia Aermacchi Turin plant for final assembly.
 
 
Manufactured at Alenia Aermacchi’s Capodichino Naples site, the fuselage, reached Turin both by truck (from Capodichino to the Port of Naples and from Genoa to Turin) and sea freight (from Naples to Genoa).
 
 
The Australian order for 10 aircraft was placed through the US Foreign Military Sales Joint Cargo Aircraft program last May.
 
 
C-27J Spartan (File Photo)
The first C-27J will arrive in Australia in early 2015, and will be used for tactical airlift. They will replace the piston-engine Caribou, which were retired in 2009 after 45 years of service.
 
 
In the tactical transport role, the C-27J provides the best possible integration with the existing Australian Defence Force fleet. It will provide an airlift capability between the CH-47 Chinook and C-130J Hercules, as well as integrating with the much larger C-17A Globemaster.​ 
 
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30 novembre 2012 5 30 /11 /novembre /2012 08:15

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Air Force operated a fleet of 12 C-130H Hercules from
RAAF Base Richmond between 1978 and 2012.
(photo : Aus DoD)
 

30 November 2012 Pacific Sentinel

 

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today farewelled the C-130H Hercules from Air Force service after an illustrious 34-year career at a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond, Sydney.
 
 
Delivered in 1978, the C-130H Hercules has provided the Australian Defence Force with a highly effective capability, setting the standard for all Air Force transport aircraft which have followed.
 
 
Everyone who worked on the C-130H has cause to be proud of their efforts.  This aircraft has provided a tremendous service to Australia.
 
 
C-130H Hercules have played a critical role in supporting Defence personnel on operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
 
As well as its strengths in the battlefield, the C-130H has also provided an immeasurable service in peacetime.
 
 
The Australian public experienced the C-130H firsthand during the 1989 Airline Pilot’s Strike.  C130Hs also evacuated Australians from Cambodiain 1997, and brought injured Australians home from the Bali Bombings.
 
 
They have assisted the people of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and throughout the South Pacific during numerous humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
 
 
The C-130H has airdropped hay to stranded cattle in countryAustralia, delivered supplies to our Antarctic Mission, and helped with the rescue of stranded sailors.
 
 
Air Force’s air mobility is currently in transition, as older aircraft types like the C-130H and Caribou are phased out and new capabilities, including 12 C-130Js, six new C-17 Globemaster IIIs and 10 C-27J Spartans are introduced to service.
 
 
The newer generation C-130Js will carry on the legacy of Air Force variants of the Hercules transport aircraft.
 
 
Four C-130Hs will be transferred to the Indonesian Air Force, allowing Indonesia to better support humanitarian operations. Two C-130Hs will be kept by Air Force, with one aircraft going to the Air Force Museum at RAAF Base Point Cook.  The other will be kept at RAAF Base Richmond for training purposes.
 
 
Disposal options for the remaining six aircraft are currently being investigated by Defence.
 
 

 (Aus DoD)

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6 juin 2012 3 06 /06 /juin /2012 17:00

C-27J – photo1 Alenia Aermacchi

 

Jun. 6, 2012 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - Australia has entered a A$63 million ($61 million) contract with Italy's Alenia Aermacchi related to the sustainment of its future fleet of 10 L-3/Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft.

 

"A contract has been signed with Alenia Aermacchi that will allow for the long term operation, maintenance, modification and upgrade of the C-27J aircraft and support systems," Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) said in a statement.

 

"The contract will also provide Defence with the ability to compete and sub-license third parties, including Australian industry, to provide the maintenance services, training services and the ability to modify the C-27J capability."

 

A DoD spokesperson told Flightglobal that the contract covers "technical data and intellectual property support not available from any other source."

 

"[The contract] will assure Defence's ability to independently establish and maintain airworthiness certification, life of type sustainment, future modifications that may be required, and cost-effective through life management of the aircraft and its support systems," the spokesperson said.

 

In early May Canberra, confirmed it will obtain 10 C-27Js for A$1.4 billion through the US foreign military sales (FMS) mechanism, with US firm L-3 Communications designated as the prime contractor

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5 juin 2012 2 05 /06 /juin /2012 11:30
photo Alenia Aermacchi

photo Alenia Aermacchi

 
 
04.06.2012 DEFENSE STUDIES
 
A contract has been signed with Alenia Aermacchi that will allow for the long tern operation, maintenance, modification and upgrade of the C-27J aircraft and support systems.
 
On 12 May, the Government announced the decision to purchase 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft at a cost of $1.4 billion. The announcement also foreshadowed that Defence would seek a separate agreement with the C-27J manufacturer, Alenia, in order to ensure that the RAAF could operate, maintain and modify the aircraft throughout its planned life.
 
The contract, which is worth around $63 million, will also provide Defence with the ability to compete and sublicense third parties, including Australian industry, to provide the maintenance services, training services and the ability to modify the C-27J capability.
 
The C-27J will replace the Caribou aircraft which was retired from service in 2009 after a career spanning more than four decades. The C-27J complements the capabilities of the C-130 and C-17 aircraft and uses more common infrastructure and aircraft systems such as engines, avionics and the cargo handling systems.
 
The acquisition of the C-27J will significantly improve the ADF’s ability to move troops, equipment and supplies. The C-27J has the capacity to carry a significant load and still access small, sort, narrow runways that are too short for the C-130J or runways which are unable to sustain the repeated use of larger aircraft.
 
These aircraft will provide battlefield airlift but are also capable of conducting airlift in our region. They will be able to operate from rudimentary airstrips in Australia and overseas and will be able to support humanitarian missions in remote locations.
 
The flexibility of the C-27J allows it to undertake a wide range of missions from delivering ammunition to front line troops to undertaking aero-medical evacuation of casualties.
 
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