Australia

RAAF graduates first F-35A pilots trained in Australia

Four RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter pilots have graduated from the platform’s first operational conversion course to be completed in Australia

Australia receives two additional Chinooks

A pair of additional Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters have been delivered to the Australian Army Aviation Corps

Australian F-35As participate in Arnhem Thunder 21

Royal Australian Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs have been deployed to RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory, to participate in Exercise Arnhem Thunder for the first time

US approves Australian AH-64E purchase

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 29 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters and associated equipment to the Australian government

Australian Army receives first leased AW139

Deliveries of Leonardo AW139 rotorcraft to the Australian Army Air Corps have recently commenced under the Army Interim Commercial Helicopter Capability (AICH) programme

US approves sale of additional CH-47Fs to Australia

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of four Boeing CH-47F Chinooks and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of US$259m

US approves MQ-9B sale to Australia

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 12 ‘weapons-ready’ GA-ASI MQ-9B remotely-piloted aircraft to the Australian government

Qantas launches ‘mystery flights’ to combat ‘border blues’

As the country’s vaccine rollout continues at pace, the airline is offering a trio of exclusive travel experiences in the meantime

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman takes flight, as Australia commits to more aircraft

In partnership with the RAAF, Boeing Australia successfully completed the first flight of its Airpower Teaming System UAV on February 27, just days before the nation’s government announced it will co-develop three more aircraft

No 77 Squadron RAAF: Legacy Hornet Walkaround and Pilot Interview

Key.Aero speaks with Flt Lt Em, a junior legacy Hornet pilot with No 77 Squadron RAAF, who gives us an exclusive tour of an F/A-18A and discusses what its like to fly the matured fighter and how it continues to impress the aviators who fly it