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    RAAF matters 2010 onwards

    Fighter training planes grounded

    October 13, 2010 - 5:39PM

    Fighter training planes at two RAAF air bases have been grounded after a technical fault caused a Hawk aircraft to shut down while it was taxiing for take-off in Western Australia.

    The incident occurred on Monday, causing the aircraft to shut down at RAAF Base Pearce, on Perth's outskirts.

    Defence said Hawks were used as fighter trainers at Pearce and RAAF Base Williamtown in NSW.

    "As a safety precaution Hawk flying at both (bases) ... is on hold pending further investigation," Defence said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "Safety is always our highest priority."

    There are 33 Hawks in the Australian Defence Force, procured under the 1995-96 budget.

    The two-seater aircraft are used for initial fighter training to prepare aircrew for flying F18 Hornets or F-111 strike aircraft.

    2010 AAP

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    Ref the above the Hawks are back in service again..........


    SOURCE:Flight International

    Australia adds AP-3C upgrade to Projects of Concern list

    By Greg Waldron

    Australia has added a BAE Systems programme to upgrade the electronic support measures systems on its Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to its Projects of Concern list, following an 18-month delay to the completion of the project.

    "The advice to me from the Defence Materiel Organisation is that BAE Systems, awarded the prime contract in 2007, is currently 18 months behind the delivery schedule of the upgraded electronic support measures equipment," says Jason Clare, Australia's minister of defence materiel.

    The defence ministry notes that the AP-3C project is in the design phase before integration, and that a number of risks that could affect the delivery schedule remain, although the project has been on schedule in recent months. Nonetheless, improved "obsolescence management" by the air force means the delay is unlikely to result in a capability gap, it adds.

    Project AIR 5276 Phase 8B is part of a block upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force's AP-3Cs. Its objective is the treatment of "obsolescence and sustainment" issues involved with the aircraft's data management system, electronic support measures and ground support systems.

    Acoustic and datalink system upgrades will also be considered, "to ensure the AP-3C capability edge is maintained until the aircraft's planned withdrawal date".

    BAE Systems says it "accepts that it will be 18 months late delivering this project. This is because of the unavailability of experienced resources at the initial start-up phase of the programme due to extensions in the [Boeing 737-based] Wedgetail programme, and a significant growth in the system engineering and software development activities compared to original estimates."

    BAE Systems Australia notes that in the last two years it has "worked very hard and invested additional resources to get our performance back on track". The project has been on schedule since July 2009, it adds.

    BAE is a contractor on the Wedgetail airborne early warning and control system programme, which also remains on the Projects of Concern list. Boeing delivered the RAAF's first of six Wedgetail aircraft in 2003, but the programme fell three years behind schedule because of problems with structural modifications and radar performance.

    Established in 2008, the Projects of Concern list is intended to help government and industry leaders focus on solving issues involved with listed projects, which face significant challenges with scheduling, cost or capability delivery.

    The current list includes 11 projects, including three aircraft programmes. This includes the Airbus A330-based KC-30A multi-role tanker transport.

    Speaking about the latter programme, Clare says: "I toured the aircraft conversion centre in Brisbane and was briefed on progress. Our focus is now on working with Airbus Military in Spain on developmental activities to support timely completion and of testing and supporting activities."

    Airbus Military expects to deliver the RAAF's first two KC-30As before the end of the year.

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    Can someone tell me, why BAE keeping getting Electronic Warfare upgrade contracts again? Is there an ADF EW contract they haven't ferged up?

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    3x Super Hornets are now en route to Australia...

    More Super Hornets on the way
    The Royal Australian Air Force will have more firepower with another three Super Hornet fighter jets to be delivered by the end of the year.
    Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said the three additional aircraft would add to the fleet of 11 Super Hornets already here in Australia.
    “Super Hornets are on-schedule and under budget,” Mr Clare said.
    “They will add to the fire power of our Air Force, taking our air capability to the next generation of fighter plane.”

    “This weapon was dropped from one of our new Super Hornets,” Mr Clare said.
    “The glide weapon has a range of up to 100 kilometres and provides a precision strike capability against hardened targets, such as bunkers.”
    The Super Hornets conducted two firings of the JSOW C at the Woomera Test Range against two separate hardened concrete targets between 30 August and 15 September 2010.
    Both targets were successfully destroyed and all test outcomes were achieved.
    “This is a significant milestone. It means that Super Hornets are on track to become operational later this year,” Mr Clare said.
    “The arrival of the Super Hornets marks an important transition for the RAAF, who will decommission the final F-111 squadron after four decades of service.”
    The F-111 squadron will be farewelled in the first week of December at RAAF Base Amberley.


    Plus pics of RAAF's first JSOW launches from it's new Supers at Woomera have been put up on to the DoD site...


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    A RAAF No.1 Squadron F/A-18 Super Hornet takes off from RAAF Base Edinburgh.
    Interesting, is ARDU not getting one? Suppose they'd probably want one of those wired up for EW which are on the way. The next three would have two wired up for conversion if I'm not mistaken?

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    Video of the JSOW tests..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post
    Video of the JSOW tests..........
    Pretty good achievement in four years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gubler, A. View Post
    Pretty good achievement in four years...
    About 3.5 isn't it? A contract wasn't signed until around May 2007, IIRC?

    Nice footage of the Broach two stage warhead at the end of that video too...

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    Yeah but there was six months of Government decision making preceeding that. It twas late October 2006 when news became public about the Super Hornet. I no longer have a copy of it but there was a priceless email from that time by Peter Goon declaring they only have four years to kill off the Super Hornet. Epic Fail!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post
    Video of the JSOW tests..........
    Interesting. How easy is it (for Russian air defence) to shoot down that thing?
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