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P-8A Poseidon maiden flight
24 May 2016
Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight. The aircraft flew a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State USA, to where the P-8A’s sophisticated mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000. The $5.4 billion P-8A program will provide Australia’s future manned maritime patrol and response aircraft capability, replacing in part the AP-3C Orion aircraft. The P-8A Poseidon is 39.5 metres long, has a maximum takeoff weight of 85,820kg and a wingspan of 37.6m. Powered by two jet engines, it has a top speed is 907km/h with a maximum range of 7,500km. With a saving of US$260m compared to the initial budget, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft were acquired through a cooperative program with the United States Navy and contracted to Boeing Defence Space and Security. A Royal Australian Air Force crew will fly the aircraft to Australia in late 2016 following post-production checks and acceptance.
No 17 Squadron Fire Section
24 May 2016
No 17 Squadron RAAF fire section at RAAF Base Tindal supports a wide variety of tasking on a daily basis. Predominately covering airfield operations with No 75 Squadron, they also support base operations, civilian aircraft movements and help community in times of need, especially during the dry season.
Kids in Need fundraiser at RAAF Base Richmond
24 May 2016
On Saturday 21 May 2016 RAAF Base Richmond hosted the NSW Kids in Need Fundraiser/Open House. The NSW Kids in Need Foundation is set up to support six smaller charities in NSW. Approximately 5000 community members participated in the Open House which demonstrated Air Force capability at RAAF Base Richmond, including flying displays and static aircraft displays.
KC-30A Refuelling Milestone
23 May 2016
The RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport provides air-to-air refuelling support to international coalition aircraft in the skies over Iraq as part of Task Group 630. On 27 April 2016, the deployed KC-30A surpassed the milestone of delivering 50 million pounds (27 million kilograms) of fuel to receiver aircraft in theatre since it first conducted missions for Operation OKRA in September 2014.
Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills Program
19 May 2016
Army, Navy and Air Force personnel have gathered together to participate in the third Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program being held from 16May – 09 June at the University of Canberra. The 4-week program has been designed to assist in the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill ADF members through a series of innovative art-focussed workshops. The workshops include training and practical experience in music, literature and visual arts such as painting, photography and film. Through these workshops, participants are provided a new and uplifting experience to assist their movement, speech and to build self confidence. Since the program was first launched a year ago in partnership with the University of Canberra, over 60 participants have gone through the program. Participants are mentored by ADF professional artists, actors and the University’s creative staff.
Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting Winners
15 May 2016
Australian Defence Force personnel are testing their shooting and combat skills against military personnel from 18 countries from 3–20 May 2016 at the annual Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) at Puckapunyal training area, north of Melbourne, Victoria. The purpose of AASAM is to improve Army operational capability through a rigorous, challenging and combat focused skill at arms competition. All AASAM participating military personnel will leave Puckapunyal after three weeks with new knowledge and skills, which is sure to finetune even the most accomplished combat shooters. Competitors use their country's service weapons as they put months of practice to the test. They also share tips and techniques as they test themselves against ever-more demanding obstacle courses, moving and robotic targets, and challenging firing positions. Organisers are working closely with our Pacific region neighbours as well as honouring Australia's military cooperation with New Zealand by creating an Anzac team. The event is also a chance for soldiers to refine their skills on the ADF's new assault rifle: the EF88 Austeyr.