Tag Archives: Marise Payne

Australian Air Force Declares Initial Operating Capability for Boeing-Built Poseidon Aircraft

The Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, built by Boeing, has reached initial operating capability status five months ahead of schedule. Australia has received six of 12 P-8As on order to date, RAAF said Tuesday. The Number 11 Squadron operates the delivered units at a military airbase in Edinburgh, South Australia. Marise Payne, …

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US, Australia Conduct Hypersonic Flight Test

The U.S. Air Force has worked with Australia’s defense science and technology group to conduct a hypersonic flight test at the Woomera Test Range in South Australia. Australian defense minister Marise Payne said in a statement released Monday that the flight test is part of the Hypersonic International Flight Research …

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Joint US-Australia Space Surveillance Radar Becomes Fully Operational

The U.S. Air Force and Australia’s jointly-operated space surveillance radar system has achieved full operational capability status following completion of a relocation effort that began in 2014. Australia’s defense department said Tuesday the C-band radar system was transferred from Antigua to the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia. Australian defense …

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Reuters: Australia Agrees to Co-Fund US Force Deployment Efforts in Darwin

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has discussed plans to double the number of U.S. Marines in the Australian city of Darwin by 2020 with Australia’s Defense Minister Marise Payne during a bilateral meeting held in Washington, Reuters reported Thursday. Tom Westbrook writes the two countries have reached a cost-sharing agreement in principle  to increase U.S. …

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