Archive News 2020

June 2020 - Advanced Manufacturing Centre

Air Affairs Australia Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) is now fully operational in the Flinders Industrial Estate, South Nowra.

This new facility is a major upgrade from our original machine shop in South Nowra, with increased factory floor area, latest technology equipment, purpose designed engineering and quality control area with modern office, administration and planning areas.

Air Affairs Australia's training academy is also located within the AMC facility.

Air Affairs Advanced Manufacturing Centre

Air Affairs Advance Manufacturing Centre

April 2020 - Phoenix Jet used in HMAS Arunta Missile Firing

Air Affairs Australia (AAA) are pleased to have been involved in the recent successful missile firing carried out in Australian waters by HMAS Arunta.

The ESSM is a surface-to-air weapon that uses radar homing guidance to counter fast-moving anti-ship missiles, forming part of Arunta’s air defence capability.

AAA provided a Phoenix Jet Unmanned Aerial Target that was successfully launched and flown towards HMAS Arunta in order to emulate a realistic airborne threat.  During an attack profile that was flown, HMAS Arunta responded with a missile launch that successfully tracked and engaged the Phoenix Jet UAT.

AAA would like to congratulate Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander Troy Duggan and the crew onboard Arunta, together with Maritime Warfare Centre  personnel on this successful firing.

The Air Affairs Australia Phoenix Jet is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft that operates as an Unmanned Aerial Target (UAT) in support of the Australian Defence Force weapons tracking and firing programs.

The Australian designed Phoenix Jet is a fixed wing, small to medium size jet powered UAT capable of high-performance flight and manufactured exclusively in Australia by Air Affairs. The fully deployable Phoenix Jet UAT system comprises a mobile Launcher, Ground Control Station and Support Equipment. The complete system can be easily transported for operations at several approved ADF Ranges or can be adapted for shipboard launch at sea.

Air Affairs Learjet Fleet

March 2020 - Air Affairs Australia  signs multi–million dollar subcontract with Raytheon Australia

Air Affairs Australia have signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Raytheon Australia to provide services under the Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services (JATTS) contract to Defence.

The $330 million dollar prime contract was recently signed with Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd, as prime contractor, to deliver JATTS to the ADF for a period of eight years with options for further extensions.

“This is an exciting time for Air Affairs as the company has grown significantly over the last five years with extra aircraft being added to our fleet and the development of a future growth plan that will continue to deliver the required capabilities to our ADF customers,” said Chris Sievers, Chief Executive Officer, Air Affairs Australia.

Consisting of over 94 per cent Australian Industry Contribution, the JATTS contract secures long term employment of over 88 Raytheon Australia, AAA and ATS personnel, predominantly based in the Nowra region of New South Wales.

These contracts provided support to ADF exercises with ‘enemy’ force aircraft, aerial targets, and electronic warfare capabilities servicing a range of ADF platforms including:

  • The Air Force‘s Joint Strike Fighter, Super Hornet, Growler, Wedgetail  airborne early warning and control capabilities and ground based  Aircraft Control Units
  • Navy’s Helicopter Frigate and Guided Missile Destroyer capabilities and Army’s Ground Based Air Defence Capabilities.

AAA’s fleet of specially configured Learjet aircraft and highly trained aircrew have been providing dedicated Opposing Forces and Target Towing services to the ADF since 2015. In addition, ATS as an associate company has been providing specialised manned and unmanned aerial target services continuously for the past 34 years.

Critical services to be delivered under JATTS includes aerial opposing force effects, manned and unmanned aerial targets and sophisticated electronic attack.

The contract also introduces two additional capabilities: the testing, training and certification of ADF Identification Friend or Foe Mode 5 interrogation systems and advanced airborne threat simulations.

The JATTS contract is designed to evolve over the term of the contract to ensure it remains contemporary and continually satisfies the ADF’s requirements during a time of significant Defence capability expansion.


February 2020 - North America Aerial Fire Fighting Conference

Air Affairs Australia will be exhibiting at this years North America Aerial Fire Fighting Conference being held in Sacramento, CA, USA. The event will be held on Wednesday March 4 and Thursday March 5. Air Affairs are exhibiting with PAL Aerospace on stand number 309.

If you are visiting this event please come to PAL Aerospace stand meet the Air Affairs team. We will have company representatives on hand to discuss the aerial fire products and services we provide.

For more information on the conference, visit

North American Aerial Fire Conference 2020

February 2020 - Singapore Air Show

Air Affairs Australia will be exhibiting at this years Singapore Air show. The event will be held from Tuesday February 11 through to Sunday February 16. Air Affairs are exhibiting on the Team Defence Australia stand which is located in B67.

If you are visiting this event please come to Team Defence Australia stand meet the Air Affairs team. We will have company representatives on hand to discuss the products and services we provide.

Opening hours for trade visitors are Tuesday February 11 through to Friday February 14, 09:30 – 17:00 local time.

Singapore Airshow 2020


January 2020 - Firescan Operations

Our Special Mission Firescan pilots, specialist aircrew, maintenance engineers and operations staff have been extremely busy over the Christmas/New Year holiday period with the current bushfire activity in several states of Australia providing Airborne Bushfire Reconnaissance services to the NSWRFS , CFA and QFES.

The Currowan fire came very close to the Air Affairs Flight Operations facilities at the Albatross Aviation Park next to HMAS Albatross but due to the efforts of the RFS crews our facilities were not damaged and operations have continued during the current bushfires.

Air Affairs Australia has provided Airborne Bushfire Reconnaissance services throughout Australia since 1994. Since it’s first demonstrated capability in the summer of 1994-95, the service has been used extensively in this unique role. Established as a crucial element in Bushfire intelligence gathering, Firescan captures line scan imagery of bushfire activity, delivered during both day and night-time flight operations, provide imaging of the ground, clearly defining active fire and burnt terrain through dense smoke.

Over the past week AAA have been providing support to the team at R+M Aircraft  Air tractors.

The Air tractor firefighter aircraft are currently being maintained by Statewide aviation during their local operations and AAA have been able to provided normal and after hours support through use of our facilities and manpower to help get the aircraft back into the air as quick as possible.

Firescan Operations Air Affairs Australia

Images taken from one of our Special Mission Learjet aircraft, Pyro-cumulonimbus clouds over the Currowan fire and active fire on the Central coast

Firescan Operations Air Affairs Australia

R+M Aircraft  Air tractors undergoing some mainteneace at the Air Affairs Australia facilites during the current bushfires in NSW