During 1981 the Australian Aircraft Consortium was formed consisting of the CAC, the GAF and Hawker de Havilland, with the intent of designing a new training aircraft for the RAAF.
RAAF specifications called for a low wing, tricycle undercarriage aircraft powered by a Pratt and Whitney PT-6 engine with side by side seating for two, being fully aerobatic, capable of cross country navigation and weapons training, with a 200kt cruise speed and a service life of 8,000 flight hours spanning 20 years. It was to be allocated an RAAF A23 serial series with the name Wamira.
Design and development work commenced in June 1982 under the internal designation A10. To attract potential international customers a tandem seat version was also designed and designated A20. Ultimately this design did not compete at all with current European designs already in production. The loss of potential sales compounded by delays in building the Wamira prototype and large cost overruns placed the whole Wamira project in jeopardy. In July 1985 it was announced that the new RAAF trainer aircraft would be subject to a competitive selection process between the Wamira, Short Tucano, Pilatus PC-7 and PC-9. On December 16, 1985 it was announced that the Pilatus PC-9 was the winner, and the Wamira project was immediately cancelled.
On August 19, 2019, the A10 Wamira prototype and the front fuselage of the engineering mock up and other components were transferred to our Museum from the RAAF Museum Point Cook, and placed in storage at Moorabbin awaiting restoration