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  • Hunter Class Frigates Might Not Be in The Planned Size
    Hunter Class Frigates Might Not Be in The Planned Size 7 July 2020
    A new report on Hunter-class frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been launched. Reports have surfaced that the new Hunter-class frigates being built by BAE Systems for the RAN is expected to be larger and heavier than initially planned. Under the contract signed in 2018, it was foreseen that frigates would have 8 thousand 800 tons of displacement. In the said document, it was stated that the platforms have more than 10,000 tons displacement and the lengt...
  • India and Australia Sign Logistics Support Agreement
    India and Australia Sign Logistics Support Agreement 5 June 2020
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison met at the virtual summit. With a new agreement signed at the event, India and Australia will be able to gain access to each other's military bases for logistical support. The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), signed by the leaders of the two countries, allows military ships and aircraft to refuel and access maintenance facilities at each other's bases. “Both sides agre...
  • Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned
    Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned 24 May 2020
    The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyers, built to replace the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached the end of their useful life, have come to an end. The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), the third and final Hobart Class anti-air warfare destroyer. The fifth platform with the same name, the ship will be integrated into the fleet after the test and evaluation process. The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyer was developed from the Navanti...
  • Frigate Procurement
    Frigate Procurement 24 April 2020
    The two Adelaide Class frigates that the Royal Australian Navy retired in recent months have been formally handed over to their new user. HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) and HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06), which Greece was also considered of procurement, were delivered to its new user, Chile, at a ceremony held at HMAS Watson Naval Base. The ships, which were reported to replace two Jacob van Heemskerck Class air defence frigates that the Chilean Navy was taken out of service, were renamed as...
  • Surplus Hornets
    Surplus Hornets 14 April 2020
    The F/A-18 A/B Hornets, which brought significant capabilities to the US Navy in the late periods of the Cold War, so that it can attract worldwide customers, are started to phase out. Civilian advisory aviation companies have been in demand in the last years for the platforms that have become excessive by completing their military duties. The platforms, which are in a flying state or under conditions that can become flying through repair and maintenance, are usually acquired by US-...
  • Private Contractor Expanding for CAS
    Private Contractor Expanding for CAS 31 March 2020
    The share of private enterprises in the military operations market is increasing day by day. The fields of activity of private military companies that have been active in the field for many years are also expanding in the armed aircraft market. Blue Air Close Air Support, which operates in the USA and has customized its skills in the field of close air support, has announced that it will expand its inventory. The company, which currently has a large number of armed aircraft and heli...
  • Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines
    Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines 18 March 2020
    The new submarine project, which has problems in the management of processes, continues its progress. Suppliers are determined in the new generation submarine procurement program run by the Royal Australian Navy. In this context, contracts were signed with Sunlight and PMB Defence companies for the supply of main batteries, which will ensure the full operation of the platforms under water. Under the agreement, contractors will be responsible for the design, prototype manufacturing a...
  • Sea 1000 Off Track
    Sea 1000 Off Track 12 March 2020
    Australia, which failed to hit the targets and take the final steps in the submarine procurement, is allegedly off track. The Sea 1000 program, launched for the replacement of the Collins class submarines, near the end of their duties in the Royal Australian Navy, fell to the bottom. Planning to procure 12 French-made Scorpéne-class platforms at a cost of USD 80 billion, Australia is at risk of failing the project. In a report published in the country...
  • Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm
    Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm 5 March 2020
    Australia plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA for training purposes. Air USA provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. No details about the pricing are known. The announcement follows a previous 2019 deal ...
  • Last Hobart Received by Australia
    Last Hobart Received by Australia 2 March 2020
    Australia, which phased out the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached end of their economic life, continues to commission new platforms. As part of the program launched by the Royal Australian Navy received the third and last Hobart class destroyer. At the ceremony held in Adelaide, the ship transferred from Osborne Shipyard to the navy will serve with the name of HMAS Sydney (42). The ship, which is officially scheduled to commission on M...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight 21 February 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program 15 February 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Intensive Agenda In The Sector
    Intensive Agenda In The Sector 31 October 2019
    In the defence industry sector, Ankara will have an intensive agenda today. The 5th Capture The Flag (CTF) competition organised by Defence Technologies Engineering Company (STM) will start early in the morning and end at around 18 in the evening. In the race, hacker teams will compete with each other to win the grand prize. On the other hand, defence companies will come together with different sectors at the Efficiency Summit to open a stand. The Australian / Asian Rotorcraft Forum will be h...
  • Green Light from Greece to France
    Green Light from Greece to France 15 October 2019
    Greece has been looking for new frigates in its inventory. While talking about the procure of Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates who retired in the Australian Navy, it was on the agenda to focus on France’s multi-purpose Belharra frigates. Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said he had signed a statement of intent for the acquisition with his French counterpart. Panagiotopoulos, adding that there was “a long way to go” before an agreement is reached on the requ...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel 3 September 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...
  • Australia Will Move on with SAAB
    Australia Will Move on with SAAB 26 August 2019
    The Australian Army signed an agreement with SAAB. Under the agreement, the company will continue to provide support for Ground-Based Air Defence Radar (GBAD) and Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems until 2022. The deal, which is worth around 19 million US Dollars, includes the support for Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam Radar and RBS-70 short-range air defence systems. Modern versions of the RBS-70 platform, whose predecessor variants are limited to five kilometres range ...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? 2 August 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • Delay in Ocean Airspace Control
    Delay in Ocean Airspace Control 2 August 2019
    The OneSKY programme to modernise and integrate Australia’s civil and defence air traffic management systems is running 10 years late and will cost more than double the original estimate to acquire, the Australian National Audit Office has reported. OneSKY is an advanced civil/military airspace integration project that intends to modernise Australian and associated oceanic airspace. Australian airspace covers 11% of the globe and includes several of the world’s busiest a...
  • Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020
    Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020 2 August 2019
    Australia progresses Hunter-class frigate programme. In 2018, BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates. The mobilisation of the Hunter-class frigate programme for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is progressing with the continued development of BAE Systems’ Type 26 design. A system requirements review is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. Construction of the firs...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings 29 July 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • First Boxer Delivered
    First Boxer Delivered 24 July 2019
    The first of 25 Rheinmetall Defence Boxer 8x8 armoured vehicles being built in Germany for the Australian Army arrived in Brisbane. The platforms are the first two of an initial tranche of 13 reconnaissance platforms and 12 MPVs that are being built in Germany as part of Project Land 400 Phase 2. The procurement process, worth US $ 2.4 billion, is expected to take place between 2019-2026.
  • Australia is Looking for a New Platform
    Australia is Looking for a New Platform 15 July 2019
    The Australian government has begun its search for a new armed attack helicopter to replace the Tiger fleet. Under the Land 4503 programme, the Australian Government is seeking information to acquire a total of 29 airframes. Of these 29, 24 are to be based at a single location, with a further five to be used for training operations. The timelines for the programme anticipate an initial operating capability of a squadron of 12 aircraft by 2026, with full operational capability from 2028. The p...
  • Australia Supports Island Countries
    Australia Supports Island Countries 22 June 2019
    Tonga Receives Guardian-Class Patrol Boat from Australia. The transfer ceremony was held in Western Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the replacement of the Pacific Patrol Boats is an important part of the Government’s $2 billion 30-year commitment to the Pacific region under the Pacific Maritime Security Program. “The Australian Government is delivering 21 new Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste, ...
  • F-35 to Get Dehumidification
    F-35 to Get Dehumidification 9 May 2019
    Australian defence officials have been urged to consider round-the-clock dehumidification systems at an Air Force base near Newcastle to curb the corrosion risk for its fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Australia based abc.net.au reported that F-35 has to get dehumidification around the clock. Concerns over the risk of metal stress and cracking were raised in 2017, the year before the next-generation fighters were due to come to Australia. Auditing and consulting fi...
  • Australian Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf Ammunition
    Australian Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf Ammunition 12 April 2019
    Saab has received an order for deliveries of Carl-Gustaf® ammunition to the Australian Army, the total order value is 18 million USD million and deliveries are expected to take place in 2020. “The wide range of variations of Carl-Gustaf ammunition brings a true tactical flexibility to the user,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics. Saab’s Carl-Gustaf has a wide range of ammunition types that allows dismounted soldiers to ta...
  • Decoy Procurement to F-35s
    Decoy Procurement to F-35s 9 April 2019
    Australia has announced a $ 78 million decoy procurement. Decoys that will be used in F-35A Lightning and F/A-18F Super Hornet platforms will be purchased under Air 6000 Phase 3 project. It is stated that the systems will be supplied in order to ensure the safety of the aircraft in high-density combat areas. It will also procured from Thales Australia. Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, who made a statement about the procurement process, reported that the number of platfo...
  • BAE Systems Offers the Queen Elizabeth-Class Carrier Design To India
    BAE Systems Offers the Queen Elizabeth-Class Carrier Design To India 4 April 2019
    An executive from BAE Systems said talks with the Indian Navy has started and the design can be adapted for ski-jump or catapult launch to meet Indian requirements.  According to Australian Defence Magazine a BAE Systems representative confirmed that the company is offering its Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carrier design to the Indian Navy. The Indian Government has a requirement for a third, larger, carrier in the 65,000 tonne class. The ship will be built locally, in the C...
  • Ajax Offer at LAND 400
    Ajax Offer at LAND 400 3 April 2019
      General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia (GDLS-Australia) has announced its bid to the Australian Army. The company proposed the family of Ajax armored vehicles for 450 vehicles planned to be procured under LAND 400 Phase 3. It was announced that a GDLS production vehicles offered with modern 30 mm turret. In the process of procurement the Ajax family to the United Kingdom Army, was stated that the participation of the Australian industry will be kept to a maximum. C...
  • Australia to Acquire Gulfstream Business Jet for Electronic Warfare
    Australia to Acquire Gulfstream Business Jet for Electronic Warfare 30 March 2019
    The Australian Department of Defence (DOD) announced that they are planning to acquire four modified Gulfstream G550 business jets as an airborne electronic warfare platform. According to Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, the new aircraft will be integrated to the Australian Defence Force’s joint warfighting network, and will be a crucial link between platforms like the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft, the EA-18G elect...
  • Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON
    Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON 28 March 2019
    The Australian government has confirmed the acquisition of a second Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance maritime unmanned ISR air vehicle for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement that this second platform, which will be acquired through a co-operative programme with the US Navy, will play "an important part of strengthening the security of Australia's maritime boarders". The total ...
  • Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M
    Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M 19 March 2019
    Airbus confirmed that the company wants to bid Australia’s helicopter tender with military version on H145; H145M. Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson made clear that Airbus had recently responded to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) request for information for a four-tonne class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces. Director Mathewson said “The Airbus H145M helicopter is the military version of the H145. I...
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th Centre Fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II
    Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th Centre Fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II 1 March 2019
    Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the 500th centre fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II – ahead of schedule. “We deliver an F-35 centre fuselage every 36 hours and I am very proud to say we have made all our deliveries since the inception of the program,” said Frank Carus, vice president and F-35 program manager, Northrop Grumman. “ Designated AU-18, the 500th F-35 centre fuselage is for a conventional take-off and landing variant for the Roy...
  • Australian F/A-18s delivered to  Canada
    Australian F/A-18s delivered to Canada 18 February 2019
    The first two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 AB Hornet aircraft to be sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force have been delivered to Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta, Canada, following their participation in Exercise Red Flag 2019. Under a deal between the Australian and Canadian Governments, the two Hornets are the first of up to 25 aircraft that will be sold to Canada along with spares and support equipment.  
  • New Guardian to Papua New Guinea
    New Guardian to Papua New Guinea 14 February 2019
    Papua New Guinea has received the new Guardian class patrol boat. The Royal Australian Navy announced the delivery on February 1st.   Boat named as HMPNGS Ted Diro (401). The platform was delivered with a ceremony in Port Moresby. A total of 21 boats built under the Sea 3036 Program will be constructed. These platforms will be donated to Timor Leste and 12 island states to increase cooperation in maritime security in the South Pacific.   The b...
  • First F-35s on the Way to Australia
    First F-35s on the Way to Australia 6 December 2018
    Australia is preparing to deploy the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the country. AU-1 and AU-2 platforms which carry out pilot training missions in the United States since their delivery in 2014, have completed their duties there. Aircrafts have visited for the first time in 2017 in order to join air show. This time, AU-1 and AU-2 on their way back permanently. Platforms will be deployed at RAAF Williamtown Air Base. Aircrafts will arrive New South Wales on December 10th. Austr...
  • RAAF Testing External Fuel Tanks On C-130J
    RAAF Testing External Fuel Tanks On C-130J 20 November 2018
    The Royal Australian Air Force is testing out the feasibility of fitting external fuel tanks to its C-130J transports and the first aircraft, A97-440, was recently handed over to No. 37 Squadron with those external tanks hanging beneath its wings.
  • Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper
    Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper 18 November 2018
    Australia’s Minister for Defence Hon Christopher Pyne, announced the selection of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper variant as Australia’s first armed remotely piloted aircraft system. Minister Pyne said the medium altitude long endurance aircraft can be integrated within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and would be fully interoperable with allies. The Government will now request pricing and availability data from the United States on Reaper variants to suppor...
  • New Surface Combatant of Canada
    New Surface Combatant of Canada 31 October 2018
    Canada has made its decision for the new surface combatant. After the decision, the preferred candidate was announced. According to a statement from BAE Systems, it was reported that the selection was in favour of the Type 26 frigate.   Following the selection of Type 26 of Australia, the company emphasized Canada's most accurate choice. Type 26 ships, developed to replace Type 23 class platforms already serving in the Royal Navy, are intended to be important for ...
  • Australia Continues with Boeing 2 October 2018
    The Australian Government has announced an agreement with Boeing Defense Australia. Under the agreement, the company will provide technical support to the E-7A Wedgetail AEW (Airborne Early Warning) aircraft in the Royal Australian Air Force inventory. The agreement, which will continue until 2025, is estimated to cost US $ 1 billion.   Earlier in 2014, Australia had signed an E-7A Wedgetail technical and logistical support agreement with Boeing Defense Australia, to ...
  • Australian $50 Billion Submarine Contract Deadlocked
    Australian $50 Billion Submarine Contract Deadlocked 29 September 2018
    According to Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) the Defence Minister Christopher Pyne refused to meet top French officials visiting the country this week.  Naval Group was selected in 2016 to build 12 submarines for the Australian Navy, in the country's largest-ever defence contract worth $50 billion.  ABC claaims that Minister  Pyne will only meet the chief executive of the majority French state-owned company once a crucial document, the strategic part...