Third RAAF F-35 progresses along assembly line

Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the US, has visited Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth as Australia’s third F-35A Lightning II is progressing along the production line. Hockey was briefed on the Joint Strike Fighter program and signed the bulkhead of the aircraft, A35-003, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) stated. This aircraft is the first of the next … [Read more...]

Rheinmetall takes stake in Supashock

Rheinmetall Defence has announced a further strengthening of its partnership with Supashock through an agreement to acquire 49 per cent of the South Australian advanced manufacturer. The partnership will help to drive growth in both companies through the development of new suspension and load-handling technologies that will improve the performance and safety of Rheinmetall’s … [Read more...]

Queensland named ahead of Victoria for Rheinmetall’s proposed LAND 400 facility

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has announced that it has selected Queensland as the location for its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) and Australian headquarters that will be established if the company is successful in securing LAND 400 Phase 2. Rheinmetall had stated in February that it had shortlisted Queensland and Victoria as potential locations. The centre … [Read more...]

US approves RAAF Super Hornet radio and countermeasures upgrades

The US Department of State has approved possible radio and countermeasures upgrades for the Royal Australian Air Force’s 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets under an estimated US$101.4 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program deal. The Australian Government has requested the possible sale of 32 units of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System … [Read more...]

Heat Treatment Australia targets US market

Lockheed Martin Australia has congratulated F-35 Lightning II supplier Heat Treatment Australia (HTA) on passing a Lockheed Martin quality audit of its new facility in California. The commercial and aerospace heat treater established the facility in Santa Fe Springs, its first outside Australia, to make its unique thermal processing services available to the US market, … [Read more...]