Rockwell Collins produces 100th DAS optical assembly for F-35

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th optical assembly for the electro-optical AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Lightning II. Rockwell Collins Australia expects to produce more than 7,000 of these assemblies across the life of the Joint Strike … [Read more...]

Austal cuts steel for first Pacific Patrol Boat

The national shipbuilding program has achieved a major milestone with the cutting of steel for the first replacement Pacific Patrol Boat in Western Australia, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has declared. Minister Pyne attended the ceremony at HD Plasma & Laser Cutting Services in Bibra Lake, which marks the start of the $89 billion shipbuilding program. HD … [Read more...]

LHDs remain alongside as Defence investigates propulsion issues

The Navy’s two amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide remain tied alongside at Fleet Base East, Sydney while Defence investigates issues with the LHDs’ ‘azipod’ azimuth propulsion systems. The issue first came to public attention almost a month ago on March 29 when ABC defence reporter Andrew Green reported that both vessels were out of service after … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: C-17 load trials for M777 Howitzer

The Department of Defence has released images of load trials of an Army M777 Howitzer artillery piece on a RAAF C-17 airlifter. The trials, held on April 20 at RAAF Base Amberley, marked the first time an Australian Army M777 had been loaded on a RAAF C-17. “The trials will help inform future practice with loading and deploying the M777 by C-17A, including exercises and … [Read more...]

Seahawk ‘Skeletor’ retires from RAN service

A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine helicopter known as ‘Skeletor’ has flown its last operational flight, ending a career logging 6,200 airframe hours and spanning more than 28 years of service. The RAN retired N24-011 during a maintenance period for Anzac class frigate HMAS Arunta in Bahrain, while deployed on Operation MANITOU. The helicopter’s … [Read more...]