China takes over former Radio Australia short-wave frequencies in the Pacific – report

China has continued its soft-power initiatives in the Pacific region by taking over a number of frequencies formerly reserved for Radio Australia. A June 21 report in The Australian says after the ABC discontinued its short-wave services in 2017 due to limited audiences and new technologies, the Chinese government has picked up at least 10 of the frequencies to broadcast … [Read more...]

Defence seeks LAND 400 Phase 3 draft timeline input

The Australian Defence Force has opened a consultation process with industry on the draft LAND 400 Phase 3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and manoeuvre support vehicle (MSV) project timeline. Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne said consulting on the draft timeline would lead to a smoother and better informed tender process reducing the cost of tendering to … [Read more...]

RAAF inducts new C-130J fuselage trainer

The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group (AMG) and 37 Squadron based at Richmond west of Sydney have inducted a new C-130J-30 Hercules fuselage trainer (FuT). Designed by CAE and built by Richmond’s Airbus Group Australia Pacific workforce from two long-retired C-130E fuselage hulks and new components from Lockheed Martin, the C-130J fuselage trainer will be operated by CAE. It will … [Read more...]

Airbus close to first flight of VSR700 VTUAS

Airbus is reportedly close to conducting the first autonomous flight of its VSR700 vertical takeoff unmanned aerial systems (VTUAS). The aircraft is a 700kg unmanned development of the manned Guimbal Cabri G2 light helicopter, and is designed for the maritime UAS market for employment from surface vessels or for land-based operations. An optionally-piloted flight was … [Read more...]

Rafael develops Trophy active protection system for APC/IFV sized vehicles

Rafael has announced it has developed a smaller version of its proven Trophy active protection system (APS) that will be suitable for use on medium-sized armoured vehicles such as infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), armoured personnel carriers (APC). In announcing the new system at the Eurosatory trade show in Paris last week, Rafael says it will conduct trials of the new … [Read more...]