Navantia cuts steel for first replenishment ship

The first cut of steel being used to build the replacement replenishment ships has been undertaken following the completion of the critical design review, Navantia Australia has announced. “We have reached the first major milestone in the delivery of this key enabling capability to Navy,” said Francisco Barón, managing director of Navantia Australia. “Navantia understands the … [Read more...]

Australia enhances GEOINT capability through commercial satellites

The federal government has announced that it is spending $500 million on enhancing space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities by improving access to commercial satellites. Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne stated that Defence Project 799 was introduced in the 2016 Defence White Paper to enhance geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) … [Read more...]

Air Mobility Group to receive mission management tools

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has signed an agreement with Jeppesen and Tapestry Solutions to integrate the Mission Management Suite to optimise operations. The solution will help the RAAF optimise Air Mobility Group operations managed by the Air Mobility Control Centre, Jeppesen stated on June 7. Formerly known as Jeppesen Operations Solution, the Mission Management … [Read more...]

AWD Alliance marks acceptance of first destroyer

The AWD Alliance has celebrated provisional acceptance of the first of three Hobart class DDGs, NUSHIP Hobart, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard. In the coming months, the ship will transit from Adelaide to Sydney, where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). “The acceptance of this first-of-class ship is a further demonstration of the success … [Read more...]

Australia and India share C-17A lessons learned

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III and crew have visited Indian Air Force counterparts to compare notes on operating the heavy transport. The visit to Air Force Station Hindon and Air Force Station Agra from June 12 to 16 has included a series of briefings on each country’s capability and an opportunity to fly on an Indian aircraft, Defence stated. “Our … [Read more...]