Hunter class FFH ‘Ship Zero’ training centre for Henderson

The government has announced the new training and capability centre for the new SEA 5000 Hunter class future frigates will be located at HMAS Stirling at Henderson in Western Australia. Known as ‘Ship Zero’, the facility will provide headquarters, capability-specific training facilities, through-life test centre, and the potential to establish a land-based system test site. … [Read more...]

General Atomics Predator B/Protector FG Mk.1 to fly across Atlantic for RIAT

A General Atomics Predator B will cross the Atlantic under its own power for the first time as it makes its way for display at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). To be known as the Protector RG Mk.1 in RAF service, the aircraft will fly non-stop from North Dakota to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire in about 20 hours. The flight will be the first crossing of … [Read more...]

Northrop Grumman increases F-35 centre fuselage production rate

Manufacturing of the centre fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II fighter has entered full-rate production (FRP) at Northrop Grumman’s integrated assembly line (IAL) at Palmdale in California. The centre fuselage production rate has increased to a production interval (PI) of 1.5-day, meaning a centre fuselage for all three models of the F-35 is produced at the IAL every 1.5 … [Read more...]

Australia gains approval to purchase long-lead Aegis equipment for Hunter and Hobart class vessels

The US State Department has cleared Australia to acquire long-lead equipment to equip its nine new SEA 5000 Hunter-class FFHs with the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat management system (CMS), and to upgrade the Aegis CMS on its three SEA 4000 Hobart class DDGs. The potentially US$185m (A$250.1m) sale would see the Aegis system integrated with the Hunter class’s CEA CEAFAR radar … [Read more...]