Babcock awarded ADF GSE support contract

Babcock has been awarded a $33 million seven-year Asset Capability Management contract to support the ADF’s fleet of aviation ground support equipment (GSE). Under the agreement, Babcock will partner with the ADF to deliver improved availability and operating cost savings across the 3,000-plus asset GSE fleet, at more than 20 locations, and will create 16 new jobs in South … [Read more...]

US clears sale of SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan

The US State Department has cleared the sale of four Raytheon Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA round to Japan. The sales is considered a formality seeing as the Block IIA is being jointly developed for the US Navy and Japan. The new version is optimised for defence against medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, and successfully completed its first test in … [Read more...]

US GAO dismisses Raytheon JSTARS Recap protest – report

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reportedly dismissed a protest by Raytheon over its unsuccessful bid to provide the radar for the USAF’s JSTARS Recap program. A report in Defense News says that, although not yet publicly announced by the USAF, Northrop Grumman was down-selected to provide the radar for the program ahead of rival Raytheon. Raytheon … [Read more...]

USAF to fund certified version of Aurora Orion MALE UAS

The USAF has awarded Boeing-owned Aurora Flight Sciences a US$48m (A$61m) contract to develop a certified version of its Orion medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system. Previously, the system has been classified as experimental in nature, but this contract will fund a two-year effort to develop and integrate systems that would allow the Orion air vehicle … [Read more...]

Trump administration considers easing int’l arms sales restrictions – report

The US government is considering relaxing some of its export restrictions on arms sales according to a January 8 report by Reuters. The report says the Trump administration is looking to take a “whole of government” approach to easing the export restrictions and, rather than focus on the potential human rights issues of international arms sales, plans to give more weight to … [Read more...]