CEA and DST Group sign collaboration agreement

Canberra-based radar company CEA Technologies has signed a formal agreement with the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group to collaborate on the development of next generation radar. CEA already produces world leading solid state phased array radars which are in service on the Navy’s Anzac class frigates and which are mandated for use on the nine Future Frigates under … [Read more...]

FIRST CONTACT – The Royal Australian Navy has taken its first tentative steps into unmanned aerial system operations.

Flying unnoticed over the busy Gulf of Oman, a little Aussie UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) spots a suspicious vessel. Maybe it’s just a trading show of the type that has sailed these waters for centuries. Or maybe it’s carrying drugs, weapons or terrorists. Live video from the UAV is examined aboard a distant Australian warship where it will be decided if a closer look is … [Read more...]

AWD TO DDG – The Air Warfare Destroyer program has cause to celebrate with the commissioning of HMAS Hobart.

They are far and away the most expensive and complex surface warships Australia has ever owned, sleek and lethal greyhounds of the ocean, able to defend against air, and perhaps eventually, ballistic missile attack. The first of three new Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, was officially commissioned on September 23, a proud occasion when the white … [Read more...]

Collins class sub removed from Projects of Concern list

The Navy’s six Collins class submarines are facing a bright future with the government at last removing them from the Projects of Concern list. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said that means the government had full confidence in the Collins project which had suffered from damage to its reputation over the years, much of it ill-informed. “It has become an exemplar … [Read more...]

Future Submarine design taking shape

Defence and French shipbuilder Naval Group have finalised the intended length, diameter and displacement of Australia’s future submarines. Finalising key submarine dimensions enables the design process to proceed, though right now those key dimensions remain secret. Naval Group, formerly DCNS, offered a conventionally-powered variant of its Suffren class nuclear attack … [Read more...]