JAMMED UP – Next Generation Jammer program update

With the RAAF’s EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft nearing initial operational capability (IOC) comes the promise of a high-end electronic warfare capability. But what is needed next is the dedicated jamming pod to make that possible now and well into the future. This has proven to be challenging technology, with the US not expecting to see IOC of the Next Generation … [Read more...]

BUDGET ANALYSIS – Defence funding on track for 2 per cent of GDP

The government is sticking to its plan lift Defence funding, with the 2018-19 budget taking the headline figure to $36.4 billion, up from $34.7 billion in 2017-18. Defence Minister Marise Payne said this budget maintained the Government’s commitment to provide Defence with a stable and sustainable funding growth path. This takes Defence spending to 1.91 per cent of gross … [Read more...]

A BIGGER SHIELD – Aegis Baseline 9 for Australia

Once the nine Project SEA 5000 Future Frigates are all in the water at the end of next decade, Australia should possess the largest fleet of Aegis-equipped vessels outside the US Navy, substantially more of the advanced vessels than operated by Japan, South Korea, Spain and Norway. From the outset, the nine Future Frigates will all be equipped with the latest configuration … [Read more...]

Down to the Wire

With the SEA 5000 Future Frigate decision believed to be imminent, we summarise the contenders The competition for Australia’s new Project SEA 5000 warships is drawing to a close, with bids in and considered, and a decision reportedly set to be announced during the life of this issue. Whatever the ultimate outcome, Australia will end up with nine advanced warships and a … [Read more...]

Lockheed Martin Australia opens new Canberra office

Lockheed Martin Australia’s new head office has been officially opened in a newly outfitted building in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle, close to its main customer, the federal government and Defence. The official opening was performed by Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne who said Lockheed Martin was a great partner with the government in defending Australia and … [Read more...]