PM officially opens PACIFIC 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed guests, exhibitors, VIPs and a “veritable armada of admirals” from 39 navies to the 10th PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exhibition, declaring Australia was embarking on an ambitious and unprecedented program of naval shipbuilding. Mr Turnbull said PACIFIC 2017 was a crucially important gathering at a time of enormous investment … [Read more...]

Rafael pitches FLOATLINK for sub communications

When it comes to communicating to and from submarines, there’s nothing as impenetrable as ocean. Extremely low frequency radio transmissions will reach submerged submarines but are limited by very low data transmission rates. The best way for a submarine to send and receive communications is to rise to periscope depth, exposing a satellite communications aerial – potentially … [Read more...]

SEA 5000 combat system in the spotlight at PACIFIC 2017

The government is set to make a momentous announcement – which combat management system (CMS) will equip the Navy’s nine Future Frigates. There are two contenders – Lockheed Martin’s Aegis or Saab’s 9LV – with Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne tipped to reveal the winner during PACIFIC 2017. For that winner, the deal is worth potentially billions, considering the … [Read more...]

Pyne launches Lockheed Martin STELaRLab

Australia spends around $1 billion a year surveying powerlines by helicopter, a job that could be done for a faction of that price by new autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to top up their batteries from the powerlines themselves. Engineering students from Melbourne University, backed by Lockheed Martin’s new STELaRLab advanced research centre, have developed … [Read more...]

Insitu marks one million hours

Unmanned aircraft systems company Insitu has notched up one million operational flight hours – 114 years – by its ScanEagle, Blackjack and Integrator platforms. Insitu chief executive Ryan Hartman said the first operational mission, which started the clock, was for the US Marine Corps, and so too was the one millionth flight hour. He gave no other details of the milestone … [Read more...]