Northrop Grumman eyes Australian trial for minehunting system

Northrop Grumman has showcased the AQS-24B minehunting system, which the company is looking at bringing to Australia next year to participate in the Autonomous Warrior trial. The AQS-24B is marketed as the only deployed and operationally proven high-speed airborne or surface-towed minehunting system in the world. The system could be used to clear the way for an amphibious … [Read more...]

No submarine capability gap for Australia, SEA 1000 chief insists

The head of the Future Submarine program has rejected the notion that Australia is facing a submarine capability gap. Aiming to deliver the first Future Submarine in the early 2030s represents “a reasonable schedule”, said Rear Admiral Gregory Sammut, Head Future Submarine Program at Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). Meanwhile, the life of the … [Read more...]

Navantia buoyed by AWD commissioning

Navantia has hailed the commissioning of the Hobart class destroyer HMAS Hobart as a confidence booster that reflects well on its bid for the Future Frigate program. “There is nothing quite like the presence of the real item here in Sydney, and Sydney is the maritime centre of Australia...having it showcased, if you like; not that it is here to showcase, it is here to do a … [Read more...]

Rafael targets Australian partner for SPIKE missile production

Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is close to selecting an SME to partner with in Australia as it promotes the SPIKE LR II multi-purpose missile for the LAND 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle. Rafael started working out of an office in Melbourne near Victoria Barracks two weeks ago, and plans to officially launch its new Australian presence in … [Read more...]

Industry awaiting release of sovereign industrial capabilities policy

Development of a new ‘sovereign industrial capabilities’ policy, covering those military capabilities that are considered to be so important that they must be developed or supported by Australian industry, remains a work in progress. That is despite the Defence Industry Policy Statement that was released with the 2016 Defence White Paper having stated that a transition from … [Read more...]