BAE Systems vows to deliver satellite ground stations project despite five-year delay

BAE Systems Australia has responded to criticism of its performance on JP 2008 Phase 3F, which Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), has described as “the project that keeps me awake at night” within the portfolio of more than 150 major projects that he manages. The project was approved in 2009 to deliver an enhanced satellite … [Read more...]

Crashed UAV recovery complicated by threat of unexploded munitions

Recovery of the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 that crashed on March 27 is expected to begin tomorrow. Accessing the crash site located in Beecroft Air Weapons Range is dependent on the area being clear of unexploded munitions, but the ‘all clear’ is anticipated to be given today, a Defence spokesperson told Australian Defence Business Review. Meanwhile, the cause of the incident … [Read more...]

Schiebel CAMCOPTER crashes at Jervis Bay range

An investigation has begun after a Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed yesterday at Beecroft Air Weapons Range, Jervis Bay, New South Wales. At approximately 10am on March 27, the vertical takeoff and landing UAV crashed while conducting flying conversion training for Royal Australian Navy personnel, a spokesperson for Defence told Australian Defence … [Read more...]

Multirole Aviation Training Vessel on track for HATS

The Multirole Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore will be ready to train the first students under the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) as scheduled despite a “misalignment” of project schedules at the time of HATS contract signature, Defence has confirmed. The MATV, which is being procured separately from HATS to support a range of training activities, … [Read more...]

Industry urged to stay the course on Future Submarine opportunities

Industry has been encouraged to remain engaged with the Future Submarine program, even though it may be a while yet before participating companies actually receive orders for equipment. “It is a long process,” said Commodore Michael Houghton, Director General Future Submarines at the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), speaking at an industry briefing in … [Read more...]