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...]

Coming home

Australia stakes its claim as the Asia Pacific hub for Joint Strike Fighter sustainment, as the F-35 prepares to make its Australian debut. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has vowed to continue arguing the case for Australia to act as the region’s hub for F-35 Lightning II sustainment, and intends to push for as much maintenance work as possible to be assigned … [Read more...]

Crawl, walk, Growl

Director Growler Transition Office explains how striving to successfully introduce the EA-18G airborne electronic attack capability with the RAAF, and the wider ADF, is about more than just the ‘whoosh-bang’ of missiles test-fired from a fancy new jet. Thinking through how best to go about introducing the Boeing EA-18G Growler has brought to the fore a number of opportunities … [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...]