Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines infrastructure spending and workforce challenges

The federal government has released the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, promising to end the boom-bust cycle of projects by implementing a rolling acquisition of submarines and continuous build of ships. The plan includes more than $1.3 billion in funding for the development of shipyard infrastructure in South Australia and Western Australia. Work on the development of new surface … [Read more...]

Defence completes tender evaluation for Special Purpose Aircraft managing contractor role

As part of a plan to replace the VIP transport service operated by the Royal Australian Air Force, Defence has confirmed that it intends to enter into contract negotiations with a preferred tenderer for the role of managing contractor, having completed a tender evaluation process. The managing contractor will manage the establishment, delivery and long-term sustainment of the … [Read more...]

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...]