Air Warfare Centre launches Exercise Diamond Shield

US Air Force personnel from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, have touched down at RAAF Base Williamtown for Exercise Diamond Shield. With a support team of about 150 personnel, more than 20 pilots assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron will be working with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Air Warfare Centre. Besides US F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter aircraft, the … [Read more...]

Pyne tours Spanish frigate, praises Navantia for role in AWD program

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has visited Spanish Navy frigate Cristóbal Colón in South Australia to inspect the capabilities of the ship and receive an update on the progress of training being conducted with the Royal Australian Navy. “The Cristóbal Colón is a highly capable vessel, and demonstrates the kind of capability that Navantia are offering in the … [Read more...]

Defence Minister reviews HATS progress at Nowra

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne has inspected progress in the development of the AIR 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) at HMAS Albatross along with Ann Sudmalis, Member for Gilmore. The project, for which Boeing Defence Australia is the prime contractor, will provide a joint training system to prepare Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army … [Read more...]

Government launches Next Generation Technologies Fund

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has launched the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund, which promises to provide the creative capability solutions that Defence needs while benefiting Australian industry, at the University of South Australia. “This is a 10-year strategic research-and-development program that will deliver game-changing capabilities for … [Read more...]

Thales and Thomas Global complete ASLAV turret simulator upgrade

Thales and subcontractor Thomas Global Systems have delivered nine upgraded crew procedural trainer (CPT) turrets for the Australian Army’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) under a contract valued at $5 million. The simulator enables the crew commander and gunner to practise gunnery skills without using live ammunition. “The upgrade will lead to lower lifecycle costs … [Read more...]