RAN conducts first operational manned-unmanned teaming

Adelaide class frigate HMAS Newcastle has conducted the Royal Australian Navy’s first simultaneous operations of manned and unmanned aircraft during the ship’s current deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU. The frigate’s MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter and the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle were employed on concurrent surface search sorties in the Gulf of … [Read more...]

US Marines begin departure from Australia

The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) has started departing from Darwin at the end of the sixth rotation of US Marines through northern Australia under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI). The rotation involved 1,250 Marines and an Aviation Combat Element (ACE) consisting of 13 aircraft: four MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and five AH-1W Super … [Read more...]

Schiebel counting down to CAMCOPTER S-100 delivery to RAN

Schiebel program manager Fabian Knechtl says the first of its heavy fuel powered CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is scheduled to be delivered by November. The Department of Defence signed a contract with Schiebel Group for the supply of Camcopter S-100 UAVs to meet the RAN’s interim vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) … [Read more...]

Austal awarded Navy Cape class sustainment contract

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has awarded Austal a three-year sustainment contract worth up to $18 million for its two leased Cape class patrol boats, ADV Cape Fourcroy and ADV Cape Inscription. “We are very pleased to have received this vote of confidence from the Royal Australian Navy. We have invested heavily in people, software tools and our facilities in Cairns, Darwin … [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...]