Labor Senator accused of “freelancing” over RAAF VIP jet comments

Freshman Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching has been accused by her colleagues of “freelancing” according to the ABC after she criticised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on social media for the ordering an Airbus KC-30A equipped with a VIP interior for the RAAF. Senator Kitching took to Twitter on Saturday accusing the Prime Minister of spending $250 million on a “private … [Read more...]

BAE Systems to upgrade JORN

UPDATED 1415 5/3/18 WITH BAE SYSTEMS COMMENTS BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract valued at $1.2 billion to upgrade and support Australia’s high frequency over the horizon (OTHR) Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). The 10-year Project AIR 2025 Phase 6 contract award was announced on March 5 by Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne and Minister for … [Read more...]

US Navy funds Super Hornet structural enhancements

Boeing has been awarded a US$73m (A$94m) contract from the US Navy to begin the modernisation of and structural enhancement to in-service US Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to extend their service lives. The service life modification (SLM) upgrade is a key element of the emerging Super Hornet Block III enhancement package, and will see the aircraft's airframe life extended from … [Read more...]

Downer Defence launches Operation Belator veterans’ program

Downer Defence has teamed up with The Adventure Group (TAG) to launch the Operation Bellator initiative designed to help veterans and Defence personnel who may be struggling with the transition from military to civilian life. Downer describes Op Bellator – Latin for Warrior – as an outdoor experiential dignity and resilience program. The program will take participating … [Read more...]

Rheinmetall adds Heuch to GSC for Lithuanian Boxers

Victorian manufacturer Heuch Pty Ltd has been added to Rheinmetall’s global supply chain following the order of 88 mobile battery units and dehumidification packs for Boxer armoured reconnaissance vehicles on order for Lithuania. Heuch is based at South Dandenong in Melbourne, and has been a supplier to the ADF since shortly after it was founded in 1970. The company will … [Read more...]