Defence wants thinkers for Force Design Conference

A Force Design Conference in Canberra on October 10-11 aims to gather innovative ideas from a range of specialists across Australia and the globe, to design the future of the Australian Defence Force. Defence says it is encouraging decision-makers, practitioners, innovators, military partners, and researchers from Defence, industry, academia, and government agencies to attend … [Read more...]

US approves large RAAF SBD II buy

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the approval of a possible US$815m (A$1.04bn) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) weapons for the RAAF. The sale comprises 3,900 SBD IIs, 30 guided test vehicles, 60 captive carry reliability trainers, as well as auxiliary equipment including Weapon Load Crew Trainers … [Read more...]

RAN to monitor engine performance on two vessels

The Royal Australian Navy will monitor the performance of its gas turbine engines on two vessels through a partnership with the CSIRO and manufacturer GE to help reduce fuel burn and improve operational performance. The advanced analytics of data collected from sensors is through an application developed by the CSIRO’s digital research network Data61 and GE, it was announced … [Read more...]

Submarine Institute defends Future Sub program

The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) has defended the development of Australia’s Future Submarine based on the Naval Group nuclear-powered Barracuda. Responding to calls to ditch the Barracuda-based design and instead buy an “off-the-shelf” design the president of the SIA, Mark Sander said Australia has a positive plan in place for the Future Submarine Program. “A … [Read more...]

RAN’s first Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart commissioned

The first of three new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, was officially commissioned into Royal Australian Navy service on September 23, a proud occasion when the white ensign flew from the ship for the first time and she officially became Navy property. The commissioning ceremony, at the Navy’s Fleet Base East on Sydney Harbour, was attended by Prime … [Read more...]