BAE Systems prepares for Anzac midlife upgrade, as eighth ship completes ASMD

Anzac class frigate HMAS Stuart has completed the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade at the Henderson, Western Australia, site of BAE Systems Australia. After 600,000 hours of work, the ship will now undergo sea trials prior to resuming service with the Royal Australian Navy, the company stated. While at Henderson, the ship’s combat management system was upgraded and an … [Read more...]

Relocated space surveillance radar achieves FOC

The C-Band Space Surveillance Radar System has reached final operational capability (FOC), Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne has announced. This joint initiative between Australia and the US Air Force will enable Australia to better protect space-based capabilities, Minister Payne said in a statement. “The C-Band radar operated from Harold E Holt Naval Communication … [Read more...]

RAAF welcomes first two PC-21 training aircraft

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies has welcomed the arrival of the Royal Australian Air Force’s first two Pilatus PC-21 training aircraft that form part of the AIR 5428 pilot training system project. “We will be formally introducing the PC-21 into service in coming months, but it is grand to be here at Avalon to welcome these first two aircraft,” CAF said, speaking at … [Read more...]

Air Force highlights Jericho initiatives at Avalon

The Royal Australian Air Force has hosted an event inside a C-17A Globemaster heavy transport aircraft to demonstrate how it has been partnering with industry under Plan Jericho, which is helping transform the service for the information age. Having identified obstacles to achieving the networked and integrated combat force envisaged by Plan Jericho, the RAAF partnered with … [Read more...]

One careful owner – Defence releases military sales catalogue

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has released a new Australian Military Sales Catalogue as the first step in formulating a brand new Defence Exports Policy, hot on the heels of the new Defence Industry Policy Statement and the government’s announcement of a new grants program to drive local innovation in military related technologies, As the Australian Defence Force … [Read more...]