Raytheon to supply next gen F-35 Distributed Aperture System

Lockheed Martin has contracted Raytheon to supply the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Lightning II fighter. The DAS is a series of electro-optical apertures placed strategically around the F-35’s airframe which provide a 360-degree view of the airspace around the aircraft including terrain and threats. The imagery from the DAS is projected onto … [Read more...]

DST conducts unmanned underwater glider trials

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) has conducted a series of underwater tests with an unmanned undersea glider at Woronora Dam near Sydney. The flying wing shaped Sun Ray Glider has a roughly five metre wingspan. For the trial which was conducted in March, the glider was launched and recovered from a barge with the support of a team from Ron Allum Deepsea … [Read more...]

Army to acquire more Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The Australian Army will acquire four more Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) from Praesidium Global at a cost of $2 million for use by Army as part of a 12-month user evaluation trial. The release announcing the acquisition did not identify which of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland-based Praesidium Global UGVs will be acquired, but the company offers a range of different UGV … [Read more...]

Lockheed Martin delivers 300th F-35

The 300th of more than 3,000 planned F-35 Lightning IIs has been delivered by Lockheed Martin. The aircraft, an F-35A for the US Air Force, was delivered to Hill AFB in Utah on June 11, marking another key milestone as the once-troubled program gains momentum. The milestone comes just weeks after Israel announced it has used the F-35 in combat, the first operational … [Read more...]

Rockwell Collins’ Australian Army Chinook avionics support work extended

Rockwell Collins has been awarded an extension to its contract for the provision of avionics support and sustainment to the Australian Army’s fleet of 10 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to 2020. The contract for the support of Townsville based helicopters operated by 5 Aviation Regiment includes providing field service engineering, program management, and … [Read more...]