FIRST CONTACT – The Royal Australian Navy has taken its first tentative steps into unmanned aerial system operations.

Flying unnoticed over the busy Gulf of Oman, a little Aussie UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) spots a suspicious vessel. Maybe it’s just a trading show of the type that has sailed these waters for centuries. Or maybe it’s carrying drugs, weapons or terrorists. Live video from the UAV is examined aboard a distant Australian warship where it will be decided if a closer look is … [Read more...]

AWD TO DDG – The Air Warfare Destroyer program has cause to celebrate with the commissioning of HMAS Hobart.

They are far and away the most expensive and complex surface warships Australia has ever owned, sleek and lethal greyhounds of the ocean, able to defend against air, and perhaps eventually, ballistic missile attack. The first of three new Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, was officially commissioned on September 23, a proud occasion when the white … [Read more...]

INTO A RHYTHM – The MRH-90 Taipan’s long journey to success.

The Australian Defence Force’s Project AIR 9000 MRH-90 acquisition project and service entry process for the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy commenced in 2004 and today remains on the Government’s Projects of Concern List. But the capability is starting to make ground, both in the air, and in the support and sustainment system’s ability to provide sufficient … [Read more...]

L3 establishes three international boards

L3 Technologies has established international boards of directors in three of its key regional focus markets. The new boards will support L3’s military and commercial businesses in Australia, Canada and the UK, and will support the development of and promote strategic initiatives in their respective regions. “We continue to focus on accelerating L3’s international … [Read more...]

Australian and UK Invictus crews complete Sydney to Hobart

Two crews comprising wounded Australian and British defence personnel successfully completed the 2017 Sydney to Hobart yacht race on the evening of December 29. Each crew comprised 16 former ADF or British Forces personnel who had been wounded, illness or had been injured. The Australian crew in Invictus Games 2018 Down Under, and the UK crew sailing Invictus Games Sydney … [Read more...]