F-35 JSF Program completes SDD

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has completed the nearly 12-year System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. The final SDD test flight was conducted on April 11 at Naval Air Station Patuxent (PAX) River by F-35C development jet CF-2 which completed a loads data mission while carrying external 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions … [Read more...]

Rheinmetall Boxer selected for LAND 400 Phase 2

UPDATED with Rheinmetall comments, 1945hrs 14/03/18 Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) has been selected to fulfil the Australian Army’s $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 requirement. The selection was made yesterday after the National Security Committee (NSC) of Cabinet met to consider Defence’s recommendation of the Boxer to replace … [Read more...]

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...]