Rockwell Collins produces 100th DAS optical assembly for F-35

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th optical assembly for the electro-optical AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Lightning II. Rockwell Collins Australia expects to produce more than 7,000 of these assemblies across the life of the Joint Strike … [Read more...]

Austal cuts steel for first Pacific Patrol Boat

The national shipbuilding program has achieved a major milestone with the cutting of steel for the first replacement Pacific Patrol Boat in Western Australia, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has declared. Minister Pyne attended the ceremony at HD Plasma & Laser Cutting Services in Bibra Lake, which marks the start of the $89 billion shipbuilding program. HD … [Read more...]

New M88A2 recovery vehicles enter service

Defence has received six new M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) armoured recovery vehicles. All of the vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated that delivery of the HERCULES vehicles ensures the safe and effective … [Read more...]

BAE Systems vows to deliver satellite ground stations project despite five-year delay

BAE Systems Australia has responded to criticism of its performance on JP 2008 Phase 3F, which Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), has described as “the project that keeps me awake at night” within the portfolio of more than 150 major projects that he manages. The project was approved in 2009 to deliver an enhanced satellite … [Read more...]