Lürssen chosen for OPVs as new shipbuilding line-up emerges

Lürssen has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) project ahead of Damen and Fassmer, which had also been shortlisted as potential designers. The first two of 12 vessels will be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, with production commencing in the fourth quarter of 2018. The project is due to be … [Read more...]

Second AWD begins sea trials

NUSHIP Brisbane, the second Hobart class guided missile destroyer (D41), has commenced its first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems. This initial trials phase, which will occur over the coming months, will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year that will test the combat and communications systems. The … [Read more...]

Edinburgh preparing for Poseidon with simulator and facilities funding

Defence is spending $659 million at RAAF Base Edinburgh to support the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced. This figure includes $250 million for a simulator system from Boeing and $409 million to improve base facilities, which is expected to be completed by early … [Read more...]

AME Systems assigned LAND 400 work under BAE Systems bid

BAE Systems Australia has awarded a package of LAND 400 work worth more than $20 million to AME Systems. BAE Systems has selected AME Systems to manufacture electrical wiring harnesses for the AMV35, should its bid for LAND 400 Phase 2 be successful. As part of the announcement, BAE Systems took the AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicle to the AME Systems factory in Ararat, … [Read more...]

Northrop Grumman awarded RAAF C-27J sustainment contract

Northrop Grumman Australia has been awarded a performance-based contract to maintain the RAAF’s fleet of Leonardo/L-3 C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters. The contract is for an initial five-year period, and will renew annually for up to 22 years under a “rolling wave” arrangement, should Northrop Grumman continue to meet performance targets. Ten C-27Js are on order for the … [Read more...]