Lockheed Martin Australia opens new Canberra office

by Max Blenkin Lockheed Martin Australia’s new head office has been officially opened in a newly outfitted building in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle, close to its main customer, the federal government and Defence. The official opening was performed by Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne who said Lockheed Martin was a great partner with the government in … [Read more...]

Boeing awarded Super Hornet CFT development contract

The US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Boeing a US219.6m (A$277m) contract to develop conformal fuel tanks for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. The contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order which covers non-recurring efforts associated with Engineering Change Proposal 6503 for the design, development, test and integration of the … [Read more...]

ASC appoints Stuart Whiley as CEO and MD

ASC has announced that its interim CEO since 2014, Stuart Whiley, has been formally appointed as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. The appointment does not affect that of ASC Shipbuilding Acting CEO, Jim Cuthill. “Stuart brings a deep understanding of what it takes to create and sustain sovereign naval industrial capabilities and the Board and I are … [Read more...]

US Navy Hornet oxygen issues persist – RAAF managing risk

UPDATED 1710 19/02/18 with ADF response: A persistent issue with the onboard oxygen generating system (OBOGS) of US Navy F/A-18 Hornets and EA-18G Growlers has taken centre-stage in US Congressional hearings. The ranking member of the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee, Democrat Representative Niki Tsongas said on February 6, “As we sit here … [Read more...]

Navantia Australia designated class manager for Hobart class DDGs

Spain’s Navantia S.A. has designated Navantia Australia as the Class Manager for the new Hobart class destroyers. Navantia says the announcement represents a significant milestone in the development of the sovereign capability of Navantia Australia and strengthens Australia’s naval shipbuilding credentials. “This decision is the largest, most valuable transfer of … [Read more...]