Army issues LAND 129 Phase 3 information survey

Defence’s LAND 129 Phase 3 project office has called for industry information in the form of a survey to inform its pre-Gate 1 Shadow 200 UAS replacement program. “Defence wants to learn more about Australian business capability to inform its Army Program Land 129 Phase 3,” the survey reads. “The survey is intended to provide an opportunity for Australian industry to … [Read more...]

RAAF F-35A training systems delivered to Williamtown

The RAAF has taken delivery of two key training systems for its F-35A Lightning II project at RAAF base Williamtown. A weapons load trainer and an ejection systems maintenance trainer were delivered to Williamtown by an Antonov An-124 on May 2, and will be installed at the new Integrated Training Centre which is nearing completion at a greenfield site on the northern side of … [Read more...]

Australian fatigue testing technology to be tested on retired US Navy helicopter

The US Navy has supplied a retired Seahawk helicopter for Australian Defence scientists to develop and test new fatigue testing technologies which, if successful, could significantly reduce maintenance costs and improve aircraft availability. “In a world first, Defence scientists and engineers are developing a full-scale, structural fatigue test rig that can accurately … [Read more...]

Airbus & Schiebel test manned-unmanned helicopter teaming

Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have conducted testing on a manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) concept using a manned Airbus H145 and an unmanned Schiebel S-100. Conducted with the support of the Austrian Armaments and Defence Technology Agency, the two aircraft flew a number of different scenarios including the detection of objects hidden in places not accessible by larger … [Read more...]

US Senate bill threatens Turkish JSF participation

A bill to prevent the delivery of Lockheed Martin F-35As to Turkey introduced by a group of US Senators has put Turkey’s future participation in the JSF program at risk. The bill was introduced on April 26 in response to the worsening human rights situation in Turkey, alleged imprisonment and harassment of US citizens, and its decision to acquire a Russian Almaz-Antey S-400 … [Read more...]