Australia gains approval to purchase long-lead Aegis equipment for Hunter and Hobart class vessels

The US State Department has cleared Australia to acquire long-lead equipment to equip its nine new SEA 5000 Hunter-class FFHs with the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat management system (CMS), and to upgrade the Aegis CMS on its three SEA 4000 Hobart class DDGs. The potentially US$185m (A$250.1m) sale would see the Aegis system integrated with the Hunter class’s CEA CEAFAR radar … [Read more...]

L3 awarded contract for RAAF Gulfstream MC-55 EW support aircraft

The US DoD has awarded L3 Technologies a US$83m (A$112m) contract for the upgrade of two Gulfstream G550 business jets to the MC-55 electronic warfare support configuration for the RAAF. Contracted through the USAF’s 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, also known as Big Safari based at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, the two G550s are the first of five for the RAAF, the … [Read more...]

BAE Type 26 selected for SEA 5000

  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship - Australia design has been selected as the preferred solution for the Royal Australian Navy’s Project SEA5000 Future Frigate requirement. The announcement was made with Defence Minister Marise Payne, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, Finance Minister … [Read more...]

Govt announces acquisition of six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAS

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Defence Minister Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced that Australia will buy six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime unmanned aerial systems (MUAS). The long-running project AIR 7000 Phase 1B requirement for an MUAS capability was reportedly approved by the National Security Committee (NSC) of … [Read more...]