Canada to buy 25 RAAF classic Hornets – report

Canadian media has reported that Canada has requested the sale of 25 F/A-18A/B classic Hornets from Australia from 2019 to complement its own force of similar CF-18A/B Hornets. The Ottawa Citizen said on June 15 that the number of jets to be acquired by Canada’s Department of National Defence has risen from 18 as reported in late 2017, and that the additional seven aircraft … [Read more...]

Defence seeking UAS signature reduction concepts

Defence is inviting industry to submit innovative proposals to reduce the visual and acoustic signatures of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The proposals will be supported through the government’s Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) initiative of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, with funded proposals eligible for up to $100,000 for completion within … [Read more...]

Thales & Raytheon to upgrade Collins class sonars

The sonar systems of the RAN’s Collins class submarine fleet will receive an upgrade, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced. In an international collaborative program, the boats’ cylindrical sonar array will be replaced with a Modular Cylindrical Array (MCA) based on Sonar 2076 submarine technology developed by … [Read more...]

Airbus commits long-term to Australian space industry

Airbus has demonstrated its long-term commitment to the Australian space sector by signing two partnerships with Australian research and development organisations. On June 13 the company announced it will become a founding member of the proposed SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The CRC is led by the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Nova Systems, and … [Read more...]