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...]

SEA 5000 decision delayed due to industry wrangling – report

The decision on the successful SEA 5000 Future Frigate contender that was expected in early June has reportedly been delayed in order to broaden the Australian industrial footprint on the program. The National Security Committee (NSC) is thought to have selected a winning design earlier this month and was expected to have announced it during the week of 18 June, but a June … [Read more...]

China takes over former Radio Australia short-wave frequencies in the Pacific – report

China has continued its soft-power initiatives in the Pacific region by taking over a number of frequencies formerly reserved for Radio Australia. A June 21 report in The Australian says after the ABC discontinued its short-wave services in 2017 due to limited audiences and new technologies, the Chinese government has picked up at least 10 of the frequencies to broadcast … [Read more...]