Rockwell Collins produces 100th DAS optical assembly for F-35

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th optical assembly for the electro-optical AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Lightning II. Rockwell Collins Australia expects to produce more than 7,000 of these assemblies across the life of the Joint Strike … [Read more...]

Austal cuts steel for first Pacific Patrol Boat

The national shipbuilding program has achieved a major milestone with the cutting of steel for the first replacement Pacific Patrol Boat in Western Australia, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has declared. Minister Pyne attended the ceremony at HD Plasma & Laser Cutting Services in Bibra Lake, which marks the start of the $89 billion shipbuilding program. HD … [Read more...]

LHDs remain alongside as Defence investigates propulsion issues

The Navy’s two amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide remain tied alongside at Fleet Base East, Sydney while Defence investigates issues with the LHDs’ ‘azipod’ azimuth propulsion systems. The issue first came to public attention almost a month ago on March 29 when ABC defence reporter Andrew Green reported that both vessels were out of service after … [Read more...]

New M88A2 recovery vehicles enter service

Defence has received six new M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) armoured recovery vehicles. All of the vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated that delivery of the HERCULES vehicles ensures the safe and effective … [Read more...]