ADF Joint Helicopter Aircrew Training School commences training

The first group of students has commenced training on the ADF’s new training helicopter, the H135, at the HMAS Albatross-based Joint Helicopter Aircrew Training School (JHATS). The JHATS, run by Boeing Defence Australia and its partners including Thales Australia welcomed the first 37 trainee pilots and aircrew at 723SQN on January 17 at the Naval Air Station near Nowra in … [Read more...]

Airbus and Naval Group awarded VTUAS development contract

The French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has awarded a contract to Airbus and the Naval Group to develop a new maritime tactical unmanned helicopter demonstrator. The contract will initially cover de-risking studies, and will lead to the development of a demonstrator for trials of the air vehicle, mission systems and launch/recovery systems aboard ship. The … [Read more...]

Babcock awarded ADF GSE support contract

Babcock has been awarded a $33 million seven-year Asset Capability Management contract to support the ADF’s fleet of aviation ground support equipment (GSE). Under the agreement, Babcock will partner with the ADF to deliver improved availability and operating cost savings across the 3,000-plus asset GSE fleet, at more than 20 locations, and will create 16 new jobs in South … [Read more...]

FIRST CONTACT – The Royal Australian Navy has taken its first tentative steps into unmanned aerial system operations.

Flying unnoticed over the busy Gulf of Oman, a little Aussie UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) spots a suspicious vessel. Maybe it’s just a trading show of the type that has sailed these waters for centuries. Or maybe it’s carrying drugs, weapons or terrorists. Live video from the UAV is examined aboard a distant Australian warship where it will be decided if a closer look is … [Read more...]

AWD TO DDG – The Air Warfare Destroyer program has cause to celebrate with the commissioning of HMAS Hobart.

They are far and away the most expensive and complex surface warships Australia has ever owned, sleek and lethal greyhounds of the ocean, able to defend against air, and perhaps eventually, ballistic missile attack. The first of three new Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, was officially commissioned on September 23, a proud occasion when the white … [Read more...]