Third RAAF F-35 progresses along assembly line

Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the US, has visited Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth as Australia’s third F-35A Lightning II is progressing along the production line. Hockey was briefed on the Joint Strike Fighter program and signed the bulkhead of the aircraft, A35-003, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) stated. This aircraft is the first of the next … [Read more...]

Queensland named ahead of Victoria for Rheinmetall’s proposed LAND 400 facility

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has announced that it has selected Queensland as the location for its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) and Australian headquarters that will be established if the company is successful in securing LAND 400 Phase 2. Rheinmetall had stated in February that it had shortlisted Queensland and Victoria as potential locations. The centre … [Read more...]

US approves RAAF Super Hornet radio and countermeasures upgrades

The US Department of State has approved possible radio and countermeasures upgrades for the Royal Australian Air Force’s 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets under an estimated US$101.4 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program deal. The Australian Government has requested the possible sale of 32 units of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System … [Read more...]

HIFiRE team records another hypersonic flight test success

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne has congratulated the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory on carrying out another successful experimental hypersonic flight at Woomera. The flight was part of a joint research program conducted in partnership with BAE Systems, Boeing and the University of Queensland. “There are key … [Read more...]

Northrop Grumman secures SATCOM contract to support WGS access

Northrop Grumman Australia has been awarded a $223 million contract for the acquisition, construction and support of a satellite ground station at Kapooka, along with an integrated network management system. Northrop Grumman stated that it and its partners ViaSat and Optus will deliver the satellite ground station and a wideband satellite communications (SATCOM) network … [Read more...]