Lürssen chosen for OPVs as new shipbuilding line-up emerges

Lürssen has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) project ahead of Damen and Fassmer, which had also been shortlisted as potential designers. The first two of 12 vessels will be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, with production commencing in the fourth quarter of 2018. The project is due to be … [Read more...]

BAE Systems highlights proposed Future Frigate knowledge transfer

BAE Systems and the UK government have committed to what the company says would be an “unprecedented” transfer of intellectual property if the Global Combat Ship-Australia is selected for SEA 5000. More than 5,000 ‘work years’ of technical design worth $1.5 billion would be transferred to Australia, BAE Systems stated. “The transfer of data and the digital design of one of … [Read more...]

Boeing begins P-8A training centre fit-out at Edinburgh

Boeing has started the fit-out of the Royal Australian Air Force’s purpose-built P-8A Poseidon Integrated Training Centre at RAAF Base Edinburgh, north of Adelaide. The 16,500 square metre centre will accommodate 70 advanced operational and tactical training devices for the maritime patrol aircraft, including two pilot simulators, two air combat officer simulators and a Boeing … [Read more...]

Second AWD begins sea trials

NUSHIP Brisbane, the second Hobart class guided missile destroyer (D41), has commenced its first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems. This initial trials phase, which will occur over the coming months, will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year that will test the combat and communications systems. The … [Read more...]

Edinburgh preparing for Poseidon with simulator and facilities funding

Defence is spending $659 million at RAAF Base Edinburgh to support the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced. This figure includes $250 million for a simulator system from Boeing and $409 million to improve base facilities, which is expected to be completed by early … [Read more...]