MBDA partners with Ferra for LAND 400

MBDA has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Brisbane-headquartered Ferra to work together in support of an Australian Industry Capability (AIC) proposal for LAND 400. “Our product for LAND 400 - MMP - is the only fifth-generation anti-tank guided weapon in production,” said MBDA Australia managing director Andy Watson. “MMP is the most advanced and … [Read more...]

Varley selected for Australian production of SPIKE LR II missile

Varley Australia has announced a joint venture with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for local production and assembly of high-end technologies in support of future Defence contracts. Varley stated that it has been selected to create a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Australia that will provide production and support of the SPIKE LR II missile, after Rafael conducted … [Read more...]

Sixth RAAF KC-30A arrives at Amberley

The sixth Airbus Defence and Space KC-30A MRTT for the RAAF arrived at Amberley, south-east Queensland on September 1. The former A330-203 airliner saw service with Qantas and Jetstar as VH-EBH and first flew in 2007. It was converted to MRTT configuration by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe near Madrid and arrived at Amberley, where it will enter service with 33 Squadron, … [Read more...]

F-35 maintenance training making progress

The team charged with bringing home Australia’s F-35A Lightning II in December 2018 has reached a few important milestones, with 27 of the first cadre of maintenance crew completing technical training in May. Squadron Leader Leigh Tinker, senior engineering officer for the F-35A Transition Team, said he now has 20 personnel stationed at Luke Air Force Base, after initial … [Read more...]

General Atomics expands industry teaming for AIR 7003

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has expanded its “Team Reaper Australia” solution for the AIR 7003 armed unmanned aircraft project to nine partners. Launched at the Avalon Airshow in February 2017, “Team Reaper Australia” is the company’s proposed solution to Australia’s multi-mission remotely piloted aircraft requirements as outlined in the AIR 7003 Phase 1 … [Read more...]