L3 awarded contract for RAAF Gulfstream MC-55 EW support aircraft

The US DoD has awarded L3 Technologies a US$83m (A$112m) contract for the upgrade of two Gulfstream G550 business jets to the MC-55 electronic warfare support configuration for the RAAF. Contracted through the USAF’s 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, also known as Big Safari based at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, the two G550s are the first of five for the RAAF, the … [Read more...]

USMC KC-130J Harvest HAWK Plus completes successful upgrade test program

An upgrade to the US Marine Corps’ KC-130J Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) system has successfully completed a rigorous five-week development test and integrated test (DT/IT) test program at NAS China lake in California. Dubbed Harvest HAWK Plus, or HH+, the system upgrade includes improvements to the modular weapons and sensor kit that can be rolled on/rolled … [Read more...]

BAE Type 26 selected for SEA 5000

  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship - Australia design has been selected as the preferred solution for the Royal Australian Navy’s Project SEA5000 Future Frigate requirement. The announcement was made with Defence Minister Marise Payne, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, Finance Minister … [Read more...]

NZ reportedly close to ordering P-8A Poseidon

The New Zealand government is reportedly close to placing an order for four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Following the April 2017 approval to acquire the aircraft in from the US State Department, NZ Defence Minister Ron Mark will reportedly present the acquisition for approval to the NZ Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review … [Read more...]

SEA 5000 decision delayed due to industry wrangling – report

The decision on the successful SEA 5000 Future Frigate contender that was expected in early June has reportedly been delayed in order to broaden the Australian industrial footprint on the program. The National Security Committee (NSC) is thought to have selected a winning design earlier this month and was expected to have announced it during the week of 18 June, but a June … [Read more...]