BUDGET ANALYSIS – Defence funding on track for 2 per cent of GDP

The government is sticking to its plan lift Defence funding, with the 2018-19 budget taking the headline figure to $36.4 billion, up from $34.7 billion in 2017-18. Defence Minister Marise Payne said this budget maintained the Government’s commitment to provide Defence with a stable and sustainable funding growth path. This takes Defence spending to 1.91 per cent of gross … [Read more...]

Army issues LAND 129 Phase 3 information survey

Defence’s LAND 129 Phase 3 project office has called for industry information in the form of a survey to inform its pre-Gate 1 Shadow 200 UAS replacement program. “Defence wants to learn more about Australian business capability to inform its Army Program Land 129 Phase 3,” the survey reads. “The survey is intended to provide an opportunity for Australian industry to … [Read more...]

RAAF F-35A training systems delivered to Williamtown

The RAAF has taken delivery of two key training systems for its F-35A Lightning II project at RAAF base Williamtown. A weapons load trainer and an ejection systems maintenance trainer were delivered to Williamtown by an Antonov An-124 on May 2, and will be installed at the new Integrated Training Centre which is nearing completion at a greenfield site on the northern side of … [Read more...]

Australian fatigue testing technology to be tested on retired US Navy helicopter

The US Navy has supplied a retired Seahawk helicopter for Australian Defence scientists to develop and test new fatigue testing technologies which, if successful, could significantly reduce maintenance costs and improve aircraft availability. “In a world first, Defence scientists and engineers are developing a full-scale, structural fatigue test rig that can accurately … [Read more...]

COMBAT CLOUD – Next Generation C2

By Chris McInnes Most readers will have heard or read discussions about the ‘combat cloud’. Like the white fluffy things from which its named is derived, the combat cloud can seem to be an ethereal thing – composed mostly of vapour and not necessarily establishing solid foundations upon which to build. That is a shame, particularly for the Australian Defence Force and … [Read more...]