BAE Systems to operate F-35 regional warehouse at Williamtown

BAE Systems Australia is set to host a regional warehouse for the F-35 Lightning II at RAAF Base Williamtown serving the Asia Pacific. The assignment of the role by the US government is estimated to be worth more than $300 million to Australian industry over the life of the program, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated. “The warehouse will provide spares to … [Read more...]

Contract challenges put OneSKY on Projects of Concern list

The project that is intended to provide the Defence element of the national Civil Military Air Traffic Management System under the OneSKY Australia program has been added to the Projects of Concern list due to difficulties encountered in agreeing a contract. AIR 5431 Phase 3 was approved back in 2014 to deliver the Defence aspects of the harmonised civil-military system as … [Read more...]

Rheinmetall teams with Bisalloy Steel for LAND 400

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has announced a teaming agreement with Bisalloy Steel Group for the development and production of high-performance armour steel for LAND 400 Phase 2 and other customers for protected military vehicles. Rheinmetall stated that it is supporting Bisalloy with the development and qualification of armoured steel products as part of its commitment to … [Read more...]

Australia grounds Tiger fleet after German helicopter crashed in Mali

Defence has grounded the Australian Army’s Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter fleet, following a fatal crash involving a German Tiger in Mali. As of August 14, Defence decided to cease flying operations “until further information becomes available”, a spokesperson for Defence told Australian Aviation. The brief statement from Defence did not give a reason for the grounding … [Read more...]