Boeing Defence Australia celebrates 20 years in Brisbane

Boeing celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of its Australian defence business headquarters in Brisbane on January 12. In that time, Boeing Defence Australia has grown to more than 1,500 employees who work across the company’s three business units and its research and development organisations. “I don’t think many people realise that over the past 20 … [Read more...]

Hawkei PMVs-L arrive in Iraq for operational trials

The Australian Army and CASG have deployed a number of Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles – Light (PMV-L) to Iraq for operational trials with Task Force Taji. Both two and four door versions of the Hawkei have been deployed, and their deployment, sustainment and re-deployment will be assessed in the operational environment. The Hawkei was selected in 2011 to fulfil the … [Read more...]

Possible B-52H engine replacement draws closer

The USAF has laid out three potential plans to re-engine its fleet of 76 Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses to allow the 55-year-old bomber fleet to operate beyond 2050. At a December 12 industry day, the service has outlined its requirement that any replacement engine must be new build, must provide at least 20 per cent improved fuel burn whilst maintaining or improving current … [Read more...]

Raytheon boosts Naval Sustainment Hub in Sydney

Raytheon Australia has announced the creation of 50 new jobs at its Naval Sustainment Hub at Macquarie Park in Sydney. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, and comes on the back of Raytheon being tagged to support the Air Warfare Destroyer combat system during the Hobart-class’s initial period of … [Read more...]

Northrop Grumman awarded RAAF C-27J sustainment contract

Northrop Grumman Australia has been awarded a performance-based contract to maintain the RAAF’s fleet of Leonardo/L-3 C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters. The contract is for an initial five-year period, and will renew annually for up to 22 years under a “rolling wave” arrangement, should Northrop Grumman continue to meet performance targets. Ten C-27Js are on order for the … [Read more...]