Hunter class FFH ‘Ship Zero’ training centre for Henderson

The government has announced the new training and capability centre for the new SEA 5000 Hunter class future frigates will be located at HMAS Stirling at Henderson in Western Australia. Known as ‘Ship Zero’, the facility will provide headquarters, capability-specific training facilities, through-life test centre, and the potential to establish a land-based system test site. … [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...]

Singaporean CH-47Ds arrive at new Oakey base

A detachment of five Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47D Chinooks has moved into its new facilities at the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey. The Chinooks join a detachment of RSAF Super Puma helicopters which have been based at Oakey since 1996, as part of Singapore’s policy of basing elements of its forces in foreign nations due to its restricted airspace … [Read more...]

Govt announces acquisition of six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAS

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Defence Minister Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced that Australia will buy six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime unmanned aerial systems (MUAS). The long-running project AIR 7000 Phase 1B requirement for an MUAS capability was reportedly approved by the National Security Committee (NSC) of … [Read more...]