Defence extends satellite contract with Optus

Defence has extended its Optus C1 satellite partnership with Optus well into the next decade, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne has announced. “Optus will reconfigure the C1 satellite to operate in an inclined orbit to reduce onboard fuel usage and extend the life of the satellite as far as 2027,” Minister Payne stated. “The existing agreement with Optus was due to … [Read more...]

Safe Air to be known as Airbus New Zealand

From July, aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), design and manufacturing company Safe Air will be renamed Airbus New Zealand Limited. The change comes after the company, which has operations in Blenheim, Ohakea, Auckland and Melbourne, was purchased by Airbus Group Australia Pacific from Air New Zealand in June 2015. Airbus Group Australia Pacific acting … [Read more...]

Northrop Grumman opens LAIRCM support facility at Edinburgh

Northrop Grumman has opened a new facility at RAAF Base Edinburgh to provide support services for the repair and maintenance of laser-based Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems. LAIRCM systems are currently installed on six Royal Australian Air Force aircraft types - that is 57 aircraft in total - and there are plans to add three additional platforms in the … [Read more...]

Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines infrastructure spending and workforce challenges

The federal government has released the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, promising to end the boom-bust cycle of projects by implementing a rolling acquisition of submarines and continuous build of ships. The plan includes more than $1.3 billion in funding for the development of shipyard infrastructure in South Australia and Western Australia. Work on the development of new surface … [Read more...]

Northrop Grumman set to establish Electronics Sustainment Centre of Excellence

Northrop Grumman has announced that it is investing $50 million in the development of an electronic systems maintenance and sustainment centre in Western Sydney. The Electronics Sustainment Centre of Excellence will ultimately be located at Badgerys Creek, where Northrop Grumman will be the anchor tenant for an aerospace and defence industry precinct, the company stated. This … [Read more...]