NSW government backs Thales plan to reactivate ship repair site

The New South Wales government has announced funding to renew the Fitzroy Street shipyard slipway to reactivate the Port of Newcastle and the Hunter region as a major ship repair and maintenance precinct. Thales Australia will begin stage one of a phased redevelopment of the site, creating 70 new jobs, stated Deputy Premier John Barilaro. “This ship repair operation for a … [Read more...]

Boeing agrees new C-17A sustainment contract for RAAF fleet

Boeing has signed a sustainment services contract to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of eight C-17A Globemaster III heavy transport aircraft. The $70 million contract between Boeing Defence Australia and Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) supplements Australia’s membership of the Boeing Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program by … [Read more...]

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...]