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...]

RNZAF eases NH90 flying restrictions

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has eased flying restrictions on its fleet of eight NH90s, three weeks after an engine failure resulted in one of the medium utility helicopters making an emergency landing. An NH90 had just departed RNZAF Base Woodbourne with nine people on board en route back to its base at Ohakea when the crew felt a large vibration followed by a loss … [Read more...]

Boeing completes 100th deeper maintenance for RAAF’s classic Hornet

Boeing Defence Australia has completed its 100th deeper maintenance activity for the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A/B Hornet fighter aircraft, representing more than 500,000 hours of work over four years. The RAAF celebrated the achievement of the milestone alongside the Boeing unit based at Williamtown, Boeing said in a statement. “The incredible daily serviceability … [Read more...]

Penske Power Systems secures ADF diesel engines maintenance contract

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has announced the signing of a $78 million contract with Penske Power Systems to deliver supply support and maintenance services for Australian Defence Force (ADF) diesel engines. The contract supports diesel equipment and auxiliary systems that power the Anzac class frigates, the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and … [Read more...]