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Australia Establishes a Cyber Training Center

September 4, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News, training 

Elbit Systems of Australia has been chosen to deliver a cyber training range for the Australian Department of Defence, under a three-year contract to boost the country's cyber security capability.

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Australia Gears to Replace M-113s with 467 Modern Armored Vehicles

August 24, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, BAE Systems, Syndicated Industry News 

The Australian government continues its modernization program with the acquisition of new armored personnel carriers to replace 431 M113AS4s currently in service. The current APC has inadequate mobility and protection. The new vehicle selected for this tender should markedly improve those capabilities, but, to fulfill its missions, firepower and mission systems could be less sophisticated than those selected for the Boxer CRV.

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RAFAEL to Produce Spike LR2 Guided Missiles in Australia

August 22, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

Australia selected the Israeli Spike LR2 multi-purpose guided missile to equip the new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance vehicles procured from Rheinmetall Defense under an A$2.1 billion Under project Land 400 Phase 2 contract. Australia is the second user to select the new LR2 version of the missile, following the Israel Defense Forces that placed an order for 2,000 in 2017.

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RAFAEL to Produce Spike LR2 Guided Missiles in Australia

August 22, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

Australia selected the Israeli Spike LR2 multi-purpose guided missile to equip the new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance vehicles procured from Rheinmetall Defense under an A$2.1 billion Under project Land 400 Phase 2 contract. Australia is the second user to select the new LR2 version of the missile, following the Israel Defense Forces that placed an order for 2,000 in 2017.

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Australia Extends Military Trucks Order

July 25, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Companies, Syndicated Industry News 
The Australian Defense Forces (ADF) is extending the current LAND 121 Phase 3B Project to run through 2024. Under the new program - Land 121 Phase 5B - the Australian subsidiary of German-based Rheinmetall Man Military Vehicles (RMMV) will supply more than a thousand logistical vehicles, and 800 payload modules and trailers, to the Australian Defense Forces (ADF) between 2019 and 2024 under a contract worth a total of A$1.4 billion.

Australia Selects British Type 26 Design for $35 Billion Frigate Modernization

June 29, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, BAE Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
The Australian Government selected BAE Systems to build nine new frigates for the Australian Navy under the Australian Navy SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate project. The new Hunter Class frigates will replace the current ANZAC class frigates and will be optimized for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The new vessels. The new warships are based on the Global Combat Ship design pioneered by BAE Systems, which was also selected for the Royal Navy Type 26 frigate.

Australia to Operate Six MQ-4C Drones by 2025

Australia commits to buy six Northrop Gruman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance drones, to be fielded beginning in 2023, at an investment of $1.4 billion. The Tritons will operate with manned aircraft to enhance Australian anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and search and rescue capabilities.

Australians Integrate Nano UAVs at Squads, Troop Level

June 3, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, ISR, Syndicated Industry News 
The Australian Army is now the biggest user of Nano UAS in the world. It is also the first in the world to proliferate this technology to the conventional forces down to combat platoon level

Australian SilverShield to Protect Afghan Security Vehicles from IEDs

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will soon equip their vehicles with a newly developed Australian made counter-IED device called ‘SilverShield’. According to a contract awarded by the Australian defense ministry to L-3 Micreo, the company will deliver 13,000 communications jammer units to the Afghan forces, bringing the total sales of Australian C-IED jammers to Afghanistan to A$85 million.

US Drone Maker Cleared to Export Jet Powered Combat Drones

March 15, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Kratos, Syndicated Industry News 
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a manufacturer of jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems, will soon offer its Mako militarized, combat unmanned aerial vehicles systems for export, following approval of such export by the U.S. State Department to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries.

Australia to Buy +200 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles from Germany

March 14, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News 
The Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, has announced today that Rheinmetall has been selected by the Australian Government to provide its next-generation 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs)The German-designed Boxer 8x8 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles will replace the Piranha-based ASLAV armored vehicles currently in service under the Land 400 Phase 2 Project.

Canada to buy Australia’s used Hornets

December 24, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Boeing, Canada, Syndicated Industry News 
Canada plans to buy 18 used F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes from Australia to fill the air forces’ fighters shortage. The purchase is regarded as a stopgap measure as Ottawa moves forward with a more permanent selection of a future replacement for the CF-18.

Aussie Super Hornets to Return Home from Iraq in January 2018

December 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News 
Australia is set to pull out six F/A-18F Super Hornets currently operating as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Australian Air Task Group flying Super Hornets was part of the allied forces since 2014, supporting the Iraqi forces in their battle against the Islamic State. The strike aircraft deployed as part of the Air Task Group […]

Australia Enters an A$1.4 Billion Army Digitisation Phase

November 28, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Boeing, Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
The Australian Defence Department approved today the second phase of the army digitization program known as LAND 200. The program comprises the Land 75 and Land 125, each separated into Tranche phases. Delivering a holistic Land networking solution for two Army Brigades, Land 200 also supports the training and simulation establishments, Special Forces and other […]

Thales Introduces the F90MBR Modular Assault Rifle

September 11, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
Thales' F90MBR is a Modular Bullpup Rifle, based on the proven F90, designed to support the modern integrated solider. Photo: Thales

Australian Forces Select Aerovironment’s Wasp-AE Mini-UAVs

The Australian defense department selected AeroVironment's Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system for use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian order will deliver mini-drones within a period of three-year period, and support the systems for ten years. The contract is worth A$101 million(USD 74.6 million), of which the about half (US$36.5 million) will be the original manufacturer's share.
              

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Australia Shortlists Boxer, AMV-35 for Future Combat Recce Vehicle

July 28, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News 
AMV35_1021The Australian Defense ministry announced that two European companies - British BAE Systems and German Rheinmetall, as the bidders shortlisted as potential suppliers of armored combat vehicles for the Australian Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, also known as 'Land 400 Phase 2' program, to become the successor of the 8x8 ASLAV currently in service. The Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced.
              

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GDLS, Thales team to offer new wheeled armored vehicles to Australia,

March 10, 2015 by · Comment
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Largest amphibious landing ship joins the Royal Australian Navy

November 28, 2014 by · Comment
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Australia Continues Heron I Mission in Afghanistan

March 6, 2014 by · Comment
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British Taranis Stealth UCAV is Expanding Flight Envelope over Australia

February 16, 2014 by · Comment
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Austal Launches USNS Fall River (JHSV 4)

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Britain is stepping up the Taranis UCAV development

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Foreign Intrigues Continue

The F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be used not only by the U.S. military to replace its aging F-16, A/V-8, F/A-18 and A-10 aircraft but also by many other NATO countries and allies. It is being purchased as a F-16 replacement by many of these and like the successful F-16 program will have manufacturing and parts co-share agreements with different international partners.

The delays and cost increases to the program have been well documented and these have caused some early planned users to question the financial sense of continuing the program. Many of these countries, though, have already contributed through development funds as well as already had their aerospace contractors sign contracts and agreements with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to produce parts for the aircraft which continues in its Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).

Canada, the Netherlands and Australia have had and continue to have debates about their purchase of the advanced aircraft rather then existing systems like the F/A-18, Eurofighter, Rafael, SAAB Gripens and Russian alternatives. In Canada they are reviewing the whole cost analysis that had led to the decision to continue the purchase which could technically end it and look at other aircraft. That leads to editorials and articles like this one, “The Case for the Super Hornet As The RCAF’s New Fighter” from Canada or analysis in Australia such as this: “Politics first as white paper fails on big issues”.

At the same time the U.S. has been successful in adding Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of the aircraft most notably to Israel and Japan. There has also been interested expressed by other U.S. allies like the U.A.E.

The commitment of the foreign partners is somewhat critical to the whole program as a reduction in buy quantity will have a ripple effect on the whole program. Less purchased in total and annually will cause a cost increase for each aircraft and the whole program. The F-35 PEO, Lt Gen Bogdan, identified this risk in Congressional testimony in April. If somebody drops out the price the others pay will go up putting more pressure on their budgets and perhaps cause them to drop out too. This would then become a spiral causing issues for the U.S. and all of the other nations involved in the program.

Despite the issues with the aircraft over the last decade the U.S. remains committed to the program. Over 100 are on order and there is discussion to award a new 2 year production contract this summer for a further 60-70. Training is underway for both aircrew and maintainers of the U.S.A.F., Navy, Marines and allies. The big questions remain though about completing development, how many will be built, and who ultimately will operate the aircraft.

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Australia Requests Buying 24 Super Hornets

February 28, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Boeing, Syndicated Industry News, United States 
super_hornet_pairAnticipating potential delays and uncertainty about the future of the F-35A, the Australian Defence has requested to buy up to 24 Boeing Super Hornet fighters - 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and 12 EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack aircraft from the USA, at an estimated cost of $3.7 billion

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