Australia's Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced the United States Navy has executed an Advanced Acquisition Contract for Australia’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
Senator Johnston said this key Defence procurement would allow the withdrawal of the ageing AP-3C Orion fleet, and enable Boeing US to place lead time orders in support of Australia’s first four P-8A aircraft.
“Together with high altitude unmanned aerial vehicles, these aircraft will replace the Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions that have served Australia so well for over four decades,” Senator Johnston said.
“These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches.”
He said the P-8A could also conduct search and rescue, anti-submarine and maritime strike missions using torpedoes and harpoon missiles.
“These aircraft work closely with other existing and future Defence assets, and the Australian Customs and Border Protection aviation fleet, to secure our vitally important ocean resources, including northern Australia’s offshore energy resources and to protect our borders,” Senator Johnston said.
Australian industry stands to benefit by as much as $1 billion through construction of facilities for these aircraft and work to meet maintenance and other support needs.
Delivery of the first aircraft is set for 2017 with all eight to be delivered by 2018.
Pipavav is declared ‘qualified by the Indian Navy as a Combat Management System (CMS) to modernize or replace up to 100 fighting ships over the next ten years. Saab will embed key technical staff at the Pipavav development facility in Delhi to continue the technology transfer in October
Lockheed Martin rolled out first two F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today, it said in a press release. Frank Kendall, U
Australia is to take delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet on Thursday from Lockheed Martin. It plans to buy another 72
The Australian Department of Defense today announced it was restructuring the trouble $8.5 billion destroyer program
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AIM 9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and associated equipment worth $534 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 13, 2014
ThyssenKrupp has made a bid to build the next generation of submarines for Australia in a joint-venture with Adelaide-based Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) and comes in under $20 billion, according to AFR reports. Although no official decision has been made, Japan is likely to win the work and ASC might miss out
Thales has successfully upgraded the Australian Tiger helicopter dual-dome simulator, the company said in a statement. The improvements to the Full Flight Mission Simulators (FFMS) Visual Display System (VDS) mean the Australian Tiger simulator now has the highest levels of ‘out of the window realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world
Australia is interested in buying military submarines from Japan despite having vowed to build them at home. Australia may buy 12 4,000 ton Soryu class stealth diesel engine submarines and would replace six outdated Collin-class boats by 2030
The Australian Government has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide specialised vehicles for the Australian Defence Forces Special Operations. Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced that Supacat Ltd will supply 89 Special Operations Vehicle – Commando, in a contract that will create approximately 150 new jobs in western Sydney and Victoria
Australian Minister for Defense David Johnston today announced approval to upgrade and enhance Global Positioning System (GPS) capability of the Australian Defense Force valued at $30 million. “The Government recognizes that to ensure the ADF remains viable and robust we need to invest in force protection, countermeasures, protective security, system redundancy, lower signatures and stealth for our capabilities and systems,” Senator Johnston said
German Naval Yards to Sue Government over Multi-billion Dollar Frigate Contract to...
Rosoboronexport Bags First International Sale of Mi-38T Large Transport Helicopter
Taliban claims Shooting Down US military aircraft in Afghanistan, Pentagon Denies
Preparatory Work Commenced to Set Up Russian Nuclear Power Plant in Ethiopia
Junked Railway Rake Mistook for Indian ICBM
France “Obstructing” Turkey-Eurosam Missile Defence System Project: Turkish Official
Indonesia Seeks Rafale Jets, Submarines, Warships in Defence Cooperation Deal with France
Turkey All But Gives up on F-35 Jet Deal, Seeks Alternatives
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...