The Australian Government has begun the process of purchasing two additional C-17A Globemaster strategic airlift aircraft, Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston announced today. Senator Johnston said should the Government elect to exercise this option the two extra Globemasters would significantly enhance the Royal Australian Air Force’s capacity for operational tasks, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance in our region and around the world. “Since the first delivery in 2006, we have seen the C-17A Globemaster perform exceptionally well at the forefront of Australia’s military operations and humanitarian work,” he said. “Recent global events have seen Australia’s national capabilities like the C-17A come to the fore to assist our friends and allies. “The C-17A Globemasters have been integral in supporting Australians at home and abroad, assisting in our aid to communities in Queensland and Victoria after flooding and cyclones, Operation Bring Them Home from the Ukraine and the search for MH370 off the West Australian coast.” Senator Johnston said in recent years the C-17As had also delivered humanitarian aid and medical supplies to nations following natural disasters, such as the widespread flooding in Pakistan in 2010 and the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 in New Zealand. “The ability to rapidly react and move large elements of Australia’s support systems over long distances during these times has highlighted the need for us to have a good sized fleet. “The aircraft is also currently supporting Australian and Coalition forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East, providing a military long-range, strategic heavy airlift capability between Australia and the world,” Senator Johnston said.
Design of the next generation of anti-ship missile decoys is set to commence following the signing of two contracts between Defence and BAE Systems Australia Pty Ltd, the Australian Department of Defence said in a statement.Defence Materiel Organisation Chief Executive Officer Warren King said the contracts represented continued investment in the jointly developed Australian—United States Nulka capability
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Australian MoD has signed an $800 million contract with Lockheed Martin for the provision of centralized processing services. Australian Defense Chief Information Officer, Peter Lawrence, said the project would consolidate infrastructure and applications, improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of data centre delivery in Defense
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
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The New Zealand Defense Force might purchase NZ$600 million worth two Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft to replace its aging five Hercules C-130 fleet. Some of the Hercules fleet is already 50-years-old, various media reported Wednesday
The Australian Armys Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters was granted an approval for an interim Tactical Data Link upgrade, Minister for Defense Senator David Johnston announced today. A total of 21 Tiger helicopters will be upgraded with tactical information exchange solution that further integrates the Tiger into the combined arms land force battle space
The Australian Navys first of 24 MH-60R seahawk ‘Romeo combat helicopter arrived at Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Albatross, Nowra, earlier this week, local media reported. The first Romeo and a non-flying MH-60R ‘Bromeo maintenance training aid airframe, which will be used to train aircrew and maintainers, were transported aboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster from NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where they had been operated by NUSQN 725
Australian companies might miss out on competing with foreign companies to build its next generation of submarines, Sydney Morning Herald reported today. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused commitment to allow Australian companies to compete to build its the next generation of submarines
The Australian Defense Forces successfully concluded a highly successful trial of BAEs Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket for use on its Army and Navy helicopters, BAE said in a statement Monday. The ground trial marks the first time the APKWS technology, which transforms a standard unguided 2
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