The Australian Navy’s 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.
The first Romeo is expected to be back in the air by November. It will be fitted with flight test instrumentation to commence first-of-type flight trials with the navy’s Anzac class frigates.
NUSQN 725 has been operating the Romeo from Jacksonville since January. All five of its Romeos and 122 personnel are expected to be back in Nowra by Christmas.
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
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 Forces capacity for operational tasks, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance in our region and around the world
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
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
The Australian Government today announced that it has purchased two rapidly deployable and one larger Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Control Systems valued at $50 million from Indra Australia for the countrys defense forces. Defense Minister Senator David Johnston today said the new systems would enable the Australian Defense Force (ADF) to use radar to control aircraft and manage airspace for missions within Australia and overseas
Thales and Airbus will partner for the Australian Army and Navys joint Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program, the companies stated Monday. HATS will utilize some 15 EC135 T2+ helicopters, along with EC135 Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and a new flight deck equipped sea-going training vessel
Australian Navy and Army will recieve modern helicopter training systems that would better prepare Navy and Army aircrew to transition to the ADFs current combat helicopter fleet, as well as the advanced helicopters entering service this decade, Defence Minister David Johnston announced today. The Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) will be based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, NSW
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
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