10 May 2012
Stephen Smith and Jason Clare announced at the 2012 Air Power Conference that the Government has agreed to purchase 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft.
Of the 180 programs that were outlined in the 2009-2019 DCP, the budget this year has seen ten removed, as part of the cuts to the Defence budget of $5.454 billion over four years.
While defence infrastructure spending has taken a $1.2 billion hit over the coming four years, there are still plenty of projects on the go and still to be approved.
Had the government not announced that a new Defence White Paper was in the offing sooner rather than later, last night's budget would have come as a shock.
The second Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by Lockheed Martin was successfully launched last week aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
News that Round 16 of the Capability Technology Demonstrator program has been cancelled and no word about its future suggests that it may be replaced by the PIC Innovation program.
Scuttlebutt that Austal CEO Andrew Bellamy, visited Terma last month to talk about future opportunities suggest that Austal is looking seriously at the future Sea 1180 Offshore Combatant Vessel requirement.
While the Shadow 200 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) provides support through its intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities, it lacks a strike capability.
Testing of air defence missile systems as part of the Olympic Games security plan began May 3 at sites across London.
The US Army is preparing to conduct an operational assessment on a small number of non-developmental vehicles that could serve as alternatives to its Ground Combat Vehicle program.
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