31 May 2012
The M113 Vehicle Upgrade project, that has been underway since 1992, is likely to cost more than $1 billion, and will deliver the last of the 431 upgraded vehicles by late this year.
According to the 2012-13 Defence budget, the Army is reducing the use of M113AS4 (upgraded M113) vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks.
Australian company Orbital Engine Corp has been contracted to supply heavy fuel engines for use in AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems' Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System.
The 2009 White Paper stated that a fleet of eight new Future Frigates, would be acquired. They would be larger than the ANZAC Class ships and and equipped with a strong emphasis on anti-submarine warfare.
Following confirmation by Australian defence chiefs that they were examining the future application of armed UAVs as part of a force structure review.
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the first meeting of the Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan Expert Industry Panel was held this week.
An audit of ISR assets by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is recommending cuts to "redundant" capabilities and disbanding of the Pentagon task force.
While Australia cancels its self-propelled howitzer system in favour of more towed artillery, Singapore Technologies Kinetics is carrying out feasibility studies on the 155 mm Advanced Mobile Gun System.
According to Janes, Turkey has rejected UK proposals to become a partner on BAE Systems' Global Combat Ship.
Pilatus Aircraft has signed a contract with BAE Systems to supply the Royal Saudi Air Forcewith a fleet of 55 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop aircraft.
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