Defence Week Premium 214 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.214 of 19 July 2012 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. These PDFs are also emailed directly to all subscribers each Thursday afternoon. Premium

DB-110s for RAAF?

Ten countries have selected the system, the most recent order being placed for the Royal Saudi Air Force’s F-15S modernisation program.

Preliminary discussions have taken place on the possible acquisition by the RAAF of an undisclosed number of Goodrich DB-110 airborne reconnaissance systems for its F/A-18F Super Hornet fleet, according to SYPAQ CEO. Premium

ScanEagle for the RAN?

The trials will enable the RAN to examine the issues affecting an embarked UAS capability and to determine the installation requirements on board vessels.

ScanEagle developer Insitu Pacific, announced recently that it had extended and expanded its current ADF contract to include the provision of ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system services for trials with the RAN. Premium

Delivery milestone for the MR600 Mod 1

The MR660 Mod 1 is a lightweight and cost-effective manned weapon station fitted with either the MAG-58 7.62mm general purpose machine gun or Minimi 5.56mm light machine gun.

Sydney-based weapon mount manufacturer W&E Platt has reached a major milestone with delivery of its 800th MR660 Mod 1 Ring Mount for the ADF. Premium

Defence Trade Controls Bill concerns

Much concern has been raised over the impact of the Defence Trade Controls Bill.

The principal purpose of the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 is to give effect to the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of the US concerning Defense Trade Cooperation. Premium

Wave energy for Defence

It is estimated the project will provide HMAS Stirling with up to 1.25 megawatts of Greenpower per day, expected to save approximately 2.6 million kilograms of carbon emissions over five years.

The Department of Defence and Carnegie Wave Energy have signed agreements which will allow Defence to purchase all the electricity produced by a wave power facility to be established on Garden Island. Premium

DMO to sponsor Schools Aerospace Challenge

Funding to attend the aerospace challenge will be provided through the Industry Skilling Program Enhancement package.

The DMO will sponsor Australia students from the Aviation High School in Queensland and Australian Air Force Cadets to attend the Schools Aerospace Challenge. Premium

Cobham modifies its FIFO aircraft for dirt ops

The gravel kit modification include specialised rubber paint to protect the underside of the fuselage, a nose wheel stone deflector and a Kevlar undercarriage shield around the main landing gear.

Cobham Aviation Services Australia has modified two BAE 146s so that they can operate off gravel strips, thus opening up mining company airstrips to jet FIFO. Premium

Boeing's new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

The little brother to the P-8A

Boeing recently announced that it is offering a medium-sized Maritime Surveillance Aircraft to the global market. Premium

Saab follows suit...

The new 340 Maritime Security Aircraft can perform long endurance flights from short airfields and the onboard mission management system with datalinks, optical sensors, Satcom-systems and radar equips the aircraft with the required capability.

Saab has unveiled its new 340 Maritime Security Aircraft at Farnborough. Premium

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From the Source: CEO Naval Group Australia Brent Clark

Credit: Naval Group

The Future Submarine is Defence’s biggest and most complex acquisition program to date with the Commonwealth choosing France’s Naval Group as their international partner for the design and build program. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing caught up with Naval Group Australia CEO Brent Clark to have a look at how the program is progressing in its early stages.