16 Aug 2012
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The government's decision to mothball an undisclosed number of Army's 59 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and at least 100 of its 350 newly upgraded M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers appears to have caught Defence on the hop.
According to Defence the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle will provide an enduring protected mobility capability for Army as operations draw down in Afghanistan.
Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has carried out an Operational Risk Assessment for the Capability Development Group - Maritime Development Branch on Submarine Escape, Rescue and Abandonment Systems.
Thales Australia has strengthened its relationship with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, having been named the US based company's representative for ammunition products in Australia and New Zealand.
The Royal Australian Navy's recently acquired Bay-class amphibious ship HMAS Choules will be out of action until at least the end of 2012 because of the transformer defect, a Defence spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's this month.
Raytheon has been awarded a US$23.9 million contract to provide 24 AAS-44C Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for the Royal Australian Navy's fleet of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multirole maritime helicopters.
Australia's involvement in Pacific Partnership 2012 has drawn to a successful conclusion following the return of Australia's contingent.
The Department of Defence is seeking tenders for the conservation of a field gun and two cannons which are located at DSTO's Scottsdale facility in north-east Tasmania.
The RAAF Super Hornets of No. 1 Squadron have made their Exercise Pitch Black debut appearance.
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