Defence Week Premium 218 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.218 of 16 August 2012 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

The future of mothballed Abrams and M113AS4?

MBT capability that Australia will have available for the foreseeable future in a holding yard at Gladstone measuring about 100 metres square.

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. Premium

Role for Bushmaster post Afghanistan

Defence says the Bushmaster will be an integral component of the Plan, particularly within the Multi-role Combat Brigades, and with Bushmaster more widely distributed across Army.

According to Defence the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle will provide an enduring protected mobility capability for Army as operations draw down in Afghanistan. Premium

Improving submarine escape training

As part of Project Sea1354 Frazer-Nash was appointed to carry out the ORA to assess the capability of the existing SERAS, to evaluate the safety, fitness for purpose and environmental risks associated with submarine escape, rescue and abandonment operations.

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. Premium

Thales to represent General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Australia

A key objective of the partnership is to transfer technology and know-how in order to deliver an improved offering to the Australian Defence Force beyond Thales’s existing explosive ordnance supply contracts.

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. Premium

Choules out for rest of year

HMAS Choules will be out of action until at least the end of 2012 because of the transformer defect

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. Premium

Targeting systems for RAN's new Seahawks

Raytheon will provide 24 AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (MTS) for the Royal Australian Navy's fleet of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multirole maritime helicopters.

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. Premium

Pacific Partnership 2012 concludes

During the 14 week partnership, some 64 ADF engineers, medical, dental, veterinary and supporting personnel worked as part of the 1,100-strong multinational force of regional military and non-government organisation specialists based onboard the US Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy.

Australia's involvement in Pacific Partnership 2012 has drawn to a successful conclusion following the return of Australia's contingent. Premium

Conservator sought for Scottsdale's guns

Phase 1 is the conservation of the field gun and Phase 2 is the conservation of the two cannons.

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. Premium

Super Hornet debut at Exercise Pitch Black

Nine Super Hornets operated alongside other RAAF aircraft and international participants for the exercise.

The RAAF Super Hornets of No. 1 Squadron have made their Exercise Pitch Black debut appearance. Premium

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ADM2012 Congress interview with Thales' Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia, and Chairman, AIG Defence Council
We had the opportunity to interview Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia, and Chairman, AIG Defence Council, who spoke at the ADM Congress on 21-22 February 2012 in Canberra. Hear what he had to say.