Defence Week Premium 220 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.220 of 30 August 2012 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

TADRS sustainment goes local

(L to R seated) Carl Newman Manager, Radar Customer Support, Lockheed Martin MS2; Group Captain Peter Pollock, Officer Commanding GTESPO; Jack Mahoney, General Manager Lockheed Martin Australia Electronic Systems. (L to R standing) Marcus Freese, Contracts Manager, Lockheed Martin MS2; Squadron Leader Terry Withers, ADGE PM GTESPO; Wing Commander Dick Haines, CO LMU GTESPO; Rob Darge, TADRS Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Australia, Greg Mitchell, TADRS Technical Lead, Lockheed Martin Australia.

Lockheed Martin and the Ground Telecommunications Equipment System Program Office have signed an agreement to novate the TPS-77 TADRS sustainment contract from the US to its Lockheed Martin Australia business. Premium

Australia to contribute $85m and personnel to P-8A improvements

Australia will contribute four cooperative project personnel from FY-12 to FY-22.

The US Defense Department plans to sign a $1.2 billion deal with Australia to jointly develop new capabilities for P-8A Poseidon aircraft in response to evolving threats. Premium

More on the P-8A Increment 3 upgrade

The incremental upgrade is being developed with Australian participation.

New technology is not anticipated under the project arrangement; instead, the focus is on adapting and incorporating technology developed in other programs. Premium

Growler decision elicits more growls!

An artist’s impression of the EA-18G Growler.

Last week's announcement that the Australian Government had decided to acquire the Growler electronic warfare system for the Super Hornet, at a cost of around $1.5 billion, has attracted considerable comment in the blogosphere and in more formal statements. Premium

ANAO to review C-27J acquisition

In light of concerns the Shadow Minister for Defence had raised about the C-27J acquisition at a Senate Estimates hearing he wrote to the Auditor-General requesting the Australian National Audit Office to conduct an audit of the selection process for this acquisition.

With the announcement that the Government would purchase 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft, the Shadow Minister for Defence wrote to the Auditor-General requesting the ANAO conduct an audit of the selection process for this acquisition. Premium

ANAO - keeping its eye on the DMO

In 2011–12 29 projects have been selected, and subsequently endorsed by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit for review.

Increased transparency and accountability on progress with major Defence equipment acquisitions has been a focus of parliamentary interest for some time. Premium

Phew! New version of AFATDS is back-compatible

A mission coordinated using the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System. The new version of AFATDS is backwards compatible.

In late July ADM reported that Raytheon had received an $81 million US Army contract to develop and produce a new version of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, which would focus on improving and simplifying the user interface while enhancing speed and capabilities. Premium

Another order for Platt

Finland has selected Australian W&E Platt to supply their ring mount for RG-32M

The Finnish army is set to equip its fleet of RG-32M armoured patrol vehicles with new weapon mounts. Under a US$1.7 million contract, Australian company W&E Platt will supply 39 of its MR550 bi-metal ring mounts. Premium

ADM Online: Weekly News Summary

Both missiles hit their mark and proved the RAN’s ability to conduct long range attacks with Harpoon against coastal land targets or ships in close proximity to the coastline. [Photo:Defence]

A summary of the latest news and views in the defence industry, locally and overseas. Check out our webpage for daily news updates on the ADM home page and make sure you bookmark/RSS this for a regular visit. Premium

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