30 Aug 2012
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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.
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.
New technology is not anticipated under the project arrangement; instead, the focus is on adapting and incorporating technology developed in other programs.
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.
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.
Increased transparency and accountability on progress with major Defence equipment acquisitions has been a focus of parliamentary interest for some time.
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.
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.
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