Defence Week Premium 232 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.232 of 22 November 2012 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here Premium

IOC for Wedgetail and sim upgrade

The Wedgetail aircraft can fly 10,000 metres above the earth’s surface and maintain surveillance over a surface area of 400,000 square kilometres at any given time.

The Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Wedgetail aircraft has finally achieved Initial Operational Capability. Premium

And then there were 5: DMMA teaming

Under this exclusive arrangement, BAE Systems Australia will be the prime contractor with EXPAL Systems as its principal sub-contractor and partner.

As rumoured at the recent Land Warfare Conference, BAE Systems and EXPAL Systems have teamed to bid for Australia's Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements (DMMA) project. Premium

Launch delay for Australia's WGS 6

Complementing the WGS capability, three Inmarsat-5 GX geostationary satellites are slated for launches in 2013 and 2014 providing commercial/military Ka services.

US Air Force Space Command announced last week that the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite's launch will not occur in January as planned, a ripple effect of the Air Force's ongoing analysis of what went wrong during an early October launch of a GPS satellite in Florida, which is functioning properly and undamaged during the launch. Premium

Land 400 update

According to Heatley the aim of the project remains the delivery of protected mobility and lethality systems to the Land Force to support the successful conduct of close combat within a Combined Arms Team environment.

A rather bland and not very informative report in the recently published RAAA Journal Ironsides provides an update on the Land 400 Land Combat Vehicle System which has some parallels with the US Ground Combat Vehicle program. Premium

CIO to bid the ADF Land 400 program

Of particular relevance to the program will be the very successful 8x8 range of wheeled vehicles known as the Centauro family.

Iveco - Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) has announced its intention to offer its extensive range of proven armoured vehicles for the Land 400 program. Premium

The ASLAV upgrade that wasn't

The ASLAV Surveillance Project will provide an integrated sensor-based surveillance capability for ASLAV Surveillance variants operated in the Australian Army's Cavalry units.

With Second Pass for Land 400 out to 2018-2021 and the Initial Operational Capability anticipated for 2026-2028 one has to wonder what is being done to extend the life of the Army's ASLAV fleet since the planned Phase 4 mid-life upgrade that was to have commenced in 2012, appears to have evaporated. Premium

Latest LAV capabilities at Techport

The display highlighted the commonality of General Dynamics products shared between the US Marine Corps and the Australian Army.

General Dynamics Land Systems has displayed the current Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Light Armoured Vehicle II (LAV II) Double-V Hull demonstrator vehicle at Techport, South Australia. Premium

Space surveillance radar for Exmouth

C-Band apace-surveillance radar [Photo:NASA]

As part of last week's AUSMIN discussions, an memorandum of understanding was signed regarding the establishment of a jointly-operated C-band radar space surveillance installation at the Harold E. Holt naval communication facility in Exmouth, Western Australia. Premium

Tail art commemorates retirement of C-130H

The scheme depicts a bright yellow and orange sunset motif, with the silhouette of a C-130H Hercules.

The RAAF has unveiled a unique tail art scheme on one of its C-130H Hercules transport aircraft, ahead of the type's retirement from service on November 30. Premium

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ADM July 2017

In the July edition, ADM covers Surveillance in the Land Domain and weapons. Premium