13 Dec 2012
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Availability of the RAN's six-strong Collins class submarine fleet is far below that of comparable navies, but John Coles, in his second and final report on Collins class sustainment, believes this can be rectified by 2016.
The Australian Financial Review's John Kerin is today (13th December 2012) reporting that the Minister for Defence Stephen Smith is considering the "purchase of up to 24 extra Boeing Super Hornet fighters amid continuing concern over delays with the troubled F-35 joint strike fighter" program.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has cancelled a tender for 3,000 upgraded Steyr 5.56mm assault rifles, according to well-informed sources.
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced Wednesday 12th December that the Government has received the Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan.
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare have updated the Projects of Concern list with the removal of the Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Wedgetail Aircraft Project and the Lightweight Torpedo Project and the addition of the Mulwala Redevelopment and the Direct Fire Support Weapon Projects to the list.
Minister Smith and Minister Clare have also announced the signing of a contract with CEA for the In Service Support (ISS) of the Phased Array Radar currently being installed on the Royal Australian Navy's eight ANZAC Class Frigates.
NIOA has been appointed by ATK as their exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for a broad range of products and services from the ATK Defence business group.
ITT Exelis has reached an agreement to bolster its air traffic management (ATM) and communications infrastructure capabilities in Australia with the acquisition of C4i Pty. Ltd, pending approvals.
Rohde & Schwarz has introduced the R&S SDTR, the first in a new generation of software defined radios, together with a family of network capable waveforms.
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