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The full version of Defence Week Premium no.264 of 1 August 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

And then there were three...

Three industry consortia have been selected to progress to the second stage of the tender process for the Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements Project which will establish successor arrangements to those currently in place under the Strategic Agreement for Munitions Supply and the Mulwala Agreement. Premium

Wedgetail support now mainly in local hands

Based on the B737-700, the E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C provides airborne battle management capability with an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and the ability to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.

Boeing Defence Australia has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the RAAF E-7A Wedgetail fleet from its US parent which the company says ensures a continued high level of readiness for the command and control aircraft fleet. Premium

Different IOCs for USN and RAAF Poseidons

According to the US Navy's budget justification documents, 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft are scheduled to be procured in fiscal year 2014.

The Navy's P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft is ready to be introduced into the fleet and is slated for its first operational squadron deployment in December 2013, initial operational capability in the first quarter of 2014 and eventually a fourth low-rate initial production award, according to a service spokeswoman. Premium

LM teams up for oneSKY Australia

The teammates joining Lockheed Martin Australia on its oneSKY Australia solution include Australian-based partners Adacel Technologies Limited; Daronmont Technologies; and Frequentis Australasia. In addition, Airbus ProSky with subsidiary, Metron Aviation, will join the team.

Lockheed Martin will team with four leading air traffic management technology providers to offer its Skyline Enterprise solution for the Airservices Australia and Australian Department of Defence oneSKY Australia procurement. Premium

Progress on AWD project

Blocks 401, 701 and 113 were joined to the ship structure bringing the total number of blocks added to the ship to 19. Block 113 was also the final keel block to be joined for the first destroyer Hobart.

Another three blocks have been added to the first ship structure in the past month on the AWD project. Premium

Cirrus' ACO-TS contract extended

The Cirrus ACO-TS is based on Cirrus’ Simulation Training Network and Sensor Simulation Engine (STN & SSE) technologies.

DMO Training Aircraft Systems Program Office has exercised an option to extend by three years the supply by Cirrus of support to the Air Combat Officer Training System. Premium

Aussie tankers train with USMC counterparts

Contingent Commander and OC B Sqn, 1 Armd Regt, Maj Tim Tiller, said familiarisation with an amphibious capability was invaluable.

A contingent of 80 men from 1 Armd Regt has returned from the month-long first phase of a reciprocal exchange program with their US Marine Corps equivalents. Premium

German container modules feature of Tarin Kot base

Of about 1300 modules owned by Australia at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, almost 430 have been recovered over the past five months.

Despite recent implications to the contrary, it seems that plans to drawdown troops and equipment from Tarin Kot have been well underway for some time. From early February the Force Extraction Unit has been undertaking tasks to remove infrastructure, including Drehtainer armoured accommodation modules, as Australia prepares for the end of its mission in Uruzgan. Premium

Northrop Grumman assists Australian school to enhance knowledge of UAVs

Northrop Grumman Corporation has committed to sponsoring a team of high school students from Dickson College who are competing in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Outback Challenge 2013, aimed at promoting UAVs and demonstrating their utility in civilian applications. Premium

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