Defence Week Premium 270 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.270 of 12 September 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

BAE Systems teams with Beechcraft and CAE for Air 5428

BAE Systems has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE.

BAE Systems has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE in a bid to deliver the Air 5428 project - the Australian Defence Force's new pilot training system. Premium

RAAF saves $2.75 million

The savings were identified during a routine spare parts acquisition for the E-7A Wedgetail. [Photo:Defence]

The acquisition of a commercially available computer processing unit and some in-house technical know-how has saved the Royal Australian Air Force $2.75 million. Premium

Canberra command team gets first taste of driving an LHD

Executive Officer NUSHIP Canberra, Commander Jonathan Earley (seated), Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Commander Calvin Johnson (standing) and Port Ash facilitator, John Ryan, hone their LHD ship-handling skills on NUSHIP Assault. [Photo:Defence]

NUSHIP Canberra's Command Team have had their first taste of raw LHD ship-handling, albeit at 1:20 scale. Premium

ADM at DSEI 2013

For the first time Australian Defence Magazine, together with its publishing and editorial staff, is among the Australian trade contingent at DSEI.

DSEI 2013 opens having already broken a series of records. For the first time the number of exhibitors has reached the 1,500 mark, including a record 40 international pavilions. Premium

Look out F-35: the Advanced Super Hornet is coming!

These flight tests will provide the F/A-18 industry team with valuable data on flying qualities, drag and signature levels.

Boeing is pitching enhancements to advance its F/A-18 Super Hornet into 2030 and beyond, aiming to anticipate the needs of the Navy (and the RAAF?) and secure further buys, as the service mulls the effective shutdown of the Hornet production line. Premium

Aussie-funded WGS-6 a powerhouse

Under this agreement Australia provides funding for the procurement, sustainment, and launch costs associated with the sixth WGS satellite, in return for assured bandwidth across WGS 1-6.

Launched on schedule last month, the sixth satellite in the USAF's Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) is expected to come on stream next year (2014). Premium

Queensland's Scramspace heads for Norway tests

Scramspace is three-year research project by an international research team of 13 partners and sponsors from five countries

The revolutionary jet scramjet engine, capable of operating at eight times the speed of sound, has arrived in Norway. Premium

New RAAF uniform in the pipeline

As a result, costs to Air Force will be minimal and will be funded through savings from recent reforms to the management of uniforms and personal equipment.

A project team has been established to investigate and determine the feasibility for an Air Force General Purpose Uniform (GPU). Premium

Update on AWD project

In the coming month, ASC production staff will erect block 417.

A further two blocks were lifted onto the structure of the first ship Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) in August, bringing the total number of blocks joined to date to 20. Premium

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News: Choules despatched north as LHDs deal with azipod concerns

A schematic diagram of the Canberra Class Amphibious LHD - one of the two azipod propulsors can be clearly seen. Credit: Defence

The Navy's Amphibious Heavy Lift ship HMAS Choules has been despatched to Queensland from Sydney yesterday as Tropical Cyclone Debbie bears down on Queensland while reports emerge of problems with the LHD azipod propulsion systems.


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