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The full version of Defence Week Premium no.274 of 10 October 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here Premium

No FOC for Romeo helicopters until 2020

Captain Lockey said that FOC was linked to the successful modification for MH-60R operations of all three of the RAN’s Air Warfare Destroyers.

Full Operating Capability for the RAN's 24 new MH-60R naval combat helicopters will not be achieved until about six years after the formation of the first operational squadron in Australia in early 2015. Premium

More Nulka round orders for BAE Systems Australia

The rounds will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy and the US Navy, bringing the total number of rounds supplied by BAE Systems to more than 1200. [Photo:Defence]

BAE Systems Australia has secured a 15th successive annual contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy Premium

MBDA's Sea Ceptor selected for NZ

Sea Ceptor will equip frigates HMNZ Te Kaha and Te Mana with the latest generation naval air defence system capable of protecting not only the host ship but also combined joint allied forces in the vicinity.

The NZ MoD has confirmed its preferred tenderers for the RNZN'S ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project to include MBDA as the provider of Sea Ceptor for the Local Area Air Defence system, subject to the NZ Government's final approval to proceed. Premium

MU90 torpedo enters service

The MU90 is an advanced lightweight anti-submarine torpedo that delivers superior performance and accuracy in shallow waters, even in congested areas. [Photo:Defence]

The MU90 lightweight torpedo has entered active service with the Royal Australian Navy, having achieved Operational Release Status after a recent final test firing. Premium

BAE Systems secures RAN gun contract

BAE Systems was chosen as the sole source provider of Mk45 Gun In Service Support, Removal, Replacement and Overhaul services to the Royal Australian Navy.

BAE Systems has secured a five-year contract to overhaul the Mk45 guns on the ANZAC fleet. Premium

Australia's naval power to grow: report

The report predicts fleets for advanced Navies will continue to fall from 585 major platforms in 2010 to 500 in 2030.

Australia is among the world's advanced Navies expected to increase their Naval power through new technologies over the next two decades, according to QinetiQ, Lloyd's Register and Strathclyde University. Premium

BMT delivers study for RAN

As well as identifying the costing options, the study provided an understanding of any impact on achieving availability targets while satisfying safety, environmental and technical risk imperatives.

BMT Design & Technology has completed a study for the Commonwealth of Australia, to examine a range of options for the Life of Type Extension of a wide range of Defence Maritime Platforms. Premium

Austal at Pacific 2013

OPEN CI is currently serving as the technology backbone for the core mission systems of Austal’s Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel.

Austal says that it will showcase its border protection and multi-mission platforms to help potential customers make informed capability decisions to meet their border protection requirements Premium

Positive feedback from Hawkei trials

During two years of development the Hawkei has already been through blast, ballistic and mobility testing

Creeks, rocky outcrops and beach landings were just some of the challenges thrown at prototype Hawkei vehicles during field trials in north Queensland. Premium

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News: LHD docks as Navy continues "Voyage of Discovery"

Visible here as the ship was prepared for delivery from Spain is the Canberra's port azimuth propulsion pod. Credit: Anonymous

HMAS Adelaide has entered dry dock in Sydney last week and HMAS Canberra was undergoing a series of sea trials after extensive tests alongside at Fleet Base East.

News: $25m fund for AUS-US defence research collaboration

Credit: Defence

AUSMURI will provide grants to support multi-disciplinary teams of university researchers who collaborate with US academic colleagues on high priority projects for future Defence capabilities.