Defence Week Premium 274 PDF versions

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: First Cape-class for RAN delivered

Cape Fourcroy and her sister Cape Inscription will fill an availability gap in the RAN's patrol fleet.

Cape Fourcroy and her sister Cape Inscription, which is expected to be delivered next month, will enable the Navy to meet its patrol requirements after a number of setbacks. Credit: Austal

News: Esteemed, plain speaking, Defence Secretary to retire

Credit: Defence

The retirement of the veteran of 48 years of public service opens up a vacancy for the high-profile position.