Defence Week Premium 285 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.285 of 30 January 2014 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

NASA unmanned surveillance platform to operate in Australian Airspace

The aircraft is expected to be in the area for the next six weeks.

NASA will conduct a series of missions in Australian airspace over the next six weeks, using a Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk HALE air vehicle Premium

Hypersonic ASMs and JP66

In his recent posting on hypersonic anti-ship missiles in the Strategist, ASPI's Andrew Davies notes that there are two main appeals of a very high speed weapon. Premium

CEA-FAR + Aegis + 9LV = way to go

CEA radars active on ANZAC.

Reports that Lockheed Martin Mission Systems is engineering an export oriented 'core Aegis' component cluster more readily integrated with third-party CMS and sensors could be good news for radar specialist CEA Technologies. Premium

Australian and other MUOS ground stations accepted

Located in Hawaii, Virginia and Australia, the ground stations also assist in the overall management and operation of the orbiting MUOS satellites.

The US Navy has accepted three General Dynamics C4 Systems-built ground stations for the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). Premium

Austal celebrates keel laying for Cape Jervis

Pictured left to right of photo - Roman Quaedvlieg, deputy chief executive
officer - ACPBS; Paul Grant, Commanding officer - Cape St. George,
Jake Combs, apprentice - Austal, Jason Anson-Clarke, apprentice - Austal and
Ben Wardle, program manager - Austal.

Austal has recently celebrated the keel-laying ceremony for the fifth vessel of eight patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the ACBPS. Premium

ASPI ranks highly in international survey of think tanks

ASPI has once again been rated as a world class Institute in the University of Pennsylvania's 2013 Global Go-To Think Tank Index. Premium

GCV morphing to air-droppable ultra light combat vehicle?

The notional ULCV would have an array of requirements aimed at increasing infantry combat mobility, including the ability to be dropped out of C-130 and C-17 aircraft.

While the death knell continued to sound last week for the US Army's Land 400 lookalike, the Ground Combat Vehicle, the Army quietly released a notice to industry requesting information about a new, air-droppable ULCV. Premium

Oz defence aid for the Philippines?

Such aid could be in the form of ‘gifting’ some of our unwanted M113/M113AS4s, within the Army's APC inventory.

News that the Philippine Army is planning to purchase up to 14 M113 APCs to help enhance its fire support capabilities in 2015, suggests an opportunity for this country to provide defence equipment to a regional neighbour, still reeling from a massive natural disaster and the ongoing impact of insurgency. Premium

Australian Government strengthening ties with the Myanmar Government

Able Seaman Ricky Schein shakes hands with a Myanmar Navy officer after his tour of HMAS Childers, during their port visit to Yangon. [Photo:Defence]

The Australian Government has re-established a resident Defence Attache office in Burma with the arrival in Rangoon of RAN Captain Jon Dudley who will fill the post left vacant since 1979. Premium

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News: LHD Canberra pod trial results clear as investigation continues

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

A Defence spokesperson has responded to ADM questions regarding the outcome of propulsion pod trials conducted on LHD HMAS Canberra recently.