02 Apr 2014
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Work on a $30 million through life support facility for the RAN's 24 new Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin MH-60R combat helicopters officially got underway March 26 with a ground breaking ceremony at the aviation technology park alongside HMAS Albatross in Nowra.
The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, has announced Rear Admiral David Johnston will succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as the Chief of Joint Operations Command.
Pratt & Whitney has awarded a contract to Levett Engineering to manufacture components that will be installed into F135 engines. The F135 engine is the propulsion system for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Defence's CDG last month awarded a contract to NIITEK, a Chemring company, teamed with Minelab Australia, for the RPDE of the Groundshark handheld dual sensor, under CDG's CIED handheld device detector prototype program.
Birdon managing director, Jamie Bruce has said the company may prioritise expansion in the US over Australia because it is easier for small businesses to participate in defence contracts in the US, and the cost of labour is substantially cheaper.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert has announced an extension of funding for the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC).
BAE Systems last week signed an AU$77 million, five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia to continue support for the electronic warfare sub-systems aboard the RAAF's Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.
DRS Technologies Canada has been awarded a subcontract by Selex to provide communications systems in support of the RAN's Anzac-class vessels.
With the ADF's fleet of ATVs moving towards the end of their life-of-type, Defence is seeking replacements in the form of 25 deployable 4WD ATVs.
Australian companies may miss out on contracts if there was no clear policy.
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