Thales to design Collins sonar system upgrade

The flank arrays as seen here on HMAS Sheean will be upgraded based on designs from Thales. Credit: Defence

Thales has signed a $100 million design and pre-production contract to upgrade Collins class submarine sonar systems.

F-35 readiness concerns persist: Pentagon weapons tester

The program should be restructured and provided with the additional resources required to deliver its “sorely needed” full warfighting capability, according to the Pentagon’s director of operational testing and evaluation. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

The Chief Pentagon weapons tester has again signalled his concerns over the progress and readiness of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E).

Airbus delivers final EC135T2+ for HATS

Three ADF EC135s during the final delivery event in Donauwörth, Germany. The H135 family is part of successful training systems in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Japan, and has recently been selected in the UK. Credit: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135T2+ helicopters for the ADF’s HATS, completing the full fleet of 15 helicopters on schedule.

Boeing forms new business unit, names new leaders

The event where Boeing made the announcements of new leadership and the formation of a new business unit on 21 November 2016. Credit: Boeing

On Monday Boeing chairman, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg named Kevin G. McAllister president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding company vice chairman Ray Conner in that role.

Plenty to shout about at NZDIA

The NZ Minister for Defence spoke at the NZDIA event but only after being forced to evade protesters. Credit: ADM

Amid tight security and a background of around a hundred vociferous "peace" protestors, NZDIA Forum 2016 delegates and exhibitors were welcomed by local journalist and radio personality Kerrie McIvor.

ADF to screen pilots in the sim

ADF pilot candidates will no longer be screened in an aircraft under Air 5428. Credit: Defence

The ADF will cease screening potential pilot candidates in aircraft and move to simulator based assessment under the new Air 5428 flying training program. Premium

Aspen Medical recognised for Ebola response

The Aspen Medical team recorded a zero infection rate despite the high rate of infection commonly associated with the virus. Credit: Aspen Medical

Aspen Medical has been awarded the gold medal in the International Humanitarian Aid category at the International Project Management Association (IPMA) awards which were held in Warsaw, Poland, on 17 November. Premium

Mates4Mates head office opens in Brisbane

Federal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans (L) chats with Mates4Mates CEO Simon Sauer at the event. Credit: ADM (David Jones)

At a gathering of over 80 staff, serving and former serving defence personnel, Dan Keighran VC and Chairman Don Roach AM officially opened Mates4Mates in Milton, Brisbane. Premium

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