BAE Systems cuts first Type 26 steel

Sir Michael Fallon, UK Defence Secretary, cutting the first steel for the Royal Navy's first Type 26 frigate, the future HMS Glasgow, at BAE Systems ship facility at Govan on the Clyde. Credit: ADM Nigel Pittaway

Construction of the first of what the Royal Navy now calls the ‘City Class’ frigates follows the signing of a £3.7 billion contract on July 2.

Talking ADF Force Design

AVM Hupfeld, Head Force Design speaking at INCOSE 2017. Credit: ADM Philip Smart

‘FD17’ will outline the way Defence conducts force design as part of the new Capability Life Cycle and highlight key linkages to industry and academia through the Defence Capability Assessment Program (DCAP).

High speed connectivity on show at 30,000ft

Honeywell's B757 test aircraft at RAAF Base Fairbairn, Canberra. Credit: ADM Patrick Durrant

The purpose of the demonstration, conducted on Honeywell's own Boeing 757 test aircraft (the fifth 757 to be commercially delivered) flying from Canberra's RAAF Base Fairbairn, was to highlight the inflight connectivity of it's JetWave satellite communications technology.

DST Group mulls spot on space balcony

FAST Bartolomeo will enable testing of space systems in a “balcony” on the International Space Station. Credit: Airbus DS

With power and data connections, FAST-Bartolomeo allows companies and government agencies to rent space for a year on orbit, with prices starting at $70,000 per kilogram.

F-35s notch up 100K hours

An inverted F-35C launches AIM-9X missile during a live fire test event, piloted by Maj Eric Northam June 8 from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Credit: Lockheed Martin/Dane Wiedmann

The F-35 Integrated Test Force teams are completing the remaining requirements in the program’s System Development and Demonstration phase. Premium

L3 Micreo expands Brisbane footprint

(L-R) L3 Micreo BDM Mark Pezaro, Andrew Wallace MP, L3's Greg Roberts and L3 Micreo GM Sarah Earey at the opening of the new facility. Credit: ADM David Jones

Development work began earlier this year, and production commenced in the new facility in June with the first project being the fulfillment of L3 Micreo’s Redwing contract. The modern facility sees the coming together of L3 Micreo, specialising in RF and photonic products for radar and electronic warfare systems, L3 Oceania, leading providers of maritime systems and solutions, and L3 Insight Technology, one of the leading global companies in the development and production of advanced night vision and electro-optical technology.

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