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Adelaide to build future frigates but Abbott cautious on subs

The ASC facility would be the likely site for the build of the future frigates. Credit: ASC

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott will announce today that the future frigates for the Navy will be built in Adelaide.

Marine Corps declares F-35B jump jet operational

The Marine Corps has declared 10 aircraft of the VSTOL version of the Joint Strike Fighter to be operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. Credit USMC

The US Marine Corps' vertical short takeoff or landing (V/STOL) variant of F-35B Joint Strike Fighter reached initial operational capability late last week with a squadron of 10 aircraft ready for world-wide deployment.

Top 100 Global Defence companies robust despite downturn

Lockheed Martin's F-35 production line. The number one defence company posted revenues of $US40 billion. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The top 100 global defence companies have been announced showing the industry is in good health despite downturns in defence spending.

First RAAF Growler rolled out in St. Louis

All 12 aircraft are due to be in country by the end of 2017. Credit: K Ziesing

The RAAFs first EA-18G Growler has been handed over in a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facility.

GD To Modernise Weapons Control System of US, Australian Submarines

The Los Angeles, Seawolf, Virginia and SSGN-class submarines and the Navy's Collins-class submarines use the AN/BYG-1 software and hardware. Credit: Defence

General Dynamics has won a $20 million contract from the US Navy to continue modernising the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for US as well as Australian submarines.

SM-2 missile explodes on launch, damages US destroyer

USS The Sullivans was damaged by an explosion of a Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA missile during a test launch. Credit: USN/USNI

A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the US Atlantic coast.

First F-35A with Australian Made Vertical Tails Takes Flight

Marand is manufacturing the vertical tailfins of the F-35 Lightning II in Australia. Credit: Marand

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, known as AF-73, took to the skies July 17, marking the first flight by an F-35 possessing two vertical tails manufactured by the Australian-based engineering company Marand.

Chinese Navy starts exercise in South China Sea

Adm. Scott Swift looks on as officers demonstrate the capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon. Credit: USPACFLT via Flickr

The Chinese Navy announced 10 days of military training in the waters near eastern Hainan Island in the South China Sea starting on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions in the region.

Russia's next strategic bomber delayed

Production of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 "Backfire" will be revived due to delays in development of Russia's next generation long range strategic bomber. Credit: Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons

Russia’s next-generation strategic bomber PAK DA will be delayed past 2023.

A complex Exercise Talisman Sabre draws to a close

Australian and US sailors man the rails of the US 7th Fleet amphibious command flagship USS Blue Ridge as the ship transits into Brisbane during exercise Talisman Sabre 15.

The biennial joint US-Australian exercise Talisman Sabre 15 concluded with a ceremony aboard the US 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge, in Brisbane on Monday.

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