Australia to buy 58 Joint Strike Fighters

Australia will buy 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35A JSF at a cost of more than $12 billion after the Federal Government recently gave the go ahead for the purchase.

From left, Greg Chamitoff, Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering; Archie Johnston, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies; Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia; and Mary Petryszyn, sector vice president and head of International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Northrop Grumman, the University of Sydney sign MoU

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the University of Sydney have signed a MoU to work together to explore areas of common interest in providing educational, research initiatives and training programs that build local capacity across various sectors in Australia.
The acquisition of the VLS modules was made by the Commonwealth of Australia, through the United States Foreign Military Sales program. [Photo: AWD Alliance]

Vertical Launch System installed in AWD01

Six strike-length missile modules for the Hobart Class Vertical Launch System were this week installed into Ship 1 Hobart, marking a significant Combat System load out achievement for the AWD project. Premium

Future Land Force Conference: call for papers

The DSTO Future Land Force Conference is an inaugural event that focuses on the application of science and technology for transforming the land force of the future.
F-35 Lightning II aircraft will fly in Britain for the first time this summer, the Defence Secretary has announced.

F-35 Lightning II to make maiden British flight

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will fly in Britain for the first time this July, the British Defence Secretary has announced.

ASPI launches cyber report

The Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull was on hand last week to help ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre launch its inaugural Cyber Maturity in the Asia-Pacific 2014 report and interactive map. Premium

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        Sea Power: Poseidon's challenge - replacing the AP-3C | ADM March 2014

        Over the remainder of this decade, Australia’s Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orions will begin to be replaced by a mix of manned and unmanned platforms under the umbrella of Project Air 7000, but the transition needs to be carefully managed to ensure no shortfall in maritime ISR capability. Premium

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          EW: Defence seeks counter-GBAD trainer for aircrew | ADM May 2013

          Under JP 3021’s first phase Defence plans to acquire a mobile threat emitter system to provide aircrew with EW training and mission rehearsal exercises against ground-based air defence (GBAD) systems. So far Australian aircrew have had to rely on the use of overseas EW ranges on an ad-hoc basis during Red Flag and similar exercises. Premium

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