Fleet Space Technologies has announced the development of a new constellation of 3D-printed small satellites named Alpha, with the first satellites ready for launch in 12 months.

Airbus has completed Sentinel-6B, the second ocean monitoring satellite of the European Copernicus programme, and is now testing it extensively over the next six months in preparation for its use in space.

Babcock International has been selected by the government as the preferred tenderer to upgrade and sustain the Defence High Frequency Communication System (DHFCS) to support the Australian armed forces over the next 10 years.

Following Thales Australia’s recent US Department of Defense qualification of its Australian-made TNT to military specifications, Thales is on schedule to commence production of the 155mm M795 Artillery Projectile capability in early 2022.

Canberra-based Conscia will manage the design and construction of two purpose-built Satellite Operations Facilities, as well as overseeing the upgrade of two existing satellite ground stations.

Site works are underway to redesign and upgrade the first of three radars critical to protecting Australia’s northern coastline and airspace.

An Australian first software system that replaces the need to manually connect tactical radio networks on the battlefield has been unveiled by Defence ICT specialists Insitec following successful field trials in Canberra.

Throughout the Indo-Pacific, Indigenous nations have strengths that need to be acknowledged, leveraged, and recognised as an asset to benefit their nation. But we must also recognise that vulnerabilities exist that can be exploited by coercive actors.

Northrop Grumman Australia has opened its new AU$20 million systems integration, advanced mission visualisation and demonstration facility, ‘Parallax Labs’.

The Army has stood up a new Aviation Command, placing all its helicopters, unmanned aerial systems and training under a single Canberra-based organisation headed by a two-star officer.

The purpose-built facility in Brisbane provides a Moon-like environment for testing and evaluating rovers and related equipment with an initial focus of exploring lunar terrain and resources.

The Summit brought together speakers and delegates from government, Defence, industry and academia to consider the expansion of the space industry across Australia.

DEWC Systems has officially partnered with REDARC Defence Systems in a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement for REDARC to support DEWC Systems with design and manufacturing capabilities.

Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and DEWC Services are collaborating to introduce a new infrared camera capability into field trials for electro-optic countermeasures being developed by DSTG.

Speaking at the Dubai Air Show in mid-November, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Executive VP Greg Ulmer said that the RAAF has requested details for the supply of 30 C-130J Hercules. However, Ulmer’s specific mention of six KC-130Js is interesting.

Airbus Defence & Space revealed overnight that it is further developing the Automatic Air to Air Refuelling (A3R) capabilities of its A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to include a fully autonomous refuelling capability.