Construction begins of Navy ship construction yard in Adelaide.

Defence minister, Christopher Pyne has turned the first sod on a $535 million project to build a new construction yard for Australia’s future submarines and frigates at ASC, Osborne north of Adelaide. Laing O’Rourke will modernise the existing yard that built the Collins class submarines and Hobart class air warfare destroyers, and build new facilities…

F-35 Lightning debut – a new era of defence industry

Comment by Peter Roberts Australia’s first two F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft land at Williamtown RAAF base today marking a new era in defence-industry co-operation. After a fly past along the coast the F-35 Lightnings touch down at 10.00 am allowing Australians to glimpse the world’s most advanced aircraft, boasting an unprecedented level of Australian…

Mildura manufacturer in railway sleeper breakthrough.

Mildura manufacturer, Integrated Recycling has won approval from Metro Trains Melbourne to trial its Duratrack composite recycled plastic sleeper on the Melbourne rail system. “This follows hot on the heals of Queensland Rail Type Approval for mainline trials,” the company said. At this stage, MTM will trial Duratrack at at last two sites in Melbourne…

Defence offers grants of up to $1 million to SMEs.

The federal government has announced a new grants scheme offering up to $1 million for projects that help meet Australia’s defence industrial capability priorities. The government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants scheme aims to build the capacity and resilience of Australian small-to-medium sized business. Grants may be used to fund capital equipment (including specialist software…

10 companies vie to make parts for RAAF unmanned plane.

Ten Australian companies are in the running to secure major component orders following the selection of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for the RAAF. Defence industry minister, Steve Ciobo announced today the RAAF would buy an Armed Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) version of the aircraft at a cost of up to $2…

Construction begins on Australia’s offshore patrol vessels.

Work has begun at Osborne in Adelaide to construct the first of 12 new offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Australian Navy, Defence minister, Christopher Pyne said today. Government owned ASC is utilising steel cut in Perth for the vessels which are to be named the Arafura class after its first ship, HMAS Arafura. “The…

BAE Systems missile technology lifts off.

BAE Systems Australia has celebrated the production of its 3,000th missile controller used to guide the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). Developed jointly by Australia, the United States and Canada, ESSM protects our warships against anti-ship missiles. BAE’s thrust vector controller guides the ESSM during the launch phase. BAE’s Australian CEO Gabby Costigan said yesterday…

Supacat Asia-Pacific wins armoured vehicle contract.

Melbourne-based Supacat has signed a partnership agreement with Rheinmetall Defence for the design and manufacture of systems for the army’s new Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) fleet. Rheinmetall recently won multi-billion contracts for the supply of its armoured 8×8 CRV, with Supacat to provide a number of sub-systems. The vehicles will be manufactured at a…