Fleet Space’s Centauri satellite made voice capable in orbit

Nanosatellite manufacturer Fleet Space Technologies has demonstrated satellite-enabled Push-to-Talk (PTT) capabilities for the Australian Defence Force – Joint Capabilities Group as part of its ASCEND2LEO programme. The demonstration was enabled on its Centauri-4 satellite in-orbit via remotely delivered software derived from the ‘Beagle’ communications waveform, developed under projects funded by the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre.…

Technicians offer to rebuild Taipan helicopters for Ukraine – reports

Engineers who once worked on Australia’s now grounded fleet of Taipan helicopters have volunteered to rebuild the aircraft for use by Ukraine rather than dispose of them by disassembly, according to media reports. Australia’s taipans have had a troubled history, never meeting defence performance criteria since their acquisition from 2007. However now they will be…

Babcock to deliver counter-threat capabilities for the ADF

Australia has extended a Counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) threats Prime Vendor contract between Babcock Australasia and the Commonwealth. The new three-year contract extension of approximately $37 million supports 132 different types of Counter CBRNE equipment, including explosive ordnance disposal equipment, unmanned ground vehicles and chemical detection systems. Babcock supports Defence to…

NIOA joins Aerojet Rocketdyne in guided weapons

Australian-owned defence prime NIOA has signed an agreement with US rocket and hypersonics company Aerojet Rocketdyne to explore the manufacturing of critical guided weapons components in Australia. The agreement anticipates the future assembly and manufacture of rocket motors, boosters and warheads for munitions within the Aerojet Rocketdyne portfolio which covers a wide range of weapons…