US confirms Australia as a site of missile manufacture

Australia and the United States have stepped up their co-operation in the establishment of second source manufacturing capabilities for guided weapons in Australia. With the US and allies shocked by the rapid depletion of key missiles and artillery shells in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the progress was announced by the governments of Australia and the…

Babcock inaugurates defence communications system

Engineering services group Babcock Australasia has officially inaugurated the Defence High Frequency Communications System (DHFCS), providing operation, management and maintenance upgrades to support critical operations in Australia and overseas. As the Commonwealth’s industry partner under project JP9101 (Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System), Babcock is supporting the existing DHFCS capability, while delivering a comprehensive technology…

AMC and Victoria support guided weapons workforce

The Australian Missile Corporation and the Victorian government are to work together to enable a “ready and able” Victorian workforce to support Australia’s Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) enterprise. Under an agreement between the parties, they intend prioritising local jobs, skills and training to accelerate Australia’s new smart munitions industry. The AMC is an…

US helicopter maintenance comes onshore

Defence heavyweights joined the US Navy and Australian industry in marking the completion of the first-ever deep maintenance activity on a US Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter at Sikorsky Australia’s facilities in Nowra, NSW (pictured). The US Navy aircraft arrived in Australia in October 2022 and underwent the successful deep maintenance activity known as a…

Frigate combat system work to be done in Australia

The integration of the complex combat systems on the Royal Australian Navy’s existing guided missile destroyers and Hunter class frigates will be done in Australia, following an agreement between three of the country’s largest defence companies and the Department of Defence. BAE Systems Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Saab Australia and Defence have signed a Combat…