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First joint helicopter school students receive their wings

The first intake of Army and Navy Pilots, Aviation Warfare Officers and Aircrew have received their wings, graduating from the Joint Helicopter School within 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

21st Sep 2018 | Read more

Thales Australia and Wedgetail Industries join forces on small arms exports to India

Thales Australia has signed an MoU with Wedgetail Industries for the design, development and manufacture of the LA106 Longreach .338” Sniper Rifle chassis to support potential export opportunities to India.

6th Sep 2018 | Read more

Boeing Expands Australian Data Analytics Services

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will begin integrating new data analytics tools into all Boeing Defence Australia support contracts, enhancing its position as a leading fleet services provider in the regi

5th Sep 2018 | Read more

Airbus Perlan Mission II soars to over 62,000 feet, setting second altitude world record and crossing Armstrong Line

Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, made history again yesterday in El Calafate, Argentina,

29th Aug 2018 | Read more

Agreement Leads to Infinite Possibilities

State-of-the-art multi-spectral simulation software, developed by Defence Science and Technology (DST), has been licensed to Adelaide SME Consilium Technology to be marketed globally as Infinite Studio.

29th Aug 2018 | Read more

Rafael’s SPIKE LR2 chosen as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapon

Rafael’s SPIKE LR2 chosen as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapon for the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle

23rd Aug 2018 | Read more

UAVAIR to fly side by side with the Australian Army Unmanned

UAVAIR is a drone education provider who have been selected as the preferred tenderer to the Australian Army

22nd Aug 2018 | Read more


The Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft has delivered 100,000,000 pounds of fuel during air-to-air refuel missions on Operation OKRA in the Middle East.

13th Aug 2018 | Read more

Local technicians take-off on F-35 program

Eight BAE Systems Australia technicians are on their way to the US to be trained to support the arrival later this year of the Royal Australian Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

13th Aug 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT delivers Radars for Australian Air Traffic Control

Latest Technologies improve flight safety and airspace surveillance

10th Aug 2018 | Read more

The bombing of a school bus in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition

Australian Greens Defence spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said Australia must immediately cease military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and its Arabian Pensinsula allies

10th Aug 2018 | Read more

Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) signs contract for CAE 700MR Series NH90 FTD

CAE today announced it has been awarded a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD).

10th Aug 2018 | Read more

Saab to Upgrade Royal Thai Air Force Air Command and Control System

Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force to upgrade Thailand’s national Air Command and Control System which is based on Saab’s 9AIR C4I.

8th Aug 2018 | Read more

Local technology partnership key to JORN upgrade

BAE Systems Australia announced today that it will integrate customised software to strengthen the Jindalee Operational Radar Network’s (JORN) ability to protect Australia’s northern borders.

8th Aug 2018 | Read more


Defence is inviting research proposals from industry and universities to enhance the cyber capabilities of the Australian Defence Force.

30th Jul 2018 | Read more

Sixth annual Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee meeting

Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and his counterpart, Commander in Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces (Panglima TNI) Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, met today for the sixth annual Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee meeting in Darwin.

28th Jul 2018 | Read more


The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon aircraft has successfully fired its first Harpoon missile during Exercise RIMPAC 18.

23rd Jul 2018 | Read more

Airbus and Singapore to co-develop digital services for military aircraft

Airbus and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have agreed details of the first initiative under their recently announced digital technology collaboration1

19th Jul 2018 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia achieves peak production on F-35 advanced manufacturing

BAE Systems Australia today welcomed Minister Pyne’s recognition of the completion of the 50th F-35 vertical tail by Marand Precision Engineering

18th Jul 2018 | Read more

Gripen E in the air with Swiss pylons

Saab’s Gripen E programme continues to make progress. The Gripen aircraft with designation 39-8 has conducted a number of successful flights carrying external stores,

17th Jul 2018 | Read more

Airbus launches SmartForce – services bringing the power of data to military operations

Airbus is extending its highly successful introduction of advanced data analytics in the civil aviation community to the defence market with the launch of SmartForce.

17th Jul 2018 | Read more

New chapter for the Australian Signals Directorate

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) begins a new era today as a statutory agency within the Defence portfolio.

2nd Jul 2018 | Read more

Boeing’s Battlespace Communications System achieves Initial Operating Capability

Boeing’s Currawong Battlespace Communications System has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) on schedule and just four months after its Initial Material Release.

2nd Jul 2018 | Read more


The Turnbull Government will invest around $110 million at RAAF Base Tindal to support Australia’s cutting edge new MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft, with Northern Territory businesses in the box seat to help deliver the infrastructure project.

27th Jun 2018 | Read more


The Turnbull Government will invest around $250 million at RAAF Base Edinburgh to support Australia’s cutting edge new MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft, with South Australian businesses in the box seat to help these infrastructure projects.

27th Jun 2018 | Read more

Strengthening Australia’s Maritime Patrol Capability

The security of Australia’s maritime borders will be significantly strengthened with another major military investment.

26th Jun 2018 | Read more


Australia will upgrade facilities at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth used by the Australian Defence Force, as part of our long-standing commitment to regional security.

25th Jun 2018 | Read more

Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On Demand Mobility

New collaboration between Bell and Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems for future air taxi and VTOL systems.

19th Jun 2018 | Read more

Australian Army extends contract with Rockwell Collins for avionics support on CH-47F Chinooks

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Australian Army to provide extended avionics support for its fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters through a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract

12th Jun 2018 | Read more

PPG coatings specified for EA-18G jet tails for 100th anniversary of Royal Australian Air Force No. 6 Squadron

TULLAMARINE, Victoria, Australia, June 11, 2018 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that it was selected by Boeing Defence Australia to supply coatings for repainting the vertical stabilizers of an EA-18G GROWLER® aircraft for the No. 6 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

12th Jun 2018 | Read more

Airbus wins major NATO communications system contract

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded Airbus a € 40 million contract for the delivery of the first phase of the new NATO Communications Infrastructure Project.

30th May 2018 | Read more

IAI and Honeywell Propose a Jointly Developed Turn Key GPS

srael Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Honeywell, have signed a Teaming Agreement (TA) to introduce the market of airborne avionics with a jointly developed turnkey GPS Anti-Jam navigation system.

30th May 2018 | Read more

Boeing on lookout for high-tech Queensland businesses

Boeing has commenced its quest to find the very best Queensland businesses to support Boeing’s largest autonomous systems development program outside of the United States.

18th May 2018 | Read more

Cubic and 4C Strategies Strengthen Strategic Partnership

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its Cubic Global Defense (CGD) business division and 4C Strategies have formed a new strategic partnership to cooperate globally in the development and delivery of next-generation training and readiness capabilities to shared customers.

17th May 2018 | Read more

Global leader has new Adelaide home

Dassault Systèmes and the University of Adelaide will today jointly announce that Dassault Systèmes will establish its South Australian regional centre on campus at the University.

15th May 2018 | Read more

Australia’s first Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) maintenance training to be delivered in partnership with Northland Community Technical College

Aviation Australia has partnered with one of the premier aerospace colleges in the United States of America, Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC

8th May 2018 | Read more


Australia will deploy a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Japan to contribute to the enforcement of United Nations Security Council resolutions in our region.

28th Apr 2018 | Read more

CAE opens new office in Canberra, Australia

CAE today announced that its Defence and Security business unit has expanded operations in Australia by opening a new office in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

25th Apr 2018 | Read more

Defence Mission Systems Champions team up for European MALE drone programme

Four European Champions in the area of Defence Mission Systems intend to combine their unique and complementary capabilities to provide the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) drone programme of France, Germany, Italy and Spain

25th Apr 2018 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel successfully demonstrate the highest levels of Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform

25th Apr 2018 | Read more

McDonnell Douglas Helicopters relies on Thales’ lightweight rocket launchers for its global customers

Thales is pleased to announce the qualification of the FZ220 rocket launcher for unguided and guided munition (70mm) on the latest McDonnell Douglas’ light helicopter (MD530G).

17th Apr 2018 | Read more

Address at Team Defence Australia in Kuala Lumpur.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Thank you very much, Admiral. To you, to Andrew, our High Commissioner here in Kuala Lumpur.

17th Apr 2018 | Read more

Jet Aviation to acquire Hawker Pacific

Jet Aviation and Hawker Pacific today announced that Jet Aviation has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of integrated aviation solutions across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, for US$250 million.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT to offer Protection in Cyber Space

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, will also be using its expert knowledge in defence and security to protect IT systems.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

KAI Completes Delivery of Four T-50TH Jet Trainers to Royal Thai Air Force

Korea Aerospace Industries LTD. (KAI) announced that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has officially commissioned 4 of the T-50TH advanced jet trainers into servicemissioned 4 of the T-50TH advanced jet trainers into service

6th Apr 2018 | Read more

Saab Signs Framework Agreement with FMV for Carl-Gustaf Ammunition

Saab has signed a Framework Agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to enable efficient procurement of ammunition to the Carl-Gustaf weapon system.

4th Apr 2018 | Read more

Hunter Careers Day

Hundreds of Hunter Valley students will this week get ‘up close and personal’ with the Hawk Lead-in fighter aircraft while learning about the future opportunities in defence at a two-day careers event at Newcastle (Friday 6 April 2018)

4th Apr 2018 | Read more

UK backs MBDA’s Brimstone missile to 2030 and beyond

The United Kingdom has awarded MBDA a £400 million contract for the capability sustainment programme (CSP) of the advanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile, to extend its service life beyond 2030.

28th Mar 2018 | Read more


Australian small and medium enterprises have demonstrated they are well placed to deliver defence innovation with the announcement today that an Australian startup will receive an investment from a US defence prime.

27th Mar 2018 | Read more

Double A400M delivery launches celebrations of 20th anniversary of OCCAR Convention signature

Airbus has for the first time formally delivered two A400M new generation airlifters to two different nations in one day.

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more


Elements of the 2018 Marine Rotational Force–Darwin (MRF-D) will begin arriving in the Top End this month to prepare for the seventh and largest rotation to date. The rotation will include 1,587 US Marines, eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and an artillery battery of six M777 Howitzers.

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more

Leidos recently transported supplies across 3 continents

Team Leidos worked with the MoD to transport the field hospital from MoD Donnington and MoD Bicester to Kenya, through Uganda and then onto Juba in South Sudan

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more


Recruitment is well underway for the pioneering OneSKY project which will see Australia’s skies become even safer with the world’s most advanced air traffic management system technology.

22nd Mar 2018 | Read more


Electro Optic Systems, (ASX: EOS) has secured a new facility in Huntsville, Alabama, for US expansion of its space, missile defence and weapon system businesses.

15th Mar 2018 | Read more


Ms Jaquie Scammell has been appointed Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) Victoria.

14th Mar 2018 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters Awarded $273 Million Contract

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. received a contract valued at approximately $273 million to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas

12th Mar 2018 | Read more

FREQUENTIS signs subcontract with Thales

hales Australia subcontracts Frequentis Australasia for voice communication and airfield management solution

8th Mar 2018 | Read more

Leonardo awarded long-term framework contract

Leonardo, through its German subsidiary Selex ES GmbH, has been awarded a major contract by the Bureau of Meteorology

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT and Raytheon to Deliver Enhanced Airport Surveillance Radar

HENSOLDT and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), two leading air traffic radar innovators

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

General Services Administration Awards Leidos Contract to Support U.S. Army’s C4ISR Prototyping Operations

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science, information technology, and engineering leader,announced today it was awarded a follow-on task order by the General Services

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia to upgrade Australia’s long-range radar network

BAE Systems Australia today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne that the Company has been selected to upgrade Australia’s long-range high frequency radar network.

5th Mar 2018 | Read more

Lockheed Martin receives first Australian-made F-35 deployable facilities

Key milestone in the delivery of capabilities critical to sustainment of Australia’s F-35 fleet

5th Mar 2018 | Read more


Australia’s skies are to become even safer with a reduction in travel times and delays for travelers following the implementation of the world’s most advanced air traffic management system technology.

26th Feb 2018 | Read more

OneSKY to benefit air travellers

Air travel in Australia will be safer and faster under the OneSKY Air Traffic Management system, delivering economic and environmental benefits to the nation.

26th Feb 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the announcement of Gold Coast based company, Gilmour Space Technologies

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Global team completes first stage in major upgrade for Australia’s E-7A fleet

The first phase of upgrades to Australia’s E-7A fleet has been completed

21st Feb 2018 | Read more

Minister for Defence Personnel visits Darwin

DURING a two day visit to Darwin, Minister for Defence Personnel Michael McCormack said he was pleased to meet with Navy, Army and Air Force personnel.

20th Feb 2018 | Read more

Latvian MOD signs a 108 million Euro contract for acquisition of SPIKE missiles

The Latvian MOD signed on Monday (February 12th ) a contract in the amount of 108 million Euros, with EuroSpike GmbH,

15th Feb 2018 | Read more

APC Technology Custom Solutions Now in Service as Part of BAE Systems Australia’s Navigation Trainer Project (NTP) for the ADF.

Adelaide based designer & manufacturer APC Technology has completed the supply of custom designed and manufactured military grade displays for BAE Systems

7th Feb 2018 | Read more

IAI launches a Breakthrough Technological and Operational Capability

New capability enables the Heron UAV to operate long distance missions (thousands of kilometers away)

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries Will Display New Technologies and Defense Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will display a variety of defense systems at the upcoming Singapore Air show.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Welcome Home Air Task Group

The Australian Government welcomed home the final contingent of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) strike aircraft today

24th Jan 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today opened Marand Precision Engineering’s F-35A Lightning II Vertical Tail manufacturing facility in Moorabbin, Victoria.

24th Jan 2018 | Read more

GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch and Recovery Capability for MQ-9B

he SATCOM-only Launch and Recovery Element (LRE) operations capped another great year for MQ-9B development,

23rd Jan 2018 | Read more

L3 Establishes International Boards to Drive Growth in Key Markets

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has established International Boards dedicated to supporting and growing L3’s military and commercial business in Australia,

8th Jan 2018 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Meets 2017 F-35 Delivery Target

On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017.

19th Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Defence and Boeing Defence Australia

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Boeing delivers initial next-generation battlespace communications system to Australian Defence Force

Australian-made technology produced ahead of schedule

19th Dec 2017 | Read more


Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is excited to announce that they have today created Pilatus Defence Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (PilDEF),

13th Dec 2017 | Read more

Coalition congratulates Iraqis

The Coalition congratulates the Government of Iraq on its announcement of the liberation of Iraq from Daesh.

11th Dec 2017 | Read more

Boeing commits nearly $1M to Australian veterans’ organisations

During 2017-2018, Boeing will provide financial support to Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the Australian War Memorial, Soldier On and a veterans’ scholarship fund

5th Dec 2017 | Read more

"First For Local Albury Company"

Australian Aerospace Engineering Pty Ltd (AAE) recently became the first company in Australia to achieve certification to the latest revision of all three AS9100 Aerospace Standards.

29th Nov 2017 | Read more

The Naval "Iron Dome" Has Been Qualified For Operational Use

Today, November 27, 2017, the IDF, in cooperation with Israel Missile Defense Organization under the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and Rafael successfully completed a naval exercise,

28th Nov 2017 | Read more


Australia’s third F-35A aircraft has rolled off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas

23rd Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia advances the next generation

BAE Systems Australia has partnered with the Hunter River High School for the Commonwealth Government’s Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) pilot program

22nd Nov 2017 | Read more

Counter UAVs to drive enemy drones out of the sky

Military drones have changed the landscape of the modern battlefield in recent years but according to My Sky Technologies Director Steve Auch-Schwelk

17th Nov 2017 | Read more

L3 Micreo Develops Next-Generation Wideband Radio Frequency

L3 Micreo announced today that it has developed a next-generation wideband radio frequency (RF) solution for defence communications applications.

14th Nov 2017 | Read more

Milestone for new Air Defence System

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a major milestone in the Short Range Ground Based Air Defence project.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters completes first firing campaign with HForce-equipped H145M

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

NACP Projects wins Woomera Defence project

Indigenous commercial building partnership NACP Projects has won a key national contract with the Department of Defence.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Sustaining Australia’s C-17s for the long haul

On 1 October 2017, just three months after contract signature, Boeing Defence Australia achieved all initial activities to establish a local, cost-effective and flexible sustainment management program

9th Nov 2017 | Read more


MBDA and Safran Electronics & Defense are proud to announce their global strategic partnership which will play a key role in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s Defence Industry Policy Statement

8th Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems welcomes Australian Minister for Defence Industry to UK

Charles Woodburn, BAE Systems’ Chief Executive, today welcomed The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, to BAE Systems’ head office in London.

1st Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia welcomes CAE lease at Tamworth

BAE Systems Australia today announced that it would lease part of its Tamworth training facility to CAE Oxford Aviation Training Academy.

31st Oct 2017 | Read more

Indigenous students explore STEM careers with Boeing

While most students take a break from studies during the school holidays, students from the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS)

25th Oct 2017 | Read more

Rafael awarded contract to rapidly produce and provide SPIKE LR 2 5th generation missiles for the Israel Defense Forces

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to supply more than one thousand SPIKE LR 2, 5th generation electro-optical, precision guided missiles.

24th Oct 2017 | Read more

APC Technology Win Contract to Supply Radio Operator Consoles to Raytheon Australia

Adelaide based designer & manufacturer APC Technology has partnered with Raytheon Australia

18th Oct 2017 | Read more

Saab Receives U.S. Army Order for AT4 Systems

Defence and security company Saab has received an rder from the United States (U.S.) Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS

11th Oct 2017 | Read more

RAAF invests ten million dollars in UNSW Canberra Space missions

UNSW Canberra has signed a $9.96 million contract with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop new ways to enhance Australia’s future Defence space capability.

29th Sep 2017 | Read more

Navantia Congratulates Navy on the Commissioning of HMAS Hobart

The commissioning of HMAS Hobart (III) into service by the Royal Australian Navy on Saturday, 23 September 2017 marks the achievement of a major milestone for both Navantia Australia and the Australian shipbuilding industry and workforce. The ship was built under the AWD Alliance.

23rd Sep 2017 | Read more


Queensland businesses are on the cusp of an economic and jobs boom as a result of the investment that the federal Government is making in our future defence capabilities according to a new report by KPMG.

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

IAI Expands Compact HF Direction Finding (HF) COMINT Product Line

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new, highly compact version of its Ground and Naval HF COMINT Direction Finder (DF) - ELK-7065.

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

IAI National Strategic SIGINT Center Achieves Operational Capability Milestone

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) advanced, highly automated SIGINT Center has successfully achieved phase I operational capability with an undisclosed customer.

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

The End of an Era: Pilatus Discontinues Production of the Legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6

It brought fame to the Pilatus name worldwide – the Pilatus Porter PC-6

29th Aug 2017 | Read more

Australian defence industry wins $300 million F-35 Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse

We have another win for Australian industry participating in the global F-35 Program, with Australian company, BAE Systems Australia, being assigned the role of the Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse by the United States Government.

21st Aug 2017 | Read more

ADF support to USMC MV-22 Recovery Operations

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has commenced its support to US-led recovery operations following the MV-22 Osprey incident in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday, 5 August.

8th Aug 2017 | Read more


An incident involving a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey helicopter off the coast of Shoalwater Bay.

6th Aug 2017 | Read more


Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended

4th Aug 2017 | Read more

World-first refurbishment of Black Hawk helicopters for firefighting and disaster relief in Australia under new agreement

In a ground-breaking new deal, Kaan Air Australia, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and StarFlight Australia, have signed an agreement worth up to AUD $63 million

27th Jul 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35s Surpass 100,000 Flight Hours,

The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft fleet recently exceeded 100,000 flight hours while the F-35 Integrated Test Force teams are completing the remaining requirements

25th Jul 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian success in space, following the launch of the Biarri-Point cube satellite.

18th Jul 2017 | Read more

Inspiring innovative defence technology startups

Ten defence-tech startups have been selected for the new Techstars Adelaide program of which Saab Australia is a founding industry partner.

18th Jul 2017 | Read more


BAE Systems Australia welcomes today's announcement from the Minister for Defence recognising the recent successful Hypersonic International Flight

11th Jul 2017 | Read more


Our deployed forces will receive a major communications boost after Minister for Defence Industry,

11th Jul 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems’ upgraded Hawks take to the sky

The Royal Australian Air Force’s pilots of the future are now flying the latest, digital standard of Hawk

5th Jul 2017 | Read more


Australian Government will upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control capability.

5th Jul 2017 | Read more

F-35A Off-Board Information Systems Centre opened at RAAF Base Williamtown

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today opened the Off Board Information Systems Centre (OBISC)

5th Jul 2017 | Read more


welve new jobs will be created in Queensland after the Minister for Defence Industry; the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced today

28th Jun 2017 | Read more

Boeing awarded C-17 Globemaster Australian Sustainment Services Contract

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an Australian C-17 Sustainment Services Contract to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fleet of eight C-17A Globemasters.

28th Jun 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).

26th Jun 2017 | Read more

Quickstep Proud Partner of Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J Commercial Freighter

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre composites, announced that it is pleased to be a supplier to Lockheed Martin for the new LM-100J commercial freighter,

25th Jun 2017 | Read more

Martin-Baker Australia to commence Pilatus PC-21 MRO in 2018

Martin-Baker Australia and Pilatus Aircraft have today signed a Letter of Intent for Martin-Baker Australia to provide Ejection Seat Maintenance,

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more

RADA Successfully Completes Testing

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd., a leader in the development, production, and sale of tactical land radars for force and border protection

20th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australia and India share expertise on the Globemaster

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III and crew have conducted a one week visit to their Indian Air Force counterparts.

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

First Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled at Nagoya Production Facility

NAGOYA, Japan, June 5, 2017 – The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled out of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.

6th Jun 2017 | Read more


TAE announced today that AVM (rtd) Mark Skidmore AM has joined the Board of TAE

5th Jun 2017 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney Validates Growth Option for F135 Engine

Engine improvements demonstrated under DoD technology maturation programs could benefit global fleet of F-35s

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more


A new world-class surveillance and reconnaissance capability acquired by Defence will give our soldiers an edge on the front line.

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia Contract Award to Enhance Deployable Air Operations for the Royal Australian Air Force

Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has been awarded a $37.5 million contract - and will create up to 35 new industry jobs

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia and Air Affairs Australia partner on advanced electronic warfare training

New teaming agreement supports Defence forces training in complex, high-threat electromagnetic environments

18th May 2017 | Read more

RAAF P-8A Poseidon assists in its first civilian search and rescue response

he Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) latest maritime surveillance and response capability—the P-8A Poseidon, has assisted with the co-ordination of a search and rescue response,

17th May 2017 | Read more

Saab Swordfish MPA Delivers True Multi-RoleMaritime Air Power

Defence and security company Saab continues to enhance the Swordfish Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).

16th May 2017 | Read more

First Italian-Built F-35B ‘Rolls Out’ of Cameri Production Facility

The first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing version of the F-35, or F-35B, assembled outside the United States rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.

9th May 2017 | Read more

CAE awarded contract to provide comprehensive RPA training solution to UAE Air Force & Air Defence

Total training solution will include academic, simulator and live flying training for remotely piloted aircraft

9th May 2017 | Read more

Australia Joins US and the Philippines in Major Exercise

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have deployed to the Philippines for Exercise Balikatan 2017

8th May 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract to Provide Satellite-On-the-Move Systems to the IMOD

( “Elbit Systems”) has announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) with dozens of satellite-

8th May 2017 | Read more

CHC Helicopter Awarded Search and Rescue Contract with Australian Navy

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Responseservices out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra

8th May 2017 | Read more

HC Helicopter Awarded Search and Rescue Contract with Australian Navy

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Responseservices out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra

8th May 2017 | Read more

Major milestone represents more than 500,000 hours of work

Boeing Defence Australia has completed its 100th F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet Deeper Maintenance to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

4th May 2017 | Read more

Airbus to carry out a definition study

The French defence procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space a contract to carry out preparatory studies and definition work for the future ground segment of the Syracuse IV satellite-based military telecommunications system.

3rd May 2017 | Read more

Changes to reporting for ADF operations in Iraq and Syria

The Australian Defence Force (ADF), as part of the Coalition, is committed to degrading and ultimately defeating the threat posed by Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

2nd May 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th Optical Assembly

27th Apr 2017 | Read more

Regional Cooperation on Display as Five Powers Exercise Gets Underway

Exercise Bersama Shield 2017 commenced today in Malaysia and Singapore with Australian Defence Force personnel supporting South East Asia’s

27th Apr 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight today during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret

25th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP; today announced Australian satellites were on the successful launch of a re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

19th Apr 2017 | Read more


he next rotation of United States (US) Marines will begin arriving in Darwin this week

18th Apr 2017 | Read more

Saab signs Support Contract Extension with British Army

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract extension with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD)

13th Apr 2017 | Read more

NASAMS Solution for Australian Army Ground Based Air Defence

The Australian Government has announced that a National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) solution will be developed for the Land 19 Phase 7B project

11th Apr 2017 | Read more

Government identifies Raytheon system for Australian Ground Based Air and Missile Defence Program

The Australian Government has announced First Pass approval for the LAND 19 Phase 7B project

10th Apr 2017 | Read more

IAI Signs Contracts in India Worth almost $2 Billion

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today that the company has been awarded contracts in India totaling almost $2.0 billion.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

: Changes to assessing claims of sexual abuse in the ADF

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has broadened the use of statutory declarations as evidence in compensation claims for incidence of sexual and or physical abuse.

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters and PTDI continue to deliver helicopters to Indonesia ahead of schedule

Early deliveries reiterate Airbus Helicopters’ firm commitment to support Indonesia’s defence industry

30th Mar 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) would work with Defence

30th Mar 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman to do local work on F-35, Advanced Hawkeye

Two big defense firms landed contracts on March 24 to perform services on military-grade aircraft, and a large part of work will take place in Central Florida.

29th Mar 2017 | Read more

Defence poised to support to North Queensland

The Australian Defence Force is well prepared to support Queensland emergency services and the communities which may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie

27th Mar 2017 | Read more


Accessing Lockheed Martin’s international supply chains has been made easier with the signing of a new three year global supply chain agreement.

27th Mar 2017 | Read more

A400M delivers first humanitarian cargo with Royal Malaysian Air Force

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus and the Spanish Red Cross have delivered together a load of humanitarian goods from Seville, Spain,

23rd Mar 2017 | Read more


PTDI, in its largest contract to date, will purchase 34 Honeywell TPE331 engines for its NC212i aircraft

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

Malaysian Minister of Defence takes official delivery of Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fourth Airbus A400M.

LANGKAWI- Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Onn, Minister of Defence of Malaysia, took delivery of the fourth Airbus A400M military transport aircraft today on behalf of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

New Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific

Defence and security company Saab has appointed Dean Rosenfield as new head of Market Area Asia Pacific from 1 January 2018.

17th Mar 2017 | Read more


Airshow 2017 has delivered a record crowd.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more


Central Coast entrepreneurs Deanne and Rowan Watkins have captured the attention of defence and civil aerospace markets with their breakthrough 'StopRotor' drone technology.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

CAE USA celebrates grand opening of Dothan Training Center in Alabama

CAE USA celebrated today the grand opening of its new Dothan Training Center located at the Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama.

7th Mar 2017 | Read more

Honeywell and Australia¹s Flite Path Sign Agreement for Defence Aviation and Commercial Helicopter Customers

Honeywell has signed an agreement with Flite Path, an Australian-owned aerospace parts supplier and stocking distributor.

4th Mar 2017 | Read more

JSF arrives in Australia

JSF has arrived in Australia

3rd Mar 2017 | Read more

New pilot training system previewed

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said the RAAF’s new PC-21 pilot training system was a significant leap forward in pilot training

3rd Mar 2017 | Read more

Air Force’s New Growlers Roar into Avalon

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today welcomed the first EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force.

1st Mar 2017 | Read more

GA-ASI Launches Team Reaper Australia

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions,

28th Feb 2017 | Read more

Victoria On Global Stage As Avalon Airshow Takes Flight

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan today visited Avalon Airport for a special preview of the first demonstration flights ahead of next week’s official opening.

24th Feb 2017 | Read more

RAAF to test skills in high-end air warfare exercise

he Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed to Guam to participate in Exercise Cope North 2017

22nd Feb 2017 | Read more

Boeing Names Darren Edwards VP/MD of Boeing Defence Australia

Effective today, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has named Darren Edwards as vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)

20th Feb 2017 | Read more

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich

17th Feb 2017 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries and Kalyani Group to incorporate a JV in India to Manufacture Specific Air Defense Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (IAI) and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. (KSSL), the defense arm of Kalyani Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman and Royal Air Force Demonstrate Enhanced Airborne Communications Interoperability

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) have successfully completed a communications interoperability trial involving both F-35B Lightning II and Typhoon FGR4 aircraft

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

CAE awarded contract by Airbus for comprehensive C295W training solution for Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program

CAE today announced that Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for a comprehensive C295W aircrew and maintenance training solution

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17 Helicopters

("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded an approximately $110 million contract from an Asia-Pacific country

9th Feb 2017 | Read more

Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry in the House of Representatives

The Government will do this while meeting the timeframes that we have committed to and create the jobs that we promised to deliver.

9th Feb 2017 | Read more

Cyberbit and Ni Cybersecurity launch hyper-realistic cybersecurity training and simulation center in Japan

Ni Cybersecurity brings world-leading Cyberbit Range platform to Japan

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter to make Australian debut at the Australian International Airshow

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Australia’s two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters will make their first appearance in Australia

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Airbus provides satcom for EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia

The service is part of the EU SatCom Market framework contract which the European Defence Agency recently awarded to Airbus Defence and Space.

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Prototype Ammunition Carrier Contracts Signed

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced BAE Systems Australia and Sea Box International would compete to develop prototype ammunition load carriers.

1st Feb 2017 | Read more

Airbus provides satellite communications for the French administration

Airbus Defence and Space has just been awarded a contract to supply satellite communication systems for UGAP, the French public procurement agency.

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

F-35B arrives in Japan

F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni January 18

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

New Era in Arrow Weapon System:

Operational Arrow-3 Interceptors Transferred to Israeli Air Force Aerial Defense Array

19th Jan 2017 | Read more

CAE wins defence contracts on key platforms valued at more than C$175 million

CAE today announced that it has won defence contracts on a range of customer platforms valued at more than C$175 million

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded Approximately $17 Million Contract

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply groundbreaking, multi spectral BrightNite system to an air force

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Partners with Lufthansa Technik on Australian KC-30A

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG f

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Partners with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance on Australian KC-30A

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has signed an agreement with Air France Industries KLM

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

"Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter"

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W

17th Jan 2017 | Read more

Qinetiq outlines basic trainer, helicopter purchase plans

Qinetiq will build on its recent order for two Pilatus PC-21s by finalising deals in 2017 for new basic trainers and single-turbine helicopters

16th Jan 2017 | Read more

CAE wins more than C$1 billion in training services contracts with U.S. Army and Royal Canadian Air Force

CAE today announced that it has signed two long-term training services contracts with the United States Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

13th Jan 2017 | Read more

France chooses Safran to design an improved version of the global navigation system

The French defense procurement agency DGA has chosen Safran Electronics & Defense to design, develop and build an improved version of its global navigation system

9th Jan 2017 | Read more

Joint Strike Missile completes long range flight test

The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has successfully completed a flight test in the United States

21st Dec 2016 | Read more

Boeing T-X Completes First Flight, Validates Design for Air Force Requirements

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Saab [Stockholm: SAABB] today completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements.

21st Dec 2016 | Read more

Australia welcomes first CH-47F Chinook maintenance training system

The Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey is establishing itself as a CH-47F maintenance training centre of excellence following the delivery of Australia’s first Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) for the CH-47F.

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

Germany Receives First Tactical Standard Airbus A400M Airlifter

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the German Air Force its first A400M transport aircraft qualified for tactical operations and able to fly in areas subject to military threats.

13th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives Contract for Components to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar Program

Defence and security company Saab’s U.S. based company, Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC., has been awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Operation Christmas Drop delivers to the Pacific

The Royal Australian Air Force has returned to Operation Christmas Drop, joining counterparts from the United States and Japan for the world’s longest-running airdrop operation.

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann join forces to make medium-calibre ammunition for the US market

Germany’s Rheinmetall and the family-owned enterprise Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company.

3rd Dec 2016 | Read more


The Turnbull Government has signed a contract to provide sustainment for the engines of the newly acquired EA-18G Growler aircraft.

2nd Dec 2016 | Read more

Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight Deploys for New Zealand

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight will arrive in New Zealand today to assist with disaster relief efforts off the South Island of New Zealand.

1st Dec 2016 | Read more

Rockwell Collins Australia Pty Ltd and Thales Australia Ltd have signed a Teaming Agreement

The teaming agreement will leverage Rockwell Collins' proven Joint Secure Air Combat System (JSAS) which features Certified Multiple Levels of Security.

30th Nov 2016 | Read more

RUAG Australia successfully wins Capability Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Grant

RUAG Australia’s submission for Laser Cladding Repair Technology was successful in being selected for further development under Round 20 of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program in Australia.

28th Nov 2016 | Read more

P-8A Poseidon finds home at RAAF Base Edinburgh

he Royal Australian Air Force’s first P-8A Poseidon has arrived to its new home at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

25th Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia,

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific recognised for excellence by New Zealand Defence Force

Hawker Pacific awarded winner of New Zealand Minister of Defence Award for Excellence

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

Leonardo-Finmeccanica: first Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

Rome, 21 November 2016 – Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England.

22nd Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space delivers first A400M to Spain

Aircraft leaves final assembly line at Seville to serve at Zaragoza base

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Defence and industry win international innovation award

Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Kim Gillis, has congratulated the FFG Enterprise for winning The International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) Innovation Award for Operational Improvement.

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Milskil establishes Corporate Headquarters at Williamstown Aerospace Centre.

Milskil Pty Ltd, an operational training services provider and Strategic partner to the Royal Australian Air Force, announced today its plans to establish its Corporate Headquarters and Newcastle Operations Business hub at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre.

16th Nov 2016 | Read more

RUAG Australia wins lead assignment in four technology groups for F-35 regional sustainment

In a major coup for the national Defence Industry, Australia has won 10 of the initial 11 component categories available to partner countries for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter regional sustainment.

15th Nov 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems wins regional F-35 role delivering high tech Australian jobs

Williamtown, Australia: BAE Systems Australia has welcomed the decision by the US Government’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) on global maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) assignments

9th Nov 2016 | Read more


Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ opens up unprecedented global connectivity for military use

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia to export home grown radar technology to the US

In a move which reinforces Australia’s status as a provider of world leading radar technology, the United States Government has selected Lockheed Martin Australia to provide high frequency Over the Horizon Radar

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

Townsville wins Chinook Helicopter Maintenance Contract

Townsville’s reputation as a defence hub has been given a boost with crucial helicopter maintenance jobs coming to the city.

25th Oct 2016 | Read more

Chief of the Defence Force hosts top level Indonesian military contingent

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, and senior Australian Defence Force officers hosted their Indonesian counterparts during a high level military engagement in Canberra yesterday.

25th Oct 2016 | Read more

Board announced for Centre for Defence Industry Capability

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the appointment of Board members of the new Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board (CDIC).

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

KC-30A conducts first air-to-air refuelling with Singaporean F-16D+

An Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has achieved another milestone in air refuelling after it made its first contact with a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16D+ Falcon aircraft on Monday 5 October 2016.

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 16 wraps up

Australia’s longest standing regional security exercise, Bersama Lima 16, has drawn to a close.

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Air Force KC-30A fleet achieves 20,000 flying hours milestone

The KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport fleet has achieved a remarkable 20,000 flying hours as it continues to provide global reach for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

22nd Oct 2016 | Read more

Victorian Company wins $47 million fuel tanker contract

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne, today announced Refuel International - based in Sunshine West in Melbourne – has won the $47 million contract to construct the Australian Defence Force’s new aviation fuel tankers.

18th Oct 2016 | Read more

Airbus C295W demonstrates air-to-air refulling capability

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the Airbus C295W medium transport as an airborne tanker.

6th Oct 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts to meet US Navy’s need for Persistent ISR

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy,

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

QinetiQ awarded 21 Subpart-J accreditation under new Australian Defence Aviation Safety Regulations

29 September 2016: QinetiQ has been awarded 21 Subpart-J accreditation under Australia’s new Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASR) beginning tomorrow.

29th Sep 2016 | Read more

Defence aviation safety goes global

The next stage in a 20 year drive for excellence in Defence aviation safety begins tomorrow with the new Defence Aviation Safety Regulation (DASR).

29th Sep 2016 | Read more

MQ-4C Triton UAS Completes Critical Milestone to Expand Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness

Following a successful Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) led review, the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) obtained positive Milestone C low-rate initial production approval.

27th Sep 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin welcomes in RAAF’s 5th Generation F-35A Squadron

In a gesture to acknowledge the critical transition from a 4th to a 5th generation era of capability for the Royal Australian Air Force, Australia’s former Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown congratulated Number 3 Squadron on the 100th anniversary

21st Sep 2016 | Read more


Robust satellite communications have traditionally been difficult to achieve in helicopters.

16th Sep 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space expands its Skynet channel partner network with three major military communication providers

Airbus Defence and Space is continuing to work with service providers to develop new partnerships to deliver highly resilient Skynet military satellite communication services

15th Sep 2016 | Read more

Recognising 150 Years of Aviation Innovation

he Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, will today join the Royal Aeronautical Society in celebrating 150 years of service

13th Sep 2016 | Read more

Final Australian MH-60R SEAHAWK® Helicopter delivered to Royal Australian Navy

Lockheed Martin, together with the U.S. Navy, ceremonially delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

12th Sep 2016 | Read more

Indonesian Air Force takes delivery of CAE-built ex-RAAF C-130H simulator

CAE today announced that the Indonesian Air Force has recently taken delivery and accepted for training a CAE-built C-130H

7th Sep 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems announces partners to upgrade Australia’s radar network

BAE Systems Australia today announced a team of industry partners that ensures the best of Australian expertise is in place for its bid to upgrade Australia’s long-range High Frequency (HF) radar network.

5th Sep 2016 | Read more

SYPAQ Launches Corvo Unmanned Aerial Systems

SYPAQ, a leading Australian Systems Integrator, today officially launched its Australian designed and manufactured range of products for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance community.

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems secures $200 million Hawk sustainment contract

BAE Systems Australia has secured a two-year contract, worth approximately $200 million,

24th Aug 2016 | Read more

KC-30A successfully refuels multi-role F-16 Fighter

The operational capability of the Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft fleet has taken another important step forward with the first operational refuelling

20th Aug 2016 | Read more

Australian Defence Force to upgrade RBS 70 and Giraffe AMB systems

The Australian Defence Force has selected Saab to upgrade the RBS 70 ground-based air defence weapon system and Giraffe AMB radar

17th Aug 2016 | Read more

Boeing wins Australian contract to support Super Hornets and Growlers

The Australian government has signed a contract with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to support the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleets of F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers

12th Aug 2016 | Read more

Boeing inaugurates communications facility in Brisbane

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has recently inaugurated a facility in Brisbane dedicated to developing communications capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF),

12th Aug 2016 | Read more

Air Force declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command.

4th Aug 2016 | Read more

EM Solutions wins contract from US Agency for 10Gbps mobile backhaul link

EM Solutions have announced that it has won an initial order from a US Government Agency to develop and supply its 10 Gbps E-band backhaul radios

1st Aug 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Delivers Final MH-60R SEAHAWK® Helicopter to U.S. Navy

July 28, 2016 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

29th Jul 2016 | Read more

APC Technology New Premises Formally Opened

South Australian Tech Company Expands Operations

26th Jul 2016 | Read more

Australian Defence Force PC-21 Completes First Flight

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is pleased to announce that the first of 49 PC-21 aircraft destined for the Australian Defence Force has successfully completed its initial production test

22nd Jul 2016 | Read more

Raytheon, Kongsberg to build Naval Strike Missiles and launchers in United States

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Norway's Kongsberg Defence Systems are finalizing plans to assemble, integrate and test the Naval Strike Missile in the United States.

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

250,000 hours for Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer at Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School

The Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training has celebrated 250,000 flying hours in the Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer aircraft

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Australia’s first F-35A Commanding Officer

Australia’s first Commanding Officer (CO) of the F-35A, Wing Commander Darren Clare has had his first opportunity to see the F-35 up close at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the United Kingdom.

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia operational maintenance delivery

BAE Systems Australia took over operational maintenance of the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter on Friday, 1 July, in an extension of its contract for in-service support of the Lead-In Fighter training system.

4th Jul 2016 | Read more

Over 100 jobs created as new Hawk sustainment role starts

BAE Systems Australia has created 116 new jobs as the Company starts providing operational maintenance to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

4th Jul 2016 | Read more

New office opening: Raytheon Australia confirms its commitment to Adelaide

The country’s largest Combat Systems Integrator, Raytheon Australia, today opened its Naval and Integration Headquarters, the company's newest facility in Adelaide, South Australia.

27th Jun 2016 | Read more

Raytheon Australia announced as Mission Systems Integrator and In-Service Support Agent for the Woomera Test Range System.

At the opening of Raytheon Australia’s Naval and Integration Headquarters, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull today announced that the company will partner with the Commonwealth to develop the Test Range System within the Woomera Prohibited Area of South Australia.

27th Jun 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space orders A330 MRTT Full Flight Simulator

Airbus Defence and Space has placed an order for the development and provision of a Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

25th Jun 2016 | Read more

Project Coorong Delivers Next Generation Capabilities in Over the Horizon Radar

Working in partnership with the Defence Science Technology Group (DST), Lockheed Martin is pleased to announce the successful completion of phase 1 of its research and development initiative – Project Coorong.

9th Jun 2016 | Read more

The Hon Kim Beazley AC Joins Lockheed Martin Australia Board

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, The Hon Kim Beazley AC, has been appointed to the Lockheed Martin Australia Board.

9th Jun 2016 | Read more

Beak Engineering Wins Langa Industrial Distribution Rights

Langa Industrial SA, a world leader in the design and manufacture of ground support equipment (GSE) and tooling for the aircraft industry

31st May 2016 | Read more

Hawk Lead-In Fighter fleet reaches 100,000 flying hours

BAE Systems Australia has congratulated the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on achieving 100,000 flying hours for its Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

19th May 2016 | Read more

One step closer to hypersonic flight

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky today congratulated an Australian-United States team on the success of an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range.

18th May 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space opens a ground station in Australia

SpeedCast and Airbus Defence and Space join hands to manage the Anchor Centre for Skynet in Adelaide

17th May 2016 | Read more

ECLIPSE counter-IED system to enter into service within the French forces

The counter-IED system developed by Thales is soon to enter into service within the French armed forces.

17th May 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems of Australia Awarded Approximately $30 Million Contract

("Elbit Systems"), announced today that its Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd (ELSA), was awarded a contract in an amount of approximately US$30 million

19th Apr 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Shield 16

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems’ Australian Subsidiary to Supply a Flight Simulator Training Package for the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Elbit Systems’ Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia (ESLA), will supply Beechcraft King Air B200 flight simulator training for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) South Eastern Section.

11th Apr 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems to continue airborne navigation training support

BAE Systems Australia has secured a two year contract extension which will see the Company continue to provide through life support of the Navigation Trainer Project (NTP)

5th Apr 2016 | Read more

Finmeccanica signs contract worth over 100 million euros with the Philippine Navy for AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters

Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros, to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters.

1st Apr 2016 | Read more

Government-Industry Partnership Drives Innovation and Secures Defence Jobs

Lockheed Martin Australia has been supporting the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) since 2003.

29th Feb 2016 | Read more

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

25th Feb 2016 | Read more

KC-30A successfully refuels C-17A for the first time

The first air-to-air refuelling from an RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a United States Air Force (USAF) C-17A Globemaster III occurred on February 10 over Edwards Air Force Base in the United States.

15th Feb 2016 | Read more

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Jan 18

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using remotely piloted aircraft

17th Jan 2016 | Read more

New ADF Pilot Training System

The Australian Government has contracted Lockheed Martin Australia to provide and support the new Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System.

8th Dec 2015 | Read more

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Dec 7

On Dec. 5, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

7th Dec 2015 | Read more

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Updated Dec 4

On Dec. 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

4th Dec 2015 | Read more

Thales awarded new contract to support rapid deployment on operations

Thales in Australia has signed a three-year extension to its Command A Intelligence Systems Support Organisation (CISSO) contract with the Department of Defence

17th Nov 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Awarded Department of Defence Computer Network Defence Contract

Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, an Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has been awarded the Department of Defence’s contract for JP2068 Phase 2B.2.

13th Nov 2015 | Read more


The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight

3rd Nov 2015 | Read more

Air Force’s C-17A Globemaster to appear over Ipswich

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster will fly over Ipswich on Wednesday 4 November.

3rd Nov 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Oct 5

On Oct. 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

4th Oct 2015 | Read more

Saab Signs Contract to Support Australian C-RAM Capability

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to supply the Australian Defence Force with Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM) support

1st Oct 2015 | Read more

First refuel for RAAF KC-30A refueller to F-35A (JSF)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) completed the first fuel transfer with the air refuelling boom from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a US Air Force

29th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing’s KC-46 military tanker facing $70bn test

Boeing’s troubled new refuelling tanker is about to face its biggest test, the results of which could put the nearly $US50 billion

24th Sep 2015 | Read more

Norway, Australia Team To Upgrade Missile for F-35

Norway and Australia have minted a deal to develop a new seeker capability for the Joint Strike Missile, a core weapon planned for integration onto Norway's F-35.

22nd Sep 2015 | Read more

Defence insiders welcome first female minister Marise Payne

Long serving NSW Senator Marise Payne has been sworn into her new role and is today receiving briefings from Defence Force bosses

21st Sep 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq 20 Sept

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

20th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing completes CH-47F Chinook deliveries to Australian Army

The Australian Army has taken delivery of the seventh and final CH-47F Chinook multi-mission helicopter from Boeing,

13th Sep 2015 | Read more

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:Sept 13

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes

12th Sep 2015 | Read more

Recent Announcement: Lockheed Martin New ADF Pilot System Preferred Bidder

On Sept 6, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews announced Lockheed Martin Australia (Team 21) as the preferred tenderer for the new Australian Defence Force

10th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing delivers seven Australian Chinooks

Boeing delivered the seventh CH-47F Chinook to the Australian Army on August 10th

10th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing Defence Australia appoints new MD

Boeing has named Ken Shaw as the next vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA).

8th Sep 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Sept 7

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

7th Sep 2015 | Read more

East Sale RAAF Base to host Australian Defence Force flight training

REGIONAL Victoria will become the new home of an Australian Defence Force flight training program, which is tipped to boost the local economy by $19 million a year.

7th Sep 2015 | Read more

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release: Sept 3

Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

3rd Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing wins $1.49 billion order for 13 P-8A aircraft

The contract covers production of nine P-8A aircraft to be built for the U.S. Navy, and four aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force, the Defense Department said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts.

3rd Sep 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Sept 2

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

2nd Sep 2015 | Read more

The UK Ministry of Defence has placed orders with Saab

The Giraffe AMB radar provides a full 360 degree update of the air situation out to 120 km every second.

1st Sep 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems continues air support role for ADF

BAE Systems will continue its role supporting Australia’s military air operations with the announcement of a new four-year contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

1st Sep 2015 | Read more

Second Australian Company to Provide Parts for Initial Production of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has awarded a second Australian supplier contract to Mincham Aviation for the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system

31st Aug 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Partners with ViaSat and Optus

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

31st Aug 2015 | Read more


The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

29th Aug 2015 | Read more

Quickstep sales increase 229% to $39.5 million

Joint Strike Fighter and C-130J programs ramp up successfully

28th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 28

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four airstrikes using bomber and remotely piloted aircraft.

28th Aug 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 24

Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

24th Aug 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight airstrikes using attack, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

20th Aug 2015 | Read more

Boeing Defence chief Kim Gillis to be new defence buying boss

A FORMER senior defence official who has been running US giant Boeing’s lucrative Australian defence business will be the government’s new military purchasing supremo.

19th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 11

On Aug. 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria,

11th Aug 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 8

On Aug. 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

8th Aug 2015 | Read more


BAE Systems Australia has been selected to deliver operational maintenance for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

7th Aug 2015 | Read more

Aug 5 Immediate Release..Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

“The Bayji airstrikes are a great example of directly supporting ISF in an urban fight that is hotly contested.

5th Aug 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

3rd Aug 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes using fighter-attack, attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft.

2nd Aug 2015 | Read more

Australian Company to Provide Parts for Initial Production of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has awarded the first Australian supplier contract for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initial production lot to Ferra Engineering.

31st Jul 2015 | Read more

Airbus completes factory acceptance for ADF’s first HATS helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has completed factory acceptance of the first of 15 EC135 T2+ helicopters for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) JP 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) project.

31st Jul 2015 | Read more

RAAF first EA-18G ‘Growler’ rolled out

During a ceremony on June 29 at Boeing’s F/A-18 assembly plant in St Louis, former Chief of the Air Force Geoff Brown said the acquisition of Super Hornet ‘Growlers’ is the biggest single advance in RAAF capability since the purchase of F-111s in the 1960s.

30th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

25th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

24th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

21st Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

20th Jul 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin to acquire United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft Unit

Lockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. weapons maker, has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit

20th Jul 2015 | Read more


Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 23 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

19th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft.

18th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 17

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

17th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 16

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

16th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 15

On July 13, Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

15th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 14

On July 12, Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

14th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 13

Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

13th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

11th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

10th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

QinetiQ Australia successfully delivers Woomera Test Range technical remediation upgrades

QinetiQ Australia has been commended by the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Ground Telecommunications Equipment Systems Project Office (GTESPO)

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

Australia – AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

Melbourne fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

The Defence Department announced on June 26 that the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

Two additional KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft for the RAAF

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on July 1 that the Australian Government will purchase two additional KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

First RAAF C-27J Spartan Arrives in Australia

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, welcomed the first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft in Australia at a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond today.

30th Jun 2015 | Read more

Australian Industry’s contribution to the F-35 Program

The July-August edition of Asia Pacific Defence Reporter will have the theme 'Australian industry involvement in the F-35 program'.

19th May 2015 | Read more

Boeing Delivers 2 Chinook Helicopters to Australian Army

Boeing has delivered the first two CH-47F Chinook tandem-rotor helicopters to the Australian army as the country’s military branch works to upgrade its fleet of cargo helicopters.

19th May 2015 | Read more

International participation in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015

Australia and the United States are preparing for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015, the largest combined military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

18th May 2015 | Read more

L-3 Global lands $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia

L-3 Global Communications Solutions Inc. in Victor has been awarded an $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia to supply the Australian Defence Force with satellite communications equipment, additional support equipment and training.

14th May 2015 | Read more

Raytheon to provide new mobile satellite communications

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will receive increased mobile satellite communications with Raytheon Australia being awarded the contract for Project JP2008 Phase 5B1.

7th May 2015 | Read more

US clears $1.5b support deal for RAAF Super Hornets, Growlers

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has granted approval for a $1.5 billion sustainment package related to Australia’s 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets and future fleet of 12 EA-18G Growlers.

29th Apr 2015 | Read more

BAE Conducts First APKWS Flight Test on Aussie Helo; U.S. Army Contract Expected Soon

BAE Systems successfully demonstrated its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter for the first time in testing with the Australian army,

28th Apr 2015 | Read more


In a move designed to optimise capability support for the Australian Defence Force fleets of Tiger armed reconnaissance and Taipan multi role helicopters, leading aerospace company

23rd Apr 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems’ laser-guided rocket hits the mark for Australian Defence Force

NASHUA, New Hampshire: The Australian Defence Force demonstrated the precision strike capability of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket, firing the system from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) for the first time.

14th Apr 2015 | Read more

CAE Wins Defense Contracts to Provide Simulation Products

CAE today announced that is has won approximately C$220 million worth of Defence and Security contracts during its fourth quarter to provide simulation products and upgrades as well as training services for global military customers.

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

Australia confirms order for two additional C-17s

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that will acquire two additional Boeing C-17 strategic airlifters, which will bring its fleet of the type to eight.

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Formally Launches Operations in New Zealand

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has formally launched operations in New Zealand this week in a ceremony in Wellington.

27th Mar 2015 | Read more

TAE to become 100% Australian Owned

TAE is proud to announce that members of the current management team, led by General Manager Andrew Sanderson, have reached agreement with Air New Zealand to purchase the TAE Group of companies.

12th Mar 2015 | Read more

Researchers from the Monash University, CSIRO and Deakin University in Australia have created two 3D-printed aircraft engines.

One of the 3D-printed engines is being showcased at the ongoing International Air Show in Avalon, while the other is at Microturbo (Safran) in Toulouse, France.

27th Feb 2015 | Read more

Norway and Australia to cooperate on Joint Strike Missile-development

The Australian Government Department of Defence and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence today announced they will cooperate on further development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) developed by KONGSBERG.

26th Feb 2015 | Read more

The Australian government is about to spend $300 million on self-piloted killer drones

AUSTRALIA is set to purchase up to $300 million worth of armed “Reaper” drones from the United States.

25th Feb 2015 | Read more

New Joint Strike Fighter maintenance facilities open at Williamtown

New Joint Strike Fighter maintenance facilities open at Williamtown The Hunter is poised to capitalise on Joint Strike Fighter maintenance opportunities after new facilities were officially opened at Williamtown this week.

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

TAE Looks Forward to Supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s F135 Engine in Australia

TAE, Australia’s leading gas-turbine engine maintenance and engineering company, is pleased to announce its selection as the regional maintenance, repair, overhaul a

17th Feb 2015 | Read more


Williamtown, NSW: BAE Systems Australia has been assigned the role of Southern Pacific Regional Depot Airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade provider

10th Feb 2015 | Read more

A UNITED STATES move to bolster its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region

The eight per cent increase sought from the Congress for Pentagon funding is about nine thousand million dollars more than Australia’s entire annual $29.3 billion defence budget.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

Cabinet reshuffle delays $US25bn defence tenders

National defence tenders valued at $US25 billion have been delayed by the federal government's recent cabinet reshuffle

20th Jan 2015 | Read more

New Zealand Considers Replacing Ageing Hercules Fleet With Bigger Boeing C-17s

The New Zealand Defence Force may soon acquire at least two or four C-17s to replace its ageing C-130 Hercules fleet and Boeing 757 transport aircraft.

15th Jan 2015 | Read more

Iraq and surprise visits

Am I the only one to have noticed that for the 14 years that Australia was involved in Afghanistan and the 11 years in Iraq

7th Jan 2015 | Read more

F-35 program ends year on high note, meets production goal for 2014

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program has ended the year on a high note, meeting its principal production goal late last month with the delivery of the final F-35 Lightning II for 2014.

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

Australia's first F-35A arrives at Luke Air Force Base

Luke Air Force Base, Arizona – The first Australian F-35A Lightning II jet arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Dec.

21st Dec 2014 | Read more

Australia, Japan to provide F-35 heavy maintenance in Asia-Pacific

The Pentagon has chosen Australia and Japan as F-35 heavy maintenance hubs for the Asia-Pacific region. Both countries will conduct work on the airframe, while Australia will host the initial engine depot.

20th Dec 2014 | Read more

Boost for Williamtown aerospace industries from JSF maintenance work

The Williamtown RAAF base is likely to benefit from a deal with the US government for Australia to provide maintenance support for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in the Asia Pacific.

19th Dec 2014 | Read more

Change of Australian military command in the Middle East

Commander of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633) in the Middle East Region (MER) Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC has officially transferred command to Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, AO, CSC, RAN.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems 6,000 training mission milestone

Sale, Victoria: BAE Systems’ Navigation Trainer Project (NTP)’s Airborne Navigation Trainers have completed 6,000 successful training missions for the Australian Defence Force’s School of Air Warfare (SAW).

24th Nov 2014 | Read more

Australian official confirms Taranis test location

A senior Royal Australian Air Force official has confirmed flight testing

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Supports Australia's Cyber Future

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Introduction of Navy’s new maritime combat helicopters

Joint Project 9000 Phase 7 contract signing for Helicopter Aircrew Training

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Australian Government approves helicopter aircrew training system purchase

The Australian Government has approved the purchase of a modern helicopter training system

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Politics before three word slogans

The death of Edward Gough Whitlam on October 21 has been met with considerable nostalgia not only for a reforming Prime Minister

23rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Australia's first MH-60R arrives by C-17

The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R combat helicopters has been delivered in-country from NAS Jacksonville, Florida,

21st Oct 2014 | Read more

Australian Super Hornets kill Islamic State fighters in Iraq air strikes

AUSTRALIAN Super Hornets have bombed at least two Islamic State targets

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Australia’s First F-35A Takes to the Skies

Lockheed Martin announced on September 30 that the Australia’s first F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Chinook Boeing announced on October 1 that it completed initial flight and delivery of the first,

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin to open AU$8m IT engineering hub in Melbourne

Lockheed Martin will soon be opening an Asia-Pacific IT engineering hub

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Defence awards contract to Lockheed Martin Australia for centralised processing services

Defence has signed an $800 million contract with Lockheed Martin Australia for the provision of centralised processing services.

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Announces Scott Harris as Head of Aerospace Programs, Australia

Northrop Grumman Corporation

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

CAE Australia first defence organisation in Australia to achieve CMMI Level 3 rating for Services

Today at the SimTect/SimHealth show, Australia's annual conference

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

Defence’s Air Warfare Destroyer delayed project $500M over budget

THE nation’s most troubled defence project

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces Bell 429 Demo Tour in EMS Configuration

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East has today announced a demonstration tour of a Bell 429EMS

14th Aug 2014 | Read more

Flying Operations for Exercise PITCH BLACK 14 have commenced over the Northern

Aircraft from Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Australia have begun operating

8th Aug 2014 | Read more


Leading local defence manufacturer Australian Aerospace Limited has been rebranded

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

SM-6 destroys target at longest range yet

During the first-ever SM-6 flight tests from a destroyer class ship equipped

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

DOD Plans To Deliver F-35’s 5th Gen Capability At 4th Gen Cost By 2019

According to Lockheed Martin, on July 10 the U.S. Department of Defense announced an agreement

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers Upgraded French AWACS Aircraft

Boeing announced on July 17 that it has delivered on schedule the first of four upgraded

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Biggest ever Defence contract signed

On 10 July, Stephen Wells, Aurecon’s Chief Business Development Officer and Rosemary Peavey, Company Secretary, attended a formal ceremony hosted by the Department of Defence where they signed Aurecon’s largest defence contract to date.

11th Jul 2014 | Read more

Boeing to upgrade Australian Defence high-frequency communication system

Boeing will increase the capacity and ease-of-use of the Australian Defence Force’s

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Australian Defence Force to be tested by air, land and sea in Pacific Rim

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is playing a key role in the world’s largest maritime

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

US Air Force helicopters visit HMAS Darwin

HMAS Darwin has hosted two United States Air Force (USAF)

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Black Hawks go, so do jobs .

ABOUT 70 Townsville Black Hawk maintenance crew mem¬bers will be made redundant

30th May 2014 | Read more

The Federal Budget

The Federal Budget sees a modest increase in defence spending – up $800 million to $29.2 billion.

14th May 2014 | Read more

Changes likely for Defence

Several things are underway directly affecting Defence: the May budget; the findings of the Commission of Audit; the Winter-White AWD review.

9th May 2014 | Read more

Commission of Audit

The impact of the Commission of Audit on the Department of Defence will be profound, if its recommendations are accepted.

9th May 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems supporting RAF Tornado aircraft until their retirement

BAE Systems announced on May 1 that they have agreed with the UK Ministry of Defence a £125 million extension

8th May 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers 100th EA-18G Growler to US Navy

Boeing announced on May 5 that it has delivered the 100th EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy

8th May 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia – preferred tenderer for the Centralised Processing Project

Defence announced on May 1 that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred tenderer

8th May 2014 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighters: Government to spend $12 billion on 58 more next-generation F-35s

Australia will buy 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) at a cost of more than $12 billion

23rd Apr 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman, The University of Sydney Announce Partnership

CANBERRA, Australia – April 22, 2014 –Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)

23rd Apr 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems, Beechcraft, CAE in joint bid for training contract

BAE Systems, Beechcraft and CAE are jointly offering the Australian military an integrated pilot training system.

12th Apr 2014 | Read more

Quickstep clinches $US139m fighter deal

Sydney-based manufacturer Quickstep has clinched a $US139 million ($A148.55 million)

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney, Levett Engineering Grow Industrial Participation in Australia for the F135 Engine and F-35 Lightning II

East Hartford, Conn., April 1, 2014 – Pratt & Whitney,

2nd Apr 2014 | Read more

Boeing contracts BAE Systems to continue RAAF Wedgetail EW sub-systems support

BAE Systems has signed a five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)

2nd Apr 2014 | Read more

JP 2008 – heading for the Projects of Concern list.

JP 2008 is a multi-phase satellite communications project that is one of the key pieces of the Network Centric Communications jigsaw puzzle and has now encountered a major problem.

2nd Apr 2014 | Read more

Marand Delivers First Australian Made Vertical Tails For F-35 Lightning II

April 1 2014.. A ceremony was held today at Australian company, Marand,

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

A drone is parked outside defence, but don't freak out

A lifesize replica of the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is being displayed on the grass courtyard outside the Russell offices until April 4.

28th Mar 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Complete Initial Flight Testing of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman announced on March 24 that it and the U.S. Navy

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Minister for Defence – Minister applauds $901 million Wedgetail sustainment contract.

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston says a $901 million dollar Wedgetail Airborne

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Republic of Korea Selects Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

Lockheed Marin said on March 25 that the Republic of Korea has formally announced its decision

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia investing in new defense technology proposals

Australian has committed $11.8 million for development of future defense

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia Buys Giant Unmanned Triton Flying Drones for Indian Ocean Patrols

The Australian government is to purchase a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned flying drones as part of a new defence plan

14th Mar 2014 | Read more

Abbott government will buy more Joint Strike Fighters despite flaws

Troubling flaws in the Joint Strike Fighter are still being ironed out, the Pentagon's project leader has admitted

14th Mar 2014 | Read more

MAS MA370 mystery continues

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Flight MA 370 is pretty much unprecedented.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

Crucial air power decisions coming soon

Decisions made in the next few months on buying additional Joint Strike Fighter aircraft could give the RAAF a huge advantage over any adversary.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

DSTO and Lockheed Martin in research collaboration

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and Lockheed Martin Australia have signed a new strategic alliance

5th Mar 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Completes Acquisition of Qantas Defence Services

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)

3rd Mar 2014 | Read more

Marshall ADG delivers 200th production auxiliary fuel tank for Boeing's P-8

The P-8 maritime patrol aircraft is a military derivative of Boeing’s Next Generation 737-800

25th Feb 2014 | Read more

Austrialia to purchase eight Boeing P-8A

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced today that the country’s government has approved the purchase of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman...Gets Real In Time + View For Global Hawk's Common Imagery Processor

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Common Imagery Processor (CIP)

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

The F-35 is one heck of a fighter jet and...just a few clicks away from a hack

The F-35 Joint Striker Fighter jet will make the U.S. skies safe and give the air force an advantage over enemy planes any given day

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Airbus Group To Have A Strong Presence At Singapore Airshow

Singapore, 06 February 2014 – Airbus Group will have a major presence at the Singapore Airshow

7th Feb 2014 | Read more

RAN MH-60R In-service Ceremony

The Department of Defence has announced that the first two MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters

27th Jan 2014 | Read more

Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow is Asia's largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world.

20th Jan 2014 | Read more

Boeing picks Australian firms for F-15 work

Boeing has entered partnership agreements with two Australian aerospace firms

15th Jan 2014 | Read more

Royal Australian Navy accepts two MH-60R helicopters in Owego

At a ceremony held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y.

16th Dec 2013 | Read more

TAE Acquires Perkins Technologies

TAE, Australia’s leading turbine engine maintenance and engineering services company

13th Dec 2013 | Read more

Defence and Industry Conference

Defence and Industry Conference 2014 will be held in Adelaide from 29-30 July 2014.

12th Dec 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia to manufacture titanium parts for F-35 jets in Adelaide facility

BAE Systems Australia has officially opened its new $10 million titanium machining facility at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia

5th Dec 2013 | Read more

$1 Million grant for Quickstep Holdings Limited

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre composite components, today announced that it has been awarded a $1 million grant

2nd Dec 2013 | Read more

Australian MH-60R Nears Completion

Australia’s first Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multimission maritime helicopter is almost ready for delivery and is scheduled to fly its final test flight this week

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Lockheed Martin opens A$10m cyber-security centre in Australia

Lockheed Martin has opened a Security Intelligence Centre in Australia in a move that underscores the nation’s reputation for a highly educated workforce and robust technology industry.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

RAAF starts Growler training in the United States

An important step in the introduction of the Royal Australian Air Force’s electronic warfare capability has commenced, with the first pilot instructor commencing flying on the EA-18G Growler in the United States.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more


In recent months Australia’s spy agencies had intercepted and analysed messages from within the Kamerian Defence Force

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Qualified to Support Apache Crews

BAE Systems announced on October 22 that their Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket completed another major milestone when it was fired for the first time from an AH-64D Apache helicopter during flight testing.

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Airbus Military begins trials of C295 firefighter

Airbus Military announced on October 23 that it has begun trials of water bombing with a specially modified C295 aircraft

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

EADS aims higher after decade of growth

EUROPEAN aerospace and defence giant EADS is keen to develop its presence in Australia after a strong decade of growth in the commercial and defence spheres.

15th Oct 2013 | Read more

First F-35 for Australia Takes Shape In Fort Worth, Texas

Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35 Lightning II for Australia this week.

12th Oct 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE

BAE Systems announced on Sept. 11 that it has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE to bid for the Australian Defence Force’s fixed-wing pilot training system.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more

Quickstep receives US$2.6 million purchase orders

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre composite components, today announced that it has received additional purchase orders worth US$2.6 million for non-recurring work related to existing aerospace agreements.

6th Sep 2013 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia to Acquire Qantas Defense

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp., has signed a definitive agreement with Qantas Airways Ltd. to acquire Australia-based Qantas Defence Services Pty Ltd.

3rd Sep 2013 | Read more

CAEs MRH90 Helicopter Simulator for Oakey Training Centre

CAE announced that the Commonwealth of Australia has accepted into service the first MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) located at the Army Aviation Training Centre Oakey in Queensland.

30th Aug 2013 | Read more

Uninhabited systems for the ADF – getting the balance right

During the 1950s and 60s Australia was a world leader in the design and development of uninhabited aerial systems for military use, with products such as the Jindivik jet powered target aircraft, the Ikara rocket-delivered anti-submarine torpedo and the Nulka hovering decoy rocket.

23rd Aug 2013 | Read more

Boeing Defence Australia

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), a local subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) fleet from Boeing in the U.S.

30th Jul 2013 | Read more

Boeing Receives $66.7 Million Contract to Support Australia’s Vigilare System

Through a five-year, AUS$66.7 million (US$60.45 million) contract with the Australian Department of Defence, Boeing announced on July 11 that they will provide enhanced support services for Vigilare, the air defence command and control system that is giving the Australian Defence Force unparalleled ground and airborne situational awareness.

11th Jul 2013 | Read more

100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes for Australia

Australia to buy up to 100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes from the U.S. at a cost of $83 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced yesterday.

5th Jul 2013 | Read more

2013-14 Defence Budget

After last year’s dramatic pruning of Defence’s budget by $5.454 billion over the Forward Estimates, there was not scope for further cuts and still maintain the Government’s defence capability intentions.

18th Jun 2013 | Read more

A400M Taking to the skies

The undoubted highlight of a media tour to Airbus Military in Seville in late May was the opportunity to fly in an A400M, with the author being part of a small group of journalists selected for the first mission of the day. Demonstrating complete confidence in his aircraft

18th Jun 2013 | Read more

Defence White Paper 2013

Given Australia’s strategic and budgetary circumstances, the 2013 White Paper seems reasonably well balanced. Or to put it another way, it could have been a lot worse. In foreshadowing a modest increase in spending in the short term and an aspiration target of 2% of GDP, the Government has sought to maintain its credentials in the national security domain.

3rd May 2013 | Read more


One of the more complex and fraught Defence acquisitions of recent times has been the purchase of six ‘Wedgetail’ airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft from Boeing.

8th Apr 2013 | Read more

Avalon 2013

Two years ago the amount of interaction was disappointingly low, but the situation this time was greatly improved – after a quiet first day. All of the major aerospace companies active in Australia were present, with the exception of Raytheon - which like many companies is in a cost-saving mode.

8th Apr 2013 | Read more

RAAF Stand-off Missiles – Fire and Forget?

Warfare in or from the air has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. The images of World War One devil-may-care pilots in helmet and goggles, scarves waving in the slipstream,

28th Feb 2013 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter F-35 update – don’t believe everything you read

Most people are aware that bad news sells newspapers far better than good news. That’s human nature - try it for yourself. Describe to your friends the wonderful holiday you have just experienced and even the politest of them will tune out after a few minutes of boredom.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

ADF Pilot Training – a very slow take off

Human piloted aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, will continue to be the ADF’s most important aerial assets for the foreseeable future. Although the ISR requirements of Australia’s huge EEZ, the third largest maritime jurisdiction in the world

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

Australia’s recapitalized fleet

As a consequence of a number of decisions taken during the last two years, the structure of the RAAF’s airlift fleet looks to be set in stone for some time to come.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

Update to the Projects of Concern list

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today updated the Projects of Concern list.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Capability Update - Air Projects

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today provided an update on three air capability projects.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Australia's future Air Combat Capability

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today provided an update on planning for Australia’s future Air Combat Capability.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Airbus Military delivers final A330 MRTT to Royal Australian Air Force

irbus Military formally delivered the fifth and final new generation A330 MRTT multi-role tanker transport ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

11th Dec 2012 | Read more


The National Executive of the Australian Industry & Defence Network Inc. (AIDN) held their Annual General Meeting at the Naval, Military and Air Force Club in Adelaide today.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

Maritime surveillance

Australia’s – and the Region’s – Grand Challenge: Situational Maritime Domain Awareness

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

VAQ 132 Growlers Complete Exercise with Royal Australian Air Force

Following the announcement on August 23 that an initial 6 out of RAAF’s 24 Super Hornets will be converted to Electronic Warfare ‘Growler’ configuration, interaction with the USN is on the increase.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more


The USA’s “strategic pivot” towards the Asia-Pacific region, as outlined by President Barack Obama in late 2011, has received a lot of public attention.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more


Like its Australian counterparts, the NZDF has been sustaining a much higher operational tempo than has been the long-term norm.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more


In July the Ministers of Defence and Defence Materiel announced that they had listened to industry seeking more certainty in information about planned key defence projects.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

As Australia begins the process of military transition from Afghanistan, one of the senior figures involved, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Dr Mike Kelly, spoke to APDR.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

All F-35 maintenance to be performed in Australia

Speaking to the media on August 23 August in Canberra, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program manager Tom Burbage explained that once Australia’s F-35s are delivered they will never have to return to the US for maintenance.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

Global Supply Chains

Byline: Geoff Slocombe / Victoria Many small Australian defence companies are run by people who have a good idea, implemented with smart technology, which proves attractive to the Department of Defence.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter - Long term prospects for Australian companies.

The announcement that Australia would participate in the Joint Strike Fighter project was made almost exactly a decade ago on June 22, 2002. In another piece of symmetry, the Government’s contribution of $300 million to the System Design & Development phase is the same as the amount of work won so far by Australian industry on the aircraft since that time.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Caribou replacement

After detailing a series of budget reductions, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has thrown into the mix an announcement on May 10 to acquire 10 C-27Js at a cost that seems to fluctuate. The initial Ministerial release referred to a price of $1.4 billion. The following day a media release from the US prime contractor L-3 said it estimated the contract to be valued at $600 million. The FMS price notified to Congress was $950 million. Then on June 3, Ministers Smith and Clare made a further announcement that Italian aircraft manufacturer Alenia had received an additional contract:

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

2012 – 13 Defence budget

Budget 2012-13 impacts on sustainment and new capabilities Amongst the headlines of Defence’s contribution of $5,454 million across the Forward Estimates, announced in the Budget, little has been said about the impact on sustainment and approved new capabilities, even less about projects in the latest Defence Capability Plan which have not yet reached First Pass Approval.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

Budget overview

In the lead up to the 2012 / 13 budget, Treasurer Wayne Swan insisted that it would be a tough one because of the need to achieve a surplus. Defence has made a major contribution to achieving that goal.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more


VICE is a good thing for the Australian Army to improve combat readiness, reduce risks and save money!

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

L-3 Selected as Prime Contractor to Provide C-27J for Australian Battlefield Airlifter Program

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has been selected by the Commonwealth of Australia to provide the C-27J Spartan for the country’s Battlefield Airlifter program.

12th May 2012 | Read more


In a press conference immediately following the announcement, the Minister clearly stated that there had been a competition between the C27J and the Airbus Military C295 airlifter. Airbus Military is obliged to place on the public record our disappointment at the Minister’s choice of words, because there was no tender process and certainly no competition.

12th May 2012 | Read more

New Battlefield aircraft for the Air Force

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Government had agreed to purchase 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft at a cost of $1.4 billion.

10th May 2012 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 7 May 2012

The competition is really fierce for the billion dollar Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) contract, where six teams of experienced suppliers and integrators of aircrew training systems have been attracted by the opportunity.

4th May 2012 | Read more

JP 2065 Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS)

JP 2065 (IBS) and a parallel project, JP2089 Tactical Information Exchange (TIE), are intrinsic components of a Defence global communications architecture that will facilitate the use of the now rapidly evolving “ Everything Over the Internet Protocol” (EOIP) capability for real-time video, voice, digital data – contributing to the effectiveness of Network Centric Warfare (NCW).

4th May 2012 | Read more

Important developments for Defence

What a busy few weeks it has been, from the announcement that Australia will be winding down operations in Afghanistan sooner than anticipated, through to the announcement of an accelerated White Paper process and decisions on a number of acquisition matters.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Minister for Defence Materiel – More than $12 million investment in priority industry capabilities

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced more than $12 million in matched funding is being offered to nine Australian companies to commercialise new defence technologies that will contribute to Australia’s Priority Industry Capabilities in the defence sector. “This is an investment in cutting edge defence technologies developed here in Australia,” Mr Clare said.

30th Apr 2012 | Read more

Electronic Warfare

As is now common knowledge, the F-35 JSF is still fighting its critics on numerous fronts and in the process it has collected many supporters and many detractors across the world, with Australia represented in both camps. In mid-March, Lockheed Martin representatives were given a comprehensive grilling by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. As we write it would be difficult to decide whether the optimists or pessimists will be proven correct, but it is noteworthy to report that most recently in December, Japan has opted to join a growing list to buy the aircraft to replace its ageing fleet. This came after a comprehensive evaluation in a competition against the Super Hornet and the Eurofighter.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

Elbit President & CEO Mr Joseph Ackerman

Q: How does Elbit view the Australian market. A: Personally, Australia is one of my favorite countries. A first step for Elbit in any business activity is to have a good understanding of our customer’s needs. It is not always the case that in a formal way we receive all the information about what a customer truly requires – so it is essential to have a good background when it comes to technical and operational matters. For us, there are some countries that we have found easier to work with than others – and Australia is one of those positive cases.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

Environmental information. A thirst for knowledge

As the Australian Defence Force moves down the path of Network Centric Warfare and with a greater emphasis on amphibious operations the importance of accurate and timely environmental information is of increasing importance. As CDF General David Hurley has recently observed, there are around 25,000 islands and 85,000 kilometres of navigable waterways in the region between the Eastern Indian Ocean and the South West Pacific. This is a huge area across which the ADF must plan to operate and of which it must maintain situational awareness.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Battlefield airlifter.

There have been several recent developments in the effort to replace RAAF’s retired Caribou transport fleet, most notably the US decision to cancel their order for C-27J aircraft. The choice for Australia between Alenia’s C-27J – potentially to be acquired via the US Foreign Military Sales process - and Airbus Military’s C295 has been complicated by an unsolicited and unconfirmed bid from Raytheon Australia, also believed to be offering the C-27J.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

AIR 5232 Phase 1

In military aircraft it is the pilot’s job to keep safely to mission tracks then on to its planned destination, while the mission commander’s role is to navigate and fight the aircraft. In single seat combat aircraft these two roles are combined. Larger aircraft, including maritime combat helicopters, have a separate mission commander who “takes necessary directive action to achieve assigned mission goals by collecting, correlating, and coordinating data from networked multiple sensor devices and fire control systems; co-operating in the selection and delivery of weapons; conducting communications; and engaging in other tasks as necessary.”test

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

JP 2069

This non-technical article briefly looks at the history of cryptography through the ages and up to the present explosive growth of communications technology and the battle for cyber security. An overview of JP2069 is included. Origins of Cryptography.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Border security - Transnational crime in Micronesia

Introduction. As described in the first two parts of this small series, Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is composed of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across the open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Flying Tigers in Afghanistan

Kym Bergmann reports from Kabul: Even as France starts a slow drawdown of troop numbers prior to a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, combat units have recently completed one of their most intense fighting seasons since 2001. Most of the 4,000 troops are deployed in two provinces – Kabul (especially the district of Surobi) and Kapisa - which have seen some of the heaviest fighting of the war. While the capital city of Kabul is considered relatively secure by the standards of Afghanistan, the same cannot be said of the surrounding countryside. French responsibilities. Kabul itself sits on a piece of flat land surrounded by mountains but the geography of the Surobi district and all of Kapisa is inhospitable – high barren ridges, bleak terrain, steep sided gorges with small green pockets of agriculture found on scattered and isolated river flats. The city sits at 1,800 meters above sea level with nearby peaks rising to 3,000 metres. Kapisa in general and the Tagab valley in particular are considered insurgent strongholds, with a mixture of suicide bomb cells, tribal militias, members of the Haqqani network, fighters belonging to Hezb-i-Islami and so on. The picture is very complex and even sorting out the motives of the various anti-Government groups is not easy, with a senior French officer telling APDR, “the more we find out, the more unclear it becomes.”

22nd Dec 2011 | Read more

Battlespace Communications

The development and applications of military digital battlespace communications systems can be clearly shown to have been adapted from commercial enterprises that fashioned a network-centric style of operation, to optimise the command and control of them, advance their growth and profitability. Such enterprises have sponsored the development of seamless, open architecture, high data rate digital communications that use a plethora of techniques to achieve the objectives of the scheme. These systems are always on and use a range of data security designs.

2nd Nov 2011 | Read more


Although Australian industry is arguably not a major player in the global Unmanned Aerial Systems marketplace, it nevertheless plays an important role in technology development and support of local programmes. The UAS industry has also been assisted by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) through the government/industry Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) programme, leading to several innovative developments which have commercial potential.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

Another budget hand back?

Only three months into the financial year and already there is some muttering within Defence of another looming hand back of unspent funds – although the problem can always be mitigated by measures such as the purchase of a sixth C-17 announced on September 23 and the decision to lease another support ship nine days earlier. The reasons for such pessimism – shared by industry – are not hard to find. There are around 130 projects listed in the Defence Capability Plan, yet the Department is able to commit to making a decision during 2011 / 12 on seven of them.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

Pilot training

A clear blue sky, an azure swimming pool, gym, the gentle buzz of light aircraft arriving and departing, everything neat and clean, attentive smiling staff. Could APDR have been transported to a resort for the ultra-rich in the Seychelles or perhaps near Bora Bora? In our dreams. In fact the location is the Tamworth Flying School - operated by BAE Systems – and while it is not actually a tropical paradise it is in fact very pleasant.

3rd Oct 2011 | Read more

The problem with Defence (Part 1)

(This is the first of two articles based on a speech given on September 19 to a Rockwell Collins “Connected, Aware, Responsive Technology” symposium) One of my favourite books is Barbara Tuchman’s “March of Folly”. In this classic work she examines four instances of folly, which she defines as acts which are clearly contrary to the self-interest of the organization pursuing them; conducted over a period of time, not just in a single burst of irrational behaviour; conducted by a number of individuals, not just one deranged maniac; and, importantly, there have to be people alive at the time who pointed out correctly why the act in question was folly. The acts of folly she chose were the Trojan Wars, the loss of the American colonies by Britain, the Renaissance Popes failures resulting in the Reformation, and the conflict in Vietnam.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 8 October 2011

It was at the poetically beautiful Boyd Education centre overlooking the Shoalhaven river 16 kiolmetres from Nowra that local companies had to swallow the bitter pill that there will be almost no work for them flowing from the decision to purchase 24 MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopters – at least not in the short term. During the tender evaluate phase ‘Team Romeo’ made considerable efforts to match the Australian Industry Content package of rival bidder Eurocopter and have signed up to obligations amounting to $1.5 billion, which sounds impressive. However, it is already becoming difficult to see how this substantial target will be met.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Boeing Delivers Royal Australian Air Force’s 5th C-17 Globemaster III

Boeing announced on September 14 that it has delivered Australia’s fifth C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during a ceremony at the C-17 program’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. A RAAF delegation led by Stephen Smith, Australia’s Minister for Defence, received the country’s latest C-17 at an event also attended by Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley, Australian Secretary of Defence Duncan Lewis, and U.S. Ambassador to Australia the Honorable Jeffrey Bleich.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more


BAE Systems has reinforced its commitment to growing Australia’s defence industry capability through the creation of a supply chain agreement with the Federal Government.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Achieving an Equilibrium in the South China Sea: An Air and Space Perspective

Recent skirmishes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines have threatened to reignite the long-standing and protracted dispute in the South China Sea. The potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea remains a source of friction and instability between the claimant states of the Asia-Pacific region. A peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute is imperative for the stability and security of the region.

14th Sep 2011 | Read more

Changing the structure of Defence.

t is highly unlikely that scholars in the Middle Ages actually debated how many angels could stand simultaneously on the head of a pin – though Thomas Aquinas did postulate that more than one angel could occupy a place at the same time. However the aphorism is a useful metaphor for an inordinately pointless intellectual debate, which brings us to parts of the recently released Black Review, titled “Improving personal and institutional accountability in Defence.”

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel – Defence capability projects approved

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare announced on 30 August that the Government has approved four major Defence capability projects.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more


Major Leigh Perkins, commander of Charlie Company, conducted his morning briefing that outlined the scheme of operations for an upcoming attack. A three-dimensional terrain map had been created on the ground, and his platoon leaders were gathered around to hear how the impending assault was to proceed that afternoon and on through the night. Their dust-caked faces were daubed in camouflage cream, and although they had been sleep-deprived for several days because of ongoing operations against the enemy, they listened with careful attention.

30th Aug 2011 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 8

The new US Navy helicopter was selected by the RAN in June 2011 to replace ageing Seahawks following a competitive tender between the US Navy and NH Industries - offering the NFH-90 - to supply up to 24 complete aircraft and associated support services. The decision seems odd when 46 NH-90s, labelled the MRH-90 will support the RAN’s “transport” capability and means that the RAN will operate two different helicopters and by doing so will ignore the 80% commonality of the two NHI aircraft. This paper reviews the MH-60R.

29th Aug 2011 | Read more

AIR 8000 Phase 2- Battlefield airlifter – the missing ingredient.

Airborne tactical transport. One of the principles of modern warfare is that a country can never have too much airlift capacity. With this in mind, Defence hopes to have another slow motion crack at plugging an annoying gap in capability caused by the retirement of the long-serving Caribou battlefield airlifters last year. Known as project AIR 8000 Phase 2, this is likely to be a re-run of a competition a decade ago that had exactly the same aim, but was cancelled for reasons that are the subject of speculation and rumour, which will be put to rest later in this story.

29th Aug 2011 | Read more

Major Defence reforms unveiled.

This afternoon Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced the Government's response to the Black Review into Departmental lines of accountability. These are largely in line with expectations and the main features are: * the establishment of two Associate Secretary positions to strengthen Defence’s capacity to implement the Black Review; * the strengthening of capability development and acquisition; * increasing rigour and contestability within capability development, including the establishment of a new process for the inclusion of projects into the Defence Capability Plan;

9th Aug 2011 | Read more


The Land-Based Test Site (LBTS) at BAE Systems in Williamstown for the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) project is now complete. BAE Systems, Saab and L-3 Communications (L-3) completed the installation in July 2011 as a key milestone in the development of the integrated combat and communications systems.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence Exports Future - Defence in NSW

With Australia’s most comprehensive industrial base, NSW industry is integrated into local and international defence supply chains. The diverse capabilities offered by the State’s small-medium enterprises (SME) are essential to Australian defence requirements.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Emerging Defence industry in the Top End

The Northern Territory’s strategic importance to Defence is well documented. Industrial growth in the Territory is booming: major offshore and onshore gas and oil projects are leading the way with an anticipated investment of around $25 billion over the next few years.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Queensland: An Asia Pacific aviation and aerospace hub

• More than 900 aviation and aerospace companies are located in Queensland • Over 16,500 aviation and aerospace jobs in Queensland Queensland - an aviation and aerospace hub After almost a decade of unprecedented industry growth, the Government's vision for Queensland as an aviation and aerospace hub for the Asian Pacific region is fast becoming a reality.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

South Australian SMEs in Global Supply Chains

South Australian SMEs in Global Supply Chains – What the South Australian Government is doing to support defence export, including entry into global supply chains. South Australia is a state focused on its defence future – and that future includes innovative, sustainable defence companies working from Australia’s Defence State to equip the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other defence customers around the world.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Going global: Victorian companies perform on a world stage

When it comes to Australia’s defence industry, Victoria has a long and proud history of providing innovative solutions for the Australian Defence Force. Speak to many Victorian SME defence companies today and they will tell you that the best blueprint for international success is consistently delivering high quality products and services, nurturing highly skilled people and a willingness to expand beyond national borders. According to Ric Smith, Chair of the Defence Council Victoria “Victorian SMEs, with their record of innovation and their global reach, are ideally placed in the changing world of defence industry”.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Case Studies from South Australia

Established in 1958 as a family owned South Australian business, Static Engineering provide exciting design solutions for challenging projects for their commercial and Defence clients. In 2007, Static Engineering became part of the Broens Group, led by Broens Industries together with Calbic Precision Engineers based in South Australia. Broens Industries, based in Sydney, have offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, as well as international offices in Europe, Asia and the US. The Broens Group is a one-stop-engineering-shop, providing concept design, product development, specification, manufacture and after sales service.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence & Industry 2011 Conference - Official optimism and Industry gloom.

It was almost as if people from two different planets were intermingling at the Adelaide Defence & Industry conference, held in the last week of June. Listening to a series of Departmental presentations all appeared to be well with the world of defence procurement, with statistics apparently proving repeatedly that the outlook was healthy with billions of dollars to be spent. However, most of the talk from industry representatives was about the tangible slow down in the number of First and Second Pass approvals being granted and the negative impact this is having on a number of companies.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

AIDN - Australian success stories.

AIDN National President Article for the APDR July / August Edition Global Supply Chain feature. I thank Mr Kym Bergmann the editor of APDR for the opportunity to contribute to the magazine’s feature on Australia’s defence industry small medium enterprises (SMEs) experience in marketing and selling their equipment and services in the global supply chains of Australian based Prime and overseas defence industry companies. AIDN represents over 800 Australian defence industry SMEs and while our organisation works with Government to promote our members’ interest in the development of defence industry policy, skills development and capacity building, our main aim is to maximise the business opportunities for members, both in the domestic market and those overseas. Our members’ participation in global supply chain of large international Prime defence industry companies and their major suppliers is one strand in achieving this aim.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Border security Transnational Crime in Micronesia (Part 1)

Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is laid out in a light dusting of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across a truly enormous expanse of open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii. The total population is about 500,000 people on about 2,000 square kilometers of land dispersed across millions of square kilometres of sea. Of this population, about 400,000 are US citizens or residents, or have unfettered access to the USA due to Compacts of Free Association with that country.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Thales sees its support contract extended for Tiger Aircrew Training

Thales announced on 16 June that its support contract for the Tiger Aircrew Training Means (TATM) has been extended by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) representing Germany and France.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence Budget 2011 / 2012

Bucking the trend of recent years, the Defence budget has actually been pruned with money being returned to consolidated revenue – but is still healthy at a fraction more than $29 billion. The majority of the “savings” have resulted from the Department not spending as much on equipment for which funds had been allocated in the previous budget, totaling $1.3 billion. For this, Defence Minister Stephen Smith blames industry for not meeting payment milestones. This seems to over simply the situation and it is worth noting that last financial year the Government only managed to give Second Pass approval to eight out of a scheduled 14 projects and only two out of more than 20 of those scheduled for First Pass. Clearly, the Government’s own processes are far from perfect. Delaying First and Second Pass approvals is denying the ADF equipment it needs, is hurting industry and will have the inevitable consequence of leading to a funding blow out in future years.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

1st Person Senator Mark Bishop

Senator Mark Bishop, Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee speaks with APDR Editor, Kym Bergmann

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

AIR 5428

The Australian Defence Force’s programme to deliver a Pilot Training System (PTS) which will take a candidate from initial flight screening through to his or her possible entry into the post-graduate Lead In Fighter Trainer, is arguably the most important project on the books at this moment in time. The Pilot Training System, AIR 5428 Phase 1, will deliver a turnkey solution to the ADF, something that has never happened before in this domain. In the past, training projects have been platform-centric – selecting and introducing a specific aircraft type to service and adapting training accordingly. AIR 5428 is a holistic approach, which is outcome driven, rather than a project to acquire a new training aircraft (or two). As such, it is crucial that Defence gets it right.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Troops on the Home Front

On 7 June 2010 the New Zealand Minister of Defence the Hon Wayne Mapp, addressed the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on the topic of “Humanitarian and Disaster Relief in the Asia-Pacific”. The Minister’s main observations were that we live in a region which regularly experiences a wide range of natural disasters, and that skills in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief are of vital importance throughout our region. Furthermore the Minister noted that disaster relief is increasingly a core task for defence forces and that the necessary capabilities should be available specifically for humanitarian tasks and not just be seen as an add on or ‘nice to have’. He went on to say that such capabilities should form “part of core military business, not be simply a secondary task”. Observing that defence forces are often amongst the few national organizations that hold large fleets of deployable assets and have large numbers of disciplined personnel, the Minister noted that when a disaster occurs the public expect all available resources to be made available and that the defence forces must play a major role in disaster relief. “The public expect in response to a disaster nothing less than the full mobilization of the NZDF to the extent necessary to save lives and property. This expectation is shared by both local and national leaders.”

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems to Supply an Asian Country with Electro-Optical Payloads for Maritime Patrol Aircraft Under Contract Valued at Approximately $20 Million On May 18, Elbit announced that it was awarded a contract to supply an unnamed Asian country with dozens of CoMPASS™ (Compact Multi Purpose Advanced Stabilized System) payloads for maritime patrol aircraft. The Asian country, which operates one of the largest maritime patrol fleets in the world, has selected the CoMPASS™ payload as a solution to protect its coastlines. The contract, valued at approximately $20 million, is scheduled to be completed within two years.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Helicopter support

Three phases of Project AIR 9000, the Australian Defence Force’s helicopter roadmap for the future, are due to progress to either type selection or contract over the next year or two, realising a reduction in the number of platforms flown.

12th May 2011 | Read more

Air 9000 Phase 7

Aerospace companies, helicopter manufacturers and training and simulation providers are teaming up in readiness for the launch of the Air 9000 Phase 7 helicopter training competition – hardly a surprise given its estimated value is approaching the $1 billion mark.

12th May 2011 | Read more


As an emerging economic superpower, India’s spending on defence is on a rapid upward trajectory. The main driver appears to be emerging rivalry with China – especially as Beijing seeks to increase its presence in the Indian Ocean. However, traditional rivalry with Pakistan as well as increasing internal security issues are also factors.

12th May 2011 | Read more

LHDs powering along.

Given the recent very public problems with the Navy’s existing amphibious ships, there are high hopes that the 2 Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) currently under construction will be more than adequate replacements. And at a mid-way point in the programme, work seems to be progressing extremely well. Despite still having some way to go – especially with a few complex electronic systems integration issues coming up – all of the contractors spoken to by APDR expressed quiet satisfaction about how successful the programme has been to date.

10th May 2011 | Read more


Since the Defence Simulation Roadmap was first published in 2006, work to ensure the document evolves to better plan for future development and establish a system of simulation governance for both the ADF and industry has continued without pause. Simulation governance protocols are being developed which will not only guide the ADF along the path to greater and more efficient use of simulation in its activities, but also to shape a vision for the establishment of partnerships with industry and academia in the future.

10th May 2011 | Read more

Osama Bin Laden – an earlier intelligence failure? 5 may 2011

The death of Osama Bin Laden is now being analysed, with new information emerging almost by the hour. He had been on the run for almost a decade and was able to frustrate US and allied intelligence agencies in their attempts to track him down, which added to his mythical status. In an extraordinary comment three minutes into his address to the nation, President Barak Obama revealed: “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority in our war against Al-Qaeda.”

5th May 2011 | Read more


Every year the National People’s Congress (NPC) meets in the Chinese capital Beijing to lay out policy for the coming year. Among the first items on the annual agenda is the defence budget. On 4 March, on the opening day of the Fourth Session of the 11th NPC, the party leadership announced military spending would increase by 12.7%. This figure marks a return to double-digit growth after last year’s budget expanded by 7.5% as China weathered the global economic crisis.

8th Apr 2011 | Read more

Tanker Delivery Further Uncertainty

There is continuing uncertainty as to when the RAAF’s long awaited Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft will be delivered. From a technical viewpoint, two of the modified A-330s have been ready to be transferred since October last year but delays have occurred because of problems with the provision of ancillary items - especially documentation – and more recently issues concerned with the refueling boom. A Departmental spokesperson explained:

6th Apr 2011 | Read more


APDR’s Richard Gardner visits the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command at Netheravon during Exercise Pashtun Jaguar as crews and helicopters are prepared for an operational return to Afghanistan.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Defensive aids systems: electronic armour

The dozens of aircraft shot down in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade continue to underline the importance of self protection systems for aircraft, especially helicopters operating within easy range of man portable air defence systems. At the same time, advanced aircraft like the Chinese J-20 and Russian / Indian PAK FA are adding to the number of threats modern military aircraft face. The rapidly growing multi-billion dollar aircraft self protection market is testimony to the fact that such systems are an essential component of modern warfare and are something that no military aircraft can afford to fly without.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract to Build Next-Generation Refueling Tanker

On February 24 Boeing announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Is the Avalon air show doomed?

The topic of the commercial survival of an air show – even a large one such as Avalon – might at first seem a trivial topic. However, the issues affecting the future of the event say a lot about the relationships between Defence, industry and the media.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Babcock AWD torpedo launcher contract moves into next phase

On February 14 the company announced that assembly of the Mk32 Mod 9 torpedo launchers for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers is now underway at Babcock’s Techport Australia premises, marking an important milestone in the contract. Babcock Pty Ltd, part of Babcock International Group, was awarded the contract in December 2008 by Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Thales TopOwl deployed with French and US Forces in Afghanistan

Thales announced on February 11 that together with the Tiger and Huey UH-1Y helicopters, its TopOwl® Helmet Mounted Sight & Display system (HMSD) has been deployed with the French and US Forces in Afghanistan, to provide high levels of night vision performance and targeting capabilities for helicopter pilots.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Upgraded S-70A Black Hawk simulator enters service for Australian Army

CAE Australia announced on February 17 that a major upgrade to the Australian Army's S-70A Black Hawk full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) has been completed on-schedule and recently entered service for the Australian Army.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more



14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Avalon 2011

Training a key theme - the 10th Avalon air show saw a number of industry teaming agreements aimed at fixed and rotary training requirements – projects AIR 5428 and AIR 9000 Phase 7, respectively.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Red Dawn Rising

Chinese Air Force

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Two steps forward, half a step back.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Poseidon P-8A - God of the sea and shaker of the earth

AIR 7000 Phase 2B

14th Feb 2011 | Read more


Airborne Early Warning and Control

14th Feb 2011 | Read more


Richard Gardner looks at how changing priorities in UK defence policy are likely to impact on the role and shape of future UK air power.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Russian Firefighting Helicopters Ensure Global Safety.

The Russian firefighting Ka-32A11BC, Mi-17, and Mi-26T are ready to keep the Earth safe from fires in the summer season – always a potential hazard in many countries.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

All the World’s Super Hercules.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more



14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Refueling Mishap Unlikely To Affect Delivery.

Multi-Role Tanker Transport.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Further advances in targeting pods.

Sensor pods.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

The U.K.’s Watchkeeper programme.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Raytheon Teaming Agreement Announced for Pilot Training System Competition

Raytheon Australia announced on December 16 that it has teamed with BAE Systems to bid for the Air 5428 Pilot Training System Program. Air 5428 Phase 1 aims to utilise advanced training systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force’s fixed wing pilot training.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Achieves Overall 2010 Flight Test Target

Lockheed Martin announced on December 15 that the F-35 Lightning II program team reached its 2010 goal of 394 test flights jointly established by the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and Lockheed Martin. Since the first flight of the F-35 on Dec.15, 2006, the program has logged a total of 531 flights, expanding the performance envelope of the three F-35 variants and testing the mission systems.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

Harry Dunstall, General Manager – Commercial

Speaking to APDR Editor Kym Bergmann

1st Oct 2010 | Read more


Air 7000 Update.

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

The Rise of the Chinese Empire

Strategic analysis

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Border security

Michael Yui. Singapore, Malaysia

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


An opportunity lost

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter

Eglin AFB gears up for RAAF pilots

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Boeing Hornet Contract

Boeing Australia Component Repairs

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


QinetiQ files for three world records for its Zephyr Solar powered UAV

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

The Global Supply Chain

Foreword by The Hon Greg Combet

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

LHD communications suite

A transformational capability

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Industry policy

New Defence Industry Policy - what it really means!

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney Signs Agreement with Australian Supplier

Pratt & Whitney signed a purchase order on July 19 with Production Parts to manufacture a critical engine component for the F135 propulsion system program

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

The Federal Election

At the time of writing, the Australian Federal election looks to be a close contest with the odds slightly in favor of the Government being returned

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

JSF support MoU

Senior Representatives from BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will provide Through Life Support for the F-35 ‘Lightning’ Joint Strike Fighter.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

MRH90 To Resume Flying

Australian Aerospace Limited, which assembles the Army’s and Navy’s MRH90 helicopters in Brisbane, has welcomed the imminent return to flying operations by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) of what it describes as a world leading and most advanced multi-role helicopter.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Boeing Celebrates Production of 100th CH-47F Chinook

"This is an incredible milestone," said Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president, H-47 Programs.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more


The contract, initially awarded to Qantas in 1999, includes renewal options.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more



1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Defence Budget 2010 - 2011


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1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Delivery of RAAF Air Tanker Support Equipment to Begin

EADS has announced that preparations have begun to deliver thousands of items of tooling and spare parts from Europe to Australia to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) new fleet of Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) air-to-air refuelling tankers.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more


On May 12 BAE Systems celebrated a decade of successful production and support operations for the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter (LIF) aircraft in Australia.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

CAE awarded new military contracts in Europe and Canada valued at approximately C$50 million

Canada’s CAE announced on 5 May that towards the end of its fiscal 2010 it was awarded several new military contracts in Europe and Canada to support the German Army and Royal Netherlands Air Force as well as Canada's Department of National Defence. The value of the contracts combined is approximately C$50 million.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

AIR 9000 phase 8 - Let the competition begin

Now that Air 9000 phase 8 is a competition, APDR features a major assessment on NFH90 and MH60-R

5th May 2010 | Read more

Air 87

Training: A fearful symmetry. Modern weapon systems and complex platforms demand the increasing attention of their operators and maintainers

5th May 2010 | Read more

General Electric Co and Rolls Royce

GE and Rolls-Royce Propose Fixed Price Offer for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Engine

5th May 2010 | Read more

EADS Defence and Royal Thai Air Force

ADS Defence & Security’s obstacle warning system to protect Royal Thai Air Force helicopters

5th May 2010 | Read more

EADS North America

EADS North America to build three Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technology Demonstration Aircraft

5th May 2010 | Read more

Thales TopOwl

TopOwl flies through tests for new extreme-condition applications

5th May 2010 | Read more

Flight Simulator

Designing and developing a flying training system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) of the future takes time – a lot of time.

23rd Apr 2010 | Read more

JSF - Australia Industry Participation

Never far from controversy, the Joint Strike Fighter programme is facing pressures both from within Lockheed Martin, in terms of the delayed testing schedule, and those exerted on defence budgets by the global financial crisis.

16th Apr 2010 | Read more

Super Hornets: Industry Support for the RAAF's Rhinos

The Commonwealth has allocated AS$2.5 billion over a period of 10 years to provide support and sustainment for the introduction of 24 F/A-18F Block II+ Super Hornets with the Royal Australian Air Force.

10th Feb 2010 | Read more

Air 7000 & JP129

Australia is making substantial investments in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

10th Feb 2010 | Read more

Wedgetail. Another saga of naïve contracting?

It boggles and saddens the mind that Defence, the launch customer for the supply of an airborne early warning and control capability for Australia, and the supplier Boeing, have failed to perform satisfactorily on this critically important program for the defence of Australia.

3rd Feb 2010 | Read more

Tiger Helicopters

And well might it be said as the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter [ARH], now beginning to enter into service in the Australian Army, is demonstrating that it is an outstanding example of European commercial and technological aviation expertise that is stealing the march on a heretofore entrenched market for United States helicopters in Australia and also in other nations.

2nd Nov 2009 | Read more

Air 8000

The search for a successor to Australia’s geriatric de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou fleet, which started way back in the 1970s, has stalled a number of times in recent years but with annual support costs for the fleet now reaching A$35 million continuing operation of the type is no longer feasible.

1st Sep 2009 | Read more

InFlight Connectivity Comes of Age

In-flight connectivity is finally taking off after years of false starts. Emma Kelly examines today’s technology and its prospects for success this time around.

1st Sep 2009 | Read more

RAAFs First Super Hornet

Speaking at the rollout of the first RAAF Super Hornet, RAAF Chief Air Marshal Mark Binskin said that he personally is in favor of the future conversion of some of the aircraft to the Electronic Warfare ‘Grizzly’ variant. Previously known as the Growler, the EW variants have been rechristened to avoid confusion with their predecessor the Prowler.

1st Jul 2009 | Read more

J-XX The PLAAF’s Plans for a Stealthy Fifth Generation Fighter

There is very little information available about the J-XX. The existence of the program was first disclosed by US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in 1997 when J-XX was described as a 4th generation fighter to enter the service around 2015.

30th Jun 2009 | Read more

Supporting the ADF's Helicopter Fleet

The goal of the Australian Defence Force’s [ADFs] Project AIR 9000 is to plan a ‘rotary wing roadmap’ for the future and as such, aims to replace legacy Army and Navy fleets to satisfy projected operational requirements.

6th May 2009 | Read more

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