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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 08:25
 Jamaica Defense Forces to acquire 12 Bushmaster armoured personnel carrier from Thales Australia

Dec. 4, 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Cabinet of Jamaica government has approved a five-year recapitalisation project for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) which will see the JDF replacing obsolete and mainly unserviceable V150 armoured cars in its fleet. Under the project, the JDF (Jamaica Defense Forces) will acquire 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster armoured personnel carriers (APCs) a report from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said.

 

At present, the JDF has a complement of 14 Cadillac Gage V150s, 10 of which were acquired 37 years ago in 1976 and the other four were acquired in 1985, according to the OPM.

 

Over the course of their service life within the JDF, the vehicles have been utilized as critical enablers in many high risk situations such as internal security deployments in support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as well as pre and post disaster response and rescue operations.

 

Delivery of the armoured vehicles will commence in 2015.

 

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3 décembre 2013 2 03 /12 /décembre /2013 08:35
Australia promotes new radar technologies

 

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

Phased array radar technologies are being developed in Australia by CEA Technologies under contract from the government.

 

The award was given to CEA Technologies, which will leverage its CEAFAR phased array radar for the project.

 

"The CEAFAR radar is currently being fitted to the ANZAC -class frigates as part of a major upgrade," said Minister for Defense David Johnston. "This radar is a world-leading capability for a system of its weight and size and importantly, is considerably more cost-effective than comparable systems.

 

"The development of high-power phased array radar based on the CEAFAR system builds on the substantial investment in domestic radar-related research and development."

 

CEAFAR is a 3D active phased array radar with a microwave tile-based design and is scalable in size and optimized for littoral and open ocean.

 

Details of the contract awarded to CEA Technologies were not provided by the Australian Department of Defense, which announced the award.

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29 novembre 2013 5 29 /11 /novembre /2013 17:35
HMAS Darwin taken from the embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter photo RAN

HMAS Darwin taken from the embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter photo RAN

 

November 29, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Thales; issued November 27, 2013)

 

Thales Awarded FFG Combat System Support Extension

 

Thales Australia has been awarded a three-year extension to its support contract for the Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide Class FFG frigate combat system.

 

The contract covers on-board systems and associated support facilities, and will be delivered from the company’s facilities in Sydney and Perth. The extension ensures FFG combat system capability is effectively sustained leading into the future transition to the country’s new Air Warfare Destroyers.

 

The versatile FFG combat system was developed by Thales as part of the FFG Upgrade project that concluded in 2009, and which was the most technologically advanced warship upgrade program ever performed in Australia.

 

At the core of the upgrade, the Australian Distributed Architecture Combat System (ADACS) integrated various shipboard sensors, effectors, tactical data links and support systems to provide the frigates’ command teams with a common battlespace management environment.

 

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: "As the FFGs are the RAN’s front line combatants, it is crucial to ensure the combat system performs at the highest levels.

 

"We have extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of these systems not only as a result of the FFG Upgrade project, but also because of our role supporting the recent enhancement of the FFGs with SM-2 surface-to-air missiles.

 

"We will continue to work closely with the Defence Materiel Organisation and the RAN to maintain this important capability."

 

 

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion (equivalent of AUD 17.6 billion) with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2012.

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29 novembre 2013 5 29 /11 /novembre /2013 08:35
Saab signs contract to upgrade Australian Submarine Sub-System

 

 

Nov 28, 2013 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with ASC Pty Ltd (Australian Submarine Corporation) to update and modernise the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) on the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class Submarines. The contract has a total value SEK 180 million.

 

The ISCMMS system provides the submarine manoeuvring control and integrated platform systems management. Originally developed by Saab it has proven to be a very reliable system of the Australian Collins Class Submarine.

 

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 17:35
Contract signed to upgrade Collins Class Submarines

 

Nov 27, 2013 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced the Defence Materiel Organisation has signed a multi-million dollar contract with ASC Pty Ltd to update the control management and monitoring system for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines.

 

Senator Johnston said the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System is a highly automated computerised system, which enables the crew of a Collins submarine to control, monitor and manage the large number of diverse and complex systems on board the submarines.

 

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 13:35
Rheinmetall seeks Australian suppliers

 

 

DEAKIN WEST, Australia, Nov. 26 (UPI)

 

Rheinmetall Defense's Australian subsidiary is seeking local suppliers for its contract to supply vehicles and mission support to the country's military.

 

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia, or RMMVA, said more than 500 companies attended its supplier opportunity events this month in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney.

 

In addition to RMMVA, a number of its key sub-contractors in the government's LAND 121 3B defense project participated in the presentations.

 

"RMMVA, in close cooperation with our key sub-contractors, is actively engaging with Australian industry to enable as many Australian companies to be part of this exciting program as possible," RMMVA Managing Director Peter Hardisty said. "The products and services we are seeking include the design, development and production of specific hardware such as modules, some vehicle bodies, sub-systems and components as well as project management and systems integration, developmental, test and evaluation work."

 

Under the LAND 121 Phase 3B project, Rheinmetall is to supply and support mission systems for about 2,500 wheeled vehicles to Australia's Defense Force, and is working with state governments, Defense Materiel Organization business access offices and Australian industry associations to strengthen its supply chain.

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27 novembre 2013 3 27 /11 /novembre /2013 13:35
Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III at Canberra Airport

Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III at Canberra Airport

 

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 26 (UPI)

 

Boeing Co. has delivered a full-scale C-17 Globemaster III cargo compartment trainer to the Royal Australian Air Force, the company said.

 

The trainer is a fully functional replica of a C-17 fuselage that can simulate day/night operating conditions for loadmasters, as well as aeromedical evacuation training for aeromedical specialists.

 

"The C-17 program has delivered a substantial capability to Australia; this CCT represents the final component of that program," said RAAF Group Capt. Warren Bishop. "It will add significant value to the RAAF, providing the capability to train pilots and loadmasters in Australia."

 

The cargo compartment trainer will be used at an RAAF facility in Amberley, where loading vehicles, simulated cargo and other training assets are located.

 

The Royal Australian Air Force operates six C-17s for military transport missions and disaster relief operations.

 

Boeing said the operational cargo compartment trainer delivered to Australia is the third it has produced. Two others are being used at a U.S Air Force base in Oklahoma.

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21 novembre 2013 4 21 /11 /novembre /2013 08:35
Australia, US To Launch Talks On Troops Deployment

 

Nov. 20, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

WASHINGTON — Australia and the United States will launch negotiations next month on a binding deal to govern the stationing of US troops in northern Darwin, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.

 

He was speaking after annual bilateral talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their Australian counterparts Defense Minister David Johnson and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

 

Plans to post more than 2,500 Marines by 2016-17 to the northern city of Darwin were first unveiled two years ago by US President Barack Obama.

 

And Hagel said that the initiatives “remain on track.”

 

“Two companies of Marines have rotated through Darwin,” he told a press conference at the State Department, adding that next year, the force would expand to 1,100 Marines and continue to grow.

 

“These ongoing rotational deployments to Australia are important to making the US military presence in Asia-Pacific more geographically distributed, operationally resilient and also politically sustainable,” Hagel insisted after the two countries signed a statement of principles on their shared regional defense and security objectives.

 

“Negotiations will begin next month on a binding agreement that will govern these force posture initiatives and further defense cooperation.”

 

Johnson said the ties to the United States were “Australia’s most important strategic alliance” and hailed the “very effective” and “productive” talks.

 

The negotiations began with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where the ministers laid wreaths to troops killed in past conflicts — a somber reminder of the wars in which the two countries have fought side by side.

 

But they also came against the backdrop of a row with Indonesia, amid reports that US and Australian missions in Jakarta had been used for spying on the country.

 

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono suspended cooperation with Australia in the sensitive area of human smuggling, denouncing what he called Canberra’s “Cold War” behavior.

 

It was the latest angry outburst from Indonesia over the reports, based on documents leaked by US intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden, that Australian spies tried to listen to the phone calls of the president, his wife and ministers in 2009.

 

Kerry and Bishop both refused to answer any questions about the row at the press conference, with the top US diplomat saying that “we don’t discuss intelligence procedures in any sort of public way at this point in time.”

 

Hagel also revealed that he had earlier signed an agreement with Johnson on relocating “a unique advanced space surveillance telescope to western Australia.”

 

“This telescope provides highly accurate detection, tracking and identification of deep space objects, and will further strengthen our existing space cooperation,” Hagel said.

 

The talks, known as AUSMIN, were the first to be held with the new Australian government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and both sides stressed the strength of the ties between the two nations.

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20 novembre 2013 3 20 /11 /novembre /2013 12:30
OEF : entraînement opérationnel dans le golfe d’Aden

 

20/11/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Du 5 au 8 novembre 2013, la FLF (frégate type La Fayette) Aconit, engagée au sein de la force navale de l’opération de contre-terrorisme Enduring freedom (OEF), la Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a mené un entrainement opérationnel dans le golfe d’Aden.

 

Durant ces quatre jours, la frégate Aconit était à la tête d’un groupe composé de la frégate canadienne HMCS Toronto, de la frégate australienne HMAS Melbourne et de deux patrouilleurs yéménites. L’objectif de cet entraînement était de poursuivre la coopération avec la marine et les garde-côtes yéménites aux abords du détroit de Bab-el-Mandeb.

 

Les marines engagées ont partagé leurs expériences et renforcé leur interopérabilité au cours d’exercices divers : ravitaillement à la mer, exercice de lutte anti-aérienne, exercice de sauvetage en mer.

 

La coopération avec la marine yéménite s’est quant à elle concentrée sur la problématique de la lutte anti-terroriste et de la lutte contre le narco trafic.

 

L’Aconit a effectué au cours de cet entraînement une courte escale au Yémen. Celle-ci s’inscrit dans la continuité de l’action diplomatique française dans cette partie du monde.

 

L’Aconit est engagée dans l’opération Enduring Freedom de lutte antiterroriste depuis le 20 septembre 2013. Depuis 2001, la France participe à cette opération qui vise à suivre les mouvements maritimes dans une zone allant de la corne d’Afrique au golfe arabo-persique, afin de lutter contre le terrorisme et ses réseaux de soutien.

 

Les bâtiments français engagés dans cette opération conduisent également des entraînements et des manœuvres avec nos partenaires et alliés présents dans la zone pour renforcer l’interopérabilité de nos forces.

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 12:35
HMAS Canberra

HMAS Canberra

Australia's Canberra class LHD Under-Construction (File Photo)

 

14 November 2013 By Peter Layton - Pacific Sentinel

 

Once again battle has been joined on the shape of Australia’s next Navy. While this may appear as merely differing opinions on our future navy’s role, lurking barely submerged are the omnipresent (sea) battles over budgets and spending. In struggles over funding real ships, there are no shades of gray.

 

Hugh White has re-energised the debate with recent forays (here and here) about the push in Australia of having a small navy of big ships. He holds that the Navy seems to be building a fleet focused on protecting an amphibious force so it can deliver the Army on defended, foreign shores. Hugh bases his criticism on a belief that Australia would be best served by building a sea denial navy able to prevent hostile naval vessels from projecting power themselves. His preferred sea denial force structure comprises smaller less-capable ships, more numerous and better submarines and maritime strike aircraft.

 

Currently Hugh’s main protagonist is James Goldrick, who supports the small navy of big ships concept on sea control grounds (see also here). Much of Australia’s international trade travels by sea, and navies have always protected merchant ships and are therefore built big. James’s argument is interesting, as many earlier sea control advocates have pushed for a naval force structure of large numbers of small ships mostly optimised for anti-submarine warfare. Large numbers of more-affordable ships were seen as needed to protect multiple convoys of merchant ships. Having fewer big ships meant only a smaller number of convoys could be protected.

 
 

On James’s side are the power projection supporters like Jim Molan and the airpower-minded Williams Foundation (PDF) who both argue—albeit from a different angle— that such large ship amphibious power projection is indeed what the ADF should be striving for. Taking a more carefully nuanced view is Thomas Lonergan, who cranks matters down a notch in stressing the two new big amphibious ships are not meant for high-end warfighting but lesser—if more likely—operations, a position with some supporters.

 

In sum, the naval debate in Australia seems to be across the three poles of sea denial, sea control and power projection. Such nautical debates are normally structured on such lines—nothing new here!

 

Across the Pacific however, the Chief of the US Navy is tacking in a different direction. Admiral Jonathan Greenert argues that the mission of the USN is presence, as far forward as possible. He says, provocatively: ‘We have to be where it matters. We need to be there when it matters’. For this, the Admiral advocates a large force of small ships like the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and the Mobile Landing Platform (MPL).

 

The USN currently has 24 LCSs, 11 JHSVs and 3 MPL variants under contract, with more sought. The Service has begun deploying LCSs to Singapore. Eight more will be sent to Bahrain possibly beginning next year. These smaller ships are seen to ‘closely resonate with some of the missions of the future’ where numbers matter such as counterpiracy, humanitarian operations and maritime security.

 

The focus on small ships provides more vessels. More importantly, when looking at this in strategic terms, such ships are easier for the host-country navy to work and exercise with and present fewer worries over basing. For an engagement strategy of the kind the Admiral advocates, smaller ships are simply more appropriate than big complex ones like Aegis cruisers or large amphibious ships. Big ships may be good for hosting cocktail parties but are hard to host.

 

Such a concept would present a startling picture if applied to Australia. We could potentially have warships deployed on a long-term basis across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, becoming truly and deeply engaged with neighbours and friends in ways never possible before. Small ships could help build good relationships as part of an engagement strategy and be on hand at all times, not just occasionally. Such a strategy-driven force structure is very different to the traditional sea denial, sea control and power projection operational concepts underpinning our contemporary nautical force structure debates.

 

As interesting as all this may seem, what does the new Minister think? The new Minister seems to be coming down on the sea control side, albeit with a big new twist: collective defence of the sea-lanes. The merchant ships that serve Australia are actually owned by others and so their defence is a shared problem. The Minister also seems to be moving towards a fourth big AWD as the political significance of sustaining the naval shipbuilding workforce increases and the budgetary difficulty of doing so declines.

 

In a curious twist of fate, the new small ships that Admiral Greenert talks of have strong linkages to Australian shipbuilding. WA’s Austal shipyards both designed, and is building, the USN’s new JHSVs and one of the two LCS types. If Australia has gone Spanish in building its small fleet of big ships, the USN has gone Australian in building its big fleet of small ships.

 

Is there room for some new thinking in Australia about naval force structure beyond the old constructs? A regional Indo-Pacific engagement strategy may suggest that some new ideas are worth considering. After all, a fourth AWD will cost some $2bn or about the same as four JHSVs and four LCSs. Maybe a more balanced strategy-driven debate is just what’s needed.

 

Perhaps the last word should be Minister Johnston’s. Speaking of the LCS he noted that ‘They are fast, cost effective and relatively easily built and very flexible and versatile. Our navy needs a suitable mix of high-end war-fighting capabilities, such as the Air Warfare Destroyers and smaller vessels…’

 
Peter Layton is undertaking a research PhD in grand strategy at UNSW, and has been an associate professor of national security strategy at the US National Defense University.
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12 novembre 2013 2 12 /11 /novembre /2013 12:50
Taranis First Flight

 

November 10, 2013 by martin – Think Defence

 

It seems that the long awaited first flight of Taranis in Australia has already taken place but been kept a under wraps. I would love to know  more about this aircraft and many of the outlandish claims in the media including that it is super sonic with a 2,000 – 4,000 mile range and one of the lowest Radar Cross Sections ever recorded. But the men at the ministry are giving nothing away for once.

 

Taranis makes maiden flight

 

Parliamentary Documents Reveal Beginning Of Taranis Test Flights

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RAAF starts Growler training in the US

 

Nov 6, 2013 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

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.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sean Rutledge has commenced training with the Electronic Attack Wing, US Pacific Fleet (CVWP) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Once he’s completed his training, Flight Lieutenant Rutledge will be qualified to instruct other RAAF aircrew for the 12 EA-18G Growlers the Australian Government is purchasing from the United States Foreign Military Sales program.

 

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Polynésie française : Sea Power conference 2013

 

17/10/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Du 7 au 9 octobre 2013, le contre-amiral Anne Cullerre, commandant la zone maritime de l’océan Pacifique (ALPACI) et commandant supérieur des Forces armées en Polynésie Française (FAPF), a participé  à la Sea Power conference 2013 organisée par la Royal Australian Navy à Sydney.

 

Ce rendez-vous annuel rassemble les autorités militaires des Marines du Pacifiques, mais aussi de certain pays d’Europe et du Moyen-Orient, autour d’une thématique spécifique. Cette année, l’événement centré sur la « diplomatie navale et la projection de force maritime » coïncidait également avec le centenaire de la Marine australienne.

 

Cet événement a favorisé de nombreux échanges autour de la coopération de défense et les perspectives de coopération internationales et régionales entre les différents pays participants.

 

Au delà des conférences et des commémorations auxquelles ont participé une cinquantaine de bâtiments, ces trois jours ont surtout été l’occasion pour ALPACI de s’entretenir lors de réunions bilatérales avec certains des chefs d’état-major présents pour échanger sur les sujets d’intérêt dans la vaste zone relevant de son commandement.

 

Le contre-amiral Cullerre a ainsi pu rencontrer, notamment, le commandant de la flotte américaine dans le Pacifique, le chef d’état-major de la marine malaisienne, ainsi que des représentants des marines australienne, néo-zélandaise, chinoise et vietnamienne.

 

La conférence s’est conclue par la revue navale internationale et par un défilé des équipages dans les rues de Sydney, manifestations auxquelles participait l’équipage de la frégate de surveillance Vendémiaire, dont le port d’attache est Nouméa en Nouvelle-Calédonie.

 

Dans le cadre des missions qui lui sont confiées dans sa zone de responsabilité permanente (ZRP), le COMSUP FAPF participe aux activités de coopération régionale et entretient des relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des nations présentes sur cette zone. A ce titre, il met en œuvre la coopération franco-australienne qui est encadrée par plusieurs accords multilatéraux : FRANZ (France, Australie et Nouvelle-Zélande) pour le secours aux populations insulaires victimes de catastrophes naturelles et QUAD (France, Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande et Etats-Unis) pour les questions sécuritaires.

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AUS: First ever Timor-Leste officer joins Royal Australian Naval College

Commander Higineo Neves, Chief of Naval Component Timor-Leste, promotes Midshipman Jacinto Do Nascimento to Sub-Lieutenant, during his officer training at HMAS Creswell.

 

16 October 2013 LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer) – Pacific Sentinel
 

The latest New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) at HMAS Creswell has a very special trainee, one paving the way for his nation and Navy.

 

Jacinto Do Nascimento is the first Timor-Leste Navy officer to attend training at the Royal Australian Naval College in an agreement between the navies set to continue into the future.

 

As part of the ADF Defence Cooperation Program, the undertaking proposes to train up to two Timor-Leste officers per year, making the Royal Australian Navy the training partner of choice for the fledgling Timor-Leste Navy.

 

 

Highlighting the importance of Jacinto’s training, Commander Higineo Neves, Chief of Naval Component Timor-Leste took a break from events associated with the International Fleet Review, to travel to Creswell to congratulate one of his own officers.

 

Commander Neves officially promoted Midshipman Do Nascimento to Sub-Lieutenant in front of his NEOC 49 peers to resounding applause.

 

Lieutenant Commander Mark Burton, Senior Naval Advisor to Timor-Leste, captured the significance of the ceremony, “Since Timor-Leste independence was granted in 2002, building a naval presence has been vital.”

 

“The Royal Australian Navy is committed to assisting our colleagues in Timor-Leste to achieve this aim, as one of their closest neighbours in the region,” he said.

 

“It is an emotional day to watch this commitment come to fruition here at the Naval College.”

 

As part of his visit to Creswell, Commander Neves presented the establishment’s Executive Officer, Commander Letitia van Stralen, and Training Commander, Commander Patrick O’Brien with ‘tais’—scarves symbolising friendship.  Creswell returned the gesture with presentation of a crest to signify the ongoing partnership between the navies.

 

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 11:35
Australians Invest Millions To Upgrade Facilities For Marines

Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin sprint to their first station wearing full gear during a May 23 squad competition at a training range in Australia. (Sgt. Sarah Fiocco / Marine Corps)

 

Oct. 14, 2013 - By GINA HARKINS – Defense News

 

The Australian government will begin a multimillion-dollar construction project this month at two military facilities to accommodate future rotations of up to 2,500 US Marines.

 

Australia’s defense department announced Friday that it awarded $11 million for new facilities at the Australian army’s Robertson Barracks and the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Darwin, according to a news release. The project will ensure “appropriate living and working accommodation is available for the US Marine Corps.”

 

The Corps’ presence in Australia’s Northern Territory is expected to increase dramatically next year when, starting in the spring, about 1,200 Marines arrive for six months of training in the region. The last two rotations comprised about 200 Marines. By 2016, the U.S. expects to deploy a full Marine air-ground task force numbering 2,500 personnel, officials have said.

 

To date, the company-size units rotating through Darwin have stayed at Robertson Barracks. But with aviation support in tow next year, about 130 Marines — along with four heavy-lift helicopters — will be stationed at the air force base, the news release says.

 

The construction projects are expected to begin in coming weeks and will be completed by the end of February.

 

About 200 Marines and sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, recently returned home to Hawaii, having spent six months Down Under as Marine Rotational Force-Darwin. It’s unclear which unit will deploy next.

 

Before leaving in September, US and Australian forces conducted a battalion-level training event at Bradshaw Field Training Area, located in the remote Australian outback. About 750 Marines and sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit joined 150 Marines with MRF-Darwin and 100 Australian troops.

 

The exercise helped commanders identify the advantages and limitations of the training field, said Col. John Merna, the 31st MEU’s commanding officer. They found that its location, about 200 miles inland from the shallow waters of the Coral Sea coastline, presented some logistical challenges.

 

“It’s very austere,” Merna told Marine Corps Times. “Any time you can go into a training area that’s an established training area, it’ll be more useful and effective. So more facilities, harder structures, communications — things that are more permanent — [would be] helpful.”

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Afghanistan: l'ONU prolonge le mandat de l'ISAF jusqu'à la fin de 2014

NEW YORK (Nations unies), 10 octobre - RIA Novosti

 

Le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a prolongé le mandat de la Force internationale d'assistance et de sécurité en Afghanistan (ISAF) jusqu'au 31 décembre 2014 conformément à la résolution ad hoc adoptée jeudi à l'initiative de l'Australie.

 

D'ici 18 juin 2013, l'armée afghane doit se charger de la sécurité sur tout le territoire du pays. A cette occasion, le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a souligné la nécessité de conserver le rôle de l'ISAF "dans le soutien apporté au gouvernement de l'Afghanistan" et "dans le renforcement des forces nationales afghanes de sécurité".

 

Le Conseil de sécurité a également salué l'attachement de l'Otan et du gouvernent afghan à la consolidation de leur partenariat bilatéral conformément à l'entente intervenue entre les alliés lors du sommet de l'Otan à Lisbonne en 2010.

 

La Force internationale d'assistance et de sécurité a vu le jour peu après le commencement de la guerre contre les talibans en 2001. Elément constitutif de la coalition encadrée par l'Otan, l'ISAF opère dans le cadre d'un mandat du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU.

 

L'entente conclue en 2010 à Lisbonne prévoit le retrait des troupes de la coalition d'Afghanistan et le transfert à l'armée afghane des responsabilités en matière de sécurité dans le pays.

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MU90 Torpedo Enters Royal Australian Navy Service

 

Oct 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : Thales Group

 

The MU90 lightweight torpedo has entered active service with the Royal Australian Navy, having achieved Operational Release Status after a recent final test firing.

 

The entry into service has been achieved as a result of close collaboration between the Djimindi Alliance (comprising the Defence Materiel Organisation, Thales Australia and EuroTorp), the Royal Australian Navy and its RAN Test Evaluation Analysis Authority, and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

 

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Operations Room of HMAS PERTH showing the upgraded Saab 9LV Combat Management System

Operations Room of HMAS PERTH showing the upgraded Saab 9LV Combat Management System

Oct 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : MoD Australia

 

Collaboration on maritime combat systems is the focus of a new strategic alliance signed today by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and Saab Systems.

 

The new bilateral alliance involves research associated with Saab’s 9LV Mk3 combat management system fitted to the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC ships.

 

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 06:50
BAE Awarded Latest Annual Nulka Rounds Production Contract

Oct 8, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

BAE Systems has secured a 15th successive annual contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy.

 

Valued at approximately $35 million, the latest follow-on order will see production take place during 2014 in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, and 2015 in Mulwala, New South Wales.

 

The rounds will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy, bringing the total number of rounds supplied by BAE Systems to more than 1200.

 

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Guns Up For Australian Army 6x6 G-Wagons

02.10.2013 W&E Platt Pty Ltd - army-guide.com

 

The Australian Army will soon take delivery of the first Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6 surveillance reconnaissance vehicles (SRV) fitted with a new customised weapons suite.

 

Under Phase 3A of Project Land 121, around 200 G-Wagon 6x6 SRVs will each receive front and rear weapon mounts developed by Australian weapon mount specialist W&E Platt.

 

In a AUD$2.5 million contract with Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), the company is currently building the mounts at a rate of about 10 sets per week. The contract also includes a spare parts package and technical documentation.

 

In collaboration with the DMO, Platt undertook extensive in-house design and engineering evaluations of the bespoke weapon mount solutions throughout much of 2012, including Commonwealth of Australia sponsored live fire trials of advanced prototype mounts.

 

Designed specifically for the unarmoured 300 CDI G-Wagon 6x6 SRV platform, the weapon mount fit comprises a front rail mount for both left and right-handed gunners that is installed on the upper dash structure for the vehicle commander; and a rear skate mount fixed to the rear stowage compartment. The latter enables the gunner to engage targets left, right and to the rear of the vehicle but not to the front of the vehicle, where arcs of fire are restricted by rotation stops.

 

Each weapon mount can accept a Minimi 5.56mm light machine weapon or a MAG-58 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.

 

Australian Army units earmarked to receive the 6500kg gross vehicle mass G-Wagon 6x6 SRV include the three Regional Force Surveillance Units: the Pilbara Regiment, NORFORCE and the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment. It is understood that Royal Australian Air Force Airfield Defence Guards units will also receive the vehicle.

 

Delivery of the Platt weapon mounts will continue through the first quarter of 2014.

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Rockwell Collins selected by Australian Army to provide 'eyes and ears' for soldiers

 

 

Sep 24, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins

 

    Patrol Persistent Surveillance System combines sound, vibration and imaging sensors for enhanced situational awareness

 

The constant monitoring of threats against military bases, forward observation posts and other secure facilities can be time-intensive and dangerous. To solve this problem for the Australian Defence Forces, Rockwell Collins developed and recently delivered the Patrol Persistent Surveillance System (PPSS).

 

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Teams Form for Australia Trainer Contest

BAE Systems has announced it has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE to bid for Australia's pilot training system. The bid will be based on Beechcraft's T-6C Texan II. (Beechcraft)

 

Sep. 23, 2013 - By NIGEL PITTAWAY  - Defense News

 

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — 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.

 

John Quaife, BAE’s general manager for aviation solutions, said the team will provide a total flight training solution, based on Beechcraft’s T-6C Texan II turboprop trainer.

 

“Designed to meet the needs of undergraduate pilot training for the United States, Canada and other NATO air forces, the T-6C has amassed more than 2 million flying hours and has proven its ability as a versatile, cost-effective platform,” he said.

 

BAE Systems has provided services to Australia’s forces for flight screening and basic flying training since 1992 and won an AUS $88.8 million (US $83 million) Interim Basic Flying Training (IBFT) contract for a further six years in 2011. It also provides flying training and support in Australia for the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Brunei Air Force and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

 

The company is also teamed with Beechcraft in the US to support T-6-based pilot training for the US Navy.

 

The Australian pilot training system competition, known as Project AIR 5428, has been underway since 2005, but a formal request for tender was released in August.

 

The BAE Systems/Beechcraft/CAE team is the first to break cover in the current incarnation of Air 5428. Raytheon Australia was an earlier team member, but the company declined to provide details regarding its status.

 

“Raytheon Australia maintains the same active interest in the AIR 5428 program that it has demonstrated over the last decade,” was all the company was prepared to say and was not prepared to attribute the statement to an individual.

 

Similarly, Boeing Defence Australia is also interested in the competition, but said only “There are a number of opportunities that Boeing is focused on in Australia. For competitive reasons, however, we decline to comment on specific projects.”

 

The Pilatus PC-21 is the main competitor to the T-6C, but the Swiss company is yet to reveal its plans for the pilot training system.

 

AIR 5428 will replace the separate fixed-wing basic and advanced flying training programs with a single system that will take a candidate from flight screening to wings and will make significant use of simulation and other synthetic training aids.

 

The tender is due to close in February and the successful system will graduate its first students in early 2017.

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La frégate de surveillance Vendémiaire appareille pour Sydney

23/09/2013 Actu Marine

 

Le Vendémiaire a quitté la base navale de Chaleix à Nouméa pour la Mission 2013.2. Celle-ci le conduira tout d'abord à Brisbane puis à Sydney où il participera aux célébrations des cent ans de la marine australienne et enfin à l'entraînement Triton Centenary.

 

Plus de vingt marines sont attendues à l'occasion de la revue navale australienne: américaine, russe, chinoise, mais aussi tongienne, fidjienne, micronésienne ou encore papoue. Le Vendémiaire devrait continuer sur Port-Moresby en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, puis au Vanuatu, tout en effectuant deux patrouilles dans la zone économique exclusive (ZEE) de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.

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Australian A330 MRTT simulator gets Level D certification

Sept. 18, 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - The Royal Australian Air Force’s full flight simulator for the Airbus Military Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has been granted Level D certification.

 

This is the first MRTT simulator in the world to receive the certification, says CAE, which produced the equipment. The certification was awarded by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

 

Based on the A330-200 airliner, the MRTT is designated the KC-30A in Australian service. The simulator is located at RAAF Amberley.

 

"Aerial refuelling is a complex, challenging and sometimes dangerous operation so we need the highest fidelity training systems to prepare our aircrews for mission success," says Ewan Ward, project director, Project Air 5402 - air to air refuelling, Defence Materiel Organisation.

 

"Our new KC-30A full mission simulator combined with the full suite of KC-30A training devices will play a key role in cost-effectively training our tanker aircrews to accomplish a range of refuelling missions."

 

Australia operates five KC-30A aircraft.

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Navantia Sets the First Landing Craft for Australia Afloat

September 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Navantia; issued September 16, 2013)

 

Navantia has set afloat, today at 12:00, the first of the series of twelve fast landing crafts that is building for the Royal Australian Navy. The design of these ships is based on the ones built by Navantia for the Spanish Navy and commissioned from 2006 to 2008.

 

The contract, signed in December 2011, includes the total construction in Navantia in the Bay of Cádiz, and means a workforce of 350,000 hours.

 

The landing crafts are destined to operate with the ALHD “Canberra” and ALHD “Adelaide”, strategic projection ships, similar to LHD ”Juan Carlos I”, also built by Navantia. Commissioning of the four first units is scheduled for April 2014.

 

The main characteristics of the ships are:

 

- Lenght overall: 23.30 m.

- Floatation lenght: 21.27 m.

- Width: 6.40 m.

- Depth: 2.80 m.

- Propulsion: two 809 kW diesel engines, two waterjets propellers

- Speed: more than 20 knots

- Autonomy: 190 miles at full load

- Loading capacity flexibility: Abrams vehicle, several Army vehicles, fusiliers’ company or 20 feet container truck.

 

Australia is a strategic country for Navantia, regarding the number of naval programs, where Navantia presents as a solid and safe option. Recently, Navantia has created Navantia Australia Pty, as a proof of our commitment in the country.

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