At long last the Navy looks set to conduct a shipborne trial of ScanEagle in 2016. In other news this week it seems AWD hulls don't make for great ASW frigates – whatever the reason, it appears the idea to build the Navy's future frigates from the existing Navantia design has been dropped.
Hats off to Airbus for delivering the first HATS helicopter for the ADF. TKMS Australia has been upping the ante in the buyers market that is Sea 1000 by reminding us it can do a local submarine build. Elsewhere Canada spends big on an integrated troop radar system and the Skynet satellite moves to establish secure communications in the Asia Pacific.
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Insitu president and CEO Ryan Hartman confirmed to Australian media this week that Insitu will be supporting a Navy trial of ScanEagle. more»
The option of using the Navantia-designed hull of the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) as the basis for the proposed Future Frigate that will replace the RAN’s Anzac class fleet has been quietly dropped, according to informed sources. more»
Boeing Defence Australia has accepted the first of 15 Airbus Helicopters H135 training helicopters to be procured under JP9000 Phase 7 for the joint Army/Navy Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). more»
German sub maker TKMS has reiterated its intention to build submarines in Australia should it be selected as the preferred partner on Sea 1000. more»
The Canadian government has awarded Rheinmetall two major orders for army technology, whose total volume could reach $520 million. more»
Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the planned 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite over the Asia Pacific region is on track. more»
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