Much has been said about SA's 'Valley of Death' but with rising unemployment for highly skilled workers and massive debt in the aftermath of the mining/resources boom, WA's new Defence Issues Minister says the State is facing something more akin to a 'chasm' with the recent Naval Shipbuilding Plan not going even close to bridging it.
Across the Tasman the RNZN's Littoral Operations Support Capability program has been delayed with a downgrade likely and Pacific Island nations gain an Australian funded civil aerial maritime surveillance capability in the next year.
Publisher Judy Hinz reports from the recent Sunshine Coast Defence Industry Forum and the Navantia/Sage Automation joint venture will install the Integrated Platform Management System on the RAN's future AORs.
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The LOSC capability had been scheduled to enter service in 2020. more»
Bids will close on June 9 to provide a manned fixed-wing surveillance service to be contracted by Australia’s Department of Defence but coordinated by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. more»
Moonraker Antennas Systems are currently in operation in several naval platforms worldwide including the Australian Canberra class LHDs. more»
The system will address the emerging, advanced threats and increased threat density using the latest Active Electronically Scanned Array. more»
The Defence Industry Forum signals a desire to expand the Sunshine Coast’s narrow economic base. more»
The system has already been installed on Navy's two Canberra Class LHDs and aboard the three Hobart Class DDGs. more»