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F-35 Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse

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

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

Today, 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.

This new assignment represents an estimated value to Australian Industry in excess of $300m in operations and infrastructure over the life of the F-35 program. It is expected to create between 10-15 jobs in Newcastle.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said this successful bid continues to showcase Australia as a leading F-35 partner nation, in competition with other F-35 nations in the region.

“The warehouse will provide spares to all operational units in the region – whether the Joint Strike Fighter squadrons are from Australia, or visiting squadrons on deployment from other parts of the world,” Minister Pyne said.

“I congratulate BAE Systems Australia for being assigned this key role in the F-35 Global Support Solution.

“The Regional Warehouse will be based at RAAF Base Williamtown near the F-35 airframe depot maintenance facility for the South Asia-Pacific also assigned to BAE Systems Australia in December 2014.

“This announcement follows on the heels of Australia’s success in securing Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade for 64 out of 65 of available F-35 components in the first tranche of component repair assignments.”

Minister Pyne said the decision further shapes Australia towards becoming the regional hub for F-35 sustainment in the Asia-Pacific Region.

“It will generate jobs and improve aircraft availability with the warehouse located within our shores,” Minister Pyne said.

Mr Pyne said the F-35 Program has been lucrative for Australia to date, with Australian industry already achieving more than AU$800 million in contracts from F-35 design and production work.

“Today’s announcement is the next step in Australia capitalising on opportunities in the F-35 Global Supply Chains and recognises Australia as a key strategic partner in the global F-35 Program,” Minister Pyne said.

Australian industry has further opportunities available in the F-35 Program with the assignments for repair of the second tranche of Air Vehicle Components expected to be announced next year.

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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Future Frigate capability described by Chief of Navy

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Announcement

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, describes the capability of the Future Frigate to members of Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane’s, ship’s company at Osborne in South Australia.

On 29 June 2018, BAE Systems Australia were announced as the successful bid to design the Global Combat Ship – Australia Hunter Class frigates, to be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate Program will deliver anti-submarine warfare frigates,the Hunter class.

The Hunter class enter service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac frigates, which have been in service since 1996.

The Hunter class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.

The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Incorporating the leading-edge Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and the US Navy’s Aegis combat management system, with an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter class will be one of the most capable warships in the world.

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Chief of Navy closes Sea Power Conference

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2017 SeaPower conference

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Last week the Royal Australian Navy hosted the biennial Sea Power Conference, with senior naval delegations from around the world descending on Sydney for three days of discussions and Navy-to-Navy engagements.

Run alongside the Pacific 2017 international maritime exposition, Sea Power Conference is Navy’s premier gathering of naval chiefs and this year will explore the broad theme of ‘The Navy and the Nation’, focusing on maritime identity, the significance of maritime economics and use of oceans.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2017 SeaPower conference while onboard the recently commissioned Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart.

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Army’s Hawkei demonstrates Operational Intelligence

The CASG Land 121 Phase 4 project team has put the Hawkei protected vehicle’s new C4I Integral Computing System (ICS) to the test.

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The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s (CASG) Land 121 Phase 4 project team has put the Hawkei protected vehicle’s new C4I Integral Computing System (ICS) to the test, during a demonstration of the deployable Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light (PMV-L) capability at the Monegeetta Proving Ground.

During the activity a Project Charter for the ICS was signed, guiding the interaction and collaboration between Defence and the nine contractors involved in delivery of the ICS; Thales Australia, Cablex, Elbit Land Systems Australia, Esterline, Harris Australia, Kongsberg, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, and Thomas Global Systems.

Land 121 Phase 4 Project Director COL John McLean said that the ICS reflects the Australian Army’s requirement for a more integrated approach to C4I on vehicles that realises benefits in the areas of useability, space, weight and power.

“Using generic vehicle architecture (GVA) and a central computing concept to host various C4I systems and communications, the ICS will optimise and centralise the flow of information to the user, enabling rapid decision making and multitasking at levels not previously achievable on land based platforms,” COL McLean said.

“The new ICS will enable the vehicle operator to manage radios, sensors, the Battle Management System, and weapon systems – all through a common interface.

“The ICS was demonstrated to work successfully with Army’s Battle Management System and communications suite, as well as other features and systems of the deployable PMV-L capability.”

While the demonstration was a contractual requirement for Hawkei’s Bendigo-based manufacturer Thales, it also gave the invited Defence stakeholders an opportunity to see the deployable PMV-L’s various planned features, including:

  • Integral Computing System (ICS) Command Vehicle installation
  • Battle Management System (BMS) operating on Windows 10
  • Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS)
  • Digital Terminal Control Station (DTCS)
  • Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs)
  • Force Protection Electronic Counter Measures (FPECM)
  • Rocket Propelled Grenade Cage
  • Remote Weapon Station
  • Manned Weapon Mount

Visitors were also able to experience the handling characteristics and performance of the Hawkei through an interactive patrol demonstration.

The initial baseline of the C4I ICS will be available on low-rate-initial-production vehicles from 2018.

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