- Frigate expert warns over excessive $35 billion price tag for new warships May 20, 2018The chief executive who oversaw the successful construction in the 1990s of the navy's current fleet of frigates has raised concerns taxpayers are spending billions of dollars more than necessary on the new generation of warships. With Cabinet's National Security Committee expected on Tuesday to consider the $35 billion future frigate tender,...
- Turnbull government's frigate call about more than capability May 20, 2018We can soon expect the Turnbull government to decide on which contender will become the SEA 5000 Future Frigate. When in service the nine frigates will be the backbone of the Royal Australian Navy's (navy) surface fleet for the next 30 years. The government has shortlisted three contenders: 1) a variant of the new BAE […]
- Australia Launches Third Air Warfare Destroyer May 20, 2018Australia launched its third and final Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), HMAS Sydney, on Saturday. HMAS Sydney has now joined the second Hobart Class AWD, HMAS Brisbane, alongside the wharf at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia. AWD Program Manager Commodore Craig Bourke said: “The complexity of this project is reflected in the sophistication of […]
- Japan takes delivery of 4 Bushmaster armored from Thales Australia May 20, 2018According to the DefenceConnect website, this week, Japan has take delivery of four additional wheeled armoured vehicle Bushmaster manufactured by Thales Australia. With effective operational deployment across Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bushmaster has proven its effectiveness across urban landscapes as well as mountainous regions, making it uniquely suited to Japan’s geographic and urban environments.
- Boeing To Provide Engineering Services In Support Of Hornet, Growler Aircraft For US, Australia May 20, 2018Boeing has been awarded a $22 million worth contract to provide engineering services in support of F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. The Department of defense announced Friday that under the awarded contract, Boeing will procure “the non-recurring engineering required for the redesign of the Data Bus […]
- This Is What A Boeing F-32 Would've Looked Like If Lockheed Lost The JSF Competition May 20, 2018In 2001, Boeing's X-32 stood off against Lockheed's X-35 in a fly-off for the massively lucrative Joint Strike Fighter contract. Making a stealth fighter capable of carrying a significant payload while also having a version that can take off in short distances and land vertically was quite the task, and both companies went about solving […]
- NZDF again makes a critical error in trying to get its story straight on the controversial NZSAS raid May 20, 2018NZDF has admitted yet another bungle in its response to the controversial NZSAS raid - the latest in a string of errors after claims it covered up civilian deaths and injuries. This time the mistake is in an email to the Beehive which told the government the operation was given the go ahead on the […]
- CANADA - Defence Department reports new delays in 10 major procurement projects May 20, 2018OTTAWA — The Defence Department is reporting fresh delays in 10 major military procurement projects, even as defence officials cast about for better ways to predict and manage when new equipment will get to the troops. The schedule slippage is detailed in a new report to Parliament and runs the gamut from a minor snag […]
- The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency May 20, 2018Every week in Tokyo’s Ichigaya district, about two miles east of the bright neon lights and swarming crowds in the heart of Shibuya, a driver quietly parks a black sedan-style car outside a gray office building. Before setting off on a short 10-minute drive south, he picks up a passenger who is carrying an important […]