Monthly Archives: November 2017

Minister welcomes Canberra’s new R&D collaboration space

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Leidos Australia on opening a new $12 million research and development co-working facility in Canberra to facilitate innovation and collaboration among industry partners.
Minister Pyne said the new Leidos collaboration space will create more than 20 jobs.
“The Leidos Connect collaboration space provides a networked environment that supports ICT, big data analytics, simulation, security, cyber and related capabilities which are of interest to Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

New officers join the fleet

After five months intensive training, Navy has graduated its newest group of officers from the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell.

Commanding Officer Creswell, Captain Charles Huxtable, said the officers had been comprehensively prepared for a career in the Navy, completing the New Entry Officers’ Course at the home of officer training, on the shores of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast.

“This next generation of Navy leaders have demonstrated great motivation and commitment to Australia’s defence,” Captain Huxtable said.

Next steps of Australian-Singapore military training initiative implementation

Following consultation with the local community, businesses, representative groups and landholders, the Department of Defence today confirmed the Shoalwater Bay Training Area will be expanded and Defence will seek to develop an alternative site in the vicinity of Townsville as part of the Australia-Singapore Military training Initiative.

Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Defence – Revolutionary new Battlefield Command System for the Army

The way wars are fought on the modern battlefield will be revolutionised with a new Battlefield Command System for the Army.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced the approval of the Land 200 Tranche 2 Project.
Worth up to $1.4 billion, the project will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s digital command, control and communications systems and support hundreds of local jobs.

Successful launch of Australian satellite

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the successful launch of an Australian miniature satellite from the United States.
The Buccaneer cube satellite, developed by Defence and the University of New South Wales, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a Delta-II rocket and communications have now been established.
Minister Payne congratulated the team on the successful launch.

Minister welcomes recruitment drive

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed Saab Australia’s recruitment drive for a range of diverse defence industry skills in Australia.
Minister Pyne said the recruitment drive was all about developing careers in the Australian Defence environment, and would seek to increase their workforce by 250.
“This is a wonderful undertaking by Saab Australia who is looking to attract software, hardware, systems and cyber security engineers,” Mr Pyne said.

ADF supports medical evacuation off WA coast

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) assisted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) with a medical evacuation operation off the coast of Western Australia.

Responding to a medical emergency, the ADF and AMSA successfully transferred a sailor suffering a serious medical condition to Fremantle yesterday.

Last Saturday, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster dropped medical supplies and equipment to a sailing vessel competing in the Clipper Round the World yacht race approximately 1800 nautical miles off the WA coast.

Joint media release – Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry – Hundreds of Australian jobs created in Offshore Patrol Vessel project

The Turnbull Government today announces Australia’s 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels will be designed and built under prime contractor Lürssen.
The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) project, which is worth up to $4 billion, will be delivered by Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel.
The OPVs will have an important role protecting our borders and will provide greater range and endurance than the existing patrol boat fleet.

USAF B-1B Lancers to train with Royal Australian Air Force

RAAF Base Amberley will host up to two United States Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancers as part of the United States-Australia Force Posture Initiatives.
The USAF B-1B Lancers are long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber aircraft and will be taking part in a training exercise with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the last week in November and the first week of December this year.

Minister opens Air Defence Industry Showcase

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today opened an Adelaide industry showcase to help local suppliers win work on the Short Range Ground Based Air Defence System.
It’s one of seven events around Australia which will provide local businesses with an opportunity to showcase their capabilities and join the supply chain of Raytheon Australia, the company selected to deliver the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS), and its partner KONGSBERG.