Monthly Archives: March 2018

Air Force Declares Initial Operating Capability for the P-8A Poseidon

Australia’s new maritime surveillance aircraft the P-8A Poseidon has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC), five months ahead of the original schedule.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, congratulated Air Force and CASG on the significant milestone that has been achieved.
“Together the P-8A Poseidon and the future MQ-4C Triton aircraft will provide Australia with one of the world’s most advanced maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities,” Minister Payne said.

69 Aussie defence companies promoted in export push

The second edition of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue was released today to promote the products and services produced by Australia’s defence industry internationally.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the first catalogue launched in 2017 proved to be a success.
“The Australian Military Sales is an important initiative for us to showcase the vast range of products and services the Australian defence industry can export to our friends and allies to boost their capability,” Minister Pyne said.

KBR wins Future Submarine Construction Yard concept design contract

Naval Group Australia has partnered with KBR to support the design of the Future Submarine Construction Yard, a vital piece of the Osborne Naval shipbuilding precinct.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Future Submarine Construction Yard would sit alongside the surface shipyard, which will deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates.

ASEAN-Australia Defence Postgraduate Scholarship

A new ASEAN-Australia Defence Postgraduate Scholarship Program is being established as one of the initiatives from the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.
Defence Minister, Senator the Hon Minister Payne, said the initiative will bring together emerging defence and security leaders from ASEAN countries and Australia. One representative from each ASEAN member state will be invited to join the program each year and the cohort of successful students will all attend the same course.

Minister for Defence & Minister for Defence Industry – New shield to protect against IEDs

A new state-of-the-art force protection capability designed to protect against the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is now being manufactured in Australia, following an agreement between Defence and Queensland based company L-3 Micreo.
SILVERSHIELD is an advanced vehicle mounted system which will provide additional protection against mobile phone IED threats for Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF).

Defence search Commonwealth Games venues in support of Queensland Police Security Measures

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has commenced search activities in support of security preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The ADF is assisting the Queensland Police Service by searching a number of key locations during the lead up to, and throughout, the Games.
The Commander of the ADF’s support to the Games, Major General Paul McLachlan, said the ADF is providing specialised search capabilities that will partner with, and enhance, the local state police security arrangements.

Australian Army delivers supplies to stranded adults and children following floods in North Queensland

Two Australian Army MRH-90 Taipan helicopter crews safely delivered supplies to a group of school children and adults on Friday afternoon following major flooding in North Queensland.
The Army’s support was requested after roads around the Echo Creek Adventure Camp in the Tully Valley were cut off, resulting in around 85 people being unable to leave the area.

HMAS Warramunga seizes eight tonnes of illicit drugs

The crew of Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga has intercepted two vessels and seized approximately eight tonnes of hashish valued at approximately $400 million during operations in international waters of the Arabian Sea.

Warramunga has now seized 19.5 tonnes of hashish and 1.5 tonnes of heroin, valued in excess of $1.43 billion* since deploying to the Middle East in November 2017.