Monthly Archives: May 2018

AECOM Construction Inc. secures first US contract in the top end

The United States Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific announced AECOM Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract to construct a parking apron at RAAF Base Darwin.
The First Assistant Secretary Infrastructure in the Department of Defence, Mr Chris Birrer, said the contract announcement, worth up to US $24 million, is the first of many that will be delivered under the Force Posture Initiatives in Australia.

Army rolls out Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will soon be rolled out to Australian Army soldiers in Brisbane following the completion of the Black Hornet Nano UAS Program.
Commander 6th Brigade and the Army’s only UAS unit, the 20th Surveillance Target Acquisition Regiment, Brigadier Susan Coyle, said the Black Hornet Nano UAS rollout was a significant achievement for Army.
“UAS are a game-changer for the Army, providing enhanced situational awareness for better mission execution for Australian soldiers,” Brigadier Coyle said.

Australia and Thailand celebrate 20 years of peacekeeping cooperation

Defence chiefs from Australia and Thailand joined forces today to officially open the 10th PIRAP JABIRU peacekeeping exercise in Bangsaen, Thailand.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, travelled to Thailand to mark the occasion alongside his co-chair, Royal Thai Armed Forces Chief of Defence Force General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan.
The exercise, co-hosted by Australia and Thailand, involves more than 100 participants from 24 countries in the Indo–Pacific region and will run from 21 May–1 June 2018.

Launch of third Air Warfare Destroyer

Today’s launch and formal naming of the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney, showcases the success of the AWD Program.
The milestone marks a 60 per cent productivity improvement from the first ship to the third ship since the implementation of the Government-led reform initiative.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said today’s achievement shows the strength of the shipbuilding and systems integration skills which have been developed by the AWD Program.

Inaugural Defence Export Forum meeting

The Government’s vision of a strong, resilient and internationally competitive Australian defence industry took another step forward today with the inaugural meeting of the Defence Export Forum in Canberra.
The meeting was chaired by the Australian Defence Export Advocate, the Hon. David Johnston and brought together Commonwealth agencies, state and territory governments, and industry peak bodies.

Australian Defence Force trained with partners at Exercise Bersama Shield 2018

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations.

Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise Bersama Shield 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment.