Monthly Archives: April 2019

Aegis Combat System Integration Limited Tender Released

Defence has selected Raytheon Australia to act as its Australian Aegis Systems Integration Agent.
Defence has issued a Limited Request for Tender to Raytheon to establish a Deed of Standing Offer under which Raytheon Australia will provide Aegis combat system integration support for up to six years.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that the United States Navy’s proven Aegis combat management system, which is already fitted to the Hobart Class Destroyers, will be fitted to the Hunter Class Frigates as well.

Another piece of the Catalina puzzle: Reconnaissance mission update

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has positively identified a World War Two Catalina aircraft A24-64 following a successful reconnaissance mission in the Philippines.
In March 2019, RAAF conducted an inspection of a crash site south-east of Cape Calavite on the north-west end of Mindoro Island, after they became aware of several artefacts at this location in 2014. These artefacts consisted of a small metal tube engraved with the aircraft manufacturer’s logo, a brass crown identified by the RAAF Museum as part of an early RAAF officer’s cap badge, and .303 ammunition.

ADF announces its 2019 King’s Cup rowing team

The rowing team representing the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta King’s Cup event in the United Kingdom (UK) in July was announced today.
Patron of ADF Rowing, Air Vice Marshal Leigh Gordon said this year marked the centenary of the King’s Cup, which was last contested at the Royal Henley Peace Regatta of 1919, with Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America competing.

Defence seeks engineering support vehicles

The Department of Defence has released a Request for Tender (RFT) for engineering support vehicles including earth-moving and material handling equipment.

Due to operational requirements, Defence has identified a need to replace a range of engineering platforms including bulldozers, concrete batching plant, cranes, excavators, front-end loaders, graders, rock crushers, rollers, skid-steer loaders and telescopic handlers.

Defence Approaches Market for Leased Office Accommodation

The Department of Defence is approaching the property market for leased office accommodation solutions for existing Defence requirements in Canberra.

Several Defence office accommodation leases in Canberra, including the Campbell Park Offices lease, are expiring by 2022.

A competitive lease procurement process will be undertaken for up to 65,000m2 of office accommodation to ensure value-for-money solutions to meet Defence’s accommodation requirements. No decision has been made ahead of this process to relocate from existing leased office locations.

Brisbane soldiers bid farwell ahead of Iraqi deployment

Friends and family of the nearly 300 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel about to deploy to Iraq on Operation OKRA said their goodbyes during a parade at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane today.
The ADF contingent, bound for the Taji Military Complex 20km north of Baghdad, consists primarily of soldiers from Brisbane’s 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) and will form the ninth rotation of Task Group Taji.

Lifesaving REDWING SILVERSHIELD units for Afghanistan

Defence has engaged Brisbane-based Australian industry supplier, L3-Micreo to manage the production, manufacture and delivery of more than 14,000 additional life-saving SILVERSHIELD units to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces.
SILVERSHIELD is a world class, vehicle-mounted force protection system produced by Defence under the REDWING program. The system provides protection against radio controlled improvised explosive devices.

Construction of the Defence High Performance Computing Centre

Joint media release
Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC A Defence High Performance Computing Centre is to be constructed at the Defence Science and Technology site in Edinburgh, South Australia.
Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett today announced Defence was in the final stages of procuring a head contractor to deliver the works on the $68 million project.

Supporting the Families that Support Serving Personnel

Joint media release
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP A number of community grants have been announced today for not-for-profit community groups providing support to Australian Defence Force families.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said $1.4 million in grants would assist with delivering activities and services of value to Defence families across Australia.

Navy Embarks on Major IT Overhaul

Joint media release
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP The IT equipment the Navy uses on its ships will receive a major overhaul worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, have announced the Government will strengthen the Navy’s computer networks by modernising the Fleet Information Environment (FIE).
“The FIE consists of both classified and unclassified computer networks which are used throughout the fleet,” said Minister Pyne.