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SOUTH AUSTRALIA DEFENSE INDUSTRY DOES THE HEAVY LIFTING
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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RAAF P-8A Poseidon

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RAAF P-8A Poseidon

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rCANBERRA -- South Australia will continue to play a critical role in Defence’s air and land capability through the awarding of two local defense contracts. These are worth a combined total of close to $80 million.

The two contracts will secure maintenance services for the P-8A Poseidon fleet at RAAF Base Edinburgh, and purchase 36 South Australian-made specialist Automatic Load Handling Systems for use on Defence’s fleet of protected HX77 Medium Heavy vehicles.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, welcomed the awarding of contracts to further solidify South Australia’s burgeoning defense industry in support of Australia’s national security.

“The P-8A Poseidon is one of the most advanced maritime patrol and response platforms in the world,” Minister Dutton said.

“This new contract with Boeing Australia to maintain the Poseidon fleet, is an important contribution to Defence’s mission. It brings heavy maintenance work to Australia that would otherwise have been performed in the United States.

“The purchase of the new Automatic Load Handling Systems, made by Supashock in partnership with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia, will enable Army vehicle operators to load and unload shipping containers and NATO standard flat racks, without leaving the safety of the vehicle’s protected cabin.”

“We are committed to ensuring ADF personnel have the tools they need to do their jobs in all environments.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the South Australian contracts would keep cutting-edge capability development and maintenance here in Australia.

“These new contracts will see an additional 21 jobs created at Supashock and 37 at Boeing Australia, as well as supporting more than 100 jobs throughout Australia’s broader defence industry supply chain,” Minister Price said.

“Our strong support for South Australia’s defence industry is clear and is vital to the State’s economy now and into the future.”

Collaboration between Defence and industry partners such as Boeing, Supashock and Rheinmetall provides a strong base for Australian industry to secure international export opportunities. This demonstrates the strength of Australia’s sovereign capability on a global scale.

The P-8A maintenance contract is valued at $60 million and the specialist load handling systems will be acquired for $19.7 million. South Australia Defense Industry does the Heavy Lifting 23 November 2021 CANBERRA -- South Australia will continue to play a critical role in Defence’s air and land capability through the awarding of two local defense contracts. These are worth a combined total of close to $80 million.

The two contracts will secure maintenance services for the P-8A Poseidon fleet at RAAF Base Edinburgh, and purchase 36 South Australian-made specialist Automatic Load Handling Systems for use on Defence’s fleet of protected HX77 Medium Heavy vehicles.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, welcomed the awarding of contracts to further solidify South Australia’s burgeoning defense industry in support of Australia’s national security.

“The P-8A Poseidon is one of the most advanced maritime patrol and response platforms in the world,” Minister Dutton said.

“This new contract with Boeing Australia to maintain the Poseidon fleet, is an important contribution to Defence’s mission. It brings heavy maintenance work to Australia that would otherwise have been performed in the United States.

“The purchase of the new Automatic Load Handling Systems, made by Supashock in partnership with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia, will enable Army vehicle operators to load and unload shipping containers and NATO standard flat racks, without leaving the safety of the vehicle’s protected cabin.”

“We are committed to ensuring ADF personnel have the tools they need to do their jobs in all environments.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the South Australian contracts would keep cutting-edge capability development and maintenance here in Australia.

“These new contracts will see an additional 21 jobs created at Supashock and 37 at Boeing Australia, as well as supporting more than 100 jobs throughout Australia’s broader defence industry supply chain,” Minister Price said.

“Our strong support for South Australia’s defence industry is clear and is vital to the State’s economy now and into the future.”

Collaboration between Defence and industry partners such as Boeing, Supashock and Rheinmetall provides a strong base for Australian industry to secure international export opportunities. This demonstrates the strength of Australia’s sovereign capability on a global scale.

The P-8A maintenance contract is valued at $60 million and the specialist load handling systems will be acquired for $19.7 million. South Australia Defense Industry does the Heavy Lifting 23 November 2021 CANBERRA -- South Australia will continue to play a critical role in Defence’s air and land capability through the awarding of two local defense contracts. These are worth a combined total of close to $80 million.

The two contracts will secure maintenance services for the P-8A Poseidon fleet at RAAF Base Edinburgh, and purchase 36 South Australian-made specialist Automatic Load Handling Systems for use on Defence’s fleet of protected HX77 Medium Heavy vehicles.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, welcomed the awarding of contracts to further solidify South Australia’s burgeoning defense industry in support of Australia’s national security.

“The P-8A Poseidon is one of the most advanced maritime patrol and response platforms in the world,” Minister Dutton said.

“This new contract with Boeing Australia to maintain the Poseidon fleet, is an important contribution to Defence’s mission. It brings heavy maintenance work to Australia that would otherwise have been performed in the United States.

“The purchase of the new Automatic Load Handling Systems, made by Supashock in partnership with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia, will enable Army vehicle operators to load and unload shipping containers and NATO standard flat racks, without leaving the safety of the vehicle’s protected cabin.”

“We are committed to ensuring ADF personnel have the tools they need to do their jobs in all environments.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the South Australian contracts would keep cutting-edge capability development and maintenance here in Australia.

“These new contracts will see an additional 21 jobs created at Supashock and 37 at Boeing Australia, as well as supporting more than 100 jobs throughout Australia’s broader defence industry supply chain,” Minister Price said.

“Our strong support for South Australia’s defence industry is clear and is vital to the State’s economy now and into the future.”

Collaboration between Defence and industry partners such as Boeing, Supashock and Rheinmetall provides a strong base for Australian industry to secure international export opportunities. This demonstrates the strength of Australia’s sovereign capability on a global scale.

The P-8A maintenance contract is valued at $60 million and the specialist load handling systems will be acquired for $19.7 million.

Source:  Australian DoD
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ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE RECEIVES THREE MORE F-35S
Monday, November 22, 2021
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The RAAF has now received 44 of the planned 72 F-35As

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The RAAF has now received 44 of the planned 72 F-35As

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RAAF WILLIAMTOWN, Australia -- The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet of F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft continues to grow with the arrival of three additional jet fighters at RAAF Williamtown airbase in New South Wales on November 18. The delivery of the three new units brings the total RAAF inventory up to 44 of the 72 aircraft on order.

The first three "full combat" F-35s were handed over to the RAAF on April 9, 2018. These joined early-production units initially delivered in 2015 and assigned to training duties at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The first two operational F-35As delivered to the RAAF in Australia arrived at RAAF Williamtown in New South Wales on December 10, 2018.

The entire 72-unit F-35A inventory is slated to reach Full Operational Capability (FOC) d by 2023. Once this target is achieved Australia will determine whether to order a further 28 units.

Source:  Flight Global
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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INKS AGREEMENT WITH U.K. AND U.S. ON NAVAL PROPULSION INFORMATION SHARING
Monday, November 22, 2021
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Minister for Defence Dutton signing the Agreement

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Minister for Defence Dutton signing the Agreement

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government signed an agreement with British and American diplomats regarding the exchange of sensitive and classified naval nuclear propulsion information. The agreement - called Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement - opens the way for Australia to pursue its planned objective of acquiring conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered submarines.

The agreement falls under the larger trilateral security pact referred to as AUKUS that was announced earlier on September 16, 2021. The larger AUKUS treaty covers diplomatic, security and defense cooperation in the contested South China Sea, as well as joint work on cyber-security, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and undersea capabilities.

The AUKUS treaty caught the world by surprise and erupted in diplomatic fallout between France and the three so-called Anglo-Saxon nations due in part to Australia's decision to scrap its planned order of12 French-designed conventional submarines. The secrecy behind the arrangement and the loss of French industrial workshare, export profit and national face set off a month-long stretch of diplomatic outbursts and U.S. efforts to soothe feelings in Paris.

The defense acquisition project at the center of the AUKUS pact - the Royal Australian Navy's SEA 1000 Future Submarine requirement to replace its existing fleet of Swedish-designed Collins-class conventional subs - is at the heart of the latest diplomatic agreement. According to Australia's Minister for Defence Peter Dutton the pact enables further advance consultations by permitting the U.K. and U.S. to exchange naval nuclear propulsion information with a third country for the first time.

This, in turn, will support Australia's effort to compete 18 months of intensive and comprehensive examination of the requirements connected with the delivery of nuclear-powered submarines. The agreement creates an opening for Australian personnel - referred to back in September by the Australian government as the Future Nuclear Submarine Task Force - to observe and learn from their British and American counterparts how to safely and effectively build, operate and support nuclear-powered submarines.

Once a determination is made how best to move forward and a contract is in place production work will be undertaken at the ASC Osborne shipyard in South Australia. The likelihood is that the first new submarine will not be delivered until the early 2040s, roughly 5-10 years behind the preceding timeline laid out for the French Shortfin Barracuda submarine solution.

Source:  Australia Minister of Defense
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Author: D. Darling, Asia Analyst 

 

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