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AUSTRALIA TO MAKE MAJOR INVESTMENT IN NORTHERN TERRITORY DEFENSE BASES
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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U.S. Marines training at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area

.Source: US Marine Corps


U.S. Marines training at the Kangaroo Flats Training Area

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CANBERRA -- Australia will invest $747 million to upgrade four key training areas and ranges in the Northern Territory to enable the Australian Defence Force to conduct simulated training exercises and remain battle-ready.

Essential upgrades will be made to four key military training areas and weapon ranges in the Northern Territory, including Robertson Barracks, Kangaroo Flats, Mount Bundey and Bradshaw.

These Defence training areas and facilities will support greater engagement with our Indo-Pacific neighbors and our allies, and to conduct small and large scale military exercises across several different scenarios.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the investment was part of almost $8 billion in defense capital infrastructure works over the next decade in the Northern Territory.

"This investment will deliver a jobs boom for the Northern Territory," the Prime Minister said.

"We continue to invest more than $270 billion in defense capability across Australia over the next decade, ensuring we have a capable defense force to meet a changing global environment, while backing thousands of ADF men and women with the newest technology and training," the Prime Minister said.

"Working with the United States and Indo-Pacific neighbors, we will continue to advance Australia’s interests by investing in the Australian Defence Force, particularly across Northern Australia."

"Our focus is on pursuing peace, stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific, with a world order that favors freedom.

"This investment will also maximize local jobs through a targeted industry plan to contract local businesses throughout the entire supply chain. My commitment is keeping Australians safe and keeping Australians in jobs."

Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said this significant investment would ensure the Australian Defence Force continues to deliver world-class training and our engagement with allies and other nations through the conduct of joint training exercises, including with the US Marine Rotational Force - Darwin.

"This investment is critical to ensuring that our ADF land combat capability is equipped with the cutting edge technology it will require to maintain our competitive advantage," Minister Dutton said.

"These works will provide a strong economic benefit to the region, with significant opportunities for the local construction industry and local tradies over a five-year delivery phase program.

"Significant opportunities will exist for local Australian industry to bid for almost all of the construction works, planned to be delivered through numerous local sub-contractor packages by Defence’s local Darwin-based Managing Contractor, Sitzler."

Subject to Parliamentary approvals, construction is expected to commence in the second half of 2021, with completion expected by mid-2026.

Source:  Australia DoD
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PLA FOCUSED ON TYPE 90/TYPE 90A MLRS PROCUREMENT
Thursday, May 6, 2021
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.Source: NORINCO


Source: NORINCO


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- In China, the People's Liberation Army continues modernizing its multiple launch rocket system inventory.

While the initial phases of this modernization effort concentrated on larger caliber, long-range systems, the PLA's procurement focus is now squarely on the 122mm Type 90/Type 90A. We expect the Type 90 / Type 90A to remain the PLA's primary MLRS program throughout the coming decade.

In December 2013, the Peruvian Ministry of Defense formally selected the Type 90B as the replacement for its aging BM-21 MLRS.

In a contract worth $38.6 million, Peru procured 40 Type 90B launch vehicles, 49 transport-charging machines, 33 4x4 reconnaissance vehicles, five 5-ton trucks, three maintenance cars, four command and control vehicles, and 4,200 rounds of 122mm ammunition.

Although NORINCO aggressively promotes a variety of multiple launch rocket systems on the international market, the Chinese systems simply cannot effectively compete with significantly less expensive surplus systems from Russia. The Forecast International Weapons Group believes that most exports of Chinese multiple launch rocket systems will remain tied to Chinese foreign military aid programs.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 
NEW FACILITIES TO SUPPORT ARAFURA CLASS OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS AT HMAS CAIRNS
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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HMAS Cairns

.Source: Royal Australian Navy


HMAS Cairns

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CANBERRA -- Australia will invest in new and upgraded facilities at HMAS Cairns - a significant boost to the North Queensland economy.

This $155 million investment will support the new Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, part of the Government’s unprecedented investment in the defense of our nation.

Defense has engaged Watpac Construction Pty Ltd as its Managing Contractor for the NCIS-8A HMAS Cairns Building and Maritime Works package.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these investments are part of the Government’s $270 billion commitment to Australia’s defense capability under the 2020 Force Structure Plan.

"The upgrades at HMAS Cairns will create local jobs both during the construction phase and afterwards through ongoing sustainment," the Prime Minister said.

"More jobs will be created through the supply chain and in off-site manufacturing. This investment will be a significant boost to the local Cairns economy as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic."

Defense Industry Minister Melissa Price said the upgrade is part of the $2.1 billion Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-program to deliver maritime and landside facilities around the country to support operation of Navy’s new ships being delivered under the Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

"Works will include demolition of the existing Navy wharf and construction of a new wharf in its place, and an upgrade of the existing explosive ordnance loading buoy in Trinity Inlet," Minister Price said.

"Landside operational support facilities will include a new office building, upgrades to maintenance and logistics facilities, and new storage facilities."

Under the Government’s Defence Policy for Industry Participation, Watpac will implement a Local Industry Capability Plan to maximize opportunities for local businesses to supply goods or services.

In a boost for local jobs, the project sets a target of around 80 percent of subcontract packages being awarded to local industry in the Greater Cairns Region.

Furthermore, each subcontract package will target 10 percent Indigenous employment and at least one percent of the total contract will be subcontracted to Indigenous Enterprises.

Designs will be finalized around July 2022, with on-site construction to commence in September 2022 and be completed by December 2024.

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch welcomed Watpac’s commitment to the Cairns economy.

"With a commencement of 45 extra jobs and at its peak up to 180 personnel, this is just what we need in the region," Entsch said.

"This just isn’t onsite either, off site work is also carried out, so the positive flow on effect this creates in the supply chain is just great."

Source:  Australia DoD
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