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LAND 400 PHASE 3 -- CONSULTING WITH INDUSTRY
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Boxer CRV/Patria AMV35/LAND 400 Phase 2

Source: Australia DoD


Boxer CRV/Patria AMV35/LAND 400 Phase 2

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CANBERRA -- The Australian Department of Defense is seeking input from Australian industry on the proposed tender timeline for LAND 400 Phase 3. The acquisition of mounted close combat vehicle capability through the tender will be one of Army’s largest purchases.

The Minister for Defense Industry, Christopher Pyne MP said consulting on the draft timeline would lead to a smoother and better informed tender process reducing the cost of tendering to industry.

"Just as with the Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles, Australian industry involvement and Australian workers will be critically important to this project," Minister Pyne said.

"This project is another exciting opportunity for Australian industry to deliver leading edge technology in support of the Army."

Minister Payne said the Government was committed to investing in advanced vehicles that are better equipped to meet the range of current and emerging threats which are becoming more lethal and sophisticated.

"This multi-billion dollar project will replace Army’s M113 Armored Personnel Carriers with a fleet of up to 450 modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles and 17 Maneuver Support Vehicles," Minister Payne said.

"These will provide new levels of protection, firepower, mobility and enhanced communications. The new vehicles are expected to enter into service by the mid-2020s."

"The proposed tender timeline identifies key milestones in the tender evaluation. We welcome industry’s feedback on the timeline to better enable both industry and defence to plan for this significant boost to capability."

The Government provided First Pass approval for LAND 400 Phase 3 on March 13, 2018 to acquire the Infantry Fighting Vehicle and Maneuver Support Vehicle capabilities.

The opportunity to review and comment on the timeline will remain available until July 9, 2018 and can be viewed at: http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/EquippingDefence/Land400.

Source:  Australian DoD
Associated URL: minister.defence.gov.au
Source Date: June 20, 2018
Posted: 06/21/2018

 
 
SAS GLOBAL SIGNS MOU WITH CHINESE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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SAS Global 3 Diamond Spacecraft

Source: Sky and Space Global


SAS Global 3 Diamond Spacecraft

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ADELAIDE, Australia -- Sky and Space Global (SAS Global) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Commsat Technology Development Co., Ltd., A Chinese satellite communications provider to test and explore how the SAS Global network can be incorporated into the Commsat Internet of Things (IoT) offering.

Commsat is a Beijing based satellite communications company that is developing a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation to provide IoT services to users and corporations mainly in the Chinese geographical region.

Under the terms of the MOU, SAS Global and Commsat will work collaboratively to test and explore how SAS' nano-satellite technology can be incorporated and utilized to enhance the Commsat network offering. SAS will also explore with Commsat the possibility of joint provision of IoT and additional narrowband communication services in China, and cooperate to further the business of SAS in Greater China.

SAS Global operates three nanosatellites that it calls 3 Diamonds. They are now fully operational. Ultimately, SAS Global intends to operate a network of 200 satellites in an equatorial low Earth orbit to provide voice, data and instant messaging. Each satellite will have a launch mass of 10 kilograms and will feature 3-meter sun-tracking solar panels that provide about 150 Watts of power. SAS Global expects to generate revenues of AUD1 billion ($770 million) once all 200 satellites are operational.

SAS Global has been successful in signing partnership agreements with multiple companies and government agencies. Those agreements will benefit the company once it begins deploying its full fleet of satellites.

Source:  Investi
Associated URL: http://www.investi.com.au/api/announcements/sas/e70fc27e-b89.pdf
Source Date: June 20, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/21/2018

 
 
TAIWAN LOOKS TO ACQUIRE PAC 3S
Friday, June 15, 2018
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Source: Lockheed Martin


Source: Lockheed Martin


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TAIPEI -- The Taiwanese military plans to acquire six sets of Patriot Advanced Capability - 3 (PAC-3) missiles and upgrade kits for its PAC-2 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Taiwan operates the Patriot air defense system.

Along with other technology transfers, this deal is worth NT$179.1 billion (approximately $6 billion). The U.S. could deliver these upgrade kits by 2021.

Lockheed Martin will transfer technology and training to Taiwan to allow its defense industry to produce aerospace and military grade titanium.

Source:  Taiwan News
Source Date: June 15, 2018
Author: Duncan DeAeth 
Posted: 06/19/2018

 

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