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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 22 Mar - 10:56

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Australia buys seven new Chinook CH-47 helicopters

Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has signed a contract with the US Army Security Assistance Command to acquire seven CH-47F Chinook helicopters, two Simulators and associated spares.
“The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of six CH-47D Chinooks operated by C Squadron of the 5th Aviation Regiment based in Townsville, and the first two aircraft are planned to enter service in 2014, with all seven in service by 2017,” Mr Combet said.
“The CH-47D fleet is providing outstanding support to the ADF, particularly in Afghanistan, and this acquisition of seven new CH-47F Chinook helicopters by the Australian Government will strengthen our ability to support our soldiers in the future.
“The CH-47Fs purchased for the Australian Defence Force are planned to incorporate some minor Australian specific mission equipment enhancements including crashworthy crew and passenger seating, fitment of Miniguns, and underfloor ballistic protection.
“However, the primary aircraft elements will remain consistent with the US Army fleet so we can leverage the benefits of their large fleet for engineering and other support.
“The contract to procure the aircraft through the US Government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme was signed at a ceremony at the Australian Embassy in Washington on Friday 19 March. It follows Government approval of Project AIR 9000 Phase 5C announced by the Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, on 25 February 2010.
“Australian industry will have the opportunity to incorporate the Australian specific enhancements and to support the new helicopters as part of through-life support arrangements,” Mr Combet said.
The contract was valued at $513.5 million.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Jeu 25 Mar - 9:04

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DATE:25/03/10
SOURCE:Flight International
Australia's first five Super Hornets to arrive on Friday
By Leithen Francis

Australia's defence minister has confirmed that the first flight of its air force's new Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets into their home base will be on 26 March.

Canberra is acquiring 24 Super Hornets, and the first batch of five will arrive at the Royal Australian Air Force's base in Amberley, Queensland, says John Faulkner, who plans to witness the event.

"Five Super Hornets have departed NAS Lemoore in California after extensive preparations, including acceptance flights and ground tests," Faulkner says.

"While air-to-air refuelling is occurring, the long journey to Australia involves several stops, including Hawaii and New Zealand."

The 24 Super Hornets on order "will arrive at RAAF Amberley progressively during 2010 and 2011", the minister says. The aircraft will "provide a bridging capability during the transition to the [Lockheed Martin] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter", Faulkner adds.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 31 Mar - 6:41

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Nouveaux problèmes à bord des sous-marins australiens : cette fois, ce sont les générateurs


La plupart des sous-marins australiens de la classe Collins ont été équipés de générateurs de mauvaise qualité lors de leur construction, a-t-on appris mardi.

Le responsable du ministère australien de la défense chargé de la remise en état des sous-marins, Kim Gillis, a déclaré devant un sous-comité du Sénat que la marine australienne avait découvert que 5 des 6 sous-marins avaient été construits avec des générateurs défaillants, de fabrication australienne.
“Les générateurs du HMAS Collins, ceux d’origine, ont été fabriqués en France. Les vérifications menées sur ces générateurs montrent qu’ils sont très solides et nous ne nous attendons pas à ce qu’ils tombent en panne”, a déclaré M. Gillis.
“Le reste des sous-marins de la classe Collins a reçu des générateurs fabriqués en Australie, et ils sont susceptibles de présenter cette panne particulière. Ils n’ont pas été fabriqués correctement.”
M. Gillis a expliqué que la panne avait été confirmée au cours de réparations du HMAS Farncomb, qui avait dû revenir au port le mois dernier après avoir connu une panne de générateur. Des générateurs remis en état ont été réinstallés mardi. M. Gillis a souligné que la réparation a duré environ un tiers du temps prévu au départ.
Il semble que le prix de la remise en état des générateurs de fabrication australienne est d’environ 125.000 AUS$ (85.100 €) et chaque sous-marin en possède 3.
Deux sous-marins, le HMAS Rankin et le HMAS Sheean recevront les générateurs remis en état au cours de la période de modernisation en cours (soit dans 4 et 5 ans).
Les 2 autres sous-marins, le Waller et le Dechaineux seront surveillés particulièrement mais conserveront leurs générateurs défaillants jusqu’à leur prochaine arrêt technique.
M. Gillis a déclaré au sous-comité que, en ayant 3 générateurs, il y avait peu de risque d’une défaillance générale.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Ven 16 Avr - 8:51

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Australian Frigate Sets Out on Four-Month Deployment
The Australian Navy will deploy its guided-missile frigate, HMAS Newcastle, on a four-month tour to Guam, Japan, Canada and Hawaii on 19 April 2010.
During the deployment, HMAS Newcastle will travel to Japan to participate in Exercise Nichi Gou Trident with the Japanese Navy before leaving for Canada to join ships from navies across the world to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy.
After completing the task in Canada, the Adelaide Class frigate will sail to Hawaii with USS Nimitz to take part in the Exercise RIMPAC 2010 with Australian ships Sirius, Warramunga and Kanimbla.
The 138.1m-long, 14.3m-wide Adelaide Class frigate has a displacement of 4,200t, accommodation for 184 crew and a maximum cruising speed of 30kt.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Dim 18 Avr - 18:48

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 26 Avr - 12:50

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Australian Frigate Completes Middle East Deployment
The Australian Navy frigate HMAS Stuart has successfully completed a six-month deployment in the Middle East and arrived at its homeport of Garden Island in Sydney.
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg Combet said the Anzac-class frigate successfully conducted maritime operations in the Persian Gulf fighting piracy off the Horn of Africa while providing maritime security.
"Stuart also contributed greatly to coalition efforts in the Middle East, undertaking operations in the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman as part of Operation Slipper [the Australian military's contribution to the war in Afghanistan]," Combet said.
The Australian Navy has replaced HMAS Stuart, which has been deployed in the Gulf three times, with Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta to fight piracy and security threats in the region.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 27 Avr - 8:24

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RAAF Aircraft Damaged by Countermeasures Flare
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft suffered damage while flying in Afghanistan, after its countermeasure flare went off due to a systems malfunction.
The crew halted its assigned mission soon after the accident and landed safely at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
A technical and air safety investigation has been undertaken by the RAAF to assess the damage caused to the airframe.
The RAAF operates two AP-3C aircraft from Al Minhad Air Base for extended surveillance missions over the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan in support of coalition ground operations.
The four-engined aircraft has been designed to track down and sink enemy submarines using torpedoes and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
The AP-3C, in service with the RAAF since 1968, can also carry out high-altitude surveillance with its sophisticated cameras and other intelligence-gathering gear.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 28 Avr - 6:36

L'Australie a publié un documents d'appel d'offres pour la fourniture de 24 hélicoptères de combat pour la marine

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Australia Calls Tender for New Combat Helicopters
The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation has released tender documents for the supply of up to 24 new combat helicopters for the Australian Navy.
The procurement of new naval combat helicopters is part of the Australian Defence Capability Plan project AIR 9000 phase 8.
Australian defence minister John Faulkner said the new naval combat helicopter will enhance the navy's ability to conduct a range of maritime combat and other operations, including anti-submarine and surface warfare.
Two likely candidates are either the Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin-built MH-60R, or the Nato Helicopter Industries NH90 NFH.
"The competition to select a new helicopter has commenced on schedule ahead of a final decision about the new helicopter in 2011," Faulkner said.
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg Combet said the competitive process would allow the companies to offer innovative solutions that satisfy the capability, cost and schedule requirements.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 28 Avr - 6:56

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 5 Mai - 4:04

les aussies veulent une plus grande part offset

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SOURCE:Flight International
Australia pushes Lockheed to allocate more JSF work
By Leithen Francis

Australia's minister for defence materiel and science, Greg Combet, has called on Lockheed Martin to give Australian companies more work in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme, while ensuring that programme costs remain on track.

"Australia, like other JSF partner countries, is seeking an affordable solution, but also wants a good outcome for local industry, given the large investment we are making," says Combet.

"To date, 28 Australian companies have won work on the JSF programme, valued at more than A$200 million [$185 million]," Combet told a JSF industry conference in Melbourne, Victoria on 3 May.

"This work has primarily been in the initial design and production of test aircraft."

However, Combet says that "while there has been active engagement with Australian industry in many areas of the programme, progress in some areas has been slower than expected. Further work is required here, and I stressed these issues to Lockheed Martin when I visited Fort Worth last year."

Lockheed "must search deep and hard among all partner countries, including Australia, to ensure compatibility and affordability goals are met" on the F-35, he adds.

To assist Australian companies with research and development work required to win more involvement on the programme, the Australian government is providing A$8.5 million in additional funding.

"While we are yet to allocate these funds, they will be devoted to relatively small investments that have a large pay-off for Australian industry," Combet says.

The government is already assisting some Australian companies, such as Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering, which has signed two memoranda of understanding with Lockheed to manufacture components for the JSF.

The government is working with Ferra Engineering, CAST CRC and Lockheed on the development of laser-assisted machining of titanium parts, he adds.

Other examples of work that Australia has won includes Goodrich Customer Services in Sydney, which has secured a contract to make the uplock actuators for the JSF's weapons bay doors.

Perth-based Quickstep has also signed a memorandum of understanding to manufacture lower side skins, maintenance access panels, fuel tank covers, lower skin and in-board weapons bay doors for the JSF.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Jeu 6 Mai - 6:06

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Australian Submarines to Receive New Battery Sets
Pacific Marine Batteries will supply replacement batteries and technical support for the Australian Navy's Collins Class submarines under an $81m contract.
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg Combet said the company would provide the submarine battery sets and technical support over the next six years.
"The company will continue to provide an Environmental Protection Authority-approved storage facility for up to four battery sets with two in storage and two being ready for disposal," he said.
In addition, Pacific Marine will also provide equipment to condition the cells before their installation in a submarine and disposal services at the end of the useful life of each battery set.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Jeu 6 Mai - 6:23

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Australia Accepts First Two Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft

Significant boost for Australia’s airborne surveillance capability

An Australian Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft flying over Sydney.
| These are magnificent days for Australian airmen. The Australian Defence Forces (ADF) is receiving a improvement in various areas of airborne technology and capabilities. Most prominently, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) welcomed the first five Boeing-built F/A-18F Super Hornets in late March, while eagerly anticipating the delivery of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters scheduled for 2014. A few days earlier, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced the procurement of seven new Chinook CH-47 helicopters. Finally, last week, the Australian Defence Minister, Senator John Faulkner, announced that the competition for Australia’s future naval combat helicopter, in which the Navy will have to choose between the US-built MH-60 and the European NH90 NFH, has been opened
Yesterday, it has been the field of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) that received a significance boost within the Australian Defence Forces. Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, accepted the first two Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft at the RAAF Base Williamtown in Newcastle. The aircraft, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-700, had been delivered by the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing to Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in November 2009.

Major Milestone for First 737 AEW&C Customer
During yesterday’s ceremony, Greg Combet said: “The two surveillance aircraft will significantly increase Australia’s surveillance capabilities and, as outlined in the Rudd Government’s Defence White Paper, the Wedgetail will be critical in supporting our future ADF.” The Minister added that the “Wedgetail aircraft will provide the ADF with the capability to maintain surveillance over a surface area of 400,000 square kilometres at any one time – that is an area 5 times as big as Tasmania.

“This major milestone demonstrates that the 737 AEW&C system is ready for operational training and use. It also represents the culmination of years of design, development, modification and testing by the Boeing-led team to bring this complex system -- the first of its type -- to our first AEW&C customer,” said Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president for the AEW&C programme. Besides the Australian order, Boeing has AEW&C systems in production for Turkey and the Republic of Korea.

Australia ordered a total of six aircraft within the framework of ‘Project Wedgetail’ at a cost of more than AUS$4 billion. The first two Australian Wedgetails are to be complemented by three additional aircraft by the end of this year. As Boeing explains, this includes one aircraft upgraded in the final AEW&C configuration with Electronic Support Measures. All Australian Wedgetails are scheduled to be upgraded to the final configuration in early 2011.

Pilot and Ground Crew Training
Now that ground and flight operations and maintenance of the aircraft are fully under RAAF control, the Air Force will start formal training and building operational capability over the next 12 months, according to Combet. As Boeing announced in January, it received a US$600 million contract five-year In-Service Support contract by the DMO which is s expected to create more than 100 jobs in Newcastle, Australia. Northrop Grumman, as a subcontractor on the Boeing-led programme, will support the aircraft's Multirole Electronically Scanned Array radar.

In February 2010, Boeing began with the maintenance training, agreed in the In-Service Support contact. The first training programme is being carried out by five Boeing Defence Australia instructors for 32 students from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 2 Squadron.

Pilot training can commence as well at the AEW&C Support Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown, which has been established in 2004 under the Project Wedgetail System Acquisition Contract (SAC). For this purpose, Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia have signed a five-year agreement in February in support of the Operational Flight Trainer (OFT), developed by Thales in Australia and the UK. According to Boeing, it combines a range of state-of-the-art technologies to provide flight performance, air-to-air refuelling, flight deck and pilot tactical training capabilities.

Combet Criticises Programme Delays
Despite his generally cheering words, Greg Combet could not refrain from criticising the delay of the delivery in his speech. “The Wedgetail project has suffered problems, especially in regards to schedule, and has been on the Government’s ‘projects of concern’ list,” the Minister said and explained: “This project was experiencing a variety of problems when the Government was elected but we have put a lot of work into getting it back on track.”

After congratulating all parties, Combet further stated: “This is good news, although there are still a number of hurdles to overcome. Defence will continue to work alongside Boeing to support the ramp up of training and the final delivery of all six completed aircraft.”

The mentioned problems refer to the Australian DoD’s announcement in 2006 that the programme was not on schedules anymore, as Boeing was experiencing problems with integrating radar and sensor computer systems. This forced Boeing to announce an 18-month delay and to take $770 million in charges. Problems with the integration of the radar and Electronic Support Measure (ESM) systems led to further delays, amounting to a total of 38 months, as confirmed by the Defence Minister in June 2008. By then Boeing planned to deliver the first two aircraft July 2009 which, however, was only accomplished four months later.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Jeu 6 Mai - 17:44

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Australia – RQ-7B SHADOW 200 Unmanned Aircraft Systems

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2010 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of two RQ-7B SHADOW 200 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support for an estimated cost of $218 million.

The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of two RQ-7B SHADOW 200 Unmanned Aircraft Systems, communication equipment to include 4 Ground Control Stations, support equipment, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $218 million.

Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. Australia’s efforts in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan have served U.S. national security interests. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives and facilitates burden sharing with our allies.

The proposed sale of the RQ-7B SHADOW 200 systems will improve Australia’s capability to support ongoing ground operations in Afghanistan. Australia will also use the enhanced capability in future contingency operations encompassing humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and stability operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Ven 7 Mai - 9:29

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 11 Mai - 6:04

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Delivery of RAAF Air Tanker Support Equipment to Begin


Preparations have begun to deliver thousands of items of tooling and spare parts from Europe to Australia to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) new fleet of Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) air-to-air refuelling tankers.
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Australian Air Force A330-MRTT at Le Bourget 2007 (c) 2007 ZAPP

As part of the Commonwealth’s AIR 5402 acquisition process under which Airbus Military is providing the RAAF with five such aircraft, designated by the air force as KC-30A MRTT, some 4,500 individual components – 500 units of Ground Support and Test equipment and 4,000 spares – will be delivered to 33 Squadron at RAAF Amberley, in Queensland, Australia, over the next three months.
The equipment will be needed when the first A330 MRTT enters squadron service at Amberley towards the end of the year.
Prime Contractor, Qantas Defence Services (QDS), and Airbus Military have signed a Through Life Support (TLS) Contract under which Airbus, through QDS, will ensure ongoing maintenance support to the A330 MRTT fleet over the next 22 years.
The signing was attended by the Chief Executive of Airbus Military, Mr. Domingo Urena, who had travelled from Spain for the occasion. Congratulating the parties, Mr. Domingo said: “Qantas and Airbus Military are the ideal team to deliver the level of services that our customer requires.”
As Prime Contractor, Qantas Defence Services will base some 50 engineering support personnel at RAAF Amberley to manage the Through Life Support programme. In its Design and Maintenance Support role, Airbus Military will provide QDS with Engineering, Logistics, Technical Data, Supply and Training support services. It will also assign two Field Service Representatives to 33 Squadron for three years to ensure a smooth entry into service.
The Through Life Support agreement also provides for future contracts to ensure additional support for the military aspects of the fleet, specifically Deep Maintenance, consolidating and expanding Airbus Military’s presence and role in Brisbane.
Australia has ordered five KC-30A MRTTs. By the end of the year two of these aircraft will have been delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force. Conversion of a third tanker-transport is underway at the Qantas Conversion Centre, Brisbane Airport.
To date, a total of 28 A330 Multi-Role Tanker-Transports have been ordered by four customers – Australia, Saudia Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. In addition to its air-to-air refuelling role, the MRTT can also be used as a pure transport aircraft able to carry some 300 troops, or a payload of up to 45 tonnes/99,000 lb.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 18 Mai - 8:09

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RAAF to Reduce JSF Use of Weapons Range
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will reduce the projected use of its Salt Ash Air Weapons range to decrease the impact of aircraft noise on the local community.
Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Geoff Brown said the defence department has completed its review of the proposed joint strike fighter (JSF) training activities and said the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) will be refined in the area.
"The decreased usage by the JSF of Salt Ash Range will be balanced by increasing use of training simulation," Brown said.
Reducing the JSF's proposed use of the range will bring back the noise contours to the previous ANEF 2012 and will ensure the future of the range as an essential training environment for the air force, according to Brown.
"By no means are we closing the range as the air force will need to retain it for its lead-in fighter training capability," Brown said.
The new noise map will eventually amend the existing 2025 ANEF.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 18 Mai - 10:58

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Improved maintenance regime for Australian armoured fighting vehicles


An Australian M1A1 Abrams is put through its paces at the Puckapunyal training area in Victoria

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, announced today the preferred tenderer to sustain the Australian Army’s most important armoured fighting vehicles.
“General Dynamics Land Systems Australia (GDLSA) has been named the preferred tenderer in an announcement that could pave the way for the creation of 42 highly skilled maintenance jobs in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin,” Mr Combet said.
“GDLSA has proposed a five year deal for the sustainment of armoured fighting vehicles with real savings to Australian taxpayers and greater efficiencies for the Australian Army. The value of the contract is likely to be in excess of $100m over the five year period.
“What GDLSA has proposed is a performance based deal with greater incentives for improved efficiencies and performance.
“Under this proposal GDLSA could be rewarded for good performance with an extension to the life of the contract,” Mr Combet said.
The Australian Army has a fleet of more than 300 Abrams Tanks, M88A2 HERCULES and Australian Light Armoured Vehicles
“This proposal means that some of the Army’s most important armoured fighting vehicles will spend less time in the shop and more time with our troops,” Mr Combet said.
“Working together, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and GDLSA will strive to deliver both efficiencies and real cost savings in the way that these vehicles are sustained. This is in line with the Government’s Defence Strategic Reform Program.
“The GDLSA proposal again demonstrates the competitive ability of our local defence industry,” Mr Combet said.
The Department of Defence’s acquisition and sustainment arm, the DMO will commence negotiations with GDLSA shortly, with a view to having a contract in place by October 2010.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 19 Mai - 6:56

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La flotte australienne d’hélicoptères MRH-90 clouée au sol

Publié le 19 mai 2010, dernière mise à jour le 19 mai 2010.

Le département australien de la défense a annoncé mardi que sa flotte de quelque onze hélicoptères MRH-90 (pour multi-role helicopter, hélicoptère polyvalent), modèle apparenté au NH-90, fait actuellement l’objet d’une interdiction de vol, en attendant des vérifications techniques
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 24 Mai - 6:14

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Rebuilt submarine HMAS Dechaineux returns to service
The Royal Australian Navy announced yesterday that following a "full-cycle" docking at Osborne, HMAS Dechaineux now was operating as the best-equipped submarine in the country.
The return to service comes as the navy and the ASC seek to improve the performance of the Collins fleet, which has been criticised for its poor service record.
Only three of the six Collins vessels are at sea through persistent technical and crewing problems.
Minister for Defence Materiel Greg Combet said: "The successful return to service of Dechaineux shows efforts to improve material availability of the navy's submarine force are paying off."
ASC chief executive Steve Ludlam said the docking process had been helped by the establishment of the Australian Submarine Program Office at Osborne.
Personnel from ASC, the Defence Materiel Organisation and the navy work together there on submarine maintenance.
"We represent one team committed to the safety, capability and availability of Australia's Collins Class submarines, and the reliability, sustainability and viability of the system as a whole," he said.
The ASC has equipped the Dechaineux with the BYG-1 combat system and Mark 48 Mod7 heavyweight torpedo, which were developed with the US Navy.
The Dechaineux joins the Waller and Collins at Fleet Base West in Western Australia. Two other Collins vessels, the Sheean and Rankin, will undergo full-cycle dockings in Adelaide, with the Sheean expected to be back in service by mid-2012.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Ven 28 Mai - 2:58

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DATE:27/05/10
SOURCE:Flight International
Australia impressed by Super Hornet performance
By Stephen Trimble

The Royal Australian Air Force is on track to stand up the first Boeing F/A-18F operational squadron in December with two extra aircraft than originally planned and a new appreciation for the Super Hornet's capabilities.

A fleet of 24 F/A-18Fs will replace the RAAF's General Dynamics F-111 on an interim basis. Delays to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2004 forced the RAAF to acquire Super Hornets as a stopgap in 2006. But the F/A-18Fs are due to be retired by 2021 as the F-35 is delivered.

So far, Boeing has delivered the first five F/A-18Fs to 1 Sqn at RAAF Amberley, with as many as nine more jets arriving before initial operational capability is declared in December. The F-111 is scheduled for retirement on 2 December.



Despite the Super Hornet's short-term service plan, the multi-role fighter has already surprised the RAAF leadership with its advanced capabilities.

"It's a little bit embarrassing for me," says Gp Capt Steve Roberton, commander of 82 Wing. "It is fair to say the jet has proven to be more robust and exceeded what we thought."

Roberton pointed to what he considers the aircraft's singular ability to simultaneously track air and ground targets using an array of sensors, including the Raytheon APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

The RAAF intends to bolster the Super Hornet's targeting capability by integrating the joint helmet mounted cueing system (JHMCS) in both the front and back seat. The US Navy has only experimented with that configuration, and the RAAF may be first to adopt JHMCS in both seats.

With a much smaller force structure than the USN, the RAAF believes it can harness the Super Hornet's full capabilities much sooner, Roberton says. Due to training infrastructure limitations, the USN operates the AESA-equipped F/A-18E/F Block II similarly to the Block I Super Hornet and classic F/A-18C/Ds.

The RAAF, however, intends to operate the F/A-18F more like how the US Air Force flies the multi-role Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle, Roberton says.

Although the F/A-18F has impressed, RAAF officials are disappointed the Super Hornet's AESA technology remains unable to perform electronic attack missions in the X-band of the electromagnetic spectrum, Roberton says.

"There are some things the radar does which are not as far along the proposed flight plan that they have as we had hoped," he says. But "it's still better than anything we got".

The RAAF also remains committed to buy F-35s as a permanent replacement for the F-111 and classic F/A-18A/Bs in its inventory. Roberton described the F-35's potential as "phenomenal", but also voiced a note of doubt.

"I don't know how the [F-35] is going to emerge," he says. "What I do know is that the environment and the challenges that emerge in 10 years time are going to be different than what they are now. So we're speculating, I guess."

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DATE:27/05/10
SOURCE:Flight International
Australia prepares for first Wedgetail inspection
By Stephen Trimble

A Boeing 737 Wedgetail will enter heavy maintenance for the first time in July, six months before the Royal Australian Air Force will receive its first example with full capability.

Boeing delivered the service's first of six Wedgetail airborne early warning and control system aircraft in 2003, but the programme fell three years behind schedule because of problems with structural modifications and radar performance.

Last November the RAAF accepted the first two Wedgetails with limited capability. Another aircraft will be delivered with full capability by the end of the year, with the remainder scheduled to follow in 2011.


Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 737 wedgetail Boeing

Meanwhile, the first test aircraft will enter a heavy maintenance interval in July termed R7, which includes elements of a C and D check in commercial service.

The depot service will include intensive inspections to structural modifications in the cabin, and particularly of Section 46, which supports the 3,180kg (7,000lb) Northrop Grumman multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA).

However, the R7 inspections will not require Boeing to remove the MESA antenna from the aircraft.

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) is to perform depot maintenance for all six aircraft under a A$250 million ($210 million) support contract that runs through 2014. The company expects to reduce the R7 cycle from nine to six months within this period.

Maintenance support for the Wedgetail fleet will be performed at RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales, where 2 Sqn is based. The work has moved from RAAF Amberley, Queensland, where BDA modified four of the six aircraft.

BDA's training operation, meanwhile, in late May graduated its first two pilots inducted for Wedgetail flight training after a 19-week course.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 1 Juin - 10:45

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Australian Government Approves Australian Light Armoured Vehicle Enhancement

10:15 GMT, June 1, 2010 The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, today announced that the Government has given second pass approval for the upgrade of the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) under project LAND 112 Phase 4 – ASLAV Enhancement.

The ASLAV has been deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations since 2004, and is now in use in Afghanistan.

The ASLAV provides our forces in Afghanistan with mobility, firepower and protection, enabling our troops to conduct search and escort operations and provide support to close combat operations.

Senator Faulkner said: “These enhancements, which have a total project cost of $302.8 million, will result in our ASLAV fleet being up-armoured to provide greater protection to cater for difficult and dangerous environments such as those in Afghanistan. The upgrade will ensure the ASLAV fleet provides the highest possible combat protection and capability in the future.”

The enhancements will provide increased protection against a wider range of threats - including Improvised Explosive Devices - by improving ballistic, fragmentation and blast protection.

The project will also see improvements to the vehicle’s suspension, driveline and engine, ensuring the ASLAV remains a highly capable and versatile light armoured vehicle for the duration of its service with the ADF.

The project plans to deliver 113 upgraded vehicles, commencing by April 2012. Defence is also investigating options for significantly expediting the schedule for the upgrade.

There will be a range of opportunities for Australian Industry to be involved in the installation and support of the upgrade. These include pre-modification and refurbishment work, suspension and drivetrain upgrades, installation of upgrade kits, and the redesign and manufacturing of mine blast belly plates, to be carried out by General Dynamics Land Systems – Australia, located in Pooraka, South Australia.


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Ven 4 Juin - 7:57

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Boeing, Royal Australian Air Force Graduate 1st Locally Trained C-17 Pilots




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MBERLEY, Queensland, June 3, 2010 – Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today announced the graduation of the first RAAF C-17 Globemaster III pilots trained in Australia.
Since commencing Pilot Initial Qualification (PIQ) training on Feb. 1, Flight Lt. David Whyte and Pilot Officer Stephen Maunder have received more than 350 hours of programmed training from Boeing Defence Australia instructors at RAAF Base Amberley, including 120 simulated flight hours in the C-17 Globemaster III Aircrew Training System (ATS).
“Delivering Australia’s first in-country C-17 pilot training program is a significant achievement for both Boeing and the RAAF,” said Nigel Page, C-17 ATS site team lead for Boeing Defence Australia. “The graduation of Flight Lt. Whyte and Pilot Officer Maunder as qualified C-17 pilots demonstrates the success and value of the RAAF’s new in-country pilot-training capability, assisted greatly by Boeing’s training expertise and the Amberley-based C-17 ATS.”
The Boeing-developed C-17 ATS consists of a Loadmaster Station, Learning Center, various support systems and a Weapons Systems Trainer (WST), which is a realistic, full-motion simulator used for pilot training.
“Training C-17 pilots at Amberley has saved the RAAF both money and time by removing substantial travel costs and the need for student pilots to spend longer periods of time training overseas,” said Squadron Leader Brent Taylor, 36 Squadron Training Flight Commander. “We are pleased with the end result of the locally based training system, and congratulate Flight Lt. Whyte and Pilot Officer Maunder for passing with flying colors.”
The students’ training culminated in five flights at the controls of a real C-17 airlifter under the instruction of RAAF Qualified Flying Instructors, and acceptance by the RAAF’s No. 36 Squadron.
“There is no doubt in my mind the Boeing-delivered PIQ training has equipped me with the tools and knowledge required for my career as a RAAF C-17 pilot,” said Maunder. “I’m proud to have achieved my goal to become a C-17 pilot and look forward to supporting the C-17 strategic airlift capability for national and international operations.”
The next two student pilots, Pilot Officers Luke Ridgway and Brett Hopewell, will graduate from the second PIQ training course this month. The third and fourth PIQ training courses will commence in July and August, respectively.
Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise. With a world-class team of more than 1,500 employees at 14 locations throughout Australia and two international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defense projects in Australia.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Sam 5 Juin - 17:49

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Dim 6 Juin - 6:32

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 7 Juin - 5:54

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Australian Vessels Begin Tactical Manoeuvres Off Darwin
Five Australian Navy ships have begun practising amphibious warfare skills in the waters off Darwin as part of the minor war vessel concentration period (MWVCP) sea phase.
During the seven-day exercise, HMA Glenelg, Pirie, Bundaberg, Balikpapan and Betano will focus on collective competencies including boarding operations, tactical manoeuvring and seamanship.
Australian Navy mine warfare hydrography and patrol boat force commander Captain Vaughan Rixon said an Australian Army regiment will join the navy with a light armoured vehicle, a general motor vehicle and three Unimogs to simulate an evacuation operation.
"The activity will practise relocating non-combatants threatened in a foreign country to a place of safety," he said.
"Maritime interception skills will be improved through boarding operations on the merchant ship MV Sapphire Bay with aerial support provided by a navy Augusta A109E helicopter and gunnery shoots conducted against towed air targets."
The MWVCP is part of navy's ongoing training programme to enhance the Australian force capability and will be conducted within strict environmental, safety and risk management constraints.
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