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  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 7:31 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    larrakeyah defence precinctLarrakeyah Defence Precinct (Image Dept of Defence) Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced the approval of a $495-million investment in new Northern Territory defence facilities as part of support for major Australian and allied operations in the region. The $495-million project will be split into a number of phases, with phase one including the $223-million base redevelopment which will include an upgrade of critical in-ground infrastructure, support on-base growth over the next 25 years and will improve the working environment for defence personnel. 1/3 “The project will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) capacity to conduct operations and exercises in the north of Australia, while providing fuel storage and refuelling capabilities to meet current and projected demands,” Minister Payne said. Phase two, will see $272 million for facilities to support naval operations in the north project and will deliver a new outer wharf to support the Royal Australian Navy's major surface combatant ships and submarines at HMAS Coonawarra. 2/3 “This investment in defence facilities will enhance support to ADF operations and maximise opportunities for local industry,” Minister Payne said. Both Larrakeyah Defence Precinct projects will be delivered by Laing O’Rourke as managing contractor, with construction works scheduled to commence in late 2018 and due for completion by mid-2023. A Local Industry Capability Plan aims to maximise opportunities for small to medium local businesses in the Northern Territory to compete for and win sub-contract work on these projects.

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 7:34 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

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    Lockheed Martin congratulates BAE Systems on its SEA 5000 program win and looks forward to working with BAE to bring the world's most advanced combat system to the Royal Australian Navy. 

    Lockheed Martin Australia congratulates BAE Systems for their selection as the Future Frigate designer and builder. The Future Frigate program will deliver exceptional capability for Australia and we look forward to supporting BAE Systems to deliver this important national endeavour," said a Lockheed Martin spokesperson.

    Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) will be delivering the Aegis combat system to the Future Frigate Program. Aegis is the world's most advanced maritime warfighting capability and the world's only ballistic missile defence system in service with six navies on over 100 surface ships around the world. 

    Aegis is capable of simultaneously defending against attack from land targets, submarines and surface ships while automatically protecting the ship or wider task group from aircraft, cruise and ballistic missile threats. 

    Neale Prescott, director of business development, Lockheed Martin Australia said "it was a fantastic effort from the BAE Systems team and we at LMA look forward to continuing the collaborative relationship we have developed with BAE Systems throughout projects like F-35."  

    As demonstrated on the Hobart destroyer, from theatre and area anti-submarine, anti-surface, anti-air and strike warfare, Aegis is a critical element of Australia’s existing and future networked and integrated battlespace. Integrating Aegis into the Future Frigates ensures immediate integration into Coalition taskforces from the first arrival at an area of operations and provides growth to capabilities like Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) for whatever the future may hold.

    Since Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement in October 2017, that Aegis was selected as the Combat Management System for the Future Frigates, Lockheed Martin Australia has had plans and people ready to support the Combat Systems Integration (CSI) role if required.

    Lockheed Martin Australia can draw upon an extensive maritime combat system enterprise consisting of more than 150 engineers and technicians already working in the maritime domain. The company has invested several million dollars in training Australian engineers and technicians on Aegis. This training has resulted in high value transfer of technology and skills and enabling Australian industry to perform Aegis integration, test and sustainment.

    As the original equipment manufacturers of Aegis, LMA believes they are well placed to partner with BAE Systems for the CSI. 

    The proposed Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Component for a Lockheed Martin Australia-led Aegis CSI effort would exceed 90 per cent.

    "Lockheed Martin Australia will work with BAE as the shipbuilder to optimise the position of the system within the ship and has done so with various surface ships around the world. We are looking forward to working closely with BAE as well as Saab Australia and CEA Technologies to deliver a highly capable surface combatant for the Australian Navy," said Prescott. 

    "Lockheed Martin and Saab have a strong relationship in Australia and globally. Lockheed Martin Australia has worked together with CEA Technologies for over three years on the future frigates, we are working together on the Future Submarine CSI and we have been working together for over 12 years on surface combat system programs in Canada."

    Mr Prescott noted the great opportunity for Australian and Canadian industrial collaboration and co-operation in the near future as Canada draws closer to deciding the winner of it's own surface combatant programme, called CMS 330 which could see a Type 26 Global Combat Ship fitted with a Lockheed Martin combat system.

    "BAE has brought a very capable class of surface ships to the table and we at Lockheed Martin can't wait to get working on them with BAE and our other industry partners in the very near future," Mr Prescott said. 

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 7:38 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

    AECOM has secured a contract with the US Navy as part of the ongoing redevelopment of RAAF Darwin to accommodate an increased US presence in the Indo-Pacific. 

    As part of the US$24 million contract, AECOM will be responsible for developing four airfield-rated concrete, paved aircraft parking spots; the relocation of existing fuel isolation valve pits; and the installation of four Type III fuel hydrant pits, expected to be completed in 2019. 

    The contract will be the first of many to be delivered under the US Force Posture Initiative in Australia, which will see the US and Australia investing more than $1.5 billion into existing defence infrastructure and facilities in the Northern Territory as part of ongoing efforts to support increasing numbers of American military personnel rotating through the region.

    Additional works also include the installation of airfield ground lighting, a stormwater collection and treatment system, jet blast deflectors and construction of an asphalt access drive.

    Vern Kuehn, AECOM executive vice president and general manager of it's federal construction division, said, "We are honored to continue our partnership with the US Navy, supporting the Force Posture Initiative. This project will provide critical defence infrastructure and expand our federal construction portfolio in the Australian market." 



    Once completed, the overall investment package as part of the US Force Posture Initiative is estimated to be worth approximately US$6.12 billion over the next 10 years,providing opportunities for sectors including construction, professional services, maintenance and logistics to engage with the transformation of major Australian and US defence infrastructure and assets operating out the NT.  

    "The win was a collaboration between AECOM construction services federal and Australia-New Zealand divisions. By combining our demonstrated performance in defence construction projects with out Australian industry credibility, we are able to offer a fully integrated and experienced delivery capability that draws on both global and local experience," said Nicole Stoddart, managing director of construction services Australia-New Zealand at AECOM. 

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 7:36 AM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

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    BAE Systems will equip the Royal Australian Navy with a fleet of nine highly-advanced frigates, transforming not only the Navy but Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capabilities.

    The new ships – called the Hunter Class – will be built in Australia using Australian steel, and signal a dramatic shift in both combat and industrial capability.

    BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship has been locked in competition against Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, with its evolved Hobart Class/F-100, and Italy’s Fincantieri, with its FREMM frigate, to secure the hotly-contested SEA 5000 Future Frigates program.

    The Type 26 is currently in production for the UK's Royal Navy, with the program running five years ahead of the Australian SEA 5000 Future Frigates project.

    The first Australian vessel will now be the fourth of class. The first ship for the Royal Navy cut steel last year in Glasgow and is due to hit the water in 2020.

    The next-generation frigates will provide the Australian Defence Force with “the highest levels of lethality and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty”, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

    The Type 26 is touted as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-centric vessel and a sound addition to Australia’s naval capabilities.

    The Hunter Class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region, according to Prime Minister Turnbull.

    The ships will include the incorporation of the leading-edge Australian-developed CEA phased array radar and the US Navy’s powerful Aegis combat management system. With an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter Class will be one of the most capable multi-role warships in the world.

    As a responsible regional actor, Australia's future frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

    This $35 billion program will create 4,000 jobs throughout Australia and deliver unprecedented local and global opportunities for businesses large and small.

    Deepening sovereign shipbuilding capability

    The program provides a unique opportunity to not just strengthen but guarantee Australia's naval shipbuilding sovereignty.

    BAE System's Hunter Class of frigates will be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

    ASC Shipbuilding, currently wholly owned by the Commonwealth, will become a subsidiary of BAE Systems.

    This subsidiary status will ensure that BAE Systems is fully responsible and accountable for the timely delivery of the frigates and guarantees the work will be carried out by Australian workers and create Australian jobs, the Prime Minister said.

    BAE Systems expects the Australian industry content (AIC) for the Hunter Class build will be 65-70 per cent, which will create and secure thousands of jobs for decades.

    As part of its commitment to developing Australia's sovereign shipbuilding capability, BAE Systems has prequalified over 500 Australian businesses from every state and territory to be in the Hunter Class supply chain.

    The build will draw on partners, including Rolls-Royce for example, which will provide the Type 26 powerplant, as detailed on the Defence Connect Podcast early this month.

    The Commonwealth government will retain a sovereign share in ASC Shipbuilding while BAE manages the program, the Prime Minister said.

    At the end of the program the Commonwealth will resume complete ownership of ASC Shipbuilding, thereby ensuring the retention in Australia of intellectual property, a highly skilled workforce and the associated equipment.

    According to the Prime Minister, this will ensure that, by the conclusion of the frigate build, ASC Shipbuilding will be a strategic national asset capable of independently designing, developing and leading the construction of large, complex naval warships.

    This agreement will not affect the Offshore Patrol Vessels, Air Warfare Destroyers, or the sustainment of the Collins Class submarines, and will not preclude ASC Group from pursuing future shipbuilding opportunities.

    The Hunter Class will begin entering service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac Class frigates, which have been in service since 1996.

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