RAN to Receive an Additional 12 New MH-60R ASW Helicopters

An additional 12 new MH-60R Romeo maritime helicopters and 29 new AH-64E Apache Armed Reconnaissance helicopters will join Australia’s Navy and Army to help keep Australians safe while creating around 300 jobs. The Government will expand our maritime helicopter fleet with an additional 12 MH-60R Romeo maritime helicopters to be acquired and based at HMAS Albatross, along with a 13th…

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Austal Joins Independent Littoral Maneuver Vessel Team

Austal Australia is teaming with local defense industry leaders BMT and Raytheon Australia to deliver the new Australian Independent Littoral Maneuver Vessel, or ILMV, for the Australian Army. Based on a proven design and carefully tailored for the Australian environment, the Australian ILMV is a world class, future ready capability and sovereign solution aligned with the Army’s new and complex…

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$3.5 Billion to Accelerate Missile Strike Capabilities for the ADF

The Morrison Government has approved the accelerated acquisition of improved weapon capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at a total cost of $3.5 billion. Minister for Defence the Hon Peter Dutton MP today announced that Defence will accelerate the acquisition of: The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) for the Royal Australian Air Force; The Naval Strike Missile…

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HMAS Canberra Arrives Home

HMAS Canberra sailed back into Sydney March 29 after completing the Australian Defence Force’s ship-based support to Tonga. Canberra left Tongan waters after a farewell ceremony on March 22 for ADF, Republic of Fiji Military Forces and French Armed Forces in New Caledonia personnel in Nuku’alofa, attended by Tongan Deputy Prime Minister Poasi Tei. ADF personnel deployed on Operation Tonga…

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Farewell Acknowledges Work of Pacific Family

A farewell ceremony at Tonga’s Vuna Wharf was held on March 16 to thank personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), French Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC), and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) who have been operating together from HMAS Canberra. HMAS Canberra departed the Kingdom of Tonga for Australia on March 18, marking the completion of her…

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Australian Statement on Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon

On 15 November 2021, the Russian Defense Ministry conducted a destructive test of an anti-satellite weapon. This test created over 1500 pieces of long-lived debris in space that now threaten numerous satellites and the International Space Station. Minister for Defense, the Hon Peter Dutton MP said that the test was a provocative and dangerous act that demonstrated the threats to…

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Leidos Australia Receives Contract for Underwater Sensor

A Victorian company has joined forces with the Morrison Government to develop an easily deployable underwater sensor that will strengthen Australia’s maritime security. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price today announced a $1.6 million Defence Innovation Hub contract with Victorian company Leidos Australia to develop the technology. “It is great to see Leidos Australia partner with the Morrison Government through…

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Exercise Strengthens Ties With Singapore

The longstanding bilateral defense partnership between Singapore and Australia was again on display during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21). The cooperative activity, held on September 1, continued a long history of exercising together, which has built trust, precision and technical skill. This year’s activity combined elements from Mine Warfare Team 16, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), air and marine capabilities. A…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 21 Launches from Darwin

August 27, 2021 – HMA Ships Canberra and Anzac set sail from Darwin last night, marking the start of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 21 (IPE21), Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity. Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said the deployment reinforces Australia’s strong and enduring partnerships in Southeast Asia. “The 2020 Defence Strategic Update underlines Australia’s commitment to security cooperation and…

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KBR to Support Australian Defence Force Secure Deployed Networks

March 15, 2021 – KBR announced today it has been awarded a $25 million contract to perform sustainment services for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Secure Deployed Networks, including Naval, Special Operations, Land and Coalition networks. These services include supply-chain management, identity and access management, and technical services to enable convergence of these networks. Under the terms of this contract,…

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