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German Submarines for the Philippines?

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German Submarines for the Philippines?

Posted on 23 April 2016 by admin

Facing a resurgent People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Philippines are relying on rearmament, closer defence relations, and international arbitration over existential disputes with the PRC. Will the former include submarines, and if so, could they be German-made?


In March 2016 President Benigno Aquino stated “We are a natural transit point into the Pacific and we are now studying whether or not we do need a submarine force.” Berlin already cooperates with Manila and during parliamentary hearings in September 2015 it was revealed that Philippines Navy Captain Vincent J. Sibala was undergoing submarine warfare training in Kiel, northern Germany.

A possible conventional hunter-killer submarine (SSK) for the Philippines could be the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems ‘Type 212’ class, operated by the German and Italian Navies. It can operate in very shallow waters, no more than 17 metres (15 feet) in depth deep, and its armament includes torpedoes and missiles, and in the future could carry the Diehl BGT Defence IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) missile. With a range of some 10.7 nautical miles (20 kilometres), the IDAS can be employed against naval support helicopters, small and medium-sized ships, and coastal targets.

Japan, with its ‘Soryu’ class, also looms large as a potential supplier. Tokyo and Berlin are currently competing in Australia to win the contract to replace the Royal Australian Navy’s ‘Collins’ class SSKs. It must be stressed, however, that Manila has not confirmed the purchase of submarines, and cost may still be a major obstacle.


By Alex Calvo


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Australia boosts joint training efforts during Exercise Northern Shield


Australia boosts joint training efforts during Exercise Northern Shield

Posted on 24 September 2015 by admin

Brisbane-based soldiers from the Ready Combat Team, Air Force personnel and Western Australian Police in Exmouth police have worked together to successfully defeat a simulated security threat during Exercise Northern Shield.


In the scenario, a RAAF King Air role-played a suspect aircraft attempting to transport illegal weapons, explosives and drugs into Australia, with the intent of reinforcing enemy operating within Exmouth.


After landing at RAAF Base Learmonth, the Australian Army’s Ready Combat Team (RCT), military working dogs and local Exmouth police inspected the aircraft, secured a perimeter and arrested the persons of interest.


Major Jan Koudelka, Officer Commanding Bravo Company from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, said his team was ready to respond once intelligence came through.


“We received information from a reliable source that there was a suspected supply run coming into Australia from overseas,” Major Koudelka said.


“At the time of receiving that information, we immediately began planning and integrated with other agencies, including the Exmouth police, to ensure every single element and capability was aware of their role for the scenario,” he said.


With the simulated threat still apparent in the Exmouth area, significant military air support in the form of fixed and rotary wing aircraft assisted with providing aerial coverage and surveillance for the ground troops.


Lieutenant James Allison, a pilot on the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, said his role in the exercise scenario was to provide an overwatch air capability in support of ground operations.


“We conducted two missions daily over the Exmouth area to provide surveillance support,” Lieutenant Allison said.


“If we saw any suspicious vehicles or persons of interest, we’d report that back to the RCT on the ground, enabling them to conduct further investigations and provide protection to the area,” he said.


The entire scenario, from when the King Air was intercepted to the RCT securing the perimeter, demonstrated the cooperation and interoperability of Defence assets in conjunction with external agencies.


Exercise Northern Shield involves over 1000 troops from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The major activities are occurring from the 19th – 24th of September.


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India & Australia first maritime exercise

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India & Australia first maritime exercise

Posted on 24 September 2015 by admin

The inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia, AUSINDEX15, has commenced, with an opening ceremony held in Visakhapatnam, India.


Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott, the Minister for Defence, the Honourable Kevin Andrews MP, recently visited India to further develop, with his counterpart Minster Manohar Parrikar, the Framework for Security Cooperation.


“India is the emerging democratic super power of Asia.  It is therefore sensible that the relationship between India and Australia be developed and strengthened,” Mr Andrews said.


The maritime exercise is a tangible sign that will strengthen defence co-operation between the two countries as envisaged in the Framework for Security Co-operation announced by the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers in 2014.


Head Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, joined India’s Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh,VSM, to mark the occasion.


“India is a key security partner in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific,” RADM Mead said.


“Both our navies have a mutual interest in promoting peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and this is a natural progression of our Navy-to-Navy relationship, given our shared maritime security interests.”


Three Royal Australian Navy ships and a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C have made the passage to India for the inaugural biennial exercise.  HMA Ships Sirius, Arunta and Sheehan will train with Indian Navy Ships Shivalik, Ranvijay and Shakti, along with P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft during the week-long activity.


AUSINDEX15 is being held in waters off Visakhapatnam, India until late September.


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BAE Patria teams to offer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle to Australia


BAE Patria teams to offer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle to Australia

Posted on 04 September 2015 by admin

BAE Systems has offered a highly protected armoured vehicle integrated with a combat proven turret as the solution that will best meet the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements.


As prime contractor, the Company has teamed with Patria to offer the AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under Phase 2 of the Land 400 Program.


The solution combines Patria’s Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and BAE Systems Hägglunds’ E35 turret system. Both are qualified and in service with NATO nations.


The Patria AMV has been selected by seven nations with more than 1,400 contracted vehicles. The platform has attained a strong combat reputation, chiefly based on the strength of its operational performance with the Polish Army in Afghanistan.


The BAE Systems-Hägglunds manned turret system is fitted to the successful CV90 family of infantry fighting vehicles operated by seven nations. It has been used on UN and NATO missions across the globe, including Afghanistan. The unique features of the E35 turret provide the AMV35 with real battlefield advantage for Australian soldiers through game-changing levels of accuracy and weight of fire.


BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said: “The AMV35 is an outstanding combat reconnaissance platform that integrates BAE Systems-Hägglunds’ E35 turret onto a modern, agile, highly protected Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV), both of which have attained a fearsome reputation based on their operational performance in Afghanistan. It represents a low risk and affordable step change in protection, mobility and firepower for the Australian Army in any future operations.


“We look forward to being the given the chance to demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of this armoured vehicle system.”


If selected, the BAE Systems/Patria team will manufacture and support the AMV35 in Australia, securing and retaining in-country capability, and contributing significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30+ year life of the vehicles.


The BAE Systems-led team is committed to ensuring a high level of Australian content and industry capability development. The decision to manufacture the vehicle in Australia assures that there will be opportunities for involvement and content for Australian suppliers.


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Australia to acquire more Airbus A330 MRTT aircrafts

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Australia to acquire more Airbus A330 MRTT aircrafts

Posted on 02 July 2015 by admin

Airbus Defence and Space is to provide two more Airbus A330 Multi Role Transport Tankers (A330 MRTT) to the Royal Australian Air Force under the terms of a newly signed contract. The agreement was announced by the Australian Minister for Defence today.


The two additional aircraft will join the fleet of five A330 MRTTs currently operated by the RAAF which was the launch customer for the aircraft and designates it the KC-30A.


These aircraft will be based on two previously-owned Qantas Airways A330-200 airliners which will be converted to A330 MRTTs by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe near Madrid and delivered in 2018.


The RAAF decided to use these particular aircraft as they are extremely close to the same basic specification as the KC-30As already in service.


In RAAF service the A330 MRTT is equipped with the Airbus Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), two underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods used to refuel RAAF F/A-18 and other fighters, and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI) allowing it to be refuelled itself from another tanker.


The refuelling boom is now in service with RAAF and has been used to refuel other KC-30A aircraft and the E-7A Wedgetail.


The KC-30A is combat-proven in the Middle East where it refuelled a variety of Australian & Coalition aircraft.


Airbus Defence and Space Head of Sales & Marketing, Military Aircraft, Antonio Rodriguez Barberan said: “We deeply appreciate the RAAF’s long-term support of the development of the A330 MRTT since launch and we thank the Commonwealth of Australia for its continued faith in our company and its products.”


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Pacific Australia: Austal border protection solutions on displays

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Pacific Australia: Austal border protection solutions on displays

Posted on 07 October 2013 by admin

Austal is showcasing its proven border protection and multi-mission platforms at Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney, Australia from 7-9 Oct 2013. Austal has come to dominate the Australian patrol boat market, winning three consecutive contracts for frontline patrol boats, including the Armidale Class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy; the Bay Class and their successor the Cape Class for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.


Austal is also joined at Pacific 2013 by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.


Davyd Thomas, Austal’s Vice President Defence said that Pacific 2013 is the best showcase of defence maritime industry capability that the region has to offer, “Austal and our strategic partner, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, will be there to help customers learn more about our border protection solutions and multi-mission capable platforms, including the Cape Class Patrol Boat, Multi-role Combatant, Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel”.


Austal’s newest innovation, the Integrated Maritime Coordination and Surveillance system (IMARCS), will also be on display. IMARCS offers maritime border protection organisations real-time situational awareness, integration and coordination of sea, air and coastal assets.


General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will highlight the proven successes of its open architecture computing infrastructure, OPEN CI, as well as the applicability of OPEN CI to future platforms. Through its ‘plug and play’ integration capability for ship systems and mission modules, OPEN CI allows international navies to select the systems that best meet their fast-changing requirements in a cost-effective manner. With OPEN CI, ship commanders and operators no longer have to completely overhaul a system for small changes and improvements to be made.


In addition to reducing acquisition risk, OPEN CI also facilitates the quick and seamless integration of new capabilities. Currently serving as the technology backbone for the core mission systems of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel, OPEN CI’s scalable, versatile design can be easily adapted for future international variants of these systems.


The exhibit also includes a virtual tour of the Independence-variant LCS.

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Pacific Australia: DCNS showcases surface ships & submarines

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Pacific Australia: DCNS showcases surface ships & submarines

Posted on 07 October 2013 by admin

DCNS which is world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector is exhibiting at Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney, Australia from 7-9 Oct 2013.  As a naval prime contractor, systems integrator and shipbuilder, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions. The DCNS stand showcases:



• The FREMM multimission frigate combines the latest technologies developed by the DCNS group. FREMM frigates are among the most technologically advanced and competitively priced on the world market. France’s total order is 11 vessels and the delivery is scheduled from 2012 to 2022. In addition, one FREMM frigate for Marocco is pursuing sea trials in preparation for delivery later this year.


• The OPV Gowind® Adroit is designed to meet the operational needs of a large number of navies focusing on coastal missions/homeland security. During previous stopovers, many navies around the world have been favourably impressed by L’Adroit and recognised the operational benefits of the Gowind® range.


• The BRAVE support vessel is DCNS’s response to emerging logistic support needs identified by many navies. The ship is ideal for the underway replenishment of all types of products (dry cargo, fuel & other liquids and munitions), to provide logistic support for naval forces and to store and deliver all types of payloads, including dangerous substances.



•The Scorpene medium-size submarines, already chosen by several navies, represent the state-of-the-art in submarine design and construction and benefit from the latest technologies developed for nuclear-powered classes operated by the French Navy, particularly as regards acoustic discretion and combat system performance.


•The Barracuda, a state of the art submarine for the French Navy dedicated to deal with an ever-growing array of challenges. The Barracuda is designed to undertake blue-water missions anywhere in the world; and to do so either alone or as part of a naval force. The first-of-class SSN Suffren is scheduled to start sea trials early 2016 and to enter service in 2017. Between 2017 and 2027 six Barracudas will replace the six Rubis/Améthyste-class boats currently in service.



DCNS is also offering a wide range of support services during the entire lifecycle of both surface ships and submarines. These services stretch from the simplest order of spare parts to the through-life support of complete fleet. For 30 years, DCNS has provided the necessary know-how to enable foreign navies or industrial partners to build warships in their own shipyards and with their own work forces. Fully experienced in assisting foreign countries in the development of their own naval shipbuilding capabilities, DCNS has gained valuable experience in managing technology transfers. DCNS track records in Transfer of Technology include submarines for the Pakistan, Indian and Brazilian Navies, and frigates for Singapore.


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Australian Navy explores extension options for maritime platforms

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Australian Navy explores extension options for maritime platforms

Posted on 07 October 2013 by admin

Melbourne-based BMT Design & Technology (BMT),a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed a study for the Commonwealth of Australia, to examine a range of options for the Life of Type Extension (LOTE) of a wide range of Defence Maritime Platforms.  This included the entire surface fleet of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), through to the LCM (Landing Craft Mechanised) and LARC (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo) vehicles of Army Marine.


Undertaking the study in two stages over the course of 12 months, BMT developed a risk-based approach to assess the viability of LOTE for 11 classes of ship.  Unlike the approach taken by others, BMT recognised the importance of ensuring the study was not limited solely to material/condition surveys and incorporated the Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FIC). This allowed the full costof operating the fleet within the various LOTE scenarios to be identified.


As well as identifying the costing options, the study provided an understanding of any impact on achieving availability targets while satisfying safety, environmental and technical risk imperatives.


Peter Sanders, Principal Consultant at BMT Design & Technology comments: “Our intimate understanding of the defence engineering environment provided the customer with the confidence that we could deliver a comprehensive study which met their requirements.  We were also able to draw upon the knowledge and expertise from our sister companies, BMT Isis and BMT Defence Services, both of which have extensive experience of working in the defence sector.”

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Australia receives sixth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

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Australia receives sixth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

Posted on 01 November 2012 by admin

Boeing has delivered the sixth Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster III today at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. The airlifter will be assigned to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, where it will help meet increased demand for airlift to support military, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.


“I am delighted to accept the sixth C-17 on behalf of the Royal Australian Air Force,” said RAAF Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown. “The C-17 is a capability that has improved Australia’s reach locally, regionally and globally. Individually, the aircraft is impressive – but as a fleet, it has fundamentally enhanced our strategic airlift agility to meet the Australian Defence Force Air Mobility requirements.”


The government of Australia announced its intent to buy a sixth airlifter during last year’s arrival ceremony for the RAAF’s fifth C-17. The contract was completed on June 6 and now Boeing has delivered the aircraft less than five months later, due to the strong cooperation among the Australian and U.S. governments working with the Boeing team.


“The C-17 symbolizes the strength and the enduring nature of the partnership between Boeing and the Commonwealth of Australia,” said Bob Ciesla, vice president, Airlift, and C-17 program manager. “We look forward to supporting the RAAF and this aircraft as we do the five other C-17s at Amberley.”


Boeing provides after-delivery support to the RAAF C-17 fleet as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics agreement with the U.S. Air Force. The GISP “virtual fleet” arrangement provides the highest airlift mission-capable rate at one of the lowest costs per flying hour.


Boeing has delivered 248 C-17s worldwide, including 218 to the U.S. Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve units. A total of 30 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India has 10 C-17s on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014.


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