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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:

 

SURFACE SHIPS

• 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.

 

SUBMARINES

•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.

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

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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