Australia may buy more Super Hornets amid F-35 delays: report
Written by Reuters, Monday, 11 April 2011
Australian defence officials plan to raise concerns about project delays and the possibility of a serious gap in Australia's air defences from 2020 onwards when they visit the United States this week, the Australian newspaper said.
Military chiefs were preparing options to plug the gap, including the A$1.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) purchase of 18 extra F/A-18F Super Hornets, adding to 24 of the aircraft bought in 2007 to fill a strategic hole, the paper said, without naming sources, Reuters reports.
Australia plans to buy up to 100 stealthy F-35 Lightning's for an estimated A$16 billion and has so far ordered 14, with the air force's first squadron hoping to be operational by 2018.
But a recent report by a U.S. government budget watchdog found the F-35 program, already behind schedule, was likely to experience additional production problems and cost increases, while also criticising the project's risk management.
Australia's Department of Defence could not immediately comment.
Australian defence chiefs have previously said they are committed to the F-35 purchase, while Lockheed Martin insists that problems in the United States will not derail the 2014 delivery timetable for the first F-35 squadron.
Australia has already begun a multi-billion-dollar upgrade of its military that includes new air defence destroyers, two large amphibious assault ships, helicopters, tanks, long-range cruise missiles and 12 new submarines costing $25 billion.($1 = 0.955 Australian Dollars)
Global defence trends to be discussed at conference hosted by Denel
by Denel Corporate, 15 September 2014
The inaugural Denel Aerospace and Defence Conference will offer intense discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
Reutech equipped for Project Biro
by Reutech, 15 September 2014
The company is able to supply equipment and services to the SA Navy programme for the procurement of offshore and inshore patrol vessels.
NATO milestone - RRS delivers first major export order on product level
by Reutech, 12 September 2014
All five RSR 210Ns from Reutech Radar Systems have been fully accepted into the Royal Norwegian Navy.
Poynting Antennas delivers high quality antenna solutions for global communications market
by Poynting Antennas, 12 September 2014
The company will exhibit at AAD in SA this month, and at the AOC and Milcom shows in the United States in October.
Nautic SA donates R50 000 to Lawhill Maritime Centre
by Nautic Africa, 12 September 2014
The company donated R50 000 to the centre, which offers a maritime education programme for over 120 students.
Cybicom Atlas Defence is all systems go for AAD 2014
by Cybicom Atlas Defence, 9 September 2014
CAD will be joined by one of its shareholders, Atlas Elektronik - from Germany - in a combined stand.