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  • Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

    02/06/2017 6:19:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | Josh Kosman
    If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden. That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below. The ground level of the futuristic prototype — a supermarket-sized version of its recently unveiled “Amazon Go” convenience store, with a bigger layout that could span anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet — would be devoted to goods that shoppers typically like to touch, sources briefed on the...
  • Aust warships to be inferior to US vessels

    09/14/2016 4:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AAP ^ | September 14, 2016
    Delays with new air warfare destroyers, the navy's most complex and expensive warships, mean they will go to sea inferior to comparable US vessels. A new study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that's because US warships are being equipped with the latest version of the Aegis combat system, which features greatly enhanced capabilities including ballistic missile defence. ASPI analyst James Mugg said defence was aware of this shortcoming and had scheduled an upgrade for the three vessels between 2017 and 2028, at an an eye watering estimated price of $4-5 billion. That's around half the cost of building...
  • Missile defence could be on the way (Australia)

    08/14/2016 9:03:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies ^ | AUGUST 14, 2016 | Max Blenkin
    Australia's new air warfare destroyers could be equipped to shoot down ballistic missiles threatening the Australian mainland or deployed troops. That would require a government decision to acquire this politically controversial capability, which could then be retro-fitted to the three vessels. The 2016 Defence White Paper says the threat of missile attack on Australia is low. But more nations, such as North Korea, are acquiring ballistic and cruise missiles and that increases the risk of attack on Australian territory or on deployed forces. Most concerning, such missiles could carry nuclear or chemical warheads. The white paper says Australia and the...
  • The sound of silence — why Germany lost its subs bid (Australia)

    05/29/2016 10:33:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    It was the smallest of sounds, too soft for human ears but deemed loud enough to potentially doom an Australian submarine. Two weeks ago, behind closed doors in a shipyard in the German port of Kiel, the secrets behind Australia’s $150 billion submarine decision were finally revealed. It was a moment that left the Germans stunned. They were told for the first time that they had lost the bid because their proposed Aust­ralian submarine had an “un­acceptable’’ level of “radiated noise’’. In the world of submarines, noise equals potential detection and death, but when the Germans pressed the Australian officials...
  • France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract - sources

    04/25/2016 6:59:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | Colin Packham, Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly
    Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country's new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan's nascent defence export industry. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will officially announce on Tuesday the winner of the contract to build the country's 12 new submarines, but two sources familiar with the process told Reuters that France has secured the contract ahead of Japanese and German bidders. Another source at the French naval contractor said he was "quietly confident" of success ahead of the announcement by Turnbull. Australia...
  • France pitches nuclear submarine option (for Australia)

    03/23/2016 10:19:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    AAP ^ | 24 March 2016
    Australia's new submarines will need the range and endurance to patrol far out into the Pacific or Indian Oceans or up into the South China Sea. For that, a nuclear boat would be ideal. Nuclear subs - nukes - can travel fast and stay submerged almost indefinitely, without the need to come to periscope depth every few days to run a diesel engine to charge batteries. Submariners refer to this periodic need to come to the surface as the 'indiscretion rate'. It's when a submarine is most vulnerable to detection. Successive Australian governments have ruled out the nuclear option for...
  • Life of Collins submarines to be extended by another 10 years

    03/01/2016 5:47:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | MARCH 2, 2016 | Brendan Nicholson
    The navy is planning to keep all six of its Collins-class submarines in operation until enough new boats are ready to replace them, well into the 2030s. Close to $2 billion has been allocated for upgrade work. Two of the older Collins boats will require overhauls to extend their lives and the others will be modernised progressively to ensure they can match other submarines in the region. Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin told The Australian extra time was needed because the process of selecting, designing and building the new submarines could not be rushed and to ensure that Australia...
  • Australia to spend $30b more on defence

    02/25/2016 10:49:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | 02/26/2016 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Australia will boost defence spending by almost A$30 billion (S$30.2 billion) over the next 10 years as it warns of growing regional tensions and the risk of increasing rivalry between the United States and China. An ambitious 20-year Defence White Paper released yesterday laid out A$195 billion of spending over the next decade, including plans to start buying a A$50 billion fleet of 12 submarines, as well as new frigates, combat jets and maritime surveillance aircraft. In a relatively frank assessment of Australia's defence challenges, the White Paper labelled the delicate ties between the US and China as one of...
  • Japanese warn of risks in rival submarine plans (Australia)

    02/15/2016 5:23:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2016 | Rick Wallace
    The corporate executive at the head of Japan’s submarine bid has warned of the “risk” in retro-fitting a nuclear submarine with a diesel engine as proposed by the French bid, and that scaling up a smaller design would create technical “challenges”. The caution comes as bid ­leader Mitsubishi Heavy Industries also said it would be willing to bid for future warship contracts in Australia and to launch satellites for the Australian government or telecommunications companies to augment its campaign for the $20 billion submarines contract. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga, when asked about converting a nuclear submarine to run on...
  • Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids

    01/22/2016 9:24:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2016
    TOKYO/ SYDNEY--The competition for the contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) loses ground over technical concerns, multiple sources said. Australia is expected to decide the winner of the Australian $50 billion ($34.55 billion) project, one of the world's most lucrative defense contracts, within the next six months, ahead of a national election in which the deal and the jobs it will create is expected to be a key issue for the conservative government. TKMS is proposing to scale up its 2,000-ton...
  • Will Mideast Allies Drag Us Into War?

    01/05/2016 9:19:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | January 5, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    The New Year's execution by Saudi Arabia of the Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was a deliberate provocation. Its first purpose: Signal the new ruthlessness and resolve of the Saudi monarchy where the power behind the throne is the octogenarian King Salman's son, the 30-year-old Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. Second, crystallize, widen and deepen a national-religious divide between Sunni and Shiite, Arab and Persian, Riyadh and Tehran. Third, rupture the rapprochement between Iran and the United States and abort the Iranian nuclear deal. The provocation succeeded in its near-term goal. An Iranian mob gutted and burned the Saudi...
  • Australia to build new naval fleet in US$65 billion package

    08/04/2015 6:01:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Tuesday, 04 August, 2015
    Australia on Tuesday announced a A$89 billion (US$65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines made “in coming months”. The “continuous shipbuilding” proposal, which involves the replacement of frigates, patrol boats and submarines over two decades, is expected by the government to keep up to 2,500 jobs in the sector in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was “a very historic announcement”. “Previous Australian governments have announced that individual ships or classes of ships will be built here in Australia,” Abbott said at a press conference....
  • French firm DCNS release design of submarine it wants Australia to buy

    07/15/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 15, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The French company, DCNS, has released details of its plans for the new submarine it wants to build for Australia. It’s a 4000 tonne, conventionally powered design based on of its Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarine. DCNS will call the Australia version the Shortfin Barracuda after the local species PPP of the ferocious fish. DCNS says it’s “pre-concept design” is for the world’s most advanced conventional submarines. France, Germany and Japan are competing for the contract to build up to 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy worth more than $20 billion. DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello said the new...
  • PM's floating fighter jet plan quietly sunk by Defence (Australia)

    07/07/2015 9:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Financial Review, Australia ^ | Jul 7 2015 | John Kerin
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Navy's two 27,000-tonne troop transport assault ships has been quietly dropped ahead of the government's defence white paper after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly. Mr Abbott asked defence planners in May last year to examine the possibility of putting up to 12 of the short-take-off and vertical-landing F-35 Bs on to the two ships – the largest in the Navy – which carry helicopters and are likely to be primarily used to transport troops and equipment to war...
  • First Air Warfare Destroyer launched at ASC, Osborne (Australia)

    05/22/2015 9:04:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 23, 2015 | PAUL STARICK
    The first air warfare destroyer built in Adelaide, the Hobart, is launched at Osborne. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia AUSTRALIA’S most powerful warship, the Hobart, is being launched this morning in a ceremony at shipbuilder ASC’s Osborne headquarters. Praising the highly skilled workforce, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia could not afford to lose a naval shipbuilding industry. Premier Jay Weatherill drew cheers from thousands of workers at the ceremony when he praised them for their efforts and urged the Federal Government to build the next-generation submarines in Adelaide. “I want our Federal Government to trust South Australians...
  • Former senior defence adviser now heading French sub builder (Australia)

    05/15/2015 9:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    EXCLUSIVE: A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract. Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year. He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia. The firm is engaged in a “competitive evaluation process” for the Navy’s future submarine contract alongside Germany’s Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS)...
  • Swedish government claims Australia is spreading lies about submarines

    03/17/2015 6:31:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies ^ | MARCH 17, 2015
    Swedish defence giant Saab has accused the government of spreading lies about its submarine building capability. The head of Sweden’s defence purchasing agency, Lena Erixon, has written to her counterpart at the Defence Materiel Organisation in Canberra, Harry Dunstall, to protest about the denigration of Sweden’s submarine industry led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Ms Erixon also revealed that at no stage had Australian officials requested detailed design details from Sweden or included any technical experts in various government delegations to visit the country. Mr Abbott told Parliament that only France, Germany and Japan could build the submarines. “The last...
  • Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

    11/28/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service. HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney. Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program. The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia. The pair will be the first ships...
  • Huge new warship to give Navy vast power projection (Australia)

    11/21/2014 7:59:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ian McPhedran
    THOUSANDS of mattresses, pillows and doonas, tonnes of food and water and 400 sailors, soldiers and air force personnel have been installed on the navy’s newest and biggest ship — the 27,800-tonne HMAS Canberra. Known as a Landing Helicopter Dock or LHD — the $1.5 billion warship will be commissioned into service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and handed over to Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Tim Barrett at Garden Island in Sydney on Friday November 28. The crew of Nuship Canberra (she actually becomes HMAS Canberra at commissioning) have spent the past 18 months training on advanced land based simulators...
  • Australia's LHD 'as aircraft carrier' headache

    10/15/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Australian Defence Magazine ^ | 07 Oct 2014 | Tom Muir
    It has been widely reported that in the lead up to the 2015 Defence White Paper, Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered Defence to assess the benefits of F-35B jump jets and converting the Canberra class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) to accommodate them. Previously, the RAAF was committed to buying only the F-35A version of the Joint Strike Fighter. Writing in the academic blog, The Conversation, in June, Stephen L Jones opined that if Australia was serious about buying the jump jet version of the JSF, it would be wise to look at why the UK is the only country to...
  • Swedes launch desperate bid for Oz submarine project

    09/11/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | John Kerin
    Sweden has emerged from a bitter submarine technology row with Germany to mount a last-ditch effort to outbid Japan and Germany for the contract to build AustraliaÂ’s new submarines. The chief executive of Swedish defence giant Saab, Hakan Bushke, weighed into a heated Australian political row after Prime Minister Tony Abbott all but broke an election promise to assemble AustraliaÂ’s new submarines in Adelaide. Mr AbbottÂ’s insistence the decision will be based on value for money and regional policy rather than jobs in Adelaide suggests 10 submarines will be built in Japan for about $20 billion, though the government has...
  • Home-built submarines deemed too expensive, too risky (Australia)

    09/08/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    BUILDING a new fleet of submarines in Australia would be too risky and too expensive, the Abbott government has concluded. Instead, the government is considering buying “off-the-shelf” options from Japan and Germany, with Japan’s Soryu- class boat the frontrunner. As well as the risk and cost of building the submarines on home soil, such a project would require big infrastructure spending, whereas Japan has an established production line. Defence sources have told The Australian it would cost between $50 billion and $80bn to design and build the submarines in Australia. This compares with previous estimates that the submarines were likely...
  • Australia Nears Deal to Buy Up to 10 Japanese Submarines

    09/08/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | ROB TAYLOR
    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia is close to buying up to 10 submarines from Japan for as much as 20 billion Australian dollars (US$18.7 billion) in a move that would turn the north Asian country into a weapons exporter for the first time since World War II. The deal, which senior defense officials said they expect to be signed this year, risks stoking regional tensions since it positions Tokyo as a major guarantor of Australia's security at a time when relations between China and some of its neighbors, including Japan, are strained. A purchase of Japanese submarines also sits uncomfortably next to the...
  • A brand new 27,000 tonne Australian Navy ship was damaged during maiden sea trials

    06/06/2014 5:44:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies ^ | JUNE 05, 2014
    A CIVILIAN contract crew made two serious errors during sea trials for the navy’s biggest ever ship, damaging its hull and melting down electrical systems. The first of two $1.5 billion 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), to be known as HMAS Canberra, suffered excessive vibration in May during her first “shakedown cruise” between Melbourne and Sydney. The fault was traced to the brand-new vessel’s two German-built Siemens propulsion pods — or azimuth thrusters — which were out of alignment. Each thruster, fitted at the stern of the ship, has two propellers mounted on large electric powered pods that can be...
  • Subs divide: tale of two companies

    05/30/2014 8:22:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | KYM BERGMANN
    THERE are only a few companies in the Western world that have the capacity to successfully design and build conventional submarines. That number will soon increase by one, with a dramatic demerger of Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Kockums of Sweden being played out in Europe. This has major implications for the Collins-class and SEA 1000 as both companies jostle to take advantage of their changed circumstances even before the dust has settled. While the European defence industry went through a phase of consolidation in the 1990s, this seldom extended into the naval domain and rarely across national boundaries. A...
  • Defence system could earn billions (Australian radar)

    02/16/2014 9:33:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 15, 2014 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    LAST year, during a naval exercise off California, a dummy missile fired at an American warship roared through the cruiser’s defences and slammed into its superstructure, starting a fire and injuring two sailors. The dummy missile, with no warhead fitted, punched a hole half a metre wide in the port side of the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorville, which returned to port for repairs. When a similar American missile was fired at the Australian frigate HMAS Perth in an exercise off Hawaii, the Australian crew shot it down using technology developed in the suburbs of Canberra and Adelaide. The Australian...
  • A daunting quest to save our subs (Australia)

    09/25/2013 11:15:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 25, 2013 | Cameron Stewart
    A daunting quest to save our subs "UP periscope" is the famed catchcry of submarine commanders in Hollywood war films, but even that basic command now poses a challenge for Australia's real-life Collins-class submarines. The periscopes on the Collins-class boats are riddled with electrical problems, are prone to breakdown and sometimes suck water into the submarine. Almost a third of their electrical components are obsolete and when they break, there are no spares, meaning they have to be sent to Germany to be fixed. A confidential Defence report, revealed in The Australian today, says the periscopes alone pose a "very...
  • Warships well worth protecting (Australia)

    08/11/2013 5:19:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | 10 August 2013 | GREG SHERIDAN
    Warships well worth protecting NOTHING quite prepares you for the sheer scale of an Air Warfare Destroyer. To appreciate it properly, you have to see it out of the water. I spent a morning this week clambering around the first of the navy's three AWDs. It's being built in Adelaide by ASC in collaboration with several other companies. It was pouring with rain and everywhere on the ship was wet. The AWD is just too big to be built indoors. Like all modern warships, it is full of kilometres of working cables and narrow, awkward corridors. I've been on big...
  • Backing for 'evolved Collins' (Australian sub)

    05/14/2013 2:16:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 15, 2013 | Brendan Nicholson
    Backing for 'evolved Collins' by:Brendan Nicholson TAKING the best elements from the Collins-class submarines to design and build a new hi-tech class in Australia is a spectacular opportunity, says the engineer in charge of their maintenance. Mark Stephens, the general manager in charge of Collins-class submarine maintenance with ASC in Adelaide, served for 10 years in the navy in surface warships, then worked his way through university to become an engineer. He has worked on the Collins in various capacities since 1998. Mr Stephens welcomed the government's decision to speed up the selection of a design for the promised 12...
  • Australian coalition leaders float nuclear navy

    11/16/2012 7:53:21 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Financial Review ^ | November 10, 2012 | Christopher Roye
    Top Coalition leaders want to open the debate over the purchase of nuclear submarines to replace the navy’s diesel fleet, a huge step up in Australia’s military capability in response to China’s plan to become a major maritime power in the Pacific Ocean. Senior Coalition frontbenchers told The Weekend Financial Review that acquiring or leasing Virginia-class nuclear submarines equipped with conventional weapons, such as cruise missiles, would be supported by the Obama Administration. Purchasing the submarines is not yet Coalition policy but some shadow ministers have discussed the idea with United States officials. Australia’s dependence on seaborne trade and China’s...
  • Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines (Australia)

    07/09/2012 5:18:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Hamish McDonald
    Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines THE admiral in charge of planning for Australia's next generation of submarines and the chief defence scientist are studying an advanced new submarine in service with the Japanese navy. Rear-Admiral Rowan Moffitt, head of the Royal Australian Navy's Future Submarine Program, and Dr Alexander Zelinsky, the Chief Defence Scientist, travel to Japan this month to look at the Soryu-class submarines, which started service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force three years ago. Access to the Soryu technology was discussed during a visit to Australia last month by the Japanese navy's chief, Admiral Masahiko Sugimoto....
  • US offers Australia nuclear subs: report

    02/21/2012 7:53:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 2+ views
    US offers Australia nuclear subs: report The United States has signalled that it is willing to lease or sell a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia, as the local Defence Department searches for a replacement for its Collins class vessels, according to The Australian Financial Review. US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, told the newspaper Washington viewed Australia’s submarine program as crucial to security in the Asia-Pacific region. While Defence Minister Stephen Smith has previously ruled out the purchase of a nuclear sub, Coalition leader Tony Abbott would be expected to consider the option if he becomes prime minister, the AFR said....
  • Navy set to be more capable than ever (Australia)

    01/30/2012 10:31:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Australian Associated Press (AAP) ^ | Jan 31 2012 | Jan 31 2012
    Navy set to be more capable than ever 16:24 AEDT Tue Jan 31 2012 Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent New warships will give Australia's navy more capability than ever before, with some help from the US Marines, Defence Minister Stephen Smith says. Speaking at the navy's Sea Power Conference in Sydney, Mr Smith noted the navy was set to acquire two new landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships, their largest vessels ever, three advanced air warfare destroyers and 12 next generation submarines. As well, the navy's eight Anzac frigates were being upgraded with new radars and missile defences while 24 new...
  • Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service (Australia)

    12/27/2011 2:18:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 12/27/2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service THE Australian Defence Force is exploiting forced cutbacks in military spending in Britain and other Western countries, embarking on an unprecedented drive to recruit laid-off soldiers, sailors and air crew. Defence, which has struggled to fill recruitment quotas in the face of increasing competition from the lucrative private sector, is seeking highly skilled specialists such as fighter pilots, special forces officers and submarine crews. And as an incentive, it is prepared to offer a fast track to Australian citizenship for so-called "lateral recruits" after just three months' service. The Australian has learned...
  • Half-price super subs tempt navy (Australia)

    12/25/2011 7:33:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 26, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Half-price super subs tempt navy by: Cameron Stewart From:The Australian AUSTRALIA can build a new fleet of 12 state-of-the-art submarines in Adelaide for $18 billion, less than half the cost of initial estimates, according to a major report to be released next month. The report, by strategic think tank the Kokoda Foundation, will be embraced by the Gillard government, which has been under pressure from critics to opt for smaller, cheaper, ready-made submarines from Europe rather than pursue Navy's more expensive but preferred option of building a next generation of the Collins-class boats. The report - Australia's Future Submarine, obtained...
  • Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet

    12/13/2011 7:25:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Dec 13, 2011 | Rob Taylor
    Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet Dec 13 (Reuters) - Australia has asked three European companies to submit designs to replace its submarine fleet at a cost of up to A$36 billion ($36 billion) in a defence buildup aimed at protecting resource exports and countering an accelerating arms race in Asia. French naval builder DCNS, part owned by Thales, Germany's Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH and Spanish state shipbuilder Navantia had been asked for information on conventional submarine designs, Australia's Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said on Tuesday. "The Future Submarines Project is the biggest and most complex...
  • Australian Navy submarine crew's sacrifices go deep

    11/28/2011 8:46:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | November 29, 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    Australian Navy submarine crew's sacrifices go deep SOMEWHERE beneath the wild seas of the Great Australian Bight, 50 Australian Navy submariners are heading home to their HMAS Stirling base in Western Australia after seven weeks in eastern waters. Under the command of 22-year submarine veteran Commander Jason Cupples, the Collins-class boat HMAS Dechaineux will spend about 10 days cruising hundreds of metres below the surface before it sees the sun again off the WA coast near Rockingham. The Courier-Mail spent a day on board Dechaineux off Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast last Friday to witness the capability of...
  • Why Australia Needs Nuclear Subs

    11/08/2011 4:10:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 08, 2011 | Ross Babbage
    Why Australia Needs Nuclear Subs Australia’s government is considering developing the country’s own submarine fleet. It would be better off buying American. The Australian Government is courting disaster with its approach to this country’s largest-ever defense program, the purchase of new submarines. The government seems determined to spend over $30 billion designing and building in Australia 12 new submarines that will almost certainly have serious flaws, will be delivered late, will be unnecessarily expensive and will be inadequate for our defense needs. How could the government get itself into such a bad position? Some key decision-makers have failed to appreciate...
  • Costs sinking our submarine fleet (Australian navy)

    10/16/2011 8:15:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | October 17, 2011 | Ian Mcphedran
    Costs sinking our submarine fleet * by: Ian Mcphedran * From: The Courier-Mail AUSTRALIA'S troubled Collins Class submarines are more than twice as costly to operate as US Navy nuclear submarines that are more than five times larger. According to new figures obtained by News Limited, the six Collins boats cost about $630 million a year or $105 million each to maintain and sustain, making them the most expensive submarines of any type to ever put to sea. At present just two of the fleet of six boats could go to war and with a maximum of three available at...
  • Navy's $80,000 bonus to keep sailors (Australia)

    09/21/2011 8:39:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Australian ^ | September 22, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Navy's $80,000 bonus to keep sailors Cameron Stewart From:The Australian September 22, 2011 THE navy has been forced to offer an unprecedented $80,000 bonus to engineers on its submarines and Anzac-class frigates to stop them being poached by cashed-up mining companies. The move will lead to some non-officer submariners being paid up to $177,000 a year, almost as much as an experienced submarine commander, in a move the navy privately concedes could cause tension in the ranks. The bonuses of between $40,000 and $80,000 will be paid over two years to 200 selected non-officer marine technicians "who possess key operator...
  • HMAS Perth gets new missile defence radar system

    09/03/2011 5:41:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    HMAS Perth gets new missile defence radar system From: AAP September 03, 2011 THE navy has released a new Australian-developed missile defence radar system for initial operational use after achieving what it says are outstanding results from the trial of the system. The navy says the new multi-phased array radar system has been installed on the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth, and identifies, tracks and guides missiles to several targets at the same time. The Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, has inspected the radar on HMAS Perth during exercises off the West Australian coast and says the latest weapon in...
  • Smith seeking US help to build 12 subs (Australia)

    07/25/2011 4:45:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 25, 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Smith seeking US help to build 12 subs Brendan Nicholson From:The Australian July 25, 201112:00AM DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith will seek US help with Australia's plan to build 12 big conventional submarines to replace the navy's six troubled Collins-class boats. Mr Smith arrives in Washington today with Defence Department secretary Ian Watt, and the new chief of the Australian Defence Force, General David Hurley, for their first face-to-face talks with new US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta and other senior officials. While the US Navy operates only nuclear-powered submarines and some defence analysts have suggested that Australia should buy or...
  • Trade and defence: our China line (Australia)

    06/24/2011 8:46:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 25, 2011 | Greg Sheridan
    Trade and defence: our China line Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor From:The Australian June 25, 201112:00AM AUSTRALIA is running a comprehensive military hedging strategy against China, although you'll never hear a government minister say so publicly. But that is what the Defence Force Posture Review, announced by Defence Minister Stephen Smith this week, is all about. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has been Labor's central figure on China policy. Smith has also been vital, and overall the government has run an extremely good policy. China is the strategic shadow that looms over everything today. There is a China dimension behind US President...
  • Seahawk deal ditches Europeans (Australia)

    06/17/2011 8:46:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 17, 2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Seahawk deal ditches Europeans Brendan Nicholson, Defence editor From:The Australian June 17, 2011 THE Gillard government has gone for a no-risk option by buying 24 Seahawk naval combat helicopters for $3 billion "off the shelf" from the US, instead of the rival European NATO frigate helicopter still under development. The decision is causing consternation among European manufacturers who had invested heavily in Australia in the expectation of winning long-term manufacturing and maintenance contracts for the Australian Defence Force's substantial helicopter fleet. "This will be read in the boardrooms of Europe as a clear warning not to invest in Australia," a...
  • Not a single submarine seaworthy (Australia)

    06/09/2011 8:57:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 10, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Not a single submarine seaworthy Cameron Stewart From: The Australian June 10, 2011 12:00AM EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in a generation, Australia does not have a single submarine available to defend the nation today. The Australian understands the entire fleet of six Collins-class submarines cannot be put to sea despite the navy's claim that two of them remain officially "operational". The situation is so dire the navy is believed to have deferred major scheduled maintenance work on its most seaworthy submarine, HMAS Waller, in the hope that at least one submarine will be available in the coming weeks. Not...
  • Overdue and over budget: $8bn destroyer plan in crisis (Australia)

    05/27/2011 8:24:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 27, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Overdue and over budget: $8bn destroyer plan in crisis EXCLUSIVE Cameron Stewart From: The Australian BITTER infighting has erupted between government and industry over the nation's largest defence project, the $8 billion plan to build the navy's new air warfare destroyers, which is two years late and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. The government was yesterday forced to admit publicly that the flagship project was badly behind schedule after it became aware The Australian had the story and was planning to publish it today. Insiders say the plan to build three 6500-tonne destroyers is in crisis barely a...
  • Submarine delay could cost Australia's defences: report

    04/15/2011 9:39:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    ABC News, Australia ^ | Apr 15, 2011 | Sarah Dingle
    Submarine delay could cost Australia's defences: report By Sarah Dingle Posted Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:39am AEST Australia is facing serious naval capability problems unless it can get its new generation of submarines operational within the next decade, according to a study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Australia is set to decommission its six existing Collins class submarines in 2026 and the Government says a new fleet of 12 submarines built in Adelaide will take their place. The report says it will take at least 15 years to build the new fleet and the Navy could be caught short...
  • Defence buys "value for money" ship (Australia)

    04/06/2011 9:13:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defence buys "value for money" ship From: AAP April 06, 2011 12:31PM Australia is to buy a near-new surplus British navy amphibious landing ship at what appears a bargain $100 million pricetag. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said Australia had been successful in its bid for RFA Largs Bay, a 16,000 tonne landing ship launched in 2003 and commissioned in 2006. The ship is set to be decommissioned as a cost saving measure under the UK government's Strategic Defence and Security Review released last October. Mr Smith said Australia would pay 65 million pounds or $A100 million at the current exchange...
  • Austal sees smaller LCS for RAN

    03/28/2011 11:46:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Austal sees smaller LCS for RAN AAP March 25, 2011, 11:11 am Shipbuilder Austal is proposing a smaller version of its revolutionary US Navy Littoral Combat Ship as the Australian navy's next generation warship. Austal chief executive Andrew Bellamy, in Canberra for meetings with defence officials, said the company was now constructing 10 LCSs for the US under a $US3.7 billion ($A3.63 billion) contract announced last year. Under the 2009 Defence White Paper, Australia's existing navy patrol boats, minehunters and hydrographic vessels will be replaced by 20 multi-role vessels (MRVs) with the first scheduled to enter service around 2019. "Our...
  • Big boats pose big questions for Australian defence contracts

    02/18/2011 8:07:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Xinhua ^ | February 19, 2011
    Big boats pose big questions for Australian defence while a new era in Australia's defence may have arrived with the launch in Spain of a unique helicopter carrier, doubts remain over exactly what air-power they will haul. Champagne was broken over the hull of the largest ever ship to be commissioned by the Australian Navy, the HMAS Canberra. Images were broadcast on Friday morning on Australian television of the giant amphibious vessel rolling into the water at the northern Spanish port of Ferrol. But it is the unusual focus on helicopter warfare that should ensure HMAS Canberra and the HMAS...