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evolved sea sparrow
The Defence Department announced on June 26
that the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class
frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired
two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, reinforcing her
war-fighting and mariner skills.t motor, warhead,
and launcher, the APKWS rocket was 10 for 10 in
the live fire flight trials.
The missile firings were conducted off the coast
of New South Wales on 24 June against two
unmanned aerial targets launched from the Beecroft
Range at Jervis Bay.
Melbourne’s MK-41 Vertical Launch System
deployed the missiles, controlled in flight, resulting
in a successful engagement with the target as part of
her operational training program.
Navy ships conduct mariner and war-fighting
training all year round to prepare for operational
duties and Commanding Officer Melbourne,
Commander Bill Waters, said the firing proved the
effectiveness of the frigate’s combat systems.
“We do extensive simulation, but by conducting a
live missile firing we validate this training and prove
the accuracy and precision of our combat systems,”
CMDR Waters said.
The Evolved Sea Sparrow is a medium-range,
semi-active homing missile that makes flight
corrections via radar and midcourse data uplinks.
It can be used against surface-to-air and surface-
to-surface targets. The missile is part of the suite of
weapons use by Australian frigates.
Later this year, Melbourne will deploy to the Middle
East as part of Operation MANITOU where she will
support efforts to counter and deter terrorism and the
trade of narcotics.
MANITOU is the Australian Defence Force’s
maritime security contribution to the international
effort to promote security, stability and prosperity in
the Middle East region.
Two Patriot PAC 3 launchers stand
ready for their new mission at an air
base in Southwest Asia. Credit: USAF
Tech. Sgt. Denise Johnson)
Credit: Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia
to enter defence
Brisbane-based company Holmwood Highgate
has been awarded a contract to design and
manufacture a total of 276 integrated tankers,
bulk water and bulk fuel modules under the
Australian Army’s land 121 Phase 3B program
after a competitive tender process overseen
by prime contractor Rheinmetall MAN Military
Vehicles Australia (RMMVA).
The contract is worth over $65 million, has
already led to the creation of 9 new positions and
is expected to further secure at least 40 jobs at
Holmwood Highgate’s Loganholme facilities. More
importantly, Holmwood Highgate will develop a new
product as a result of this
contract to add to its already
substantial product portfolio.
Holmwood Highgate will
design and manufacture 22
integrated fuel tankers which
will be installed on the RMMV
8x8 high mobility chassis,
123 ISO compatible modular
water tanks some including
pumps to dispense water
and 131 ISO compatible fuel
tanks some equipped with
pumps, filters and nozzles
to enable refuelling and
distribution of fuel to land
vehicles and aircraft. All
modules are fully compatible
with RMMV’s high mobility
HX77 Integrated Load
Handling (ILH) vehicles upon
which they will be carried.
primary customer base
is commercial quality
aluminium and steel road
tankers. With little recent
exposure to the demands
of the Defence procurement
and engineering processes,
RMMVA have actively
assisted Holmwood Highgate
with the systems engineering, project management
and system verification requirements associated
with Defence procurement.
Peter Hardisty, Managing Director RMMVA, who
is keen to exploit the synergies between the civilian
and defence markets, believes that strengthening
the long term viability and international
competitiveness will benefit the Australian economy
and ADF in the long term.
“Holmwood Highgate is a successful supplier of
tankers to the petroleum, bitumen and chemical
industries. With our practical assistance, Holmwood
Highgate is again in the process of becoming a
valuable Defence supplier after having left that
sector 25 years ago.”
Holmwood Highgate has successfully passed a
number of engineering activities including a several
design reviews, all of which are scheduled to be
concluded by December 2016.
RMMVA secured the Land 121 Phase 3B contract
in 2013 to supply the Commonwealth of Australia
with over 2,500 medium and heavy military logistic
trucks and nearly 3,000 modules.
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