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US AIR FORCE AWARDS
RAYTHEON $573 MILLION TO
CONTINUE BUILDING AMRAAM
Missile work will be completed in Tucson by
TUCSON, Ariz., March 18, 2016. The U.S. Air
Force has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE:
RTN) a $573 million contract modification to
exercise the option on a previously awarded
contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and
is expected to be complete by February 2019.
AMRAAM is a combat-proven missile that has
demonstrated operational flexibility in both air-to-
air and surface-launch engagement scenarios
and provides today's warfighter with enhanced
operational capability, cost effectiveness and future
Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven
AMRAAM has been operational and integrated on
the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen,
Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and the Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the
National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.
HONE SKILLS WITH CASSOWARY
The Department of Defence announced on March
24 that Australian and Indonesian naval patrol
boats have today successfully completed Exercise
Cassowary in waters off Darwin.
The Australian Armidale Class Patrol Boat – HMAS
Wollongong joined two Indonesian patrol boats, KRI
Sampari and KRI Layang, for the four-day exercise
that focused on maritime surveillance, security and
interdiction operations from 21 – 24 March.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Wollongong,
Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Scott Wilson, said the
annual exercise is an important training activity for the
“During Exercise Cassowary we rehearsed combined
maritime surveillance patrols and tested our core
mariner skills,” LCDR Wilson said.
“This involved everything from communication and
safety drills through to boarding operations.
“Conducting regular exercises with our colleagues
from the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) is important as
it enhances our ability to operate together. It’s also a
great chance for us to build friendships and undertake
LCDR Wilson said it was an important exercise
on the training calendar because of Australia’s long
maritime border with Indonesia and our mutual and
abiding interest in the security and stability of the
maritime domains we share.
Exercise Cassowary is an annual event with the
location alternating between the two countries.
The RAN and TNI-AL conduct several exercises with
a maritime security focus, including Cassowary and
Exercise New Horizon as well as annual Coordinated
Maritime Security Patrols. Our maritime security
cooperation, including Exercise Cassowary, contributes
to a stable and prosperous region.
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AUSTRALIAN TECHNOLOGY FOR
SWEDISH A26 SUBMARINE
Sydney-based Sonartech Atlas announced on
March 21 that it has been awarded a contract to
supply the Swedish Royal Navy with its Intercept
Detection and Ranging Sonar (IDRS) system
for their next generation submarines, the A-26.
The IDRS provides the Submarine the unique
capability to detect, range and track active
underwater pulses from sources such as an active
sonar transmissions, torpedos and underwater
Sonartech Atlas is the world leader in Active
Intercept and Ranging (AI&R) Sonars. The IDRS is
part of Sonartech Atlas’ AI&R product group, this
group includes SATEPS, as the system supplied
to the RAN and installed in Australia’s Collins
Class Submarines. Fully developed in Australia
this technology has been exported to many other
Navies around the world including South Korea,
Israel, Turkey, Portugal and Greece.
Senior Airman Daniel E. Gonzalez, Weapons Loader with the 177th Fighter Wing, installs a fin on an AIM-120 advanced
medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM). (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
IDRS display. Credit: Sonartech Atlas
Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Wollongong sails in-
company with Indonesian Naval vessel KRI Samapri,
before entering Darwin Harbour on conclusion of Exercise
Cassowary. Credit: CoA / Kayla Hayes
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