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ANZAC frigate HMAS Stuart
Credit: CoA / Peter Shirley
Two F-35As and an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eglin Air Force Base.
Credit: USAF /Chrissy Cuttita
ANNOUNCED FOR ANZAC
A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates
will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their
selection as preferred tenderer.
Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said the new five-year
contract was expected to provide better outcomes for industry and more
effective, value for money outcomes for the Navy.
‘In June of last year my predecessor Minister Jason Clare announced
the Government’s intention to reform the naval ship repair sector -
commencing with the release of the tender for the repair and maintenance
of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates,’ Senator Carr said.
‘I am pleased to announce the outcome of the Tender evaluation. I
congratulate Naval Ship Management Australia, a joint venture of Babcock
Australia and United Group Infrastructure, for being selected as the
Senator Carr said the announcement follows extensive consultation with
industry on a new approach to contracts for repair and maintenance work.
‘In contrast to the previous arrangements which required every new
maintenance activity to be individually contracted out, the grouping of
ship repair and maintenance tasks offers the potential for significant cost
‘These savings are achieved through reductions in contracting activity,
greater ability to forecast work effort, and productivity gains through
greater investment in workforce skills and infrastructure.
‘This initiative will provide industry with the predictability, certainty
and stability that it needs to achieve efficiencies and provide job security
for, and investment in, its workforce.’
‘This new contracting approach is good for industry, it is good for job
security and development, it is good for Navy, and it is good for Australian
taxpayers who rightly demand maximum efficiency from every dollar spent
on Australia’s defence.’
Contract negotiations are expected to be finalised by June 2012. APDR
Lockheed Martin F-35 Flight
Test And Production Progress
On February 23 Lockheed Martin announced that the F-35 program
continues to build on its 2011 flight test success. For 2012, the baseline
F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) flight test plan calls
for the accumulation of 1,001 test flights and 7,873 test points. However,
growth in test point requirements throughout the year is anticipated, and
the plan will be adjusted as needed.
As of February 20, the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation multirole fighter
had conducted 114 flight tests and achieved 773 test points. A portion of
the earned test points came from work added to the flight test baseline
plan. Lockheed Martin has delivered three F-35s to the Department of
Defense (DOD) year to date.
Since Jan. 1, the F-35 program accomplished several flight test and
• On Jan. 9, AF-4, an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL)
test aircraft, reached the highest altitude to date in an F-35; 43,000 feet
Mean Sea Level (MSL).
• Lockheed Martin ferried the first two production model F-35B Short
Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps
on Jan. 11 . The aircraft, known as BF-6 and BF-8, are now assigned
to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s Marine Fighter/Attack Training
Squadron 501 residing with the host 33d Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force
Base (AFB), Fla.
• Demonstrating the ongoing maturation of the F-35 integrated sensor
suite, AF-3, an F-35A CTOL test jet, completed the first low Distributed
Aperture System (DAS) approach on Jan. 17.
• On Jan. 18, the first night flight in the history of the Lockheed
Martin F-35 program was completed at Edwards AFB, Calif. Piloted by
Lockheed Martin test pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A CTOL test jet,
took off at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed after sunset at 6:22 p.m .
• With the ferry flight of BF-7, an F-35B STOVL, Eglin AFB, Fla., became
home of the largest F-35 fleet in the DOD on Jan. 19. BF -7 was the 23rd
F-35 Lightning II delivered to the DOD.
• On Jan. 20, citing the tremendous progress the F-35B STOVL variant
made in 2011, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded probation
for the F-35B, almost a full year ahead of schedule.
• The F-35 SDD fleet including AA-1, the original test aircraft, crossed the
2,500 flight hour threshold on Jan. 25.
• On Feb. 16 at Edwards AFB, Calif., AF-1, an F-35A CTOL test jet, flew the
first external weapons test mission in program history.
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