army-Shoalwater Bay Training Area, QLD.
7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment soldiers await orders prior to a patrol as part of Battle Group Lion’s Warfighter activity at Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

Defence contract creates new Gladstone jobs: A Gladstone-based company has secured a contract worth more than A$18 million as part of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) at Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Golding Contractors has been awarded a civil works package to construct an access road on the south eastern boundary of the training area which is being expanded under the ASMTI. The contract will create 15 new jobs for locals. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price welcomed the announcement and boost for jobs in Central Queensland. “I am delighted to see another local company win a major contract to deliver services central to the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area,” Price said. “Around 160 contracts will be made available over the duration of the project, with its construction workforce set to peak at 450 people.” Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, said the selection of a Gladstone company was great news for the local economy. “Golding Contractors will hire an additional 15 people because of this contract, as well as engaging further regional businesses for plant, labour hire and landscaping,” O’Dowd said. Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, also announced another contract under the ASMTI worth more than A$140,000 had been awarded to Tunuba Pty, as a joint venture between the Darumbal People and Central Queensland Group Consulting for internal traffic management. “Today’s announcement brings the number of companies based in Rockhampton and Livingstone Shire regions who have been awarded work under the ASMTI to 20, with contracts valued in the order of A$59 million,” Landry said. “The ASMTI supports Singapore’s training in Australia. It will deliver advanced military training areas in Central Queensland and the establishment of a new training area near Greenvale in North Queensland.” The Golding Contractors works will commence next month and is likely to be completed in mid-2021. The Tunuba works will commence in August 2020.

From left: Matthew Wilson, CEO Penten, UNSW Rector Michael Frater and Kate Lundy. (PHOTO: Penten)

Penten ready for Launch as anchor tenant at UNSW: UNSW Canberra has welcomed local Canberra cyber security company Penten as the anchor tenant at the University’s new collaborative workspace precinct; Launch on Northbourne. UNSW Canberra Rector Michael Frater said that the concept of Launch is about the power of collaboration and Penten will be a leading contributor to the success of the collaborative model. Matthew Wilson, CEO of Penten said that moving to Launch will enable the business to grow in a centrally located area that provides easy access for clients, industry partners and employees. “The Launch collaboration space provides the opportunity to share ideas, resources and new methods of delivering capability in the defence, space and cyber industries,” Wilson said. ACT Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries, Mick Gentleman said Penten is a local success story, providing world-class sovereign defence and cyber capability and contributing to Canberra’s remarkable culture of innovation and excellence. Penten is an Australian cyber company focused on delivering defence and security technologies. It makes hardware and software cyber solutions to enable the modern war fighter and policy maker and give them the best advantage. In addition, the company creates secure mobility devices, encryption modules and automation tools to counter the adversary. Launch on Northbourne was announced in December last year and is dedicated to the defence and security industries. It is a precursor to the larger Defence and Security Innovation Precinct which will be established at UNSW Canberra’s new City campus.

HENSOLDT has been awarded an order by a provider of airborne special missions operations to deliver PrecISR 1000 until year-end for installation underneath a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft.

HENSOLDT’s airborne multi-mission radar completes first flight: HENSOLDT’s newly developed airborne multi-mission surveillance radar PrecISR 1000 has successfully completed its maiden flight. In a one-week flight campaign together with H3 Mission Systems based in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, the radar proved its value in terms of simple integration and performance. The test aircraft was modified and the radar was integrated, tested and flown within two months from kick-off to mission completion. PrecISR 1000 proved to be very stable and generated a huge amount of high-quality reconnaissance data such as SAR pictures during its first operational flight.  Because of its compact design and the fact that all radar related components are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is significantly simplified compared to other radars. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large maritime and coastal areas. PrecISR ground surveillance capabilities include reconnaissance and characterization of fixed targets using Moving Target Indication (MTI), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating in Spot or Strip mode. For maritime surveillance it characterises the maritime targets through Maritime Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) operation and Range Profiling. Air surveillance capabilities include detecting and intercepting of low flying aircraft, gathering information on direction and speed of all kinds of targets for correlation with data from other sensors, e.g. ADS-B, AIS, EO/IR. HENSOLDT has been awarded an order by a provider of airborne special missions operations to deliver PrecISR 1000 until year-end for installation underneath a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft.

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