NIDP graduates congratulated: Seventeen men and women recently graduated from the Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Development Program (NIDP), celebrating with family and friends at Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns. Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said this was the culmination of five months of hard work for the graduates and would be a proud day for them and their families. “This is a program that provides recruits an excellent introduction to naval life, with an opportunity to pursue that career path,” Chester said. “Importantly, it develops skills and training that will serve those who participate in the program for the rest of their lives. The NIDP and other pathway programs are important initiatives and it’s great to see the graduates take part in a public ceremony in the community for the first time. I congratulate the 17 men and women who have completed this program and wish them all the best for their future in the Royal Australian Navy.” The NIDP was launched in 2014 to increase Indigenous workforce participation as part of the national Closing the Gap strategy and many graduates have gone on to succeed in the Navy. The Navy Indigenous Development Program currently runs two courses per year from Cairns. The second will commence in July this year.

MBDA test-fires CAMM-ER: MBDA has successfully completed a firing of the CAMM-ER air defence missile against a manoeuvring target, confirming the capability of the CAMM family system. The trial took place at an Italian firing range. CAMM-ER is the extended range member of the new-generation CAMM air defence family of systems. All members of the CAMM family share the same cutting-edge active radar seeker and soft-launch system, with CAMM-ER featuring a larger rocket motor designed by AVIO to provide extended range out beyond 40 km. CAMM-ER was designed to replace the Aspide munition in the Medium Advanced Air Defence System (MAADS) of the Italian Air Force and the GRIFO air defence system of the Italian Army. CAMM-ER is the missile that will be used in the Albatros NG system, which provides an optimised naval based air defence (NBAD) solution to enhance the defence capabilities of naval fleets.

Northrop Grumman completes first flight of Japan’s 2nd RQ-4B: On the heels of the successful first flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk in early April, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently completed additional successful flights for the second unmanned air vehicle (UAV) for Japan. Global Hawk is the only high-altitude, long-endurance UAV to deliver near real-time on demand data around the clock. The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is the premier provider of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. Able to fly at high altitudes for greater than 30 hours, Global Hawk is designed to gather near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather – day or night. Beyond intelligence collection a portion of the Global Hawk fleet is engaged in supporting air and ground users with communications relay support. The EQ-4B Global Hawk carries the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) payload providing life-saving support to warfighters.


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