QinetiQ to buy training firm Air Affairs Australia

by Marc Selinger

Air Affairs Australia's products include the catapult-launched Phoenix Jet target drone. (Air Affairs Australia)

UK-based defence contractor QinetiQ Group has agreed to acquire military training company Air Affairs Australia (AAA) for GBP31 million (USD34.8 million), expanding its presence in an important country, the buyer announced on 3 October.

AAA's products include the Phoenix Jet target drone, which simulates airborne threats during weapon systems training, and the MTR-101 Reeling Machine, which attaches to an aircraft's exterior to launch and recover towed targets. Based in the city of Nowra in New South Wales, AAA employs about 180 people, and it generated AUD43 million (USD27.8 million) in revenue in the fiscal year that ended on 30 June.

QinetiQ also announced on 3 October that it is selling small-satellite designer QinetiQ Space NV of Belgium to US-based Redwire Corporation for GBP28 million as part of a portfolio reshaping effort. Space NV's main customer is the European Space Agency.

QinetiQ said it expects to complete both transactions by mid-November.


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Update: First C-130J-30 for Indonesia produced

by Akhil Kadidal

The first of five C-130J-30s ordered by Indonesia conducts its first test flight on 27 October 2022. (Lockheed Martin)

The first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30s ordered for the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has conducted its first test flight, and the aircraft is being prepared for delivery in 2023.

Lockheed Martin told Janes that the first aircraft (serial number A-1339) is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2023. The remaining four aircraft will be delivered through 2024, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said. The company added that the first aircraft conducted its maiden test flight on 27 October.

Indonesia has been considering augmenting its existing C-130 fleet for several years. The Indonesian Ministry of Defense did not respond to Janes query for information about the contract details or the acquisition at the time of publication.

The company has since confirmed to Janes that the first aircraft are being sold to Indonesia as part of a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS). Janes assesses that the deal was likely signed in 2019.


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Thales, PT Len to upgrade Indonesian corvettes

by Oishee Majumdar

KRI Diponegoro (pictured above) and the Indonesian Navy's three other Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvettes will be upgraded with Thales' TACTICOS Baseline 2 CMS and the NS50 radar. (US Navy)

The Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) four Diponegoro-class corvettes will be equipped with the Thales' TACTICOS Baseline 2 combat management system (CMS) and the Naval Smarter (NS) 50 radar, the company confirmed to Janes.

The upgradation will take place under a contract signed in early November between Thales and Indonesia's state-owned defence electronics firm PT Len Industri to refurbish the integrated mission system of the TNI-AL's four Diponegoro-class vessels.

With this contract, the TACTICOS Baseline 2 will be operational on the TNI-AL's SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigates, the Bung Tomo-class corvettes, and now the Diponegoro-class vessels, Olivier Rabourdin, country director for Thales in Indonesia told Janes on 15 November.

According to Janes data, the TACTICOS Baseline 2 introduces the MOC Mk 4 consoles, a workflow-oriented human-machine interface (HMI) model that offers improved decision support to the operator, a collaboration wall featuring large screen displays as well as new environmental cabinets, central processing, switching, storage, and interface boxes.


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First C-130J-30 for Indonesia produced

by Akhil Kadidal

The first of five C-130J-30s ordered by Indonesia conducts its first test flight on 27 October 2022. (Lockheed Martin)

The first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30s ordered for the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has conducted its first test flight, and the aircraft is being prepared for delivery in 2023.

Lockheed Martin told Janes that the first aircraft (serial number A-1339) is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2023. The remaining four aircraft will be delivered through 2024, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said. The company added that the first aircraft conducted its maiden test flight on 27 October.

Indonesia has been considering augmenting its existing C-130 fleet for several years. The Indonesian Ministry of Defense did not respond to Janes query for information about the contract details or the acquisition at the time of publication.

The company has since confirmed to Janes that the first aircraft are being sold to Indonesia as part of a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS). Janes assesses that the deal was likely signed in 2019.


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