Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: air-force, Australia, defence-and-national-security, defence-forces, defence-industry, united-states | Comments Off on Australian Airforce Set to Convert Luxury Corporate Jets Into State-of-the-art Spy-planes
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is spending more than $90 million to convert luxury corporate jets into state-of-the-art spy planes. GRILLED has learnt that the high-tech surveillance aircraft are due to come into service at the end of 2017. A statement posted on the US Defense Department website confirms the project.
“L-3 Communications Mission Integration, Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $93,632,287 firm-fixed price undefinitized contract action task order (1648) for Australia Government G550 aircraft procurement and maintenance. Work will be performed at Greenville, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2017. This contract is 100-percent foreign military sales to Australia. The 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-11-G-4025)” the statement read :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Wiki | Tags: Australian Defence Force, Bushmaster Wiki, Land Rover, Thales | Comments Off on Australian Army Replaces Land Rovers with Aussie Made Hawkei
Australia’s revitalised Federal Government has announced it’s spend $1.3 billion on new LPMVs -Light Protected Mobility Vehicles – for the Army.
The new LPMV, named Hawkei, will be manufactured by Thales Australia, which also makes the larger Bushmaster armoured personnel carrier, in Bendigo :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 22nd, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Favorite New Thought | Tags: Apple, Apple Car, Auto News, Google Drive, Project Titan, Standout | Comments Off on Apples Project Titan Readying for 2019 Launch
Apple has us all – consumers – in its pocket, well, we have Apple in all our pockets …you got what I mean!? Now apparently the consumer behemoth aims to have us in it on the road. The company is set to release its first car in 2019, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi.
Apple is referring to the idea as a “committed project” internally, the WSJ report says. According to sources the company plans on tripling the number of folk working on the project.
The initiative, being called Project Titan, so far consists of 600 people.
Although many reports have suggested that Apple is working on a self-driving car, the company’s first vehicle is more likely to not be fully autonomous Wakabayashi wrote, citing sources familiar with the project.
A quick trawl through LinkdIn also dragged a surprise, Apple has headed hunted a senior Tesla exec :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 15th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Frankfurt Motor Show | Tags: All Electric Car, Electric Supercar, Frankfurt Motor Show, porsche, porsche concept, porsche mission e | Comments Off on Überelektrisch! Porsche Presents… Mission E
The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show hasn’t even kicked off yet, but already there’s a contender for best in show. Porsche’s reveal of its stunning Mission E Concept is a show stopping, drop dead gorgeous, über-fast-charging, all-electric supercar that Porsche reckons will clock the Nürburgring in under 8 minutes, and while it might scream around the 20 odd kilometres of the Nordschleife, what this vehicle shows us very quietly is the future shape of automotive form and function.
Mission E concept is by far the cleanest design to hit the podium to date, very Porsche, but also very predictive of shapes to come. Loaded with plus numbers, 800 volt, 440kW-600hp, 0-100kmh in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 250kmh and a range of 500km …and perhaps a cheeky nudging at the only other cool spark on the block ‘Lookout Tesla’ :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 19th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: AMG, Auto Maker, Motoring News, Rearview | Tags: AMG GT S Australia, Mercedes-Benz Australia | Comments Off on AMG Lands Gullwing Replacement in Australia, Meet the GT S
First previewed last September, Mercedes-Benz Australia has finally unveiled the new GT S to local punters. The biturbo 4.0 litre V8, two seater coupé – subtly replacing the now legendary SLS – has styling and specs set to take on allcomers.
The goal? …to take on its Stuttgart rival, Porsche, specifically the iconic 911 GT3. This coupé is impressive, very impressive, and competitively priced to boot – the SLS was a smidge over $AU500,ooo, this incarnation lands in Oz for a smidge under $AU300,ooo.
For my liking, the only downside is that Australia will miss out on the base Model GT, Mercedes Benz Australia instead opting for the fully loaded version :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 13th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: Taxi Service, Uber, Uber Stalker, UberX | Comments Off on Uber Stalker Now Wants X Banned
A former UK cop turned vigilante, who was last month ordered to stop undertaking citizen’s arrests on Uber drivers, is now trying to have the hire car service’s discount arm, UberX, banned in New South Wales.
Russell Howarth was targeting “unlicensed” UberX drivers for months, before Uber successfully obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court preventing him from doing so.
In response, lawyers acting on behalf of Mr Howarth and the Australian Taxi Drivers Association (ATDA) filed a cross-claim, seeking an injunction that would have UberX declared illegal across the state.
The injunction would not impact other Uber services like UberTAXI or UberBLACK, which do not breach state regulations :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled, Renault | Tags: Australia, Formula One Grand Prix, Infiniti Red Bull, mercedes benz, Red Bull Racing, renault, Renault Sport F1 | Comments Off on Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush
French auto-giant Renault has said it is reviewing all its Formula One options, including quitting the sport or buying the Toro Rosso team, after stinging criticism of its engine.
The car maker has been at loggerheads with main partners Red Bull since Mercedes decisively ran-away with the season opening Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.
Despite signs of improvement in Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul did not pull any punches when asked at a news conference about the situation.
Renault supplies power units to former champions Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso, its only remaining clients after Caterham folded and Lotus switched to Mercedes :: Read the full article »»»»