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“Nothing can prepare you for the job,” according to Chief of the NZ Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones. “It’s a lot wider, deeper than [three] Service chief’s roles stacked side-by-side. There’s a lot of work as Chief of Defence Force (CDF) that you have to do in relationship management that can’t really be explained.”

These were the words that Gustavo Garcia Miranda, Airbus Military’s Vice President of Marketing and Development, used when questioned over the government’s decision to buy the C27-J Spartan for the Battlefield Airlifter requirement in May.

The last of the MRTTs from Airbus Military will be handed over in October this year, confirmed Francisco Carrasco, Airbus Military’s director of RSAF MRTT program.

Boeing on November 3 received a $1.7 billion low-rate initial production (LRIP) award from the US Navy for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

During the past decade's operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US military has come to rely heavily on the continuous or nearly continuous presence overhead of both manned and unmanned aircraft.

Less than two years after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel, L'Adroit, has been made available to the French Navy by its builders DCNS.

Harris Corporation has received a $66.3 million order from the US Army to provide Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios in support of the modernisation of tactical communications.

Raytheon IDS has been awarded a $42.6 million US Navy contract to provide 100 MK54 kits for US fleet inventory and in support of foreign military sales.

Raytheon Company successfully fired nine rounds in US Army lot acceptance tests, which means the Excalibur Ia-2 precision-guided projectile is ready for use in Afghanistan.

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP has been announced as British Secretary of State for Defence, taking over the role from Dr Liam Fox who resigned his post last week.

A review of single-source military equipment contracts has found that the UK Government could potentially save hundreds of millions of pounds by introducing new rules for industry.

Austal's US shipyard has celebrated the official start of fabrication for the third Joint High Speed Vessel, one of seven Austal-designed 103 metre Vessels under contract with the US DoD.

Defpro.com reports that on September 27th the third Oceangoing Patrol Vessel, FRIESLAND, left the Damen Shipyard in Galati, Romania for her Sea Acceptance Trials.

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Avon Protection has received a further award with the US DoD for the supply of M50 JSGPM masks valued at approximately $19m and for delivery in its 2012 financial year.

Grob Aircraft has secured a new customer in Asia by winning the competition to supply the Indonesian Air Force with its future trainer aircraft with deliveries to commence in 2012.