Defence Business: Airbus innovation

The Airbus H145. Credit: Airbus Helicopters

In the modern battlespace it’s no longer good enough to have the fastest, best-armed or heaviest lifting platform, according to Airbus Defence and Space chief Fernando Alonso. In the modern fight, those platforms have to become ‘smarter’, able to process and share more information than ever before.

IDF account: Trophy in action for the first time

Credit: Rafael

In a first for international media, Major Sapir of the Israeli Defence Force has spoken about what is was like to be inside a Merkava Mark 4 tank fitted with the Trophy defence system during the 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

SME Spotlight: Ocius Technology

The Ocius Bluebottle can stay at sea indefinitely, generating its own power from wind, wave and solar energy. Credit: Ocius Technology

The automotive industry has long held that racing is the best means of demonstrating or perfecting new technologies. Ocius Technology founder and CEO Robert Dane probably wouldn’t argue.


SME Spotlight: Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems

Credit: Cirrus Real Time Processing

At the 2016 Air Power Conference Cirrus managing director Peter Freed achieved the goal of every service provider.

SME Spotlight - Varley: more than modules

Credit: Varley Group

There’s a saying that goes something like good engineering can engineer anything. The sentiment is that good engineering principles can be applied to any application. The proof is Newcastle based Varley Group.


Defence Business: HATS on for the ADF

Credit: Airbus Helicopters

With the advent of the Australian Defence Force’s combined Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), procured under Air 9000 Phase 7, military primary helicopter training in Australia could almost be said to be going “back to the future”.

SME Spotlight: You can leave your hat on

The slouch hat has come to symbolise Australian forces through two world wars and regional conflicts to the present day. Credit: Defence

The ADF's most iconic item of uniform kit, and arguably its longest serving, the Akubra slouch hat has remained essentially unchanged since before the First World War.

Defence Business: SME Spotlight - EM Solutions

EM Solutions’ new multi-band Satcom On The Move technology is gaining interest around the world, and may prompt a move in to higher volume manufacturing.

After 17 years of being the go-to Australian company for bespoke radio and microwave engineering systems, EM Solutions may have found the product that will add volume manufacturing to the portfolio.


View From Canberra: Defence and climate change

Ocean side of Funafuti atoll showing the storm dunes, the highest point on the atoll.Credit: Davidarfonjones via Wikimedia Commons

Back in June, a thinktank paper urged the government to use the upcoming Defence White Paper to adopt a coherent strategy to respond to climate change. Premium

Defence Business: AIDN turns 21

For 21 years, the AIDN has assisted Defence SMEs to maximise defence and security related business. Premium

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Coles impressed with Collins sustainment

The project has gone from 'concern' status to one of exemplar, according to Coles. Credit: ASC
John Coles, who conducted the 2012 review into sustainment of the Collins Class Submarines has been impressed by the improvements made at ASC in a very short space of time.