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.


Defence Business: Amphibious capability gaining momentum

Two of HMAS Canberra’s Landing Craft head for shore as HMA Ships Canberra and Stuart remain anchored off the coast of North Queensland, Exercise Sea Raider. Credit: Defence

Intensive trials spread across five weeks and three linked exercises have honed the capabilities of the first integrated amphibious landing force to be embarked on the first of the RAN’s two 27,500 tonne Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs).


Defence Business: SME Spotlight - Electrotech

Electrotech has provided navigation and communication equipment for Australia's Armidale naval patrol boats and Customs vessels. Credit: Electrotech

When Electrotech CEO Stephen Renkert started the maritime navigation and communications specialist company in 1990 in Sydney, he was seeking opportunity in a changing marketplace.


Defence Business: Simulating real success at SimTecT

Saab was one of the companies seen at the DMT exhibition this year at SimTecT. Credit: Saab

SimTecT 2015 brought together more than 800 delegates from as far away as Ecuador to see the state of simulation in Australia.


Defence Business: WA Government perspective

Plant equipment at the BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard moves into position prior to pushing HMAS Warramunga in its cradle back to the turntable: the first stage in the undocking process. Credit: Defence

The Western Australian Government has an interest in the future sustainability of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry as the State has significant fabrication, engineering and common use infrastructure capability suitable for both building and maintaining naval vessels.


Defence Business: Olympus helps keep the skies safe

The size of the videoscope pack has decreased along with its cost. Credit: Olympus

One instrument that maintenance engineers regularly use to inspect the inside of aircraft engines, and so ensure optimal performance, is a videoscope.


Defence Business: QLD Government Perspective

Credit; The State of Queensland/Ray Cash Photography

The Australian maritime sector demands a strong supply chain, and it’s here that Queensland companies are positioning themselves to give the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) the competitive edge with advanced technological solutions.


Defence Business: SME Spotlight

The QuintessenceLabs "qProtect" encrypts storage devices with a truly random number encryption key, making them essentially impervious to unauthorised attempts at data retrieval. Credit: Quintessence

When specialists at Canberra’s QuintessenceLabs sought a means of generating the Holy Grail of encryption, the “true random number” key, they found no earthly solution that would deliver the quality and performance they needed.
So they looked to space instead.


View from Canberra: The great JSF capability debate continues

When it comes to various modelling scenarios about how the JSF will perform against potential threats, the results are usually not great. But recent experience might well be turning that tide.


Infrastructure: Understanding BIM - It's not a product

The use of Building Information Modelling, or BIM, in the design and construction of Defence infrastructure is not only strongly encouraged at the present time, together with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology, it is due to be mandated for future contracts from 2016.


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Resetting the Defence/industry relationship

Senator Marise Payne was the keynote speaker at ADM's Congress 2016
At ADM's 2016 Congress Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne went to some length to reassure the industry representatives in the audience nervously anticipating the Defence White Paper in coming weeks.