Northrop Grumman expands local footprint

USN PMA program manager Capt Jeff Dodge with an MQ-8C Fire Scout variant at Pax River. Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

With a number of major Defence capability acquisition contracts up for grabs in the near future and the recent awarding of a major F-35 sustainment contract, Northrop Grumman Australia is looking to double its local workforce by 2020.

SME Spotlight: Orbital - Little engines with big plans

Insitu's ScanEagle UAV is a small, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle that can be launched from land or sea platforms. Credit: Defence

In December 2016 Perth-based Orbital Corporation announced it had signed an agreement to provide engines for Boeing’s Insitu UAV division, maker of

the ScanEagle UAV.

SME Spotlight: It's an Air Affair

An Air Affairs Phoenix target drone shortly after launch. Credit: Air Affairs Australia

Since signing the Jet Aircraft Support Contract in 2015 for ADF training support tasks including Aerial Target Towing, Air Affairs Australia has been experiencing a period of exponential growth.

SME Spotlight: Milskil, a key enabler

A Milskil team member works side by side with Flight Lieutenant Edwin Borrman of No.3 Squadron in the Classic Hornet simulator. Credit: Defence

When Milskil founder and CEO John Lonergan first floated the idea of civil instructors joining the ADF’s elite Hornet operational training team in 2002, he saw it as a win-win all round.

TAE cuts Abrams engine overhaul times

TAE has the maintenance contract for Army's M1A1 Abrams MBT turbine engine, the AGT1500. Credit: TAE

TAE Gas Turbines have recently delivered the first Abrams tank engine back to the Army after undergoing a major overhaul in its facility at RAAF Base Amberley.

Lockheed Martin showcases US innovation program

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Palmdale facility entrance. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Some 100 high security buildings providing three million sq ft of floor space in the high desert northeast of Los Angeles house Lockheed Martin's famed Skunk Works, a facility where, according to one executive, “anything that you can imagine, we're already working on”.

Improving negotiated outcomes on Defence projects

When Defence and defence industry meet at the negotiating table the playing field hasn’t always been a level one. ADM spoke with those working to improve the negotiated value of outcomes on Defence projects – for both sides of the table.

View From Canberra: Woomera - home on the range

An M777 firing at Woomera earlier this year. Credit: Defence

Australia's red dirt and spinifex outback, once amusingly described by British humourist Ben Elton as suitable only as a dingo's dunny, is turning into a major strategic asset, specifically the bit that comprises the Woomera Range Complex.

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.

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Defence industry calls for clearer, robust guidelines on major projects

Some of the 1800 local builders at ASC gather to watch the keel laying ceremony of the second Air Warfare Destroyer. Credit: Defence
Australian companies may miss out on contracts if there was no clear policy.