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

Defence Business: Army Innovation Day 2015

Army held its second Innovation Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 19 October, focusing on technologies that will serve to enhance human performance.

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.


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