Each year, ADM and the DMO seek to award the best that industry and DMO have to offer across their acquisition, sustainment and rapid acquisition teams from both primes and SMEs. This year was no different, with 51 teams entering the competition. After a rigorous judging process, we are happy to announce the following citations for their work in 2010.
There was also a special judges award for the Air5333 (Vigilare) team from Boeing and DMO, recognising their work over the last three years to get the program back on track after an acrimonious relationship between the teams. They have now managed to deliver a world-class capability, though a little later than originally planned.
The winners of the Essington Lewis trophies for this year were DMO's PMV Accelerated Upgrade Team and Thales Australia for producing in approximately 10 weeks, 18 PMVs - upgraded to MEAO specifications - for immediate deployment, and soon after, nine more vehicles to establish a strategic reserve. The remarkable achievement demonstrated the excellent working relationship between Thales and the DMO, and the unified approach both organisations have embraced in order to effectively support Army's operational requirements.
The other Essington Lewis trophy winner was UAVMU - Army Aviation Systems Program Office and Insitu Pacific Limited for in delivering the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System capability to support critical operational and training outcomes for the ADF. Through their efforts, Defence has been able to guarantee substantial and enduring operationally critical ScanEagle support to ADF and coalition elements operating in Afghanistan.
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Editor Katherine Ziesing covers recent events including ADM's Northern Australia Defence Summit and MilCIS2016 as well as the new night fighting equipment for Ninox.
Deputy Editor-at-Large Nigel Pittaway went to Brazil to look at Embraer's KC-390 and also provides the project review/preview for the air domain. He also wraps on infrastructure projects and developments in the joint space.
Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr reviews the year past for Army and Navy with a glimpse of what lies ahead and Philip Smart checks out Milskil in our SME Spotlight.
Our From the Source interview this issue is the Minister for Defence Industry, the Honourable Christopher Pyne MP.
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