ANAO straight talk on M113 upgrade

The M113 Vehicle Upgrade project, that has been underway since 1992, is likely to cost more than $1 billion, and will deliver the last of the 431 upgraded vehicles by late this year. Premium

Upgraded M113s to be stored.

The M113 on patrol

According to the 2012-13 Defence budget, the Army is reducing the use of M113AS4 (upgraded M113) vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks. Premium

Orbital engine technology for Aerosonde

An AAI Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System.

Australian company Orbital Engine Corp has been contracted to supply heavy fuel engines for use in AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems' Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System. Premium

Global Combat Ship a SEA 5000 contender?

The future frigates are set to be larger tan the ANZAC class frigates.

The 2009 White Paper stated that a fleet of eight new Future Frigates, would be acquired. They would be larger than the ANZAC Class ships and and equipped with a strong emphasis on anti-submarine warfare. Premium

Hunter-killer drones for future ADF?

A Textron BattleHawk squad-level 'loitering munition'.

Following confirmation by Australian defence chiefs that they were examining the future application of armed UAVs as part of a force structure review. Premium

Defence and industry leaders meet to develop Future Submarine Skills Plan

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the first meeting of the Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan Expert Industry Panel was held this week. Premium

Pentagon to cut ISR spending?

An audit of ISR assets by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is recommending cuts to "redundant" capabilities and disbanding of the Pentagon task force. Premium

Singapore develops new 8x8 artillery system

While Australia cancels its self-propelled howitzer system in favour of more towed artillery, Singapore Technologies Kinetics is carrying out feasibility studies on the 155 mm Advanced Mobile Gun System. Premium

Turkey rejects BAES Type 26 concept

A Type 26 Frigate.

According to Janes, Turkey has rejected UK proposals to become a partner on BAE Systems' Global Combat Ship. Premium

Pilatus PC-21 for Saudi pilot training

The Royal Saudi Air Force has selected the Pilatus PC-21 for its pilot training program.

Pilatus Aircraft has signed a contract with BAE Systems to supply the Royal Saudi Air Forcewith a fleet of 55 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop aircraft. Premium

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ADM2012 Congress interview with Thales' Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia, and Chairman, AIG Defence Council
We had the opportunity to interview Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia, and Chairman, AIG Defence Council, who spoke at the ADM Congress on 21-22 February 2012 in Canberra. Hear what he had to say.