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Quickstep opens new Sydney site

Gary Ervin (Northrup Grumman) and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell with Quickstep's Philippe Odouard.

Quickstep Holdings formally marked its move from Perth to Sydney with the official opening on 22 June of its new composites facility. Premium

Romeo ahead of schedule

Seahawk Romeo is expected to be delivered in January 2014 while the remaining MH-60R are expected to be delivered in 2018.

Delivery of the 24 MH-60R Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky naval combat helicopters ordered for the RAN has been accelerated and training on the first seven aircraft will take place in the US, Defence has confirmed to ADM. Premium

AIDN launches SME participation plan

The Plan makes recommendations on six key issues which will increase defence industry SMEs participation in providing innovative and ‘leading edge’ capability solutions to the ADF.

The Australian Industry & Defence Network officially launched its SME participation plan for the defence and security industry at the AIDN Qld annual dinner on 21 June. Premium

JSF strike a learning experience

The nine-week long machinists’ strike is allowing the Lockheed Martin to plan improvements to the production line.

The nine-week long machinists' strike affecting F-35 Joint Strike Fighter manufacture at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant has a silver lining, according to Jonathan Rambeau, Lockheed Martin's Vice President of F-35 international programs. Premium

No more white knuckles for aircrew

The work to establish countermeasures and tactics, techniques and procedures will be done through a partnership with the RAAF’s Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit.

Since 2000, most aircraft operated by the ADF have been delivered for service with a range of missile countermeasure systems installed, including flares, aluminium 'chaff', missile warning systems and electronic jammers. Premium

Making sense (and targets) of 'fuzzy blobs'

Professor Salim Bouzerdoum has made significant advancements with through-the-wall radar imaging systems.

The winner of the 2011 DSTO Eureka prize for research in support of defence and national security has significantly advanced a technology for imaging objects through opaque materials. The research team is led by Professor Salim Bouzerdoum from the University of Wollongong. Premium

Radar proofing Collins periscopes

The Collins class submarines will be less detectable through an improved form of Radar Absorbing Material.

DSTO has delivered an improved form of Radar Absorbing Material that makes Collins class submarine periscopes less detectable, in a collaborative effort with Mackay Consolidated Industries. Premium

Dutch auction perhaps?

A number of countries including Romania have shown interest in Dutch military vehicles and ordnance.

Romania is interested in buying 15 surplus F-16's from the Dutch Air Force. Premium

Growlers versus Dongfen ASBM?

EA-18G Growler conversion kits will include 34 AN/ALQ-99F jamming pods, 22 CN-1717A interference cancellation systems, 22 R-2674 joint tactical terminal receiver systems, 30 LAU-118 guided missile launchers together with spares, training and support.

The US Congress has been notified of a possible sale of EA-18G Growler conversion kits to Australia for $1.7 billion. Premium

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From the Source: CEO Naval Group Australia Brent Clark

Credit: Naval Group

The Future Submarine is Defence’s biggest and most complex acquisition program to date with the Commonwealth choosing France’s Naval Group as their international partner for the design and build program. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing caught up with Naval Group Australia CEO Brent Clark to have a look at how the program is progressing in its early stages.