13 Mar 2013
It is reported that Kokoda Foundation's Ross Babbage has urged the Defence Minister Stephen Smith to commit up to $1.8 billion to build a fourth Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer to bolster this country's defences against 'the growing threat of a North Korean ICBM attack against this country'.
Australian industry has more insight into expected opportunities within major Defence capability contracts, following the release of the first Australian Industry Capability Plans. In late February a further three AIC plans were released publicly.
Vipac Engineers and Scientists has announced the MIL-S-901D medium weight test capability acquired as part of the former ADI test Laboratories is available again to the defence industry.
In late 2012 the Australian Business Defence Industry Unit sourced data on contracts placed by the DMO from the Austender website with the intention of analysing the data to discern any apparent trends.
Aviation Australia and Hawker Pacific have signed an agreement to formalise their previous Memorandum of Understanding for a specialised training program in Cairns.
Five Australian innovators have been presented with the inaugural Aerospace Australia Industry Innovation Awards at Avalon2013.
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James Fisher and Sons plc has purchased Divex Limited for an initial consideration of 20 million pounds in cash plus a further maximum additional consideration of 13 million pounds linked to future profitability targets.
Rheinmetall has formally transferred its new IdZ-ES future soldier system to the German Bundeswehr.
The MDA is involved with US Navy development of high-powered lasers and may become more involved in the electromagnetic railgun project as it tries to add more sophisticated ballistic missile defence capabilities to ships with a finite amount of space on board.
Sydney-based defence equipment design specialist Tricon Defence Pty Ltd has won the inaugural Aerospace Australia Limited Defence Industry SME Innovation Grant for 2013.
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