Have manned submarines had their day?

The RAN has been interested in unmanned maritime vehicles (UMVs) since their appearance in the 1980s and 1990s.

While the pros and cons of this country's proposed Future Submarine fleet and its type, number, cost, and whether we will ever be able to find crews for them, is debated exhaustively on The Strategist, other blogs and in the media generally, local websites don't have much to say about their unmanned successors. Premium

Transfield preferred for LMM contract

Defence has entered into an early services agreement with Transfield Services to enable initial transition activities to begin in the lead up to the new contract taking effect from July 1, 2013. [Photo: Transfield website]

Defence is negotiating with preferred tenderer Transfield Services (Australia) regarding the new Land Materiel Maintenance Service (LMMS) contract, a landmark agreement that Defence says will underpin efficiency reforms in the ADF's logistics system. Premium

GCV strife!

The authors of the report also write that a new, notional GCV would not offer a quantum leap in soldier protection.

The Congressional Budget Office, in a new report on alternatives to the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program, concludes that every option open to the service is less risky and more affordable than the Army's current path. Premium

Bargain price Hercules sale

Indonesia wants to buy the aircraft.

Australia has offered to sell Indonesia five Lockheed Martin C130 Hercules aircraft at a "bargain" price after discussions between defence ministers. Premium

An Australian Space Policy

The review will provide a strategic framework for the Australian space sector that supports leadership, innovation, opportunity and entrepreneurship, along with our broader national interest.

Australia's Satellite Utilisation Policy was released by the government this week providing certainty and strategic direction for Australian users of satellite technology. Premium

Helicopter rescue system put to the test

Defence Science and Technology Organisation put to the test a light weight bolt on, bolt off, floatation system for the Tiger ARH Helicopter from Parkes Wharf, HMAS Stirling. [Photo:Defence]

A West Australian company has begun trials of its new airbags designed for defence force helicopters in case they crash into water. Premium

Movement at the station

New appointments have been made at Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and FireEye. Premium

RPC are finalists

RPC are finalist in the 2013 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards. [Photo:RPC]

RPC have been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards in three categories. Premium

ADM Online: Weekly Summary

RAAF School of Technical Training (RAAFSTT) Trainee Craftsman Mariusz Uzulin practices marshalling a CT4AA aircraft. [Photo:Defence]

A summary of the latest news and views in the defence industry, locally and overseas. Check out our webpage for daily news updates on the ADM home page and make sure you bookmark/RSS this for a regular visit. Premium

RAF pilots earn wings from their desks

The ceremony saw four pilots awarded their Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ‘wings’.

The UK Royal Air Force has passed out its first set of specialist unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots during a ceremony at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, it announced on April 1. Premium

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The full version of Defence Week Premium no.247 of 4 April 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.