Defence Week Premium 251 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.251 of 2 May 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

Awards gained from F-111 tear down manual

While the timing may seem strange - an award for contributions to a tear down manual for an aircraft long gone from RAAF service - it appears that the work performed by DSTO engineers John Boyce and Kevin Watters will help all TTCP member countries justify, plan, cost and undertake aircraft structural teardown programs in future. Premium

Selex and BAE Systems in joint bid for Defence ATC

Selex ES and BAE Systems have partnered in a bid to replace radar surveillance sensors for Australia’s Defence Air Traffic Control. [Photo:Defence]

Selex ES has partnered with BAE Systems in a bid to replace radar surveillance sensors for Australia's Defence Air Traffic Control. Premium

Robotic arm with feelings!

The new robotic arm will counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

A prototype bomb disposal system providing operators with a realistic 'grasp and feel' of remote objects could become an important force protection capability for Australian troops during operations. Premium

Further delay for Collins comms upgrade

The Collins communications upgrade project under Sea 1439 has been delayed. [Photo:Defence]

Despite the RFT for the Collins communications upgrade project under Sea 1439 being flagged as 'imminent' contenders for this important project have now been informed that the project has been further delayed. Premium

Milestone for BAE Systems and Marand

BAE Systems and Marand employees at Marand’s Victorian production facility.

The first shipset of parts from BAE Systems advanced manufacturing facility at Edinburgh Parks was delivered to Marand's F-35 vertical tail fin assembly line in Victoria today. Premium

Spanish tanker refuels HMAS Sydney

ESPS Cantabria and HMAS Sydney conduct a challenging night RAS. [Photo:Defence]

The Australian guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney has successfully completed a replenishment at sea with the Spanish tanker ESPS Cantabria off the coast of Cairns, while on passage to Japan, where the Australian warship will embed with the US Navy's 7th Fleet. Premium

Kelly visits RPC

L-R Brydon Johnson, Rhiannon Stratford, Dr Mike Kelly, GA (Tony) D’Andreti.

Dr Mike Kelly, Minister for Defence Materiel, Michelle Rowland, Greenway MP and Ed Husic, Federal Member for Chifley have recently visited the Seven Hills RPC factory. Premium

Work begins on new entry to Holsworthy Barracks

A map of the area.

Upgrading access to Holsworthy Barracks as part of the $870 million Moorebank Units Relocation (MUR) Project has begun. Premium

Training for an army of leaders

New recruits. [Photo:Defence]

While the 'strategic mafia' wring their hands over the decline in defence capability and a force structure perennially unsuited to the unknown, we were struck by an article in a recent issue of the Australian Army Journal describing how the German Army was transformed from its impoverished state at the end of World War 1 to its brilliance in World War 2. Premium

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LHD Canberra pod trial results clear as investigation continues

Visible here as the ship was prepared for re-floating following delivery from Spain is the Canberra's port azimuth propulsion pod. Credit: Anonymous

A Defence spokesperson has responded to ADM questions regarding the outcome of propulsion pod trials conducted on LHD HMAS Canberra recently.

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