23 May 2013
The full version of Defence Week Premium no.254 of 23 May 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and the US Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Jeffrey Bleich, have exchanged diplomatic notes to bring the Australia - US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty into force.
Defence has released a Request for Tender to CEA Technologies for the development of a High Power Phased Array Radar concept demonstrator.
As outlined in the 2013 Defence White Paper the government intends to replace the AP-3C fleet with P-8A Poseidon aircraft, complemented by unmanned aircraft capable of undertaking broad area maritime surveillance and fleet overwatch.
Reports that Qantas Airways is looking for a buyers for its defence services division, which is expected to generate between $80 million and $100 million, with Boeing Australia, BAE Systems Australia and Northrop Grumman as possible targets, suggests some interesting possibilities.
The introduction of armour to each of the Army's three multirole combat brigades will be one of the service's most important and most obvious changes over the next five years.
Griffon Defense Systems (GDS) has successfully completed the crash testing of the Australian Defence Forces award-winning crashworthy CH-47 troop seat.
Lithgow Arms is showcasing a prototype of the first new civilian rifle to be designed and built in Lithgow for over 40 years, which will be the only mass-produced rifle currently made in Australia.
Victoria's advanced manufacturing strengths in defence, aerospace and automotive will be on show during a trade mission to the US led by Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett and supported by the Chair of the Defence Council Victoria, Ric Smith AO PSM.
The next meeting of the Land Environmental Working Group (LEWG) will be held on 21 June 2013 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.
The Navy's Amphibious Heavy Lift ship HMAS Choules has been despatched to Queensland from Sydney yesterday as Tropical Cyclone Debbie bears down on Queensland while reports emerge of problems with the LHD azipod propulsion systems.
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