Defence Week Premium 260 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.260 of 4 July 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

VLS part of AWD keel structure

The AWD keel blocks contain part of the Vertical Launch System (VLS) as well as the diesel and gas turbine main engine rooms, auxiliary engine rooms, ballast tanks, propeller shafts and sonar equipment.

The final keel block for the future Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart, has been successfully lifted into place by the AWD Alliance in Adelaide. Premium

No more reviews in Defence: Coalition

The past week in politics has been turbulent to say the least. Both Defence stalwarts on the Labor side of the house, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and former Defence Materiel Minister Greg Combet, will not be standing at the next election. Premium

AUS/US Joint Defence Facilities

Australia currently hosts two Joint Facilities with the US.

In a statement to Parliament last week Defence Minister Stephen Smith described the general purpose and functions of the Australian-based defence facilities operated jointly with the US, and the Full Knowledge and Concurrence principles under which they operate. Premium

MUOS update

Designed to enhance current secure mobile satellite communications, the MUOS features modern mobile-based facilities capable of providing voice, video and data simultaneously, while replacing the existing ultra high-frequency follow-on (UFO) system, which is nearing its expiry date.

The US Navy's Lockheed Martin-built second mobile user objective system (MUOS) satellite is due for launch aboard the Atlas V launch vehicle July 19, 2013. Premium

Watpac wins Defence base project

It is anticipated Watpac will commence delivery of $146 million worth of security infrastructure works from August 2013.

Watpac Construction Pty Ltd has been awarded the head contract for Defence's Base Infrastructure Works project. Premium

AU heritage for Lockheed Martin's JLTV prototype?

Lockheed Martin has built 22 JLTV prototype vehicles under the program’s 24-month $US66.3 million engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase contract awarded by the army in August 2012.

While the US Army and the USMC bicker over the future of the JLTV program, further to our June 20 report on Oshkosh's JLTV demo, we now learn that of the two other JLTV EMD phase contenders, AM General has completed integration trials while Lockheed Martin has completed production of their final vehicle for the US Army and Marine Corps' multi-billion dollar JLTV program. Premium

OEMs Supacat and Navistar in joint support bid for UK fleet

Evaluation phase of JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) program and was awarded an initial contract for this phase based on its latest version of its Special Forces HMT Extenda vehicle.

Supacat has signed a MoU with Navistar Defence to deliver collaborative future support to the UK Ministry of Defence's protected mobility vehicle fleet at the recent Defence Vehicle Dynamics 2013 exhibition in Bedford, UK. Premium

Industry warns against further long delays in the DCP

AIDN members have called upon the AIDN executive to advocate on their behalf and have tabled a number of concerns to be raised for discussion leading into the next federal election.

The AIDN National Committee met late last month to discuss concerns for the future prospects of the Australian defence industry. Premium

CSIRO and DSTO join to strengthen research capability

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinksy (left) and CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark (right) have signed a Strategic Relationship Agreement between DSTO and CSIRO.

The CSIRO and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), have signed a Strategic Relationship Agreement aimed at high-impact research priorities. Premium

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Defence Week Premium 259 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.259 of 27 June 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.

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