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The full version of Defence Week Premium no.263 of 25 July 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

Rheinmetall MAN signs $1.5bn vehicle contract

The contract is worth AUD$1.58 billion. [Photo: RMMVA]

Following its down selection in December 2011 as preferred tenderer for Land 121 Phase 3B Protected and Unprotected Medium and Heavy Vehicles and following lengthy negotiations, RMMVA has now been awarded a contract to supply some 2,500 protected and unprotected logistical vehicles in a contract worth $1.58 billion. Premium

International and local success for Calytrix

Calytrix Technologies has seen both international and local success.

Australian-based SME, Calytrix Technologies has been awarded a number of recent contracts, internationally and locally. Premium

Kelly would lead Defence under the ALP

Kelly must also retain his marginal NSW seat of Eden-Monaro.

In follow up to our recent piece on what the Defence portfolio would look like under a Coalition government, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed that current Defence Materiel Minister Dr Mike Kelly would be his pick to lead Defence should they retain government later this year. Premium

Cyber warnings abound

While ex-director of the CIA, Michael Haydon warns that we are moving to a world in which cyber is being used to deliberately create direct kinetic consequences such as effects on information, networks, and assets of value, with such security risks expanding over time, here in Australia BAE Systems Detica has released ways on how businesses can protect supply chains from cyber attacks. Premium

RAAF acquires HARM missile training capability

This FMS agreement for an AARGM marks the first FMS sale involving the weapon.

The US Navy signed an agreement with the Australian Government on May 31 to provide its High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile and Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile training capability as part of the Royal Australian Air Force acquisition of the EA-18G Growler. Premium

Quickstep completes LM C-130J production readiness tests

The qualification test results include the successful fabrication of destructive test articles using Lockheed Martin’s approved production processes.

Quickstep has completed all qualification tasks required by Lockheed Martin's materials and process technical engineering testing program. This confirms Quickstep's readiness to manufacture composite parts for the Lockheed Martin C-130J 'Hercules' aircraft. Premium

Counter IED post Afghanistan

Small said Afghan forces typically report IED events, but omit information about whether the bomb actually exploded, or whether it was detected and cleared.

While a report in ADM's current issue states that the ADF's Counter IED Task Force will continue to support deployed forces and continue its quest to develop advanced CIED capabilities, the US Joint IED Defeat Organisation is concerned that the Counter-IED fight is slipping as Afghans take the lead. Premium

Arming the RQ-7 Shadow

ATK says that persistence and immediate response close air support based on such weapons has the potential to transform combined air/ground operations.

The US Department of Defense has established a new standard for weapons interfaces onboard unmanned aerial vehicles as a result of ongoing US Army UAV weapons testing, according to army officials. Premium

Defence diplomats forum

AMSO incorporates the Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program, International Materiel Cooperation, Defence major assets disposals and the former Defence Export Unit.

The Australian Military Sales Office Forum for Foreign Defence Attaches, was held this week at the Australian Industry Group offices in Canberra, ACT. Premium

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Defence Week Premium 262 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.262 of 18 July 2013 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.