Defence Week Premium 294 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.294 of 3 April 2014 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here. Premium

MH-60R Nowra facility underway

Work on a $30 million through life support facility for the RAN's 24 new Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin MH-60R combat helicopters officially got underway March 26 with a ground breaking ceremony at the aviation technology park alongside HMAS Albatross in Nowra. Premium

New Chief of Joint Operations announced

Rear Admiral David Johnston will succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as the Chief of Joint Operations Command.

The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, has announced Rear Admiral David Johnston will succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as the Chief of Joint Operations Command. Premium

Levett Engineering lands F-35 contract

Pratt & Whitney has awarded a contract to Levett Engineering to manufacture components that will be installed into F135 engines. The F135 engine is the propulsion system for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Premium

Defence interest in handheld IED detector

The system is derived from the Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS).

Defence's CDG last month awarded a contract to NIITEK, a Chemring company, teamed with Minelab Australia, for the RPDE of the Groundshark handheld dual sensor, under CDG's CIED handheld device detector prototype program. Premium

Birdon aims to prioritise US expansion

BEBs in action during the Iraq war.

Birdon managing director, Jamie Bruce has said the company may prioritise expansion in the US over Australia because it is easier for small businesses to participate in defence contracts in the US, and the cost of labour is substantially cheaper. Premium

Government supports job creating Defence Materials Technology Centre

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert has announced an extension of funding for the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC). Premium

BAES continues support for Wedgetail EW systems

BAE Systems last week signed an AU$77 million, five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia to continue support for the electronic warfare sub-systems aboard the RAAF's Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. Premium

DRS wins Anzac-class comms support

HMAS Warramunga is an Anzac-class frigate

DRS Technologies Canada has been awarded a subcontract by Selex to provide communications systems in support of the RAN's Anzac-class vessels. Premium

No ordinary ATVs these

Polaris MV850 single-rider ATV.

With the ADF's fleet of ATVs moving towards the end of their life-of-type, Defence is seeking replacements in the form of 25 deployable 4WD ATVs. Premium

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News: Maritime Technical College to yield shipbuilding skills

A dockyard welder working on the hull of an AWD being built at the ASC yard in Osborne SA. Credit: Defence

Based in Adelaide, the Maritime College will deliver world-class training in key areas such as steel fabrication and naval engineering.