Defence Minister Payne outlines changes for shipbuilding industry

Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne receives a royal salute during the Decommissioning of HMAS Sydney at Garden Island, Sydney. Credit: Defence

Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne has acknowledged that the Australian shipbuilding industry needs significant “reshaping and reform”. Premium

Crunch time for Sub bidders as final pitches delivered

HMAS Rankin at periscope depth. Credit: Defence

With less than two weeks before the three contenders for Australia’s Sea 1000 Future Submarine CEP submit their proposals, the SIA’s conference in Adelaide this week was always going to be a venue for debate. Premium

SA defence industry to collaborate with Indonesian manufacturer

Defence Teaming Centre CEO Chris Burns signs the agreement as SA Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith looks on. Credit: Office of the Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP

On Monday SA’s Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Indonesian specialist vehicle manufacturer PT Pindad.

Pacific Patrol Boat bid contention down to WA and QLD

Artist’s impression of the Damen design tendered by the Cairns based consortium headed by Teekay Shipping. Credit: Damen

The five contenders for the Sea 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement program have been reduced to just two.

Some context around Port of Darwin ownership issues

US Seaman Jeremiah Baker throws a messenger line from amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to Fort Wharf pier in preparation of a scheduled port visit to Darwin.Credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class MICHAEL ACHTERLING [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

There have been comments about the decision to lease the Port of Darwin to a Chinese owned company and what it means for Defence, particularly the US relationship. Premium

Aerosonde win in Taiwan

The Aerosonde and its sophisticated instruments will try to detect signals of rapid intensity changes in the hurricane. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

Aerosonde has delivered a commercial variant of its Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System to the Taiwanese government as part of its typhoon research program.

AE2 preserved for future generations

A diorama of the HMAS AE2 in the Sea of Marmara as a Turkish torpedo boat closes. This diorama represents the capture of the HMAS AE2's crew, before Commanding Officer Commander 'Henry' Stoker, RN, scuttled the submarine. Credit: Defence

Thanks to pioneering work by Australian scientists and partnership between the Australian and Turkish governments, AE2 is likely to be in as good shape a century from now. Premium

AE1 still Missing In Action

HMAS Yarra moves into position near the Montevideo Maru Memorial, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, in preparation for the AE1 commemoration being held there on 14 September 2014, 100 years after the submarine went missing. Credit: Defence

Rear Admiral Peter Briggs is returning from PNG after the latest, unfortunately unsuccessful, attempt to find the Australian WWI submarine AE1. Premium

Northrop awarded Computer Network Defence contract

Standing (L-R): Shane Mulligan and Rhys Davis Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security; LTCOL Brian Fitzgerald JP2068 project director, John Boxall acting Assistant Secretary Security, Intelligence and Geospatial Delivery Branch. 
Sitting (L-R): Ian Irving, CEO Northrop Grumman Australia; Yaso Arumugam, First Assistant Secretary ICT Delivery Division. Credit: Northrop Grumman Australia

Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, an Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded the Defence contract for JP2068 Phase 2B.2. Premium

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Once again a week where news about submarines has dominated the airwaves. The Future Submarine bidders had their last opportunity to impress at the SIA's conference in Adelaide and the Defence Minister had a lot to say also. Premium