Land 400 Phase 3 industry brief

Australian Light Armoured Vehicles in Al Muthanna Province, Iraq, during Operation Catalyst in 2005. Credit: Defence

In the wake of news that the Phase 3 of Land 400 Request for Information has been released, the program office hosted an industry briefing in Canberra on Friday last week.

Black Hawks to take up the slack

An Army Loadmaster from the 6th Aviation Regiment watches for potential danger from the gunner’s hatch of an Australian Army S-70 Black Hawk. The gunner’s hatch gives the Black Hawk an advantage over its successor the MRH90 when it comes to operations with Special Forces. Credit: Defence

In a surprise move, the service life of 20 of the Army’s S-70A-9 Black Hawk helicopters is being extended by four years. Premium

Has Navy taken on too much risk with the LHDs?

NUSHIP Adelaide is manoeuvred towards her berth at Fleet base East while her sister ship, HMAS Canberra, can be seen near the entrance into the Captain Cook Graving Dock. Credit: Defence

On Friday the LHD NUSHIP Adelaide will be commissioned into service, joining her slightly older sister HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East.

Sentient’s ViDAR to revolutionise SAR operations

During trials ViDAR not only detected a submerged whale, but found and tracked a Collins submarine on the surface at a distance in excess of seven nautical miles, without the submarine being aware. Credit: Sentient Vision

Sentient Vision’s ViDAR system has been selected by Cobham Aviation Services for integration aboard AMSA’s Bombardier CL604 Challengers. Premium

Airbus awards for diversity in engineering education

President of Airbus Operations SAS and executive vice president Airbus Engineering Charles Champion (left) and Global Engineering Deans Council chair John Beynon (right) present GEDC Diversity Award winner Professor Fadi Aloul, of the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, with his award. Credit: GEDC

An Emirati university professor who developed a low-cost common first-year engineering program that enabled more students to enter study has won the 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council Award. Premium

Major space tracking network in Australia to tackle space junk

Computer generated images of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Approximately 95 per cent of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites. The dots represent the current location of each item. Credit: [[user:]] Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Australia’s role managing the threat of satellites and space craft colliding with burgeoning space debris to grow substantially with the establishment of a major space tracking network. Premium

New contracting model on trial to deliver ADF capability

Kim Katheklakis of Jacobs Australia and BRIG Simon Stuart signing the contract. Credit: Defence

Defence and Jacobs Australia have signed a contract to deliver capability to the ADF through a new Managing Contractor model.

Exporting to support ADF capability

Defence Teaming Centre CEO Chris Burns signs a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Indonesian specialist vehicle manufacturer PT Pindad as SA Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith looks on. Credit: Office of the Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith

The Joint Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has tabled the report on Government support for Australian defence industry exports.

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Welcome to another issue of DWP in a week where we were met with troubling news of a foreign hack of the Bureau of Meteorology's supercomputer – what are the implications for Defence? ADM will be following this closely as further news comes to light. Premium