Defence industry welcomes new portfolio

Companies in regional centres seeking to be a part of major defence shipbuilding programs such as Sea 5000 and Sea 1180 can attend the briefings to learn more about the supply chain opportunities involved. Credit: Defence

The surprise announcement of Monday’s minor cabinet reshuffle was the creation of a new Defence Industry portfolio to be led by SA MP Christopher Pyne

Locata positions itself for the big time

A Locata transmitter (at left) providing Locata’s GPS-like signal coverage in Newmont’s Boddington Gold Mine pit (140 km southeast of Perth). Newmont uses the transmitter’s signal to allow highly accurate centimetre-level positioning of its vehicles and drill rigs inside the pit. Credit: Locata Corporation

Canberra-based Locata Corporation, a leading edge SME in the positioning, navigation and time (PNT) industry, prepares to transfer its professional, industrial scale technology into smaller devices.

RAAF to release 10-year plan in 2016

A RAAF F-35A flys with US counterparts. As part of the fifth generation change embodied by the introduction of the F-35 into service, the RAAF must change its approach to recruiting, training, retaining and career managing its people, according to CAF AIRMSHL Leo Davies. Credit: Defence

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies has spoken about the RAAF’s 2016-2026 strategy plan during an ASPI address. Premium

NZ approves purchase of replacement tanker

An artist’s impression of the replacement tanker, depicting two RAS masts, a flight deck and a Phalanx CIWS on the bow. Credit: RNZN/Hyundai Heavy Industries

The NZ Government has approved the purchase of a new naval tanker for the NZDF which will be ice-strengthened and winterised for operations in Antarctica. Premium

UK renews sub nuclear deterrent

HMS Vanguard, lead boat of her class of Trident ballistic missile- armed submarines, returns to HM Naval Base Clyde in Faslane, Scotland following a patrol. Credit: Royal Navy

Following a Westminster debate, UK MPs have voted by an overwhelming margin to renew the country’s continuous at sea nuclear deterrent (CASD). Premium

ADA has every soldier’s back

The 1299 adjustable frame adjusts backpacks and harnesses to fit the body shape of people within the 1–99 percentile group. Credit: ADA

Victorian uniforms and associated equipment provider ADA has developed a universal adjustable backpack frame which has been supplied for use by the ADF.

Babcock establishes Australasian headquarters in Adelaide

In addition to its considerable Defence support services, Babcock also provides mission-critical helicopter support for a range of services including Emergency Medical, Search and Rescue, surveillance operations, law enforcement, aerial work and Marine Pilot Transfer. Credit: Babcock Australasia

Babcock International Group has announced it will establish its Australasian headquarters in Adelaide.

Improved Kestrel a boon for Sentient’s EO/IR solutions

A video feed from a UAS. The new Kestrel version was able to comfortably process high definition imagery on a processor, which previously, could barely process standard definition imagery. Credit: Sentient Vision Systems

Sentient's new Kestrel 4.0 land and maritime automated object detection software delivers a 50 per cent improvement in the processing requirement.

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