New Commonwealth procurement rules from next year

Senator Nick Xenophon (L) wielded considerable power to force a concession from the Government, represented by Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann (Senator Mitch Fifield at centre). Credit: AAP

A Government concession forced by SA Senator Nick Xenophon on Commonwealth procurement rules will give local industry an advantage in bidding for a share of the $60 billion of annual procurement.

Ocius Bluebottle USV set for trials

The guests at the christening launch included former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (seated front left). CEO Ocius Technology Robert Dale is seated at front right. Credit: ADM (Patrick Durrant)

Yesterday at the University of New South Wales, Ocius Technology launched the first prototype of their Bluebottle Stinger Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), marking a significant milestone in the development of an autonomous ASW capability for Navy.

Army to shed more light on SUAS at Avalon

Army Corporal Doug Coombs from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment prepares to launch a Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane.

Quick Look 130 (QL130) was established earlier this year to address the ADF’s ability to acquire, maintain and update a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS). Premium

Defence CRC for trusted autonomous systems proposed

DST Group engineers retrieve a Slocum Glider as part of the buildup to Exercise Talisman Saber 2013. Trusted autonomous systems research is one of the areas funded under the new scheme. Credit: Defence

DST Group is inviting Requests for Information from academia on areas of research that will assist in the development and delivery of game-changing autonomous systems and robotics technology.

RFIs sought for Core Simulation Capability

Live, Virtual, and Constructive is the way forward for training. FLTLT Flynn Kenney left and FLTLT Clinton Baldock of No 285 Squadron fly a mission in the C-130J Full-Flight Mission Simulator during Coalition Virtual Flag 15. Credit: Defence

Australian companies with interest in the ADF’s requirement for Core Simulation Capability under JP 9711-1 are requested to submit a RFI to Simulation Australasia prior to 1200 Friday 9 December.

CSIRO puts out Advanced Manufacturing blueprint

Credit: CSIRO

The CSIRO has released its Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap which aims to identify major growth opportunities and what manufacturers need to do to achieve them.

Norway to join Poseidon club

The RAAF’s first P-8A Poseidon flew over Adelaide on Tuesday with a P-3C Orion and its maritime patrol predecessor, a Lockheed Neptune. A Catalina also flew in the demonstration, marking four generations of aircraft flown by Number 11 Squadron. Credit: Defence

The Norwegian Government is proposing to acquire five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft to “continue a maritime surveillance capability that can meet current and future challenges”. Premium

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