NZ P-8 buy one step closer

A 5 Squadron P-3K2 Orion aircraft departs RNZAF Auckland at Whenuapai for overseas deployment on Operation TIKI VII. The FASC program aims to replace the recently upgraded but ageing P-3K2 fleet in the mid 2020s. Credit: RNZAF

Although DSCA approval does not necessarily mean that an order will result, it is nevertheless an indication of serious intent.

Two OPV shipyards? No problem says Lürssen

(L-R) Jim Fitzgerald (Forgacs/Civmec), Peter Lürssen (Lürssen), and Mark Lamarre (ASC Shipbuilding) with NUSHIP Hobart in the background. Credit: ASC Shipbuilding

Lürssen and the Civmec-owned Forgacs saw no issues with building the first two Sea 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels in Adelaide before transferring the program to Perth.

Astronaut to Pyne: We need a national space agency

Andy Thomas during his 23-year career with NASA. Credit: AP/Brett Coomer

Former Australian/American NASA astronaut Andy Thomas is “staggered” Australia is presently accessing only one per cent of a $US350 billion industry.

US rolls out upgraded ALIS for F-35 sites

The updated ALIS 2.02 software includes a networking feature to more easily establish connections between deployed locations and home stations. Pictured, a maintainer using ALIS alongside an F-35. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The plan is to install version 2.02 of the software at all operational F-35 sites by the end of the year following successful flight testing. Premium

SM-6 close to FOC for USN

An SM-6 missile launched from USS John Paul Jones during testing last year.

SM-6 is slated for the Air Warfare Destroyer missile magazines under Project Sea 1360, though this program still awaits first pass approval. Premium

Reporting of Syrian airstrikes to change for ADF

Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornets refuel from a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport in the skies over the Middle East region. Credit: Defence

From next week, the ADF will independently publish a fortnightly report on Australian strikes.

US lessons learnt on cyber information sharing

The US experience with a variety of information sharing models provides case studies and lessons for the Australian cybersecurity community as it pursues deeper information sharing mechanisms.

Security culture blamed for cyber security fails

The Australian Tax Office and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection were still not assessed as cyber resilient.

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