Prime time for XTEK as Army acquires full SUAS capability

Army soldiers from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) with a Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane during a demonstration conducted in October 2016. Credit: Defence

SME XTEK has been propelled into the major league of local defence contractors, with the Commonwealth’s $101 million investment by far the largest in the company’s 40 year history.

Luerssen talks up OPV offering

Luerssen's OPV80 design may well form the basis for their tender for Sea 1180. Credit: Luerssen

If the Bremen based company is successful, ASC Shipbuilding/Forgacs will build a modified Luerssen OPV design. Premium

SIA conference program takes shape

DCNS Australia Chief Technical Officer Gerard Autret will detail the DCNS approach to designing the Future Submarine at the conference. Credit: DCNS

The issue of sovereignty will be one of the highest profile issues, given the importance of Australia maintaining a sovereign submarine capability.

NSW looks into ways of boosting defence industry

The introduction of the F-35 into service at RAAF Williamtown in coming years has sparked development of a burgeoning innovation and defence precinct at the base near Newcastle. Credit: Defence

The Inquiry into the Defence Industry in NSW by the State Development Committee aims to investigate opportunities to grow the defence industry to boost economic development.

Increased thrust and fuel savings for F-35 engine

An F135 engine undergoing testing. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Engine testing verified the upgrade can provide a 5 to 6 per cent fuel burn improvement and a 6 to 10 per cent thrust increase across the F-35 flight envelope.

Deployable trainers, sonobuoys for P-8As

The proposed Deployable Mission Readiness Trainer design is portable with low-power requirements and includes Boeing’s Weapons Tactics Trainer system, which incorporates sonobuoy and ocean acoustics modelling. Credit: Boeing

The proposed DMRT design is portable with low-power requirements and includes Boeing’s Weapons Tactics Trainer system, which incorporates sonobuoy and ocean acoustics modelling.

Raytheon tweaks Stingers for counter-UAS effect

A US Marine fires an FIM-92A Stinger missile at an unmanned aerial target during training at San Clemente Island. Credit: Christopher O'Quin, USMC via Wikimedia Commons

A new proximity fuse gives ground forces the ability to engage small, elusive targets such as Unmanned Aerial Systems. Premium

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