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Minehunters on path to 2030s with new deployable MCM

The multinational task force in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe pause for a team photo at the Port of Honiara next to HMAS Huon on 30 September, 2016. Credit: Defence

The Commonwealth has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s minehunters and Thales Australia is to deliver and support new deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) over the next 15 years.

Land 400 Phase 2 RMA completed after blast testing

The Rheinmetall Boxer CRV is subjected to a simulated IED blast test. Credit Defence

The test and evaluation program assessed both the BAE Systems/Patria AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV and their support systems across a wide range of criteria, with a particular focus on protection, lethality and mobility.

Navantia pitches F-5000 design for Future Frigates bid

A rendered image of Navantia's F-5000 design. Credit: Navantia Australia

The F-5000 is essentially an evolution of the soon to be commissioned Navantia-designed Hobart Class DDG.

STEM Coding initiative goes for record

Last year saw the event break the world record with 10,207 kids all coding on the same day. Credit: Code Club Australia

Code Club Australia has announced the return of Moonhack to again capture the imagination of Australian students and help improve digital literacy.

Architect of Future Submarine campaign leaves under a cloud

At the announcement of the DCNS (now Naval Group) contract win for Sea 1000, a model of the Shortfin Barracuda design is shown to then French President Francois Hollande. Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt is on the left, with Herve Guillou third from right. Credit: Naval Group

The main reason for de Bailliencourt's departure was a disagreement with Guillou, the group's president and CEO.

BAE to establish defence hub at Fishermans Bend

BAE Systems plans to join a neighbourhood at the forefront of defence research and advanced manufacturing. Credit: VIC Government.

The defence hub will be a centralised point of collaboration with the Commonwealth for Land programs and possible future export customers.

ASC West Upgrade opened as contract extension announced

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne addresses the workers and guests attending the opening of ASC West's new shipyard facility. Credit: ASC Defence

The redevelopment comes after ASC and the Defence Department agreed a further five year performance period for the sustainment of the Collins Class submarine fleet, which commenced on 1 July this year.

Thales and Sydney Uni to work on new technologies and capabilities

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence and Thales Australia Country Director and CEO Chris Jenkins sign the MOU agreement. Credit: Sydney University

Under the terms of the MOU, the partners will initially work on research activities in the areas of autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, data analytics, advanced sensing and processing, and materials science.

Pyne says Defence Export Strategy out by end of the year

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne. Credit: ADM David Jones

Pyne acknowledged businesses may face challenges such as identifying export opportunities, obtaining export market access and complying with export regulations and said this dictated the need to establish a means whereby Defence and industry could work together to support exports. Success stories such as Marand, Nulka, CEA and Austal need to become the “new normal”.

Ferra selected for submarine radar motors

The Primoss unit drives the Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar system. Ferra Engineering

Ferra is initially contracted to provide two Primoss pressure-tight motors that are mounted outside a submarine’s pressure hull to drive the Phoenice radar antenna on the surface

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