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Tempers flare: Defence admits oiler contract already signed

The Spanish Armada's Cantabria during her exchange with the RAN in 2013. Credit Saberwyn

CASG Deputy Secretary Kim Gillis has revealed to Senate Estimates that a $646 million contract was signed on Thursday with Navantia for construction of the two RAN replenishment ships under Sea 1654.

Contract signed for Pacific Patrol boat replacements

Austal's design rendition of the Pacific Patrol Boat replacement

Following its 18 April selection as preferred tenderer for the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program, Austal Ships has signed a $280 million contract with the Commonwealth.

Defence 2016 Budget all about shipbuilding jobs

The budget this year offered little in the way of surprise for Defence.

The 2016 Defence Budget has no major surprises but the business of Defence continues to tick over with good funding support.

Industry question Cyber Security Strategy investment and progress

Despite recent work from government on their cyber strategy, industry still has a number of concerns about funding, responsibilities and frameworks.

New icebreaker for Antarctic Division

An artist's impression of the new design. Credit: DMS Maritime

A subsidiary of Serco Australia has been awarded a $1.9 billion contract by the Commonwealth to design, build operate and maintain a new research and supply icebreaker vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

RAAF cleared for $1.6 billion AMRAAM purchase

Two Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles (AMRAAM) fitted to RAAF F/A-18A Hornet. Credit: Defence

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia for AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and associated equipment, training, and support.

Sustainment for Anzac after ASMD confirmed

HMAS Parramatta went back into the water last week after undergoing the ASMD program in Henderson, WA. [Credit: Defence]

As foreshadowed in DWP last week, government has confirmed the Life of Type Assurance Program (LOTAP) for the Anzac class, once the ASMD program is completed next year.

DCNS claims Sea 1000 honours

An artist's impression of the Shortfin Barracuda, a conventional design based on the larger nuclear powered Barracuda submarine, soon to enter service with the French Navy. Credit: DCNS Australia

The tender for Australia's largest ever defence contract – the Sea 1000 Future Submarine Program – has been awarded to the French defence contractor DCNS.

Romeos play with Hellfire

Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, in 2014.

The offensive tactical airborne capability of the Navy was demonstrated recently when 725 Squadron conducted firings of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile from MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters.

Government kits up for cyberwarfare

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there is no infrastructure more important to our future prosperity than an open free and secure internet.

The Turnbull Government has released it's Cyber Security Strategy in an attempt to help Australia grow by embracing disruptive technologies from a secure footing.

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