One of three new Australian Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter arrives in Australia at RAAF Base Townsville on 13 June 2016 aboard a USAF C-17 Globemaster. Credit: Defence.

Early Chinooks bring total to 10

In a major boost to Army’s medium lift helicopter capability, CASG has delivered three additional CH-47Fs Chinooks two and half months ahead of schedule.

Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman views the cockpit of the first Israeli Air Force F-35A Lightning II, known as the “Adir,” at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, June 22. Credit: Lockheed Martin (Beth Steel)

Israel's F-35 'Adir' rolls out

Israeli and US leaders joined Lockheed Martin to celebrate the rollout of the first Israeli Air Force F-35A Lightning II 'Adir', marking a major production milestone for the future of Israel’s national defence.
An Air Force C-130J Hercules conducts low level training and flare drops over RAAF Base Richmond and the wider Hawkesbury area. Credit: Defence

Final test for new C-130J pilots

In the night-time skies of rural NSW, trainee Hercules pilots and loadmasters have been flying their aircraft with the aid of Night-Vision Goggles, manuevering at low-level and landing on dirt airstrips.
US Marine Corps LCPL Miguel Santibanez, automatic rifleman, sits in the defensive position during Exercise SOUTHERN JACKAROO at Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia, May 18, 2016. Credit: LCPL Osvaldo Ortega USMC

HMAS Adelaide embarks the Marines

ADF, US Army and US Marines from the 2016 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) forces have embarked today on HMAS Adelaide to transit from Brisbane to Adelaide to join Exercise HAMEL.
Lockheed Martin's F-35 production line. Credit: Lockheed Martin

F-35 builds capability for defence industry

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program exemplifies the thread of this year’s Defence and Industry Conference, according to CASG chief Kim Gillis.
The Danish flag has been painted on the F-35 from the outset as Denmark was one of the original development partners. It has now become the 11th operator. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Denmark becomes 11th F-35 customer

Following a month-long review, the Danish Parliament has approved the government's recommendation to acquire 27 F-35As.

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Air Force looks towards KC-30A upgrades

RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft conduct their first air-to-air refuelling boom contact in May last year. Credit: Defence

The Royal Australian Air Force is looking at significant capability upgrades to its KC-30A multi-role tanker transport an Airbus DS executive has revealed. more »

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    Counting the JSF Cost is tricky business

    Credit: Lockheed Martin

    Should Canada withdraw from the nine-nation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, the additional cost to Australia of its JSF purchases will be about $USD1 million per airframe, according to Air Vice Marshal Chris Deeble.

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      Land 400 Phase 2 and 3 in the making

      ASCOD2. Credit: Friedrich Boehringer

      Nearly 10 years after the first of three Requests for Information (RfI) for Project Land 400 was issued, the decision-making process that will create a shortlist of contenders for the most expensive element of Army’s most-expensive capability program is
      now under way.

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        Defence Business: A French connection for Australia

        The nuclear-powered attack class submarine Barracuda under construction for the French Navy. The large white box in at top right contains the sealed nuclear section of the boat. Credit: DCNS Group

        DCNS Australia might be a new entity on the Australian Defence Industry landscape but they have big plans for the local market. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing explored two of their upcoming offerings into the ADF on a recent trip to France; the Shortfin Barracuda for Sea 1000 and the FREMM for Sea 5000.

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          From The Source: DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello

          Credit: DCNS Australia

          DCNS Australia is in the unique position of having won the largest Defence program Australia has ever undertaken with the Future Submarine contract. The company will have to manage not only the largest program the nation has ever run but all the expectations that come with it. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to local CEO Sean Costello the week before the election was called about how it’s all coming together.

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            Austal secures export orders

            Citing renewed confidence and growing opportunity in the international commercial ferry market, Austal Limited has announced two new contracts for three commercial passenger ferries with a total value of approximately $30million.

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              SME Spotlight - Varley: more than modules

              Credit: Varley Group

              There’s a saying that goes something like good engineering can engineer anything. The sentiment is that good engineering principles can be applied to any application. The proof is Newcastle based Varley Group.

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                Shipbuilding bonanza announced. Now what?

                Like many, the famine to feast shipbuilding announcements that the government made in April caught me by surprise. more »



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