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

New icebreaker for Antarctic Division

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).

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

RAAF cleared for $1.6 billion AMRAAM purchase

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

Sustainment for Anzac after ASMD confirmed

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.
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

DCNS claims Sea 1000 honours

The tender for Australia's largest ever defence contract – the Sea 1000 Future Submarine Program – has been awarded to the French defence contractor DCNS.
Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, in 2014.

Romeos play with Hellfire

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

Government kits up for cyberwarfare

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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Australian shipbuilding landscape: from famine to feast

The DCNS design for the Shortfin Barracuda has been selected for the Sea 1000 Future Submarine Program. Credit: DCNS

The last two weeks have been busy for the Australian shipbuilding industry. 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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      Defence Business: BAE Systems and Patria gear up for Land 400

      A test vehicle has been used to assess the integration of a BAE Systems Haegglunds' E35 turret with a Patria AMV. Credit: BAE Systems

      In the case of the Patria AMV35 contesting Project Land 400 Phase 2 there is a discernable difference – it mounts a larger, more powerful gun than its three competitors.

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        Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

        Credit: Defence

        With the RAN on the cusp of recapitalising its fleet at a greater tempo than at any time since WWII, major maritime capability programs are inevitably focusing on naval shipbuilding.


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          From the Source: Rheinmetall Defence Australia MD Andrew Fletcher | ADM March 2016

          Credit: Rheinmetall Defence Australia

          Rheinmetall has been in Australia in some way, shape or form for the better part of 40 years now. Managing Director Andrew Fletcher took up his role early last year and speaks to ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing about how the company is looking to answer the next generation of commercial challenges.

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            EPE hits the road with new protective equipment

            Credit: ADM (Patrick Durrant)

            ADM attended EPE's 2016 Roadshow at the Sydney International Shooting Centre on Thursday 28 April where a wide array of CBRN, unmanned, ECM, force protection and ISR equipment was displayed.

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              Defence Business: HATS on for the ADF

              Credit: Airbus Helicopters

              With the advent of the Australian Defence Force’s combined Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), procured under Air 9000 Phase 7, military primary helicopter training in Australia could almost be said to be going “back to the future”. more »

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                A different question for Army

                Chief of Army LTGEN Angus Campbell made an interesting point at the ADM Congress when he questioned the conversation around the acquisition of platforms for Army. more »



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