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Given the history of the facilities and the contracts that operate them, ADM asked Defence for some clarification on a few key points of the announcement.

CASG Deputy Secretary Kim Gillis is clearly a busy man as he tries to keep in step with the quick march tempo of decisions demanded by the Government's Integrated Investment Program.

The outcomes are a very good result for Australian steel.

The transfer ensures the design of the Hobart Class and its future developments will all be managed from Australia.

MBDA is offering its MMP missile as part of the $20 billion Land 400 project

Team Defence Australia is represented in force at the show, with no fewer than 37 SMEs participating, under the care of Chef de Mission Major General Andrew Mathewson.

Fincantieri is offering a version of the FREMM for Defence’s Future Frigate program, to be delivered under Project Sea 5000 and known within the company as the FREMM-A (Australia).

The ARH HAD modification fits the original French Army variant, the HAP, with the Hellfire missile system and an enhanced engine.

Perhaps the most interesting speakers will be the various CEOs of defence primes jockeying to win programs due for contract award in coming months.

The aerial surveillance contract is designed initially to help protect fishery resources.

Hilton joins a list of Australian companies which are partners to Rheinmetall in the major project.

The High Energy Laser Array will be effective not only against IEDs, but also against manned and unmanned platforms.

37 Australian companies will showcase their wide range of products and services on the Team Defence Australia stand.

Following an interactive and competitive dialogue process with industry, the four successful MSP teams will be led by Jacobs Australia, Nova Systems Australia, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), and Downer EDI Engineering Power.

The challenge, in its first year, seeks proposals from industry and academia to address the ever-growing incidence of improvised threats to Defence personnel and the public.