Government has announced a partnership between Austal, ASC, Civmec and Luerssen for the 12 Offshore Patrol Vessel build valued at $3.6 billion.

An announcement on the preferred shipbuilding partners for the hull block build is imminent as Defence Week goes to press, and will possibly be known by Friday.

The panel included former Defence ministers Brendan Nelson and Kim Beazley alongside Senator Linda Reynolds, David Feeney and BAE Systems UK chairman Sir Roger Carr.

Stakeholders are calling for the NSW Government to take the lead in delivering a coordinated approach to defence related advocacy and to prioritise projects which align with its key areas of advantage.

A number of growing, new commercial activities, which do not yet generate significant revenue, are attracting investment.

The review has commissioned three major reports in to the Australian and global space industries, received more than 160 submissions totalling more than 1200 pages.

A key feature of Northrop Grumman's AIC plan is to establish sovereign maintenance and sustainment in-country for the Triton UAS program.

Eighty per cent of respondents said their own employees were the greatest threat to data security.

The agreement will open export opportunities by integrating Redarc into the Raytheon Anschütz international supply chain.

Internationally recognised Defence scientist Zenka Mathys has won the 2017 Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science for improving fire safety for Navy ships, submarines and crew.

The shipbuilder is bidding for the Sea 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel contract and is partnered with German designer and shipbuilder Fassmer with its OPV80.

The SBIRD funding aims to get SMEs off the starting block so Defence can capitalise on their expansive potential for innovation and research capabilities.

This first phase of sea trials will test the ship’s propulsion, manoeuvring, control and navigation systems and will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test Brisbane's combat and communications systems.

A P-8A simulator training system, improved hangars and an extended runway form the bulk of the spend

Medical countermeasures are an important sovereign capability for military or civilian personnel in a range of scenarios including biological warfare or chemical attacks.