The first P-8A aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force leaves Renton Field for Boeing Field in nearby Seattle, marking its transfer from Commercial Airplanes to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for final completion. Credit: Defence

Australia's first P-8 spreads it's wings

Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight, flying a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State in the US.

A graphic rendering of the Airbus Helicopters H135 in MFTS colours. Credit: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters chosen for UK HATS

Airbus Helicopters has been selected for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), the equivalent of the Australian HATS.
ScanEagle UAS ready to launch for a night sortie. Credit: RAN (LEUT Marcelo Lagos)

Navy trials for ScanEagle UAS completed

Navy's Unmanned Aircraft System Unit achieved a significant milestone in late March, completing the first of class flight trial for the ScanEagle.
Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Cape Wessel on patrol with the BAKAMLA vessel Ular Laut 4805. Credit: ABF

Australia and Indonesia complete coordinated maritime patrol

The Australian Border Force and Indonesia Coast Guard have recently completed a coordinated maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea north-west of Darwin.
HIFiRE 5b rocket launches successfully at the Woomera Test Range in South Australia on May 18, 2016.

Woomera Hypersonic test success for DST Group

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has congratulated an Australian-US team on the success of an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range.
A RAAF Spartan appears to have been involved in a hard landing at Waco, Texas during a pilot qualification flight. Credit: Defence

RAAF C-27J Spartan damaged in Texas landing incident

The Royal Australian Air Force has commenced a safety investigation after a C-27J Spartan aircraft had an incident on landing at the conclusion of a routine training flight.

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Adelaide anchor for Skynet online

The Australian facility extends an existing chain of teleports in France, Germany, Norway, the UK and the US, providing global coverage in both fixed and mobile satellite services. Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

After making a 67,000 kilometre journey last year, the Skynet 5A satellite from Airbus Defence and Space is in place over the Asia Pacific. 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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        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: Lockheed Martin Australia CEO Raydon Gates

          Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Raydon Gates. Credit Lockheed Martin

          ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to Lockheed Martin Australia’s top man Raydon Gates the week after the White Paper and associated documents were released. He reflected on what those documents mean for both his company and the wider defence industry community alongside speaking about the challenges and changes his company is facing.

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            LHD Training Services contract awarded

            A Chinook CH-47F aircraft from the 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville makes an approach to HMAS Canberra while the ship is alongside in her home port of Sydney. Credit: Defence

            KBR has been awarded a five year contract by the RAN to provide the training services for the Canberra Class LHDs.

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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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                Big year for Navy in 2016

                With competitive evaluation process (CEP) decisions on the OPVs, Future Frigate and Future Submarine all ostensibly due this year, there is much to do for all players in this space. more »



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                  ADM covers EW and UAS in the digital battlespace.

                  Editor Katherine Ziesing covers the recent spate of shipbuilding announcements and our preparedness for cyber warfare

                  Deputy Editor-at-Large Nigel Pittaway looks at UAS in the land environment, the ADF path to an armed UAS, and SME Ocean Software

                  Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr writes about Air Force's increasing ISREW capability and Philip Smart sees how SME Airspeed provides ADF solutions with composite fibre constructions.

                  From the Source this month features chairman of tkMS Australia Dr John White – despite the recent Sea 1000 loss the company is looking to the future as it bids for Sea 1180 and maintains its hope to implement a digital shipyard system into Adelaide if successful.  

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