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Melbourne AI company Sentient Vision Systems has won a $2.1 million Australian government grant to establish a sovereign in-house manufacturing facility for its ViDAR search and surveillance pods.

Serco joined Australian Antarctic Division representatives and Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment, in Hobart recently to celebrate the success of this year’s Antarctic season with RSV Nuyina.

BAE Systems Australia has joined the Defence Trailblazer Concept to Sovereign Capability program announced last Wednesday that is being led by University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales.

The Sub-Committee of the JSCFADT in charge of monitoring progress under the Department of Defence’s National Per- and Poly-FluoroAlkyl Substances (PFAS) Investigation and Management Program has released its third and final report.

While Australia has 20 years of experience working with the Collins Class of submarine technology, the introduction of a nuclear submarine capability will have a radical impact on how we manage the related technology.

At face value, Australian defence industry is optimistic of winning MRO work under the terms of a bilateral agreement with the US but, after more than a decade, very little of this work has actually flowed across the Pacific.

BAE Systems Australia and the employer association Ai Group will launch the nation’s first degree apprenticeship program at the start of the 2023 academic year.

The first three of 20 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMVs) departed RAAF Amberley aboard an RAAF C-17A Globemaster on 8 April enroute to their ultimate destination in Ukraine.

Defence has signed a $41 million contract with Varley, based in Tomago in NSW, to secure critical upgrades that will support Defence personnel while on operations.

The government has committed a further $81.4 million to a key grant program.

From 1 July 2022, the Defence Innovation Hub will seek submissions for innovations that will strengthen specific defence capabilities in the areas of guided weapons and explosive ordnance, integrated air and missile defence, and undersea warfare.

The new ACT Health Centre at Duntroon was officially opened yesterday and will provide high quality health care in a modern, well-equipped facility to Defence members in Canberra and the surrounding NSW region.

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Defence export success

Although the estimated value of Australian defence export permits in FY 2020-21 dipped to around $2.7b and 3,600 applications, total value in 2021-22 is expected to improve as industry continues to adjust to challenges stemming from the pandemic.

Defence has confirmed to ADM that Tony Fraser has resigned as the head of Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

The government is giving Australia’s defence industry the opportunity to put forward innovative proposals on how it can play a key role in the way Defence tests and evaluates its equipment.

Advanced digital design and visualisation technologies are at the heart of a landmark new initiative called “Innovation Central Adelaide” being launched virtually by Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price.