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Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom have released a joint statement on their progress on cooperation under the AUKUS agreement, through which Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

The government has approved the accelerated acquisition of improved weapon capabilities for the ADF at a total cost of $3.5 billion.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have been chosen to deliver the Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise (GWEO).

Foreshadowed in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update (DSU) and Force Structure Plan (FSP), the ADF’s precision weapons capability has received a major boost in the past 12 months, especially in the wake of the AUKUS announcement in September.

Saab Australia has completed the relocation of its deployable health facility from Sweden to Victoria, and signed contracts with Aspen Medical and Global Defence Solutions.

Japan and South Korea are being reluctantly and probably inevitably pushed towards becoming nuclear weapon states, according to former Singapore Foreign Minister Bilahari Kausikan.

Last March, the government announced the acceleration of a Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise to initially enhance self-reliance and supply chain resilience.

United States Marines have begun arriving in the Northern Territory to commence the eleventh annual rotation of the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D).

The Sovereign Missile Alliance (SMA), an incorporated joint venture company backed by EOS and Nova Systems, has announced its intention to collaborate with Diehl Defence on the Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise.

Exercise Overland Nautical Petros 2021 aimed to qualify operators from Support Battalions on a suite of trade courses and petrol operations field craft.

The contract includes the development of several prototypes and the delivery of a first batch of 30 aircraft.

Following Thales Australia’s recent US Department of Defense qualification of its Australian-made TNT to military specifications, Thales is on schedule to commence production of the 155mm M795 Artillery Projectile capability in early 2022.

The Australian Missile Corporation has announced plans for a satellite office in Canberra, supporting its push to lead the Australian-made precision guided weapons industry.

Saab Australia and Philips Australia have signed a contract for the delivery of innovative healthcare solutions as part of Australia’s deployable health capability (DHC) program, JP2060 Phase 3.

Thales’ investment in new large-scale preparation and mixing equipment is expected to enable a 500% increase in the size of rocket motors able to be manufactured at Mulwala, supporting production of advanced guided weapons and hypersonic weapons.

Defence has signed a contract with Telstra to continue the delivery of critical network and telecommunications services in support of Defence operations.