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Defence’s new approach to sustaining the Navy’s growing fleet was officially launched at the Sea Power 2022 conference last week. The new program is called Horizon 3 and is part of Plan Galileo.

A&P Australia (Atlantic & Peninsula) and Naval Ship Management (NSM, a Babcock Australasia company) have announced an agreement to collaborate on large ship sustainment opportunities on the east coast of Australia.

The SeaWolf pilot project will develop a demonstrator 12m Autonomous Underwater Vessel (AUV) and existing technologies by early 2023.

BAE Systems has secured a $50 million export contract to deliver critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into the global Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) program.

QinetiQ Australia have successfully had their contract extended to provide mine warfare equipment and support services to the ADF at HMAS Waterhen.

ASC has signed a $66 million contract with Eptec Group for blast and paint services to be carried out during Collins Class Full Cycle Dockings in Adelaide as part of a six-year agreement.

BAE Systems Australia has contracted Score Australasia to supply and test valves for the first three Hunter class frigates.

The death of the Attack class reveals multiple efforts from within the Government to undermine its own defence programs and pin the blame on industry.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed the purchase of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 capability for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The US Navy has awarded a US$230.5 (A$324.6) million contract to Austal USA for the detail design and construction of its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship.

Anduril Industries and Defence are entering into commercial negotiations for a US$100m co-funded program for Extra Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicles (XL-AUVs) for the Royal Australian Navy.

Defence has selected the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter uncrewed aerial vehicle to undergo a single source procurement process for the initial block of a $1.3 billion three-block maritime unmanned aircraft systems program for the RAN.

Rohde & Schwarz Australia will design and manufacture an integrated communications system for the Royal Australian Navy Hunter Class Frigate Program following signature of a contract with BAE Systems Australia’s maritime division.

China’s third and largest aircraft carrier to date is rapidly approaching its launch ceremony, with latest satellite imagery showing construction work on the ship has reached an advanced stage.

In October 2021, ADM revealed that the US State Department had announced Congressional approval for Australia to purchase a replacement Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.

Blueprint Lab has been awarded $1.04 million to develop remote operation systems for underwater expeditions.