The US Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout recently supported an Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) exercise off the coast of California, demonstrating its capability to transition from ship-to-shore in a maritime environment.

Motorola Solutions has acquired Perth-based Barrett Communications, a global provider of specialised radio communications.

As a young Indigenous teen, Jasmine Newman dreamed of a career in the defence force, successfully challenged her rejection because of a childhood injury, then stumbled at the final hurdle when the pre-enlistment medical discovered she was pregnant.

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In May 2021, China’s Global Times newspaper published an op-ed from the editor-in-chief that suggested China ‘make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment’ should Canberra ‘militarily interfere’ in a conflict over Taiwan.

ASC is opening a new science and technology hub at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen, to form new research and business connections that can enhance Collins Class submarine sustainment and their Life of Type Extension (LOTE).

Hybrid data company Cloudera has been selected as a strategic data partner and will play a role in the transformation of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) e-health management system under JP2060 Phase 4.

Nearly two weeks of operational experimentation with uncrewed systems under Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2022 were successfully completed in late May across Jervis Bay and the East Australian Exercise Area.

As the Royal Australian Air Force prepares to deploy a number of its Pilatus PC-21s to New Zealand to train Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC), Defence is planning to replace the aircraft in that role with an off the shelf solution.

In an apparently unscripted remark at the Indo-Pacific Maritime Exposition, Head of Navy Capability disclosed that work was underway to ascertain the feasibility of equipping the Collins-class submarine fleet with UGM-10E Tomahawk land attack missiles.

Army has unveiled an ‘electric Bushmaster’; the electric Protected Military Vehicle (ePMV).

SpaceLink has signed a Cooperative R&D Agreement with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) to explore alternative space communications pathways that ensure resiliency and reduce sensor-to-shooter latency.

The FPDA umbrella has allowed member militaries to foster closer relations in providing for the conduct of joint exercises that take place annually, allowing Australia and Singapore to foster close defence ties.

Four Curtin-led research projects will help pave the way for the next generation of defence technology as part of the annual Collaborative Research Grant program awarded by the State Government.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will deploy aircraft and personnel to New Zealand for Exercise RAVEN KAHU which will occur from 8 to 19 August 2022.

Arianespace operates the Ariane and Vega families of launchers and is one of the most recognisable names in space industry. ADM Publisher Ewen Levick recently spoke with CEO Stéphane Israël about the company's next moves.

Defence Minister Richard Marles must make some tough calls in the near-term if a strategic submarine capability shortfall is to be avoided and the clock is well and truly ticking.