Since ADM last analysed the Navy’s Hunter-class frigate program in our October 2021 issue, the project has achieved some significant milestones but also received stinging criticism in mainstream media in the wake of a leaked engineering report.

Essential services provider Ventia Australia will take on the role of Operator and Facilities Manager for the Common User Facility at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson.

Australian startup Space Machines Company has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner to carry its Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle to space as part of its April 2023 mission.

The government is sending 14 M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers and a further 20 Bushmasters to Ukraine as it defends against a faltering Russian offensive.

The Royal Australian Navy publicly launched its Navy Mastery programme at Indo Pacific last week, aimed at developing a modern, flexible and innovative approach to its training and development continuum.

During the Indo-Pacific tradeshow last week, ASC announced that it had signed a $66 million contract with Australian engineering business Eptec Group for blast and paint services to be carried out during Collins Class Full Cycle Dockings in Adelaide.

The Bell 505 has been announced as the new Republic of Korea military helicopter trainer.

Later this year, US company SpaceX will launch five Aussie satellites with a total mass of 300-kilograms, more than all the Australian-manufactured satellites launched in the history of space flight.

Gilmour Space Technologies has unveiled a new 3D printed liquid rocket engine that will power the third stage of its Eris rocket to orbit.

Australia’s first Satellite Manufacturing Hub for larger Earth Observation satellites up to 500 kg in weight will be established at the South Jerrabomberra Regional Jobs Precinct in NSW and at the UTS Tech Lab.

Thomas Global Systems has been selected as the Prime System Integrator for the Australian Army’s M1A2 Abrams Immersive Tactical Trainer.

Western Sydney University’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems has signed an MoU with the Swedish Space Corporation in a move to formalise and strengthen international space observation research partnerships and collaborations.

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.

Jankel has announced a new partnership with the Australian company Integrated Design & Engineering Solutions (IDES). The partnership aims to “deepen and expand” Jankel’s engagement within Australia.

The government has announced an additional investment of $454 million in the Loyal Wingman Program.

The Request for Tender (RFT) for a new landing craft to replace the Army’s venerable LCM-8 closes in mid-June, and industry comments on what is being requested range from ‘very ambitious’ and ‘incredibly versatile’ to ‘unique’.