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NDS and IIP under scrutiny

ADM Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr picks apart the recent National Defence Strategy (NDS) and Integrated Investment Plan | Julian Kerr

AIM Defence's Fractl Portable High Energy Laser system has been trialed by the Australian Army during a series of tests in the Puckapunyal Military Area.

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace has opened a new factory for the Naval Strike Missile and Joint Strike Missile in Kongsberg, Norway.

Three Republic of Korea Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidons arrived at Pohang Naval Air Station on 19 June following a ferry flight from the US.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force will deploy F-15SG and F-16C/D/+ fighter aircraft to RAAF Pearce for three training deployments this year.

HMAS Stalwart has extended its stay in Darwin due to engine defects that emerged during its voyage from Fleet Base West to the port | Ben Felton

HII and Babcock have formed a new joint venture and entity – H&B Defence – to accelerate the development of sovereign capability the AUKUS conventional armed, nuclear-powered submarine program.

A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail took part in the integration phase of the US Air Force Weapons School for the first time.

The Defence Industry Development Grant program, announced in the Defence Industry Development Strategy, will be open for applications later this month. The new grant program is worth $150 million over four years.

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IS&T shaping the ADF of the future

The recently released Defence Industry Development Strategy underscores the vital role Innovation, Science and Technology will play in the future Australian Defence Force | Nigel Pittaway

Australia’s first MQ-4C Triton arrived at RAAF Base Tindal on 16 June following a trans-pacific flight. The arrival of Australia's first Triton comes nearly 20 years after Australia joined the US Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program in 2006.

Toll Aviation wrapped up a demonstration campaign for the Shield AI MQ-35A VBAT last month following three months of testing, flying, and operating the vehicle in a variety of conditions around the country | Ben Felton

Exail has been selected by the European Commission to participate in the European Extended Mine Counter Measures project. The project consortium is being led by Naval Group Belgium and includes Thales France, Saab Kockums, and Navantia among others. 

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ASCA’s SUAS challenge

Defence is actively looking for candidates to support the future of its small uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) requirements, through the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator’s (ASCA) Sovereign UAS Challenge | Keira Joyce

Quickstep has received a follow-on order for 20 Volanti aircraft, valued at approximately $430,000. This order supplements the $1.35 million order for 40 units from drone company Carbonix.

With funding from the Australian Research Council, a team from Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences has developed a breakthrough in operating and monitoring small satellites.