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We commemorate the passing of David Yaffa, proprietor of ADM's publisher Yaffa Media, over the weekend. A staunchly independent and passionate publisher, David built an empire of more than 30 business and consumer magazines and websites, becoming a significant force in Australian media. The thoughts of the ADM team are with the Yaffa family. The office will be closed on Friday as a mark of respect.

The news in today's Defence Week: I cover our Northern Australia Defence Summit in Darwin, negotiations resume for the Strategic Partnering Agreement on the Future Submarine, Ai Groups' Kate Louis outlines the importance of the US defence industrial base review for Australia, new coating technology halves the rate of biofouling on RAN ships, a report calls for more agile defence procurement processes, RUAG Australia receives its first order for a mobile 'cold spray' unit, and EPE trials an improvised explosive detector in Darwin.

Lastly, forms for this year's Top 40 Defence Contractors survey are available now (due Nov 16), as well as Expressions of Interest for next year's Essington Lewis Awards (due Nov 23). Please contact Katherine Ziesing for Top 40 forms and Awards Coordinator Jess Havard for Essington Lewis Awards enquiries.

Ewen Levick

Online Editor

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02 9213 8249

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Latest News

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David Yaffa

David Yaffa, proprietor of Yaffa Media, has died

David Yaffa, proprietor of Yaffa Media, publisher of Australian Defence Magazine, has died aged 84 over the weekend. Read more
The Northern Australia Defence Summit saw high profile speakers discuss challenges facing the ADF in the north.

Northern Australia Defence Summit: Strategic challenges and Indigenous engagement

ADM’s 6th annual Northern AustraliaDefence Summit saw strategic leaders, industry, and government officials convene in Darwin this week to discuss Indigenous engagement and strategic issues facing Australia in the region. Read more
The overarching SPA will set out terms and conditions that will endure for the entire Sea 1000 program.
Naval Group

Future Submarine negotiations aim to break deadlock over SPA

Negotiations have resumed between Defence and Naval Group regarding the impasse over a strategic partnering agreement (SPA) for Sea 1000. Read more
Biofouling increases drag and fuel costs for RAN ships.

New coating halves rate of biofouling on RAN ships

A new corrosion-resistant coating that halved the build-up of algae and barnacles on ship hydraulic components is now being trialled on HMAS Canberra. Read more
Attendees at The Defence Innovation Hub annual industry update.

Future Defence opportunities require agile procurement methods: KPMG

A report by KPMG has highlighted the issues surrounding lengthy procurement processes in an era of rapidly-iterating technologies. Read more
[Aerospace Australia Ltd]
SPD technology accelerates metal powder particles to supersonic speeds in order to cause plastic deformation and bonding.

RUAG Australia receives first order for mobile supersonic tech

RUAG Australia has signed a contract with US company VRC Metal Systems to deliver a mobile Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) Unit for US Navy trials in 2019. Read more
[Aust Warrior Expo]
The maritime PRIED project intends to deliver a prototype that has been optimised for maritime operations.

EPE trials maritime improvised explosive detector in Darwin

The RAN and EPE have conducted a test at HMAS Coonawarra to showcase the performance and functionality of a Maritime Portable Raman Improvised Explosive Detector (PRIED) prototype. Read more
[Ocean Software]

ADM's Defence Week 513 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF, plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders. Read more
[Consec MilCis]

Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

ADM October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of Australian Defence Magazine - Defence in the North. Read more

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