As we went to press this morning the new Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, who has been keen to show he is "hitting the ground running", announced the finalisation of the review into AIC involvement for Land 400 Phase 2. Less than two hours later the down select for the program was also announced – congratulations to BAE Systems/Patria and Rheinmetall who have been invited to proceed to the RMA. Our commiserations to both Team Sentinel (Elbit/ST Kinetics/Elphinstone) and the team from Thales and GDLS Australia who have also worked very hard under trying conditions to get to this stage.
In other news this week which is predominately of a South Australian flavour, the Productivity Commission has questioned the value of a local submarine build and Minister Pyne has toured WA contractors keen for a much larger slice of the shipbuilding pie.
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CASG chief Kim Gillis has announced that both BAE/Patria and Rheinmetall have been down selected to take part in the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) for Land 400 Phase 2. more»
The Commission has played down the benefits of a local build of submarines as well as the returns being made on significant investment in defence industry support programs. more»
Despite Minister Pyne's touring of key WA-based defence contractors this week, concern prevails on whether the state will receive a greater slice of the shipbuilding pie announced earlier this year. more»
Sage Automation and Navantia Australia have formally executed a Joint Venture Agreement creating local capability in naval automation and monitoring. more»
Raytheon Australia will provide $150,000 in sponsorship, over three years, to fund Soldier On’s Canberra based Reintegration Officer. more»
SA university researchers have developed simulation software that can rapidly modify existing combat strategies to improve established doctrine. more»
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