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July 31, 2014

This week has been a busy one! In the year Australia commemorates 100 years of military aviation the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has rolled out its first two jets for Australia. These two combat aircraft, known as AU-1 and AU-2, will make up part of Australia's 72 fifth-generation multirole fighters on order - 50 of which will be based at Williamtown. For more of an in depth article on the unveiling stay tuned for the September edition of ADM.

I've recently been at the Defence + Industry conference in Adelaide. Many topics were covered at the event, not least of which was the current status of Australia's naval shipbuilding industry. A review of this important forum will also follow in the September issue.

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Nigel Pittaway
Acting Editor

M. 0418596131

Shipbuilding a priority - Defence Minister

In his opening address to the Defence & Industry conference in Adelaide on July 29, Defence Minister David Johnston outlined the Abbott government’s plans for Australia’s naval shipbuilding capability.  more»

First Australian Joint Strike Fighters rolled out

The first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters for the RAAF were formally rolled out during a ceremony at the historic US Air Force Plant No.4 in Fort Worth Texas on July 24.  more»

Some WP2015 defence industry considerations

The White Paper Defence Issues Paper includes a number of questions on defence industry for consideration including which industrial capabilities must be located in Australia.  more»

Go-ahead for Nulka upgrade

First pass approval has been given to update the Nulka Active Missile Decoy launch capability, under project SEA 1397 Phase 5B.  more»

Limitations of the LHD's landing craft

In an article in the Australian Army Journal, Captain Anthony Bamford notes that it is now widely recognised that JP2048's ADAS in its current proposed form, would be incapable of OMFTS in the littoral environment.  more»

Was the US EFV on the cards for L400?

It is believed that serious consideration was given to an arrangement with US authorities for the acquisition of a number of EFV-style amphibious combat vehicles as protected connectors for the landing of Australian troops in contested amphibious operations.  more»

Bushmaster PMVs upgraded on site

Australian Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles in Afghanistan had their protection improved during a recent in-theatre upgrade by a Defence Materiel Organisation team.  more»

Bushmaster PMV as L400 enabler?

Looking at potential future roles for the Bushmaster PMV the L400 CONOPS which provides further Defence thinking on the provisioning of the three Beersheba manoeuvre brigades also discusses the roles of CS and combat service support assets within the close combat zone.  more»

University licenses ground-breaking explosives detection technology

The University of Tasmania has stepped up the fight against terrorism by licensing two technologies, Scantex and CEScan, to technology commercialisation firm Grey Innovation.  more»

UNSW students set world speed record for electric vehicle

A group of students from the University of New South Wales has set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle.  more»

ADM Online: Weekly Summary

A summary of the latest news and views in the defence industry, locally and overseas. Check out our webpage for daily news updates on the ADM home page and make sure you bookmark/RSS this for a regular visit.  more»

Chinese CIWS for Indonesian corvettes

According to IHS Janes the Indonesian Navy is equipping its Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin with a Chinese-developed Type 730 CIWS.  more»

GCV program still alive?

General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems are slated to receive small "bridge contracts" next month to sustain engineering work on certain portions of the cancelled Ground Combat Vehicle program until Congress approves a fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources in government and industry.  more»

Humvee upgrade cancelled in favour of JLTV

It seems that the US Marine Corps prefers investing in the JLTV program rather than upgrading Humvees.  more»

Airbus completes Brazilian P-3 Orion modernisation

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the last of nine P-3 Orion ASW aircraft modernised with new systems and avionics for the Brazilian Air Force.  more»








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