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July 3, 2014

As we were putting this week’s edition of Defence Week Premium together, more terrible news emerged from Afghanistan. The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin has confirmed the death of an Australian Special Forces soldier serving in the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Kabul in what is believed to be a non-combat related incident. Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this soldier.

ADM’s Defence Week Premium newsletter has a wide range of interesting stories this week with analysis from Tom Muir, ADM’s DWP regular contributor and ADM’s senior correspondent Julian Kerr, including a synopsis of the Australian National Audit Office's recent report into the acquisition of the MRH90 battlefield helicopter.

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Nigel Pittaway
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ANAO blames design, contract issues for MRH90 delays

Contractual and design issues around the ADF's fleet of MHR90 multirole helicopters have delayed the anticipated date of FOC by nearly five years.  more»

Upgraded ESSM in the offing for RAN

RAN warships will be better protected against the threat of anti-ship missiles following a decision to equip the ships with an upgraded version of the Evolved Seasparrow missile system.  more»

KBR wins LHD sustainment contract

Kellogg, Brown & Root Pty Ltd has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide Capability Support Coordinator services for the LHD ships over the next five years.  more»


Aviation operations get real on NUSHIP Canberra

After months of training with synthetic airframes, NUSHIP Canberra's Air Department was exposed to the real thing at HMAS Albatross earlier this month.  more»

BAE Systems joins 'big data' research to boost Australia's national security

Like other like-minded organisations, BAE Systems has become an industry partner of the $88 million 'big data' Cooperative Research Centre.  more»

Opening of Joint Logistics Unit

Work to deliver modern, purpose built wholesale storage facilities on Defence land has achieved a milestone with the official opening of the Joint Logistics Unit (East) at Moorebank, NSW.  more»

Chief of Defence Force change of command

The ADF has a new Chief after General David Hurley passed command to Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin at a recent parade in Canberra.  more»

ICT award for DSTO's digital video guard

A digital encryption technology developed by DSTO has won a prestigious South Australian ICT Award.  more»

HMAS Parramatta visits Noumea ahead of Operation SOLANIA

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta has completed its visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, before commencing a patrol as part of Operation SOLANIA.  more»

What - no Doc Martins?

Canberra based diggers were issued with new R.M. Williams boots at the ADFA Clothing Store on June 10.  more»

Helpful hand to thousands in Cambodia

ADF medical personnel working alongside colleagues from the armed forces of the US, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Chile have treated almost 3,000 people in the Cambodian city of Sihanoukville and the surrounding region.  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»

First RNZN visit to Pearl Harbor in 30 years

The Royal New Zealand Navy's Canterbury-class multi-role vessel arrived in Pearl Harbor on 27 June for the 'Rim of the Pacific' naval exercise.  more»

VHF added to Inmarsat's low-cost satcom

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services and Spectra Group UK, a leading provider of voice and data services, has announced the launch of L-TAC VHF for civil government.  more»

Harfang UAS controlled from cockpit 5000km distant

A French Air Force Harfang UAS has successfully undergone testing to prove that once it has taken off from its overseas deployment base it can be controlled from a cockpit located in France.  more»

More E-2D Hawkeyes for US Navy

The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $3.6 billion fixed price, incentive fee multi-year contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 50.  more»

Defence Week Premium 307 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.307 of 3 July 2014 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here  more»








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