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February 19, 2015

Thursday greetings

I think this is what many people have been waiting for – the release of the LAND 400 Phase 2 RFT, see the story below, and full details in the tender PDF with this issue.

ADM editor Katherine Ziesing is currently in Sweden as a guest of SAAB. I am sure you’ll find her first brief reports from her northern hemisphere journey of interest as we debate the issue of Australia’s Future Submarine. A proper ‘competitive evaluation’ is essential. As I wrote earlier this week, sustainment must be a sovereign capability. It must occur as a partnership with the designer and builder from day one.

We have some interesting industry news including Ross Spencer from SOS Marine being awarded an Export Hero award – alongside Glenn Keys of Aspen Medical – in Western Australia last week plus the delivery of more Polaris vehicles.

For military and ex-military personnel, I’d like to highlight a seminar being held by Defence Care, an initiative of RSL NSW. It’s 8th March in Penrith, details below.

Next week, the ADM team will be at Avalon ..... I hope the weather is fine and not too hot.

Don’t forget to keep us in the loop with your news. We can’t publish it if we don’t know about it.


Katherine Ziesing
M. 0419 014 308
T. 02 6203 9535

Land 400 Phase 2 tender released

The Request for Tender (RFT) for the supply and support of a Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability (MCRC) under LAND 400 Phase 2 has been released.  more»

We want a partnership: Swedish Defence Minister on submarines

Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist confirmed to Australian media in Stockholm that the nation wants to be “a constructive partner” with Australia on the Future Submarine program as they have “both the capacity and capability along with the experience and flexibility” to meet the requirements.  more»

The unintended consequences of a Japanese hull for Australia

With all the issues surrounding the Future Submarine and the way ahead, the program is being viewed more as a political decision rather than capability one.  more»

Polaris delivers All Terrain Vehicles to ADF

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews visited Polaris Industries Australia New Zealand in Melbourne on February 18th to witness the dispatch of 29 MV850 All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) to the ADF.  more»

Spencer and Keys honoured in Export Awards

Two of the six people recognised in this week’s Export Council of Australia Export Hero awards will be familiar to the defence industry community.  more»

Cablex chosen for Thales Hawkei

Melbourne based custom cable and harness manufacturer Cablex will build electrical harnesses for the Thales Hawkei land-vehicle, after Thales announced the company as a key supplier.  more»

APC delivers final Watchkeeper Console for Air Warfare Destroyer

Adelaide’s APC Technology has delivered its final CIS Watchkeeper Console project for installation into the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD).  more»

Egypt buys SEA 5000 contender FREMM frigate

Egypt has ordered a single FREMM multi-mission frigate as part of a deal with the French government that also included 24 Dassault Rafale aircraft and an undisclosed number of MBDA missiles.  more»

People on the move

Rob Hawketts has joined KBR Australia in the role of Vice President Government Services, Asia Pacific, and will have overall responsibility for KBR’s defence and government business in the Asia Pacific region.  more»

DefenceCare transition seminar scheduled for March 8th

DefenceCare is holding an Employment and Wellbeing seminar for current and ex-serving men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their families on Sunday March 8, 2015 at Penrith RSL Club.  more»









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