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November 20, 2014

I don't think I can write this intro today without mentioning the annual ADM Top 40 Defence Contractors and Top 20 SMEs survey. Managing Editor Judy Hinz is having her annual headache getting all the responses back from a plethora of companies and compiling them into a useable format for us all to digest in the Dec/Jan edition of the magazine. If you haven't completed your entry yet, can I suggest you make it a priority.

The end of the year seems to be coming all too quickly so I will also take the opportunity to remind you all that the DMO/Industry Team of the Year Awards for Excellence 2014 are open and need your support to recognise the excellent work in our defence/industry community. Please take the time to have a look and see if you're eligible.

And last but not least, a huge thanks to everyone who has taken the time to complete our reader survey so far. The survey is open until the end of the month if you would like to participate.


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

Subs unlikely to be built down under

The likelihood of Australia's Future Submarine being built in-country appears increasingly unlikely, judging from the official presentations at last week's Submarine Institute of Australia conference in Fremantle.  more»

New deployable air traffic systems for RAAF

The Government has announced that new deployable Air Traffic Management and Control Systems for the RAAF have been procured under a $50 million plus contract with Indra Australia.  more»

Boeing to train RAN and Army helo pilots

BDA, teamed with Thales, Airbus and Turbomeca, has been awarded a $600 million contract to train Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army helicopter pilots for the next 25 year, broadening the company's partnership with this country's armed forces.  more»

Beechcraft T-6C chosen for UK military flying training

On behalf of the UK MOD, the Ascent consortium recently selected the Beechcraft T-6C as the aircraft to complement the BAE Systems Hawk T2 in the training pipeline to conduct fixed wing flight training for the RAF, RN and Army Air Corp pilots.  more»

DSTO a key to our defence capabilities

Robust capability in science, technology and engineering has historically underpinned the ability of the ADF to maintain technological superiority over other countries in our region, along with our ability to operate effectively with our key allies.  more»

Avalon media launch

Media and invited guests assembled in a hangar at Avalon Airport on November 14 for the official launch of the 2015 Australian International Airshow.  more»

Defence signs $16.5m landmark Geospatial technology deal

Australia's Department of Defence has signed a three year $16.5 million agreement with Esri Australia that will provide more than 65,000 military and civilian personnel with access to GIS technology.  more»

Codan trusted for the most dangerous Antarctic expedition ever

When Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his ice team set off on the Coldest Journey, Codan Radio Communications was selected to provide the HF radios that would guarantee communications from the harshest environment on the planet.  more»

Jump jets for the ADF?

Is there a case for Australia to acquire F-35B JSF STOVL aircraft to operate from the two new Canberra-class LHDs?  more»

Future land warfare

The Army's Directorate of Future Land Warfare has commenced work on a new capstone future operating concept and supporting functional concepts intended for publication in 2015.  more»

People on the move

The latest in defence appointments.  more»

UKTI and industry together on EW exports

Finmeccanica - Selex ES, Thales UK Ltd and Lockheed Martin have recently formed a partnership with the UK MoD and UKTI that will optimise the performance of UK-exported equipment.  more»

USN seeks 15 Blackjack UAVs to fight ISIL

The US Navy is asking Congress for additional funding to buy 15 Blackjack unmanned air vehicles to support the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a service spokeswoman.  more»

Defence Week Premium 327 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.327 of 20 November 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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