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In our last Defence Week for the year, we cover the arrival of the first two F-35s at RAAF Williamtown on Monday. The welcome marks the beginning of a testing and evaluation process that aims to achieve IOC by the end of 2020, with six further jets scheduled to arrive next year.

In other news, fallout continues on PFAS contamination, a report from Norway creates a headache for Defence, Curtiss-Wright gives guidance on how to become a supplier for Land 400, Kongsberg expands operations in Australia, a new defence industry task force sets up in the Hunter, NIOA wins an award in NZ, and Australian companies show their wares at Euronaval.

And a final house announcement: Publication of Defence Week will resume on 24 January, a few weeks before ADM Congress 2019 on February 13th at the Playhouse Theatre, Canberra.

From the whole team here at ADM, we wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year (click here to see our Christmas card). 

See you in 2019,

Ewen Levick

Online Editor

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Latest News

One of the RAAF’s first F-35s sits on the flight line during the welcome ceremony.
Nigel Pittaway

F-35 arrival the starting gun to IOC

The arrival of the first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters marks the start of a process that aims to achieve Initial Operating Capability (IOC) by the end of 2020. Read more
Aviation firefighters tested by Airservices are reported to have up to 20 times the normal level of PFAS in their blood.

PFAS contamination in the spotlight

Issues surrounding contamination by potentially harmful PFAS substances around major Defence bases have resurfaced. Read more
The KNM Helge Ingstad is now almost completely underwater.
Norwegian Coastal Administration/Armed Forces

Norwegian sinking creates a headache for Defence

Norway’s Accident Investigation Board’s report into the sinking of the KNM Helge Ingstad has caused a stir for Defence. Read more
Curtiss-Wright is responsible for building the turret aiming and stabilization drive system for Rheinmetall’s Boxers.

How to become a Tier 3 Supplier for Land 400

Curtiss-Wright has provided ADM with guidance on how Australian companies can join its supplier base. Read more
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Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo and Leiv Inge Steig, Executive Vice President Marketing and Business Development for Kongsberg.

Kongsberg to expand operations in Australia

Norwegian technology and Defence group Kongsberg will increase its Australian workforce as part of a new strategic expansion. Read more
Neale Prescott, Business Development Manager Lockheed Martin and Andrew Chapman, F-35 Program Lead at BAE Systems Australia, and Tim Owen.
Hunter Business Chamber

New task force to drive defence industry in the Hunter

An advocacy and action group has been formed to promote the Hunter’s defence industry capability and drive more defence contracts and investment to the region. Read more
NIOA General Manager of Government Business Patrick Whitty (left) receives the award from NZ Minister of Defence, Ron Mark.

NIOA picks up Kiwi industry award

NIOA has received a 2018 NZ Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence for their role in the delivery of the NZ Defence Sniper Rifle Replacement project. Read more
Australian Pump at Euronaval. Credit: APump

Australian companies on show at Euronaval

Euronaval is one of the biggest naval shows in the world, and this year there was a major Australian contingent interfacing with European shipbuilders and component suppliers. Read more

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