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March 26, 2015

This week editor Katherine Ziesing is attending the RUSI Submarine Summit in Adelaide where she is not only representing ADM, but also presenting a paper on media impressions of the Collins submarine program.

Our Adelaide-based contributor Philip Smart is also at the conference and his first report leads this issue of Defence Week Premium. A complete report of the event will follow in the pages of ADM, so stay tuned.

This week, Philip also looks at the cost of the Joint Strike Fighter as Lockheed Martin's production rate increases exponentially. He turns a critical eye to the way the Malaysian Government fosters its defence industry.


Nigel Pittaway
Deputy Editor 
M 0418 596 131

Sub Summit addresses the issues

The Royal United Service Institute’s national Sub Summit kicked off in Adelaide on March 25, with more than 200 delegates hearing from both sides of politics, the DMO and the head of the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Submarine Program in the first morning.  more»

JSF more affordable

Procurement cost estimates for the Lockheed Martin Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter have dropped by two percent in the latest US Department of Defense (DoD) estimates, shaving US$7.5 billion from the overall program cost forecast.  more»

First Australian pilot flies JSF

The first Australian pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter has taken to the skies in the United States.  more»

Defence launches new recruiting campaign for women

The Australian Defence Force has begun a new recruiting campaign aimed specifically at attracting more women in a career with the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy or Australian Army.  more»

Malaysia’s approach to defence industry

In the early 1970s, Malaysia’s government decided that developing the nation as an industrial and commercial powerhouse required a defence industry.  more»

ASEAN Defence Ministers united against terrorism

Held on the Malaysian resort Island of Langkawi between March 15th and 17th, the 9th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) has produced a united front against the spread of Islamic State (IS) influence in the region.  more»

Defence Week Premium 341 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.341 of 26 March 2015 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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