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July 27, 2017

As UK Foreign and Defence Secretaries Johnson and Fallon attend the annual AUKMIN talks currently taking place in Sydney, ADM Deputy-Editor-at-Large Nigel Pittway reports on the cutting of first steel for the RN's Type 26, the design of which is a contender for Australia's Sea 5000 Future Frigate project.

The new Force Design Division will conduct an inaugural conference in October to outline the way Defence conducts Force Design as part of the new Capability Life Cycle – it will also provide updates on innovation priorities and the development of the Sovereign Industry Capability framework.

In other news DST Group considers an opportunity to test equipment in space, F-35s surpass 100K hours and L3 Micreo opens a new Brisbane facility.

Finally, this week I've been checking out ‘WiFi in the sky’ and the obvious applications in the defence context thanks to a trip on Honeywell Aerospace's B757 test aircraft,

Patrick Durrant

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BAE Systems cuts first Type 26 steel

Sir Michael Fallon will use the opportunity of the current AUKMIN talks to discuss the ship with Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.  more»

Talking ADF Force Design

The development and management of the force design body of knowledge is certainly an area where Defence will need to collaborate with industry and academia to understand how it might be achieved.  more»

High speed connectivity on show at 30,000ft

The internet services demonstrated during the hour-long flight represent a significant step change from what has been previously available.  more»


DST Group mulls spot on space balcony

With power and data connections, FAST-Bartolomeo allows companies and government agencies to rent space for a year on orbit, with prices starting at $70,000 per kilogram.  more»

F-35s notch up 100K hours

The F-35 Integrated Test Force teams are completing the remaining requirements in the program’s System Development and Demonstration phase.  more»

L3 Micreo expands Brisbane footprint

Development work began earlier this year, and production commenced in the new facility in June with the first project being the fulfillment of L3 Micreo’s Redwing contract.  more»

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