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Farnborough is generating more headlines for this edition of Defence Week. We lead with the news that Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have struck a handshake deal to bring the price of an F-35 down to US$89 million. The drop is a big step, but the program remains beset by availability issues.

In other news, Jacky Westermann dissects defence spending in NATO, the Dutch buy Reapers as GA confirms Galileo compatibility, Garden Island gets set for a wharf refurb, and the Innovation Hub awards four new contracts. We also have news from UMS and RADA Electronic Industries.

Finally, ADM invites any company at this year's Land Forces conference to submit a corporate profile by the end of this month. The profiles will feature in our special Land Forces edition. The application form is available here and should be sent to Associate Publisher Kylie Leonard.

Ewen Levick

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Latest News

The global fleet of F-35s struggles with availability issues.
Lockheed Martin

F-35 price drops but availability remains an issue

Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have informally agreed a price for the next batch of US F-35s. Yet even as costs lower, the program is still grappling with availability issues. Read more
NATO members will be happy to see Trump back in Washington. 
NATO via Twitter

Dissecting the NATO summit and defence spending

Trump’s preferred topic dominated the reporting and meetings: defence spending. It seems the allies are actually looking a bit closer at the issue. Read more
[ADM Essington]
An MQ-9 Reaper equipped with an extended range modification sits on the ramp at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. 
USAF/Sgt Robert Cloys

Dutch choose Reaper as GA announces Galileo compatibility

General Atomics has been selected to provide Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper medium altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAS to the Dutch military following news that the platform will be capable of using GPS and Europe’s Galileo satnav system. Read more
Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion made the announcement alongside representatives from the build team. 
Marise Payne via Twitter

Indigenous lead for Garden Island refurb

The Garden Island Bayinguwa Delivery Team will be responsible for managing the demolition of two deteriorated wharves and constructing a single new wharf in their place. Read more
[Aero Aust]
The government has committed $640 million to exploring innovative ideas through the Hub.

Innovation Hub signs four new contracts

The Defence Innovation Hub has awarded four contracts worth $3.07 million in the latest tranche. Read more
RADA's X-MADIS counter-UAS system. 
RADA/IDS via Twitter

RADA takes out prize in the ‘Game of Drones’

RADA Electronic Industries, together with its partners Ascent Vision and Sierra Nevada Corporation, won a US$200,000 prize at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event III demonstration. Read more
The Skeldar V-200B completed its trials earlier this year.
SUAS News via Twitter

UMS releases new V-200B at Farnborough

UMS Skeldar has confirmed that its global focus on maritime applications is to be spearheaded by the Skeldar V-200B. Read more
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ADM's Defence Week 501 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF, plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders. Read more

Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

July 2018

ADM July 2018

In our July 2018 edition, ADM covers Surveillance in the Land Domain. We talk with DMTC CEO Mark Hodge in From the Source. Read more

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