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Australian Defence Magazine


October 26, 2017

With many of the ADM team in Darwin this week for our Northern Australian Defence Summit, Online Editor Patrick Durrant leads the week with his highlights from day one of the event with more to follow.

In other news, shipbuilding remains a hot topic for government and industry. ASC is on the front foot with their appearances before numerous government committees and the release of their annual report.

But I have to say that I'm disappointed that yet another week has passed without news on the OPV program. The schedule is tightening for a program that has promised to cut steel next year. As soon as ADM knows more, so will you.


Katherine Ziesing


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NT ready to be regional national security and space exploration hub

The opening day of ADM's 6th Northern Australia Defence Summit featured a very strong line-up of high profile speakers including host NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner and former President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Read more

ScanEagle completes RAN evaluation aboard HMAS Newcastle

The RAN has completed operational evaluation (OPEVAL) of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), including the first concurrent tasking - aboard HMAS Newcastle - and an embarked MH-60R helicopter. Read more
[EY]   [Ocean]
Bruce the Bluebottle USV from Ocius Technology on Sydney Harbour.

Unmanned Marine Systems get their own code: Lloyds

Lloyd’s Register, the UK-based ship survey and classification society, has released an Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) Code for certifying design and build of unmanned vessels. Read more
Senator Marise Payne Minister for Defence is briefed on the progress of the production of the Air Wafare Destroyer (AWD) by Commodore Craig Bourke Program Manager AWD.

Australian defence industry ready for the Naval Shipbuilding Plan challenge: Ai Group

"The Naval Shipbuilding Plan is too important to be derailed by simplistic approaches. Australian industry stands ready to deliver these capabilities which are so vital to our national and economic security,” Mr Willox said. Read more
[Navantia]   [IXBLUE]

SA to host STEM job fair

The South Australian Government has launched a job expo to attract school students to these and other emerging industries. Read more
RLA has been working hard to expand their presence in the Asia Pacific, building a number of key relationships.

RLA expands throughout Asia Pacific

RLA had been investigating expanding its international sales for some time but participation in the SE Asia road trip accelerated the process. Read more
[Babcock]   [Coral Bell]
Credit: Quickstep

Australian manufacturing larger than thought

Australia’s manufacturing exports generate close to $9 billion every month so just imagine what the possibilities could be if we increased the number of firms contributing to economic output by even five or 10 per cent. Read more
Credit: Rafael

More Spike LR 2 for Israel

Rafael has been awarded a contract with the Israel Defense Forces to supply more than 1,000 Spike LR 2 missiles. Rafael has offered Spike LR 2 as part of the Land 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) program. Read more
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne opens the upgraded ASC West facility.
Credit: ASC

ASC annual report released

ASC has released its 2016/17 Annual Report, recording a profit after tax of $29.2 million and annual revenue of $811.1 million. Chairman, Bruce Carter, said ASC continued to achieve major productivity and efficiency improvements over the period. Read more
Leadership from both Rheinmetall and Bisaalloy Steel were in Wollongong for the teaming announcement.
Credit: Rheinmetall

Australian steel for Boxer’s Land 400 bid

Bisalloy will develop two new grades of high performance steel at its NSW operations to meet the protection levels required on the Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, which is now under evaluation by the Commonwealth. Read more
[STEM]   [Mates]
Naval Group’s General Manager of Commercial and Contracts Shane Berry goes through the opportunities for Australian industry on the Future Submarine program.
Credit: Naval Group

Future Submarine partnership presents in Darwin

Over 90 Australian and international companies, research and development and educational institutions have gathered in Darwin to be updated by key Future Submarine Program representatives on the program’s progress to date. Read more

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