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November 10, 2016

Perhaps former Foreign Minister Bob Carr has best summed up the event we witnessed yesterday, citing Donald Trump's election to the US Presidency as a "tectonic shift" and something akin to a "human molotov cocktail being hurled by an aggrieved population at Washington". But as former Ambassador to the US and former Defence Minister Kim Beazley also said, "Great pressure is about to come on us as a member of the only alliance his team unreservedly approves of – they'll look to us to play some sort of mitigating role in our region". He added, "We're going to have to think about how we handle our response because running away is not an option".

Minister for Defence Marise Payne has wasted no time in reminding the US that it continues to be Australia’s most important strategic partner through our long-standing Alliance. "For the past 70 years, the strong presence of the United States has underpinned the stability of our region," she said. And apparently President-elect Trump has already reassured PM Malcolm Turnbull that Australia's alliance was of "enormous importance to the US".

Returning to local affairs, the Navy's WA-based fleet tanker HMAS Sirius is in Sydney for major repairs, and defence industry looks set to benefit from F-35 repair work. Across the Tasman, there's a tender out for a new aircrew training capability and new battle management software for the NZ Army.   

There are a large number of important defence industry relevant events concerning major projects in the coming months. See the listings in our PDF version of the newsletter or on our website,

Patrick Durrant

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Fleet Tanker to dock for Sirius repairs

The at-sea replenishment capability of the Royal Australian Navy has been dealt a blow with the WA-based fleet tanker HMAS Sirius returning to Sydney for dry dock repairs a little over two years since her last major refit.  more»

F-35 repairs a win for Australia

It comes as no surprise that BAE Systems has welcomed Australia’s selection by the US Department of Defense to undertake the majority of F-35 component repair assignments for the Pacific region from 2025.  more»

NZ releases aircrew training capability tender

The NZ Government released an RFT to industry for a leased fleet of Beechcraft King Air aircraft under its Aircrew Training Capabilityprogram on November 1.  more»


The challenges of sourcing talent for major projects

With the ADF embarking on an unprecedented range of acquisitions, build programs and development, Mark Ryan believes the nation needs to plan how it will produce the talent needed to manage them effectively.  more»

Leidos signs first major Australian contract

Leidos Australia has been awarded the JP 2030 (Joint Command Support Environment [JCSE]) Phase 8 Sustainment contract to the value of $55 million.  more»

New battle management software for the NZ Army

The NZDF will soon have access to cutting-edge communication systems, providing a complete picture of the battlefield and allowing information to be shared quickly.  more»

ViDAR continues to impress

Australian SME Sentient Vision Systems’ ViDAR has successfully completed its capability demonstration with the UK’s Royal Navy at their Unmanned Warrior exercise.  more»

Nova Group acquires Geoplex

Nova Group, parent company of Nova Systems, GVH Aerospace and Auspace has acquired Australian based geospatial firm, Geoplex.  more»

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