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Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr spoke to Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, head of the Future Submarine program, this week about the delayed Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) between Naval Group and the Commonwealth. According to RADM Sammut, progress is being made but no deadline has been set. This is to ensure that both parties reach an agreement that can endure for the life of the program.

In other news, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says that little will change for Defence and industry should Labor win the next election, the Naval Shipbuilding College is launched in Adelaide, a Sydney-based company provides the first wind-powered microgrid used by the US military, the largest-ever Marine Corps rotation leaves Darwin, XTEK makes progress on a US tender, and Dassault Systèmes signs a system integrator agreement with LogiCamms.

And the house announcements: ADM Congress 2019 will take place on Wednesday, February 13; ADM will be launching a new membership model from 12 November; and forms for this year's Top 40 Defence Contractors survey are available now (due Nov 16), as well as Expressions of Interest for next year's Essington Lewis Awards (due Nov 23).

Please contact Managing Editor Katherine Ziesing for enquiries on Congress, memberships, and Top 40 forms, and Awards Coordinator Jess Havard for Essington Lewis Awards enquiries.

Ewen Levick

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Latest News

The Commonwealth aims to ensure an appropriate allocation of risk.
Naval Group

Progress but no deadline for Future Submarine agreement

Protracted negotiations between Defence and French submarine maker Naval Group on a vital agreement are making progress, but no timeline has yet been set for their completion. Read more
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said that little will change for Defence under Labor.
Ewen Levick

Shorten aims for continuity in Defence and industry policy

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave a speech at the Lowy Institute indicating that Labor would not implement significant changes to the Defence budget or to major projects. Read more
The College aims to help build the workforce underpinning the Naval Shipbuilding Program.

Naval Shipbuilding College launched

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has officially launched the Naval Shipbuilding College in Adelaide. Read more
[General Dynamics]
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The base will rely on the microgrid to provide reliable and secure power to critical infrastructure.

Sydney company enhances US energy security

Sydney-based energy storage company Ecoult is supplying technology to Raytheon for use in a new microgrid project. Read more
Leading Seaman Aviation Support Jamie Kennedy signals to a US Marine V-22 Osprey.

Largest-ever Marine Corps rotation winds up in Darwin

The 2018 Marine Rotational Force, consisting of 1,587 US Marines, has completed another six months of training and exercises in northern Australia and has now left the country. Read more
[Aerospace Australia Ltd]
Ballistic plates with Australian technology could be used to protect US Marines.

XTEK armour makes export progress

Australian SME XTEK could become the next export success after making a proposal to the US Department of Defence (DOD) to develop new ballistic plates for the US Marine Corps. Read more
Dassault Systemes and LogiCamms.

Dassault and LogiCamms sign system integrator agreement

LogiCamms has signed a system integrator alliance agreement with Dassault Systèmes. Read more
[Ocean Software]
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ADM's Defence Week 516 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
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Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

ADM October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of Australian Defence Magazine - Defence in the North. Read more

Upcoming Events


Following the official launch of the new ASDEFCON Technical Data/ Intellectual Property (TD/IP) framework on 11 April, roadshows have been scheduled around the country from May to July 2018. Read more


Future strategic leaders will deliver six-minute bursts about a topic they’re passionate about a topic they also feel is of importance to Australia’s national security. Read more


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