In this week's issue of Defence Week Premium, senior correspondent Julian Kerr reports from the recent Hunter Valley Defence Conference that Defence is planning to build a helicopter training vessel for the Navy in Vietnam, at a time when Australian naval shipyards are desperate for work.
Julian also reports on issues faced by Defence and industry in the ongoing sustainment of the Armidale Patrol Boat (APB) fleet and forecasts an announcement on the Sea 5000 Future Frigate program in the near future.
In other news, the city of Geelong hosts its second Land 400 Industry Day, aimed at securing the region as the hub for the $10.4 billion Land Combat Vehicle program and senior Canberra correspondent Tom Muir reports on the latest round of funding for the Skilling Australia's Defence Industry program.
Finally, Tom proudly reports on the recent visit to HMAS Penguin by students from seven Sydney High Schools, one of whom is his granddaughter!
A contract is expected to be placed shortly for a 90 metre, 2,400 tonne aviation training ship for the RAN that will be built by Damen Shipyards in Vietnam. more»
Government and industry leaders gathered in Geelong on May 22 for the second Land 400 Industry Day, designed to promote the Victorian Regional Centre's capabilities in its bid to secure Defence's largest armoured vehicle program. more»
The latest round of funding under the SADI initiative has been announced by Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston who said more than $5 million in funding would be made available to industry in the 2014-15 financial year under round one of the SADI Program. more»
The difficulties being experienced with the RAN's 14-strong Armidale patrol boat fleet were the subject of unusually strong comments by Col Thorne, the DMO's general manager Land and Maritime Shipbuilding, at last week's Hunter Defence Conference. more»
Opportunities to expand Australia's multi-million dollar defence industry exports will be examined in a new federal parliamentary inquiry. more»
Defence cooperation between Australia, Canada, the UK, and US has been further enhanced by the establishment of a formal partnership on combined space operations. more»
Canberra will join the Falcon Telescope Network, which will eventually number 12 telescopes, computer-linked to the US Air Force Academy's CSSAR. more»
Announcements are expected very shortly on moving forward the Sea 5000 Future Frigate (Anzac class replacement) program. more»
Cabinet is reportedly divided over how much power and resources the new national security agency, the Australian Border Force, should have. more»
Federal Parliament's Public Accounts and Audit Committee has tabled the report of its annual review of the DMO's Major Projects Report. more»
Defence is seeking information from industry regarding the provision of an organic Naval Unmanned Aerial System for the Adelaide class patrol boat. more»
Further to the publication of ADM's article on Land 400, 'The challenge with Land 400' German manufacturer FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH, read that article and advised that their 30 tonne FFG armoured combat vehicle incorporates their newly developed Protected Mission Module Carrier (PMMC G5) 'which suits the Land 400 combat vehicle capability'. more»
Students and teachers from local schools visited the Sir David Martin Mess at HMAS Penguin to experience a formal dinner within the traditions of the Royal Australian Navy. more»
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Austal USA was selected as prime contractor in November 2008 to design and build the first JHSV, with options for nine additional vessels expected to be exercised between FY09-13. more»
Four bidders were expected to have lodged formal offers to buy the UK's Defence Support Group by close of business on 23 May. more»