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In today's Defence Week we look closer at the Defence Export Strategy plus there's more on the Harris Defence Australia milestone this week. There's more money for highly classified projects Defence doesn't want scrutinised and the contract for OPVs is formally signed. 

As we went to press, the Government announced the removal of Sea 4000 Phase 3 (Air Warfare Destroyer) from the Projects of Concern list - welcome news given the program is now adhering to the reformed schedule and hats off to those who have worked hard to keep it there. But let's not forget the destroyers are still overdue by two and a half years and ended up costing in excess of a billion dollars more than originally budgeted. Here's to harsh lessons well learnt,   

Patrick Durrant

Associate Editor

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A closer look at the Defence Export Strategy

Applications by Australian defence exporters under the facility will be subject to a number of conditions. Read more
President and MD Harris Defence Australia Alan Callaghan addresses the high profile crowd gathered for the opening of the new head office in Hamilton, Brisbane. Credit: ADM David Jones

Harris boss praises smart buyer approach to Defence acquisition

Callaghan cited the successful application of the First Principles Review as the main driver in the company's growth and success of recent times. Read more
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Artist's impression of the massive Forgacs Marine and Defence shipbuilding hall currently under construction on the Civmec site at Henderson, WA. Credit: Civmec/Forgacs Marine & Defence

Civmec/Forgacs to fabricate steel for OPVs

Luerssen is still engaged in contract negotiations with Civmec subsidiary Forgacs Marine and Defence and Austal regarding the build of 10 of the OPVs in WA from 2020. Read more
A radar module built at Daronmont's Mawson Lakes facility. 
Credit: Daronmont Technologies

Defence Innovation contracts boost top secret technologies

The contracts covered work being performed in the fields of radar, sonar, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection, data encryption and electronic support measures. Read more
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Taylor Bros digital design process integrates with Navantia's design environment enabling a seamless transfer of data. Credit: Navantia Australia via YouTube

Tasmanian outfitter tapped for Sea 5000

A Taylor Bros team has been embedded into Navantia Australia’s design and production teams for the Sea 5000 program. Read more
The Prime Minister with (from left) John Cary, member of Thomas Global’s Advisory Board; Angus Hutchinson, CEO; and William Hutchinson, Chairman. Credit: Thomas Global Systems

PM’s visit recognises export credentials of Thomas Global

The Prime Minister’s visit follows the release of the Australian Government’s Defence Export Strategy, and Thomas Global received special attention in the document. Read more
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An ambulance version of the Bushmaster MR6 PMV on display at IAV 2018. Credit: Thales Group

New variant Bushmaster pushed for export

The MR6 has a new hull and driveline features and represents the sixth production run for the PMV, with 1,150 now delivered to eight customers during the five previous runs. Read more

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