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August 21, 2014

Hello again fellow Defence community members. Let me shake you warmly by the digital hand after my maternity leave absence. Acting editor Nigel Pittaway has done a fine job keeping you informed during my time away from the chair and I would like to thank him for his most excellent efforts.

We have another jam packed edition of Defence Week for you with stories on new vehicles for special forces, highlights from the Old Crows conference as well as Tom Muir taking a look at the shipbuilding industry in light of the recent NUSHIP Canberra trials.

Also on the shipbuilding front, Defence Minister David Johnston delivered a scathing update on how the AWD program is going at the Australian Business Defence Industry lunch this week. News that the publicised $300 million blowout is not the end of the tale. 'We haven't even gotten to the hard stuff yet,' he said, outlining how the Projects of Concern list was essentially a  blacklist.

If you don't have the August edition on your desk, please give Martin Phillpott a call on 02 9213 8325 to sort that out.

Happy to be back ladies and gents and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events around the country.

Katherine Ziesing

M: 0419 014 308
Ph: 02 6203 9535


Supacat wins REDFIN Special Forces vehicle contract

The DMO has awarded a $105 million contract to Supacat to deliver 89 Special Operations Vehicles - Commando for the ADF under the JP2097 Ph 1B program.  more»

Thales to develop family of high-lethality ammunition

Thales Australia is developing a new family of high-lethality small arms ammunition, including a 5.56mm round that the company says outperforms 7.62mm ammunition at all ranges.  more»

Inaccuracy of health check of EW PIC?

Addressing this week's AOC conference in Adelaide, Mike Holmes, BAE Systems Australia's manager of Strategic Development, Land and Integrated Systems, queried the accuracy of the DMO's 2012 health check of the EW Priority Industry Capability.  more»

More tankers and airlifters for RAAF?

It was reported last week that Defence Minister David Johnston had indicated the possible acquisition of additional Airbus KC-130 tanker-transports and Boeing C-17 airlifters for the RAAF.  more»

First LHD (Canberra) embarks on final trials

The first of two LHD ships being built for the ADF, NUSHIP Canberra, has sailed on her final contractor sea trials before delivery to the RAN.  more»

Australian naval shipbuilding since the 2013 election

The following are selected excerpts from 'Australian naval shipbuilding since the 2013 election: a quick guide' authored by Dr Nathan Church, and published in the Parliamentary Research Paper series, August 2014.  more»

Australian partnership for NIOA and Colt

US firearms company, Colt's Manufacturing Company has appointed NIOA as its exclusive distributor for Law Enforcement and Military products in Australia.  more»

Airborne Systems awarded NZ decoy contract

Airborne Systems Europe and RNZN will join their counterparts in the UK Royal Navy and US Navy in fitting the Airborne Systems FDS3 decoy systems to their ships.  more»

Specsavers takes over Defence contract

Medibank Health Solutions has entered into an agreement with Specsavers for the provision of services to Australian Defence Force personnel.  more»

Movement at the station

Read about the latest appointments within Defence industry.  more»

ADM Online: Weekly Summary

A summary of the latest news and views in the defence industry, locally and overseas. Check out our webpage for daily news updates on the ADM home page and make sure you bookmark/RSS this for a regular visit.  more»

Unmanned helicopter deploys unmanned ground vehicle

Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its SMSS unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor.  more»

USAF satisfies Global Hawk requirement

The US Air Force has put Northrop Grumman on contract for one final order of remotely piloted RQ-4B aircraft, bringing the service a step closer to satisfying its total requirement and ending Global Hawk production.  more»

Africa's home-grown multi-role military aircraft

Claimed to be Africa's first home-grown military aircraft, the AHRLAC, is designed to integrate a range of military and civilian support technologies in one multi-role package.  more»

F/A-18 cooperates with UCAS in flights from carrier

Northrop Grumman and the US Navy have been conducting a series of cooperative flights from the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt using an X-47B UCAS and an F/A-18 Hornet.  more»

USN shipyards interested in exoskeletons

Lockheed Martin has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences for the US Navy to evaluate and test two FORTIS exoskeletons.  more»

Defence Week Premium 314 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.314 of 21 August 2014 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.  more»










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