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February 4, 2016

Welcome to ADM's Defence Week Premium newsletter. The F-35 JSF has stolen the limelight this week with the Pentagon's chief tester raising significant concerns on software readiness and other issues but the Joint Project Office seems unperturbed.

Our correspondent Philip Smart writes about an upcoming conference on UAS regulations and the man who will lead the Human Mars Mission Planning effort at NASA, John Connolly.

In other news the US Navy seeks to extend the life of its Super Hornets in light of F-35C delays and Japan unveils a 5th generation stealth fighter technology demonstrator.  The UAE has selected a variant of Patria's AMV that will be considered for Land 400 Phase 2 and Thailand opts for another OPV that could be in the running for Sea 1180.

For those attending  ADM2016 Congress next week, the ADM team looks forward to seeing you in what will doubtless be an enlightening start to a busy year.
Patrick Durrant

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F-35 report: JPO seeks to fend off Pentagon Chief Tester’s concerns

The Pentagon’s Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore has released his report into the F-35 Lightning II for US Congress with the Joint Program office (JPO) saying the deficiencies raised are “well known” and come as “no surprise”.  more»

US Navy launches SLEP for Super Hornets

The US Navy will launch a service life extension program (SLEP) for its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as delays to the carrier variant (F-35C) joint strike fighter force it to consider contingency plans.  more»

Mars mission head says Australia an important contributor

The man who will head up NASA’s Mars mission believes Australia has a part to play in future space programs that goes beyond the happy chance of being an ideal site for tracking and communications stations.  more»


Integrating unmanned systems into civil airspace

With remote piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) set to boom in both civil and military roles in Australia, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) believes it’s time to solve the critical issue of safely integrating them into civil airspace.  more»

Japan closer to indigenous 5th Generation fighter capability

Late last week Japan revealed its fifth generation fighter technology demonstrator, known unofficially as the “ShinShin”, or the X-2.  more»

Royal Thai Navy opts for another OPV

BAE Systems has signed a new contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Royal Thai Navy.  more»

UAE selects Patria AMVs

Land 400 Phase 2 contender Patria (teamed with prime contractor BAE Systems Australia) has been awarded a contract to supply up to 40 hulls of its 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicles (AMVs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  more»

Time to back our potential – new Chief Scientist’s vision

Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel assumed the role on 25 January. Here is the text of his first statement:  more»




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