In Defence Week Premium this week the French (DCNS Australia) have given us a glimpse of their aptly named Shortfin Barracuda pre-concept design for the Sea 1000 Future Submarine project but the conversion from a nuclear to a conventional design will have its challenges. Once again the Senate is making noise about future shipbuilding, and Telstra has come out as the clear frontrunner when it comes to Defence's IT spend.
In other news, the potential bidders for helicopter giant Sikorsky have been whittled down to two, the Indian Air Force retires more MiGs to make room for newer aircraft and ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing tries to make sense of the government's claim that it can afford two extra C-17s.
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DCNS will propose a conventionally powered submarine – named the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A – as its pre-concept design for Australia’s future submarine Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP). more»
The Senate Standing Committee on Economics has released its third Report on the Future of Australia's Shipbuilding Industry – and it's no surprise it has been scathing in its criticism of the government's performance. more»
Lockheed Martin and Textron have been cited as the final possible bidders for the Sikorsky helicopter business. more»
The ADF requires contracted support to meet its Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) outputs at multiple locations around Australia. more»
In response to questions on notice from Senate Estimates last month, Defence has released the following statement about the costs associated with the two new C-17s. more»
Telstra has topped the list of companies being paid by the Australian Department of Defence for IT services and contracts, according to a list published by the agency. more»
The Indian Air Force may have only been allowed 36 of the 126 Dassault Rafale multi-role aircraft it originally requested, but even that number will cause a sigh of relief from air force planners keen to retire ageing MiG aircraft. more»