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Australian Defence Magazine


The big news this week of course is Budget 2018, and we open Defence Week with ADM's coverage of Defence spending, personnel numbers, and the government's investments in Australia's space industry, including $26 million towards the establishment of a national space agency that will coordinate domestic space activities.

In other news, Australia's investments in space gain the attention of Ukraine, ADM attends DST Group's symposium on emerging and disruptive technologies in human biotech, we also speak with Fincantieri Australia CEO Dario Deste about the latest contract with WA's Hofmann Engineering, a KC-390 ventures beyond the end of a runway, and Australia's first UAS maintenance training program arrives.

There's plenty of new tenders out this week, including a 'ThinkCamp' for Plan Jericho - view them here.

Ewen Levick

Online Editor

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Latest News

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Treasurer Scott Morrison delivering Budget 2018. 
Scott Morrison via Twitter

No surprises for Defence in Budget 2018

The headline figure of $35.5 billion for Defence spending is on track to meet the government’s commitment of two per cent of GDP funding by 2020/2021. Read more
An artist's rendering of a Biarri satellite containing components built by DST Group and UNSW. 

Ukraine proposes a spaceport for Australia

The State Space Agency of Ukraine has highlighted the Curtin air base in the Kimberley, near the town of Derby, as a potential site for a launch facility. Read more
Brigadier Craig Schramm, DG Health Capability, delivering his keynote address. ADM/Nigel Pittaway

Emerging and Disruptive Technologies in Human Biotech

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) hosted the Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) on Human Biotechnologies on May 3 and 4. Read more
The launch of the 8th Italian FREMM in Genoa by Fincantieri. 
Nigel Pittaway

Hofmann wins more maritime work: ADM’s Review

ADM spoke with Fincantieri Australia chairman Dario Deste this week to find out more about the contract with Hofmann Engineering. Read more
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The aircraft (not pictured) continued past the other end of the runway. 

KC-390 suffers runway excursion during testing

Embraer’s KC-390 multi-role airlifter program suffered another significant setback on May 5. Read more
The first operational MQ-4C Triton comes in for a landing at Naval Base Ventura County in the US. 
US Navy

First UAS maintenance training program arrives in Australia

Aviation Australia has partnered with one of the premier aerospace colleges in the US, Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC), to deliver the first Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) maintenance training program in Australia. Read more
DW 491 cover

ADM's Defence Week 491 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders. Read more
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Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

ADM May 2018

In our May 2018 edition, ADM presents Electronic Warfare. We discuss artificial intelligence and the electromagnetic future, and talk with Chemring Australia CEO Joe Farah in From the Source. Read more

Upcoming events

CDIC Introduction to the Defence Market Seminars (May)

The CDIC is delivering a nationwide series of seminars for businesses that are seeking to learn about opportunities in the defence market. Read more


Following the official launch of the new ASDEFCON Technical Data/ Intellectual Property (TD/IP) framework on 11 April, roadshows have been scheduled around the country from May to July 2018. Read more

National Manufacturing Week 2018

National Manufacturing Week 2018 will feature a full conference program, alongside over 150 companies showcasing the cutting edge technologies. Read more
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