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April 28, 2016

Well first of all congratulations to DCNS on their win of the record breaking Australian defence contract that is Sea 1000. Now comes the challenge to deliver on what will also be the most complex project the country has ever undertaken. Commiserations to Japan, no doubt now the wiser for the experience, and of course TKMS which has invested many years of hard work into this bid since the first RFI came out in late 2008.

It really has been an amazing two weeks for naval shipbuilding and Editor Katherine Ziesing takes a look at what it all means. She also writes about the woes of the Mulwala munitions manufacturing facility upgrade.

Deputy Editor-at-Large Nigel Pittaway travelled to Amberley to see how Heron was settling into its new home and we revisit the Navy's interim capability project for maritime tactical UAS. Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr checks out Lockheed Martin's hybrid airship plans and Alastair MacGibbon has been effectively appointed as a new cyber security czar,

Patrick Durrant

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Australian shipbuilding landscape: from famine to feast

The last two weeks have been busy for the Australian shipbuilding industry.  more»

Mulwala still a mess: ANAO

When it comes to the manufacture of domestic munitions and explosives, Australia is not exactly known for getting value for money.  more»

RAAF ‘Normalising’ Heron Operations

The RAAF has recently concluded a two-week flying program with its Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from RAAF Base Amberley.  more»


The lighter touch for Navy’s UAS

Recently ADM reviewed both the Fire Scout and Skeldar offerings for Navy Minor Project 1942 (Maritime Tactical UAS – Interim Capability).  more»

The rise of the airship

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has moved outside its comfort zone to develop a heavier-than-air Hybrid Airship for cargo transport.  more»

Alastair MacGibbon the new cyber security Czar

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull effectively appointed a new czar to oversee Cyber Security.  more»

Elbit to supply thermal weapon sights

Elbit Systems Australia has been awarded a $40 million contract by the Commonwealth of Australia for the supply of XACTth65 sights.  more»

Harris Corporation selected for Battlespace Communication System

Harris Corp has been selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Land 2072 Phase 3 (Tactical Communications Network) program  more»

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The full version of the Defence Week Premium can be downloaded here as a PDF. You can also access a separate PDF of the weekly tenders and a digital copy of the newsletter.  more»


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