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Australian Defence Magazine

[Rayth Brodie]

We open this week's Defence Week with the news that DARPA, the US defence research agency, has called for proposals for the second stage of its swarm program. The steady progression of swarm technology raises the question of whether RAN should factor possible future acquisitions of direct energy systems into its decisions on the Future Frigate.

In other news, a prototype KC-390 overcomes a mishap, Navantia partners with Hofmann Engineering on the Future Frigate, Kleos Space chooses Australia for its first move abroad, the UK changes its mind again on the Boxer, and we cover Honeywell's participation in the Iridium satellite upgrade.

For those who might have missed the news, Patrick Durrant has moved to a new role with the NSW Government and left me to fill in his rather large shoes here at ADM's Sydney office. I'm looking forward to the challenge of covering Australia's exciting defence sector and to meeting some of our subscribers at ADM's events. If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.

Ewen Levick

Online Editor

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Latest News

[ADM Women]
Artist's depiction of HELIOS in action.
Credit: Lockheed Martin via NewAtlas

Swarms, Directed Energy, and the Future Frigate

Recent developments in swarm technology raise the question of whether acquisitions of direct energy (DE) weapons systems are on Australia’s horizon, and how DE might factor into decisions on the Future Frigate. Read more
A Brazilian Air Force KC-390.
Credit: Nigel Pittaway

First prototype KC-390 rejoins test program

Embraer has confirmed that the first prototype of its KC-390 multi-role airlifter rejoined the flight test program on March 2. Read more
[Industry Land]
A rendered image of Navantia's F-5000 design. 
Credit: Navantia Australia

Navantia Partners with Hofmann for Future Frigate

Navantia Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Western Australia-based Hofmann Engineering for the future frigate program. Read more
A concept image of a Kleos satellite. Credit: Kleos/Magna Parva

Kleos Space comes to Australia

Luxembourg-based Kleos Space is creating its first wholly owned subsidiary abroad in Australia. Read more
The UK was an early participant in the Boxer program. Credit: Rheinmetall

UK returns to Boxers

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that they will re-join the Boxer program via the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation, or OCCAR. Read more
[ADM Essington]
Credit: Honeywell

Largest space tech upgrade to improve connectivity

Honeywell has introduced its new Aspire 150 and Aspire 350 satellite communications systems, which aim to provide civilian and military jet, airline and helicopter operators with better connectivity through the Iridium satellite constellation. Read more
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ADM's Defence Week 486 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

Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

ADM March 2018

In our 25th anniversary, March 2018 edition, ADM presents Land Warfare. We also preview planned tank upgrades and talk with Rheinmetall Defence Australia MD Gary Stewart in From the Source. Read more

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