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July 9, 2015

Defence Week Premium has an unapologetic land focus this week. The Land 400 Phase 2 RFT response deadline has been pushed back , Army is hosting their second innovation day later this year, and I have a look at truck procurement strategies in Australia versus NZ (spoiler - NZ wins more than just football). And of course there are other Defence highlights to keep your brain ticking over as well.

I'd also like to welcome ADM's new online editor Patrick Durrant to the team. He joined our Sydney office this week and can be found at and 02 9213 8249 so please add him to your contacts. As a former RAN officer, he's used to being dumped in the deep end and ADM has continued that fine tradition. Please make him welcome to our community.

Katherine Ziesing

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Army to engage with industry with second innovation day

In the lead up to Army’s second Innovation Day, scheduled for October 14 at Canberra’s ADFA campus, ADM spoke to the coordinator of last year’s event to understand what this Army initiative is about.  more»

Land 121 3B versus the NZ trucks experience: NZ wins

You may have noticed this week that NZ has received its final medium/heavy truck from Rheinmetall?  more»

Land 400 RFT deadline extended again

The RFT response deadline for Land 400 has been pushed back for a second time. The tender response is now due on September 3.  more»

F88 grenade launcher also on the cards under Land 125

As an update to our story on the Second pass Approval for the F88 rifle (insert link), Julian Kerr confirmed with industry sources that an undisclosed number of grenade launchers will be included in the Thales contract.  more»

Local wins on CTDs

In May this year American company Rockwell Collins selected the Australian Tectonica Bantam power management system for its FireStorm integrated targeting system.  more»

Defence extends Optus C1 satellite service contract

Optus has signed an extension to the Optus C1 satellite services contract with the Australian Department of Defence, extending its current relationship in delivering managed professional satellite services to the Department until 2020.  more»

Defence extends Aspen Medical’s training contract in the UAE

The Department of Defence has extended Aspen Medical’s contract to deliver the ‘Care of Battle Casualties’ training course to all Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deploying to the Middle East until 31 December 2016.  more»

Australian universities embrace 3D printing

With 3D printing now moving beyond novelty to mainstream and being hailed by some as “the next industrial revolution”, Australia is starting to develop the infrastructure and education to be part of the technology’s development.  more»

Navantia simulator for AWD training

Navantia has developed training simulators for the Integrated Platform Management System for the Spanish, Australian and Norwegian Navies.  more»

Defence extends helicopter engine support contract with APA

Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) has signed a contract extension with the Commonwealth to continue supporting the GET700 engines installed on Seahawk and Black Hawk helicopters.  more»

Get your entry in for the Maritime Innovation awards

With just a month to go before entries close, the 2015 Maritime Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards are well and truly open.  more»

Defence Week Premium 356 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.356 of 9 July 2015 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.  more»





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