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December 4, 2014

I think we will all be glad when the final week of Parliament wraps up at the end of the week. It's been a year of ups and downs for both sides of politics and a Christmas break will be much appreciated. 

This week, Nigel Pittaway looks at some big changes on the horizon for NZ's air lift capability, Julian Kerr has a look at the commissioning of HMAS Canberra and we look at the general state of play in our industry. 

Two big 'thank yous' this week: to those who took part in the ADM reader survey and to those who have submitted their entries for the DMO/Industry Team of the Year Awards for Excellence 2014. We'll be analysing both sets of contributions in due course. 

And a final heads up that DWP will be winding up for the year next week and will return on January 15, 2015.


Katherine Ziesing
M. 0419 014 308
T. 02 6203 9535

New Zealand to accelerate air lift program?

Unconfirmed reports suggest that NZ is considering the rapid acquisition of two Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transports to bolster its air lift fleet in the near term.  more»

HMAS Canberra increases RAN capability

The sealift capability of the RAN has been dramatically increased with the commissioning of the 27,800 tonne LHD HMAS Canberra in Sydney on November 28.  more»

Defence science award for fatigue management work

DSTO physicist Dr Stephen Burke has won the 2014 Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science.  more»

End User Computing: quotes sought

The Department of Defence has released a Request for Quote to members of the AMSPA for the delivery of End User Computing.  more»

DMO's School Pathways Program extended

The Government has committed extra funds to extend a DMO program aimed at encouraging more students in WA and SA to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  more»

Partnership to explore virtual simulation opportunities

Defence has entered a partnership with the University of Newcastle to explore how virtual simulation can be used to further enhance education and training.  more»

Defence signs educational contract with Deakin University

Defence has signed a new contract with Deakin University that will support the education and professional development of Defence's next generation of senior leaders.  more»

Aerospace and Defence Australia awarded AS9120 certification

Aerodefence has now completed the stringent requirements for AS9120 which applies to organisations that stock and distribute components for the Aerospace industry.  more»

A medical legend retires

After working as a medical officer for the RAAF for the last 52 years, Dr Mal Hoare has retired.  more»

People on the move

The latest in Defence business and industry appointments.  more»

Graphene for body armour?

While graphene is already known for being the world's strongest material, most studies have focused on its tensile strength - that's the maximum stress that it can withstand while being pulled or stretched, before failing.  more»

Chinese non-lethal denial system

The China Poly Group Corporation used the recent Airshow China 2014 to reveal its WB-1 millimetre-wave beam-projecting non-lethal anti-riot system.  more»

RAF Typhoon releases Paveway IV

The RAF has completed the first in-service releases of the Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided bomb from a Eurofighter Typhoon.  more»

Brits retain Mastiffs for mechanised infantry

British Army units are carrying out a trial to test the tactics and procedures of operating the General Dynamics Land Systems - Force Protection Mastiff MRAP vehicle in the mechanised infantry role.  more»

Defence Week Premium 329 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.329 of 4 December 2014 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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