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Australian Defence Magazine


Today's Defence Week leads with an overview of proceedings from the 18th Australian Space Research Conference, which wrapped up yesterday on the Gold Coast. Amongst many presentations, there were updates on RAAF satellites, pitches from start-ups looking to build Australia's presence in space, doctors examining ways to protect interplanetary travellers from space weather, and thoughts from a WA professor who once taught Buzz Aldrin.

In other news, Laing O’Rourke wins the Shoalwater Bay Training Area expansion contract, Kevin Chenney from Goal Group outlines which US export control regulations Australian companies need to be aware of, Lockheed Martin discovers a way to lengthen the F-35As' service life, Defence upgrades wharf facilities on Manus Island, ASC develops an explosive new welding technique for submarines, and DST joins with Rheinmetall on simulated tactical training.

Lastly, forms for this year's Top 40 Defence Contractors survey have been sent out, with responses due November 16. If you have not received yours, please contact ADM Managing Editor Katherine Ziesing.

Ewen Levick

Online Editor

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Latest News

Numerous speakers focused on preparations for a long-term human presence on the Moon and Mars.

Space conference shoots for the Moon and beyond

The Australian Space Research Conference showcased the cutting-edge research of scientists and the big dreams of space entrepreneurs as the sector heats up in Australia. Read more
There will be opportunities for industry in the initial facilities and infrastructure construction on the expanded Shoalwater Bay training area.

Laing O’Rourke wins Shoalwater Bay expansion contract

Assistant Minister for Defence Senator David Fawcett announced on September 25 that Laing O’Rourke is the successful bidder for the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) expansion project. Read more
[Aerospace Australia Ltd]
The most influential foreign regulations impacting Australian companies are US ITAR and EAR.

Understanding US influence on Defence Export Controls

The range of technologies being implemented in major projects brings some Australian companies under the United States ITAR and EAR export controls. Read more
RAAF maintainers Sergeant Brooke Saunders and David Thomson work on the Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighter flight line at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

F-35 testing reveals potential for increased service life

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have completed F-35 static, drop test, and durability testing and early results indicate a potential for an increased service life certification for the F-35A variant. Read more
[Aust Warrior Expo]
The test specimen was repeatedly blown up until the “bulge” in the steel produced a thinning of the hull.

ASC develops new welding technique for submarines

ASC has successfully passed explosive tests for an advanced new welding technique for submarine hull steel. Read more
HMAS Anzac comes alongside Port Moresby, PNG.

Defence upgrades Manus Island as China approaches

Australia is continuing its commitment to regional maritime security through an upgrade of wharf and shore-based infrastructure at PNG’s Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island. Read more
[Ocean Software]
BrightFox analyses how individual commanders solve tactical problems on the battlefield.

DST partners with Rheinmetall on simulated tactical training

Defence Science and Technology (DST) and Rheinmetall have agreed to jointly develop a computer-based program that will assist Army commanders in tactical training. Read more

ADM's Defence Week 511 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
[Consec MilCis]

Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

ADM September 2018

Welcome to the September edition of Australian Defence Magazine, the largest in our 25-year history of publishing – Land Forces 2018. We talk with Chief of Army LTGEN Rick Burr in From the Source. Read more

Upcoming Events


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


Future strategic leaders will deliver six-minute bursts about a topic they’re passionate about a topic they also feel is of importance to Australia’s national security. Read more
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