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April 16, 2015

The big news this week is the release of the shipbuilding industry report that the government commissioned from the RAND Corporation. Interestingly, the government directed the terms of reference to exclude submarine construction or any meaningful examination of sustainment efforts. The document is still worth a read as it will feed directly into the White Paper process. It also builds a strong case for a continuous shipbuilding program.

In other news, Boeing has confirmed that it will not be taking part in Land 400 at this time. The rumour mill is also making noises that Boeing will not be the last team to fall over before the August tender deadline. The closing date for the tender has been extended to 6 August 2015. We'll keep you informed as the field comes together ladies and gents.

As always, if you've misplaced your log on details, please contact Judy Hinz to reacquaint yourself. or 07 3348 6966.


Katherine Ziesing
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T. 02 6203 9535


Shipbuilding report from RAND released

In September last year, then Defence Minister David Johnston commissioned the RAND Corporation to look into the Australian shipbuilding industry  more»

Boeing and Iveco not part of Land 400

In her From the Source interview for the May edition of ADM, Boeing president of Australia and the South Pacific Maureen Dougherty confirmed that the company will not be taking part in the Land 400 competition as it currently stands.  more»

Reflections on Operation Okra

Operation Okra is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the international effort to combat the ISIL terrorist threat in Iraq.  more»


Australian OPV success in Iraq

An Australian designed 60-metre Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is generating interest from Asia-Pacific nations, after proving itself in its first three years of service with the Iraqi Navy.  more»

The miniature V-22 of UASs from Australia

Australian commercial pilot and inventor Rowan Watkins isn’t the first to envisage an aircraft with a wing that rotates like a helicopter rotor for vertical landing and take-off, and locks to become a fixed wing for faster forward flight.  more»

How Italy does Defence

Research on the Italian defence industry is an exercise in historic names, and a lesson in how a nation can support an industry capable of making just about anything the military may need.  more»

Defence Week Premium 344 PDF version

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.344 of 16 April 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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