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September 28, 2017

The big news this week is the announcement that the Federal Government will create a national space agency, which it says will deliver clear economic benefits to the Australian Economy. The announcement was made at the 2017 Astronautical Congress in Adelaide and ADM's Philip Smart was there to report.

There is also a very strong maritime theme running through this week's issue. Senior correspondent Julian Kerr reports on the commissioning of HMAS Hobart, the first of three new DDGs for Navy; on-line editor Patrick Durrant previews Navy's Sea Power Conference, being held in conjunction with the Pacific 2017 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney next week; BAE Systems has announced that Adelaide will have Australia's first digital shipyard if it wins the Sea 5000 competition and Max Blenkin reports on Lürssen's proposal to offer scholarships to young Australians if it wins Sea 1180.

In other news we detail the winners of the Defence Teaming Centre's annual awards and the NSW Government's initiative with the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) to maximise opportunities for local SMEs.

Finally, the ADM team will be out in strength at Pacific 2017 so, if you plan to attend, please drop by our stand and say hello. 


Nigel Pittaway

Deputy Editor At Large


Online Editor Patrick Durrant is currently on leave.



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Australian Space Agency announced at 2017 Astronautical Congress

The 2017 International Astronautical Congress has kicked off in Adelaide with more than 4000 registered delegates, a new record for the annual space industry event.  more»

Hobart joins the fleet

The first of the three 7,000-tonne Hobart class guided missile destroyers (DDGs) destined for the RAN was formally commissioned on 23 September and is expected to be available for operations late in 2018 – about the time the second of the class will be delivered to Navy prior to commissioning.  more»

The Navy and the National Enterprise

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett says the aspect of navies as a national enterprise drawing heavily upon civil infrastructure and society is often neglected in discussions about defence in general and navies in particular.  more»


Adelaide to have Australia’s first digital shipyard

BAE Systems Australia will transform Australia’s shipbuilding industry through the development of a digital shipyard in Adelaide, if selected to build nine Future Frigates for Australia.  more»

Lürssen offers Australian scholarships

German shipbuilder Lürssen and its Australian industry partners are offering scholarships to encourage young people to embark on a career in the soon to boom shipbuilding sector.  more»

Australia’s defence industry achievements recognised

Western Australian company Ikad Engineering has been named Outstanding Small to Medium Enterprise at the annual Defence Teaming Centre awards ceremony in Adelaide.  more»

NSW offers opportunities for Defence SMEs

The NSW Government will work closely with the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) to maximise opportunities for NSW small to medium-sized enterprises to capitalise on opportunities in the defence industry sector.  more»

PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher

A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target on Saturday in the first-ever MSE test from a remote launcher.  more»

ADM's Defence Week 464 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders.  more»



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