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June 5, 2014

This week, the AWD project will be added to the Projects of Concern (PoC) list as part of the plan to address the increasing commercial, schedule and cost risks outlined by the independent review by Professor Don Winter and Dr John White. Read more about this in the story below.

In other news, I take a look at plans to consider operating the F-35B STOVL version of the Joint Strike Fighter off the decks of Navy's two LHDS and the Chief of Air Force's Plan Jericho, to transition the Australian Defence Force to 5th generation capabilities such as the F-35.
The June edition of ADM has landed on my desk. Loads of news surrounding the recent budget and lots of stories regarding enhancing combat capability. We also sat down with Dean Rosenfield, managing director, Saab Australia and talked about the challenges his company is currently facing as well as his outlook for the future. As always, any and all feedback is appreciated.
And with the annual Cyber Security Summit only a few weeks away, head to to register and have a look at the agenda.

Nigel Pittaway
Acting Editor

M. 0418596131



Air Warfare Destroyer added to Projects of Concern list

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston has announced that the Air Warfare Destroyer Project will be placed on the Projects of Concern list.  more»

Air Force looking at F-35B/LHD combination

The RAAF is looking at the feasibility of operating the STOVL F-35B variant of the JSF off the decks of Navy's two LHD amphibious warfare ships, according to Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown.  more»

Break down the walls - RAAF Chief

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown has called for a change in mindset as he looks towards the introduction of 5th generation capabilities such as the Joint Strike Fighter later this decade.  more»


A shift in the 'Force' - PwC & Booz & Co form Strategy&

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz and Company have combined to offer an end to end service for clients, including Government and Defence, here in Australia.  more»

Thales acquires maritime C2 system from Austal

Thales has expanded its product portfolio by acquiring the Integrated Maritime Coordination and Surveillance System from Austal.  more»

JASSM finally enters service with RAAF

Final operational capability has been achieved for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A JASSM on the RAAF's F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet, Defence Minister David Johnston announced May 28.  more»

Decmil secures ADF contract

Industrial services provider Decmil Group Limited has announced it has secured two major governmental contracts with the ADF and Main Roads Western Australia.  more»

Defence seeks tactical lasers

Defence has released an RFQ for Z-Bolt tactical laser kits suitable for M4 mounts.  more»

ADM Online: Weekly Summary

A summary of the latest news and views in the defence industry, locally and overseas. Check out our webpage for daily news updates on the ADM home page and make sure you bookmark/RSS this for a regular visit.  more»

Non-lethal pirate control?

Ships' radar systems let them identify other ships from a distance, and while that works well enough for collision avoidance, such systems aren't the best at detecting small watercraft, such as the low-slung skiffs often used by pirates.  more»

BMT wins operational support for UK troops

UK design and risk management specialist BMT is to provide safety management support for the UK MOD's OSP which delivers vital support for troops out in the field.  more»

Swedish naval training system win for CAE

Canadian training specialist CAE has been awarded a contract from FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, to provide a comprehensive NWTS for the Swedish Navy.  more»

More truck orders for Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall recently booked another order for its high-mobility truck families.  more»

Norway votes on JSM development

Norway's parliament will vote on a bill in June on whether to continue with Norwegian-built Joint Strike Missile development, which is part of F-35 Block 4 follow-on development.  more»

Defence Week Premium 303 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.303 of 5 June 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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