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Fincantieri Australia will hold a supplier briefing with Northern Territory businesses in Darwin later this month to showcase the vast opportunities for local industry

17th Jan 2018 | Read more


Australia’s new Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles have deployed into a warzone for the first time.

12th Jan 2018 | Read more

L3 Establishes International Boards to Drive Growth in Key Markets

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has established International Boards dedicated to supporting and growing L3’s military and commercial business in Australia,

8th Jan 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $33 million contract with Babcock Pty Ltd to provide ground support equipment services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

8th Jan 2018 | Read more

Australia’s oldest naval mystery has been solved

Australia’s oldest naval mystery has been solved with the discovery of the wreck of Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1

21st Dec 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Meets 2017 F-35 Delivery Target

On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017.

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering team to explore technology collaboration

Companies see shared benefits from Zephyr and Formula 1-inspired innovation

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Supporting Younger Veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said grant funding of almost $1 million announced today would go to local projects that improved the transition process and employment prospects for younger veterans.

19th Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Defence and Boeing Defence Australia

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Boeing delivers initial next-generation battlespace communications system to Australian Defence Force

Australian-made technology produced ahead of schedule

19th Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian defence industry collaboration success with Melbourne firm AMOG Technologies

19th Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the formation of the first Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems

18th Dec 2017 | Read more

Raytheon to deliver unmatched anti-air warfare defence technology to Australian Navy

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed design, development and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability system, which will be certified by the U.S. Navy

14th Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Naval Group has released expressions of interest and requests for information to help get Australian industry involved in Australia’s Future Submarines.

14th Dec 2017 | Read more


Fincantieri Australia held a supplier briefing with Queensland businesses in Brisbane this week, to showcase the vast opportunities for local industry in Fincantieri’s Global Supply Chain.

14th Dec 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia partners with Lai Switchboards Australia for SEA5000

Navantia Australia has today announced a new contract with Lai Switchboards Australia to conduct preliminary studies into the design and build of low voltage switchboards

14th Dec 2017 | Read more

Statement from Michael Ward

Raytheon Australia is pleased to announce the creation of 50 new local jobs from the company’s Naval Sustainment Hub at its Macquarie Park facility in Sydney.

13th Dec 2017 | Read more


Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is excited to announce that they have today created Pilatus Defence Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (PilDEF),

13th Dec 2017 | Read more

Airspeed to conduct composite material study for Navantia Australia’s SEA 5000

Navantia Australia today announced a new contract with South Australian composite company Airspeed. Airspeed will conduct design studies into the use of composite materials on Navantia Australia’s ships.

13th Dec 2017 | Read more

Coalition congratulates Iraqis

The Coalition congratulates the Government of Iraq on its announcement of the liberation of Iraq from Daesh.

11th Dec 2017 | Read more


The Turnbull Government has given workers at Osborne an early Christmas present.

11th Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced New South Wales-based company RingIR Pty Ltd, would receive $4.6 million to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology

6th Dec 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Awards Scholarships to Australian Professors

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will support multiyear research projects of three Australian academics with initial grants of AU$75,000 for interdisciplinary research

6th Dec 2017 | Read more

Long Tan Cross

An important piece of Australia’s military history will find a new home after the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia.

6th Dec 2017 | Read more

Boeing commits nearly $1M to Australian veterans’ organisations

During 2017-2018, Boeing will provide financial support to Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the Australian War Memorial, Soldier On and a veterans’ scholarship fund

5th Dec 2017 | Read more

Ocean Software growth leads to 20 new company hires

Ocean Software has announced it has recently created 20 new positions within the company and plans to create the same number again over the next four months.

5th Dec 2017 | Read more


JFD Australia has demonstrated why it is a global leader in submarine rescue after two weeks of intensive exercises at sea off the coast of Western Australia.

5th Dec 2017 | Read more

Boeing breathing life into STEM studies

Boeing Australia has teamed up with the Aerospace Gateway Schools Program and state education departments in Queensland and South Australia to bring the cutting-edge aerospace industry to life in high school classrooms.

4th Dec 2017 | Read more

The French Armed Forces Ministry takes delivery of its first MMPs

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has accepted the delivery to the French Armed Forces of the first batch of 50 missiles and 20 firing posts

1st Dec 2017 | Read more

RINA heading to Australia with Fincantieri

RINA, the certification, testing, inspection and consulting company, has been appointed by Fincantieri as technical partner in the risk reduction and design study (RRDS) and prospect Classification Society for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) next generation frigates (SEA 5000 programme).

1st Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated APV Safety Products on being awarded a contract to supply seat belt harnesses for the US Marine Corps.

1st Dec 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Leidos Australia on opening a new $12 million research and development co-working facility in Canberra

1st Dec 2017 | Read more

Stoker completes sailor recovery

The crew of the RSG Stoker, based at HMAS Stirling, have been recognised for their work last week recovering an injured sailor from the Southern Ocean

30th Nov 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia strengthening partnerships with Tasmanian industry

Navantia Australia’s Board Director Francisco Baron, Managing Director Donato Martinez, and Supply Chain Manager Greg Keen, will visit Tasmania this week to tour regional defence enterprises

29th Nov 2017 | Read more

"First For Local Albury Company"

Australian Aerospace Engineering Pty Ltd (AAE) recently became the first company in Australia to achieve certification to the latest revision of all three AS9100 Aerospace Standards.

29th Nov 2017 | Read more

SeeByte Awarded $22.5 million Contract to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract valued at $22.59M

28th Nov 2017 | Read more


The way wars are fought on the modern battlefield will be revolutionised with a new Battlefield Command System for the Army.

28th Nov 2017 | Read more

New underwater robot technology takes Flinders-Fincantieri partnership to the next level

A new Flinders University project that will enable autonomous underwater vehicles to launch and recover themselves without the need for human involvement

28th Nov 2017 | Read more


University of NSW (UNSW) and Leidos Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research and development in the fields of force protection and biological security

28th Nov 2017 | Read more

The Naval "Iron Dome" Has Been Qualified For Operational Use

Today, November 27, 2017, the IDF, in cooperation with Israel Missile Defense Organization under the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and Rafael successfully completed a naval exercise,

28th Nov 2017 | Read more


Fincantieri Australia today welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, the Hon. Angelino Alfano, to Australia for a two-day visit to Canberra and Adelaide.

27th Nov 2017 | Read more

Navantia and Bath Iron Works Team for the U.S. Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates

Navantia and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works have signed a teaming agreement to collaborate on the U.S. Navy’s next-generation FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigate.

27th Nov 2017 | Read more


e defence industry skills in Australia.

27th Nov 2017 | Read more

Australian robotics researchers pitch to US DoD research leaders

Australian university and industry experts in robotics and autonomous systems have enjoyed a unique opportunity to explore collaborative R&D opportunities

27th Nov 2017 | Read more

Saab Australia starts a recruitment drive

Defence and security company Saab Australia is undertaking a major recruitment drive to attract software, hardware, systems and cyber security engineers.

27th Nov 2017 | Read more

Luerssen selected as preferred tenderer

The Australian Government today announced Fr. Luerssen Werft GmbH & Co.KG had been selected as the preferred tenderer for the design and prime contractor for the SEA1180 Phase 1 Offshore Patrol Vessel

24th Nov 2017 | Read more

ASC Shipbuilding welcomes selection as SEA1180 shipbuilder

ASC Shipbuilding today welcomed the Government’s decision to select German ship designer Lürssen as the prime contractor for the SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program,

24th Nov 2017 | Read more

Technology to ‘future proof’ Australia’s Future Frigates

BAE Systems and the UK Government have committed to transfer cutting-edge technologies and design innovation that will ensure Australian industry

23rd Nov 2017 | Read more


Australia’s third F-35A aircraft has rolled off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas

23rd Nov 2017 | Read more


Naval Group has reinforced its commitment to the further development of Australian industry capability by becoming a member of Australia’s leading peak industry association, the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group,)

22nd Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia advances the next generation

BAE Systems Australia has partnered with the Hunter River High School for the Commonwealth Government’s Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) pilot program

22nd Nov 2017 | Read more

Saab Awarded SANDF Mass Field Feeding System Contract

Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract to deliver a Mass Field Feeding Capability to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

Bullecourt Wind farms

Statement from Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan on the announcement that a project to build wind farms at the site of the Battle of Bullecourt would not proceed.

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

REDARC Signs MOU With Raytheon Anschütz

South Australian advanced manufacturing company REDARC Electronics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with German Naval C2 and Navigation System Integrator, Raytheon Anschütz to partner for future Australian Naval Projects.

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

Embraer KC-390 arrives in the United States for a series of flight trials

The new Embraer KC-390 multi-mission military transport and tanker jet will start a series of flight trials in the United States as part of its flight test campaign for certification.

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

Defence invests $659 million for new security infrastructure at RAAF Edinburgh

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced $659 million in funding at RAAF Base Edinburgh

19th Nov 2017 | Read more

LAND 400 package for AME Systems

BAE Systems Australia today announced that it has awarded a package of LAND 400 work worth more than $20 million

17th Nov 2017 | Read more

Counter UAVs to drive enemy drones out of the sky

Military drones have changed the landscape of the modern battlefield in recent years but according to My Sky Technologies Director Steve Auch-Schwelk

17th Nov 2017 | Read more

L3 Micreo Develops Next-Generation Wideband Radio Frequency

L3 Micreo announced today that it has developed a next-generation wideband radio frequency (RF) solution for defence communications applications.

14th Nov 2017 | Read more

Minister for Defence Industry launches Boeing Defence Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has helped to launch Boeing Defence Australia’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

14th Nov 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government would match private investment to fund an expedition to search for the First World War submarine, HMAS AE1.

13th Nov 2017 | Read more

New LAND 400 package for Marand

BAE Systems Australia today announced that it had awarded an additional package of LAND 400 work worth over $15M to Marand

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Milestone for new Air Defence System

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a major milestone in the Short Range Ground Based Air Defence project.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Saab and Raytheon Teaming for Soldier Weapons Development

Defence and security company Saab and Raytheon Company are teaming up to cooperate on the development of new weapons systems for infantry forces

10th Nov 2017 | Read more


The Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne today welcomed the announcement that the British Government will look at the feasibility of fitting cutting-edge Australian radar

10th Nov 2017 | Read more


This week Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard located in La Spezia, Italy hosted a delegation from the Australian Defence Capability and Technology Management College

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters completes first firing campaign with HForce-equipped H145M

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

HENSOLDT Avionics provides Proof of Interoperability with Partners during NATO “Bold Quest” Exercise

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, provided proof of the performance and interoperability of its avionics computer

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

NACP Projects wins Woomera Defence project

Indigenous commercial building partnership NACP Projects has won a key national contract with the Department of Defence.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Sustaining Australia’s C-17s for the long haul

On 1 October 2017, just three months after contract signature, Boeing Defence Australia achieved all initial activities to establish a local, cost-effective and flexible sustainment management program

9th Nov 2017 | Read more


MBDA and Safran Electronics & Defense are proud to announce their global strategic partnership which will play a key role in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s Defence Industry Policy Statement

8th Nov 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia today signed a memorandum of understanding with TAFE SA and the Welding Technology Institute

The Facility, equipped with the latest augmented reality simulators and welding systems,

8th Nov 2017 | Read more

Babcock and BMT sign cooperation agreement to develop future surface ships

Babcock and BMT have signed a cooperation agreement, which outlines the principles of a strategic relationship

8th Nov 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched the Defence Research and Innovation Network (DRIN) at the University of Adelaide

8th Nov 2017 | Read more

Minister Pyne launches new defence network at Uni Adelaide

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne today launched the new University of Adelaide Defence Research and Innovation Network, which will see Defence Science & Technology Group

8th Nov 2017 | Read more

Rafael opens a local company in Australia

Rafael has recently signed agreements with Australia's Bisalloy for the supply of metals for the manufacture of military systems

7th Nov 2017 | Read more

Off-road team seeks to set new world record in Chile: Rheinmetall MAN trucks shoot for 6690 metres above sea level

The Düsseldorf, Germany-based tech enterprise Rheinmetall is a main sponsor of an ambitious high-altitude expedition.

7th Nov 2017 | Read more

Damen contracts Taylor Bros for icebreaker barges

Tasmanian company will deliver barges for Australian Antarctic Division’s RSV Nuyina

7th Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia welcomes $200 million Nulka upgrade

BAE Systems Australia has welcomed today’s visit to the Company’s Henderson facility in Western Australia by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

6th Nov 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall to supply the Bundeswehr with DM98 practice ammunition for Leopard 2 MBT

The German Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to supply it with new practice ammunition for main battle tanks.

6th Nov 2017 | Read more

NZDF choose Barrett Sniper Rifles

NIOA is pleased to announce the company’s selection as the Prime Vendor to supply the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) with Barrett M107A1 and MRAD weapon systems.

6th Nov 2017 | Read more


Australia and Fiji have reaffirmed our two nations’ commitment to strengthening our defence relationship

2nd Nov 2017 | Read more

75th anniversary of Kokoda and the Beachheads

Our country owes a debt of gratitude to the Australians who fought in the Kokoda and Beachheads campaigns

2nd Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems welcomes Australian Minister for Defence Industry to UK

Charles Woodburn, BAE Systems’ Chief Executive, today welcomed The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, to BAE Systems’ head office in London.

1st Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia welcomes CAE lease at Tamworth

BAE Systems Australia today announced that it would lease part of its Tamworth training facility to CAE Oxford Aviation Training Academy.

31st Oct 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin and Navantia Sign a Memorandum of Agreement to Renew 20-Year Partnership

In 2017, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of a successful agreement: the collaboration of Navantia and Lockheed Martin

27th Oct 2017 | Read more

Indigenous students explore STEM careers with Boeing

While most students take a break from studies during the school holidays, students from the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS)

25th Oct 2017 | Read more


Rheinmetall updates Bisalloy employees about local build Wollongong-based Bisalloy Steel Group

24th Oct 2017 | Read more

Rafael awarded contract to rapidly produce and provide SPIKE LR 2 5th generation missiles for the Israel Defense Forces

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to supply more than one thousand SPIKE LR 2, 5th generation electro-optical, precision guided missiles.

24th Oct 2017 | Read more


The Australian Defence Force will expand its assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

24th Oct 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today welcomed the official announcement by the Global Coalition against Daesh of the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqah.

21st Oct 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced five Defence Innovation Hub innovation contracts totalling $5.9 million.

20th Oct 2017 | Read more


The battlefield training of our soldiers has been given a major boost with eight new Digital Terminal Control System simulators

18th Oct 2017 | Read more

APC Technology Win Contract to Supply Radio Operator Consoles to Raytheon Australia

Adelaide based designer & manufacturer APC Technology has partnered with Raytheon Australia

18th Oct 2017 | Read more

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ new set up in Australia

thyssenkrupp has recently completed the total acquisition of Atlas Elektronik and its Australian subsidiary Sonartech

17th Oct 2017 | Read more


Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Pty Ltd is pleased to announce a new commercial relationship with local Australian steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steels.

17th Oct 2017 | Read more


In another win for Australian defence industry, Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and various parts for the new Hawkei protected Army vehicles.

16th Oct 2017 | Read more

Saab Receives U.S. Army Order for AT4 Systems

Defence and security company Saab has received an rder from the United States (U.S.) Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS

11th Oct 2017 | Read more


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the Secretary for National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and a delegation of senior government and military officials visited HMAS Adelaide today as Australia

11th Oct 2017 | Read more


The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its fight to secure the LAND 400 military vehicle contract which would create new highly-skilled jobs for the defence supply chain in Melbourne’s north.

11th Oct 2017 | Read more

Autonomous technology helps scientists put eyes on Great Barrier Reef

In partnership with Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has demonstrated how a revolutionary high-tech autonomous ocean vehicle

6th Oct 2017 | Read more


SAAB Australia has today revealed that this week’s decision to award it with the contract to build the tactical interface for the new future frigates

6th Oct 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia launches online future frigate hub

BAE Systems today launched Our Naval Future, a new online hub for people wanting to find out more about the Compan

6th Oct 2017 | Read more

Australia set to become regional hub for unmanned helicopter expansion across Pacific Rim

UMS SKELDAR is closing in on Australian Defence contracts and has announced that it plans to establish an Australian base

5th Oct 2017 | Read more

ASC and Penske engine test to bolster research and development capability

Australia’s sovereign submarine company, ASC, and Penske Power Systems have announced their intention to enter into an agreement

5th Oct 2017 | Read more

ASC joins forces with Babcock International for in-service submarine sustainment

Australia’s reputation as having a regionally superior naval capability has been bolstered with the announcement that ASC has finalised a Goods and Services Agreement with Babcock International Group

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

Naval Group Australia signs MoU with Australian Council of Trade Unions

Naval Group Australia (a subsidiary of Naval Group), the designer and builder of Australia’s twelve future submarines

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

Saab Combat Management System Announced as Choice for Royal Australian Navy

Defence and security company Saab has been identified by the Australian government to provide the tactical interface to the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of nine Future Frigates

4th Oct 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated world leading Australian company CEA Technologies for winning a contract to upgrade the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac class frigates.

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

Terma and Marand Sign Memorandum of Understanding on future collaboration

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition between Terma and Marand.

4th Oct 2017 | Read more


A new Maritime Innovation Challenge to foster international research collaboration by some of the world’s finest engineering minds is being unveiled by Fincantieri,

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

ASC welcomes removal of Collins Class Submarines from ‘projects of concern list'

Australia’s sovereign submarine company, ASC, today welcomed the Government’s announcement of the removal the Collins Class Submarine program from the Defence Department ‘projects of concern’ list.

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

A Statement from Michael Ward, Managing Director, Raytheon Australia

Combat System Integrator welcomes future frigate announcement

3rd Oct 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Defence would accept up to 100 of Australia’s top PhD students over four years

3rd Oct 2017 | Read more

Help design the Defence Force of the future

Defence is holding a Force Design Conference on 10–11 October in Canberra,

3rd Oct 2017 | Read more

Terma pursues new business opportunities in Australia

Pacific International Maritime Exposition, Sydney, October 2, 2017

2nd Oct 2017 | Read more

Visit APDR at Pacific 2017 3-6 October

Let us demonstrate our new digital platform. Visit us at booth 1A7.

2nd Oct 2017 | Read more

RAAF invests ten million dollars in UNSW Canberra Space missions

UNSW Canberra has signed a $9.96 million contract with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop new ways to enhance Australia’s future Defence space capability.

29th Sep 2017 | Read more

Warren King Appointed Chair of Navantia Australia Board

Navantia Australia has announced that Mr Warren King will be appointed as the chair of Navantia Australia Board during the next company’s board meeting

29th Sep 2017 | Read more


MBDA is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Victorian based company, Cablex.

28th Sep 2017 | Read more

APC Technology Extends Rugged Mobile Range

APC Technology offers an extensive range of mobile solutions designed to meet semi-rugged, rugged and intrinsically safe environments.

28th Sep 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin to partner with two Australian universities on world leading space R&D technologies

Lockheed Martin is partnering with the University of Sydney and RMIT University on Research and Development (R&D)

27th Sep 2017 | Read more

Fincantieri announces multiple Australian initiatives

In association with our tendered proposal to the Australian Government for Project Sea 5000 Future Frigate, Fincantieri is pleased to announce that upon reaching the appropriate business content

27th Sep 2017 | Read more

MBDA MOU with QLD based Ferra Engineering

The MoU will see MBDA and Ferra work together in support of the Australian Industry Content (AIC) proposal to contribute to the $20 billion LAND 400 program.

25th Sep 2017 | Read more

Navantia Congratulates Navy on the Commissioning of HMAS Hobart

The commissioning of HMAS Hobart (III) into service by the Royal Australian Navy on Saturday, 23 September 2017 marks the achievement of a major milestone for both Navantia Australia and the Australian shipbuilding industry and workforce. The ship was built under the AWD Alliance.

23rd Sep 2017 | Read more

Damen displays leading position in global OPV market

Damen Shipyards Group has compiled a comprehensive summary of its worldwide shipbuilding activities regarding Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

22nd Sep 2017 | Read more

Australia-United States Alliance stronger than ever before

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the Australia-US Alliance continues to go from strength to strength

22nd Sep 2017 | Read more

Australia and the United States celebrate 50 years for Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today congratulated the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the United States Navy on the 50th anniversary

16th Sep 2017 | Read more

Peak industry body teams with Luerssen and local shipbuilders to deliver skills and education program.

Peak industry body Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) will join forces with Luerssen Australia and its partners ASC Shipbuilding and Civmec/Forgacs

12th Sep 2017 | Read more


Queensland businesses are on the cusp of an economic and jobs boom as a result of the investment that the federal Government is making in our future defence capabilities according to a new report by KPMG.

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

H145M completes first flight with HForce weapon system

At the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth.

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

ASC helps students get into subs

Australia’s submarine company, ASC, this week supported high school STEM education initiative SUBS In Schools, supporting education in engineering and technical fields

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

Victorian Manufacturing Blasts Into A New Era

Victorian university students have launched manufacturing into the Space Age using revolutionary 3D printing technology to design, build and test a world-first rocket engine.

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

New compensation Act for veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said veterans would benefit after Parliament yesterday passed measures to simplify veterans’ legislation.

8th Sep 2017 | Read more


Leidos Australia is pleased to announce it has won an export deal with the Falkland Islands Government to deliver technology solutions using the TeraText® product suite. For the first time, all Falkland Island laws will be available to the public, using Australian-built technology.

8th Sep 2017 | Read more

Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017

egacy youth and ADF personnel have rallied together in facing an uphill battle

8th Sep 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems to create 1000 shipbuilding apprenticeships

BAE Systems announced today its commitment to recruiting more than 1000 apprentices and graduates if down-selected for the Federal Government’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

6th Sep 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group selects Trojan Marinex

After careful evaluation, Damen Green Solutions has designed a ballast water management system (BWMS) for the Government of Australia’s next-generation Antarctic Supply and Research Vessel (ASRV).

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

IAI Expands Compact HF Direction Finding (HF) COMINT Product Line

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new, highly compact version of its Ground and Naval HF COMINT Direction Finder (DF) - ELK-7065.

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

IAI National Strategic SIGINT Center Achieves Operational Capability Milestone

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) advanced, highly automated SIGINT Center has successfully achieved phase I operational capability with an undisclosed customer.

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

Inspector-General Of The Australian Defence Force Inquiry

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) wants to hear from anyone with information concerning rumours of possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict

1st Sep 2017 | Read more


Company to Provide Meeting, Scientific, and Administrative Support Services to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

1st Sep 2017 | Read more


Austal Australia today celebrated the opening of its Adelaide office, which will support the design and production for the $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.

1st Sep 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia and Questacon team up to bring Engineering is Elementary to Australian Schools

Raytheon Australia and Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, today marked 10 years of partnership by announcing the development of a pilot of the Engineering is Elementary program for Australian schools.

31st Aug 2017 | Read more


Today the Turnbull Government and Naval Group Australia confirmed that 126 local businesses to date have been pre-qualified as eligible to take part in the supply chain for the $50 billion Future Submarine Program.

30th Aug 2017 | Read more


The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the United States (US) Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) completed training on Friday 25 August 2017, as part of exercise CROCODILE STRIKE

30th Aug 2017 | Read more

Naval Group officially opens Australian office

Naval Group has marked the official opening of its new Australian headquarters with the commencement of master planning studies to inform the design and build of the Future Submarine Construction yard in Adelaide.

30th Aug 2017 | Read more

The End of an Era: Pilatus Discontinues Production of the Legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6

It brought fame to the Pilatus name worldwide – the Pilatus Porter PC-6

29th Aug 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia opens next generation customer engagement centre

The Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, participated in today’s official opening of Raytheon Australia’s next generation Customer Engagement Centre

28th Aug 2017 | Read more

EM Solutions to supply Cobra Terminals for new Australian Navy Program

EM Solutions has recently been contracted by Raytheon Australia to supply its Cobra X/Ka tri-band Maritime Terminals and associated network infrastructure

28th Aug 2017 | Read more

Transition Year in Preparation for Growth

Quickstep Holdings (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre composites, announced today that total revenue for the financial year ended 30 June 2017 increased to $52.6 million

28th Aug 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Gabrielle (Gabby) Costigan, has been appointed as BAE Systems Australia’s next Chief Executive Officer

28th Aug 2017 | Read more

Important step for Damen Antarctic Supply Research Vessel

Construction of the Damen Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) has taken an important step forward with an official keel laying ceremony.

25th Aug 2017 | Read more

Luerssen and local shipbuilders to back Australian maritime skills and education

Young Australians will learn critical new skills and expertise with the support of one the world’s leading shipbuilders

24th Aug 2017 | Read more


The Government has today unveiled the design and turned the first sod for the new surface shipbuilding yard in Osborne, South Australia.

24th Aug 2017 | Read more

Small business helps build naval capability

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a new research partnership to pursue innovative maritime Defence technologies.

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more

Ocius Technology and Thales Australia demonstrate Bluebottle ASWUSV at Jervis Bay

On Thursday 10th August, Ocius Technology and Thales Australia successfully demonstrated the solar, wind and wave powered prototype Bluebottle un-manned surface vessel called “Bruce” in combination with a Thales thin line array on 60m of cable off the coast of NSW.

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Lockheed Martin on the first anniversary of operations of the Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership, Research Laboratory

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more

War in Afghanistan; dual citizenship, same sex marriage;

Well, the Turnbull Government has said it will consider any request to send more Australian soldiers to Afghanistan.

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more


The Hunter’s defence industry and innovation sector is set to get a major boost with the impending establishment of a Defence Innovation Hub at Williamtown.

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more

Australian defence industry wins $300 million F-35 Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse

We have another win for Australian industry participating in the global F-35 Program, with Australian company, BAE Systems Australia, being assigned the role of the Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse by the United States Government.

21st Aug 2017 | Read more


Bisalloy Steel Group is pleased to announce the establishment of a teaming agreement with Rheinmetall Defence Australia

18th Aug 2017 | Read more


A final series of blast tests have been completed on the two shortlisted contenders vying to become the Australian Defence Force’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

11th Aug 2017 | Read more

New Defence Advocate to promote Tasmanian capability

he Hodgman Government continues to back our capabilities in the defence manufacturing and contracting sectors and has now appointed a dedicated Defence Advocate

11th Aug 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the latest of the Future Submarine Program Industry Days to Hobart, Tasmania.

10th Aug 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems submits bid for SEA 5000

BAE Systems today announced that it has submitted its bid to the Australian Government for the nation’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

10th Aug 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia’s F-5000

Navantia Australia this week has submitted its response to the Commonwealth’s Request for Tender for the SEA5000 Future Frigate program

10th Aug 2017 | Read more

ADF support to USMC MV-22 Recovery Operations

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has commenced its support to US-led recovery operations following the MV-22 Osprey incident in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday, 5 August.

8th Aug 2017 | Read more


An incident involving a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey helicopter off the coast of Shoalwater Bay.

6th Aug 2017 | Read more


Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended

4th Aug 2017 | Read more

ADF completes election support to PNG

Defence has completed its contribution to Papua New Guinea’s 2017 National Elections.

3rd Aug 2017 | Read more

APC Technology & Pinssar partner to launch the world’s first continuous Diesel Particulate Matter Reader.

The Pinssar diesel particulate matter (DPM) Reader is designed for use in enclosed harsh environments

2nd Aug 2017 | Read more

Luerssen briefs over 600 Australian SMEs on SEA 1180 opportunities

One of the world’s leading shipbuilders, Luerssen, has shown more than 600 Australian small to medium-sized enterprises how they can benefit from the Australian Government’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) project.

2nd Aug 2017 | Read more


Another milestone has been reached in Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding program with a ceremonial keel laying for the first new Pacific Patrol Boat.

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Jean-Michel Billig commences as Naval Group’s Executive Director

Jean-Michel Billig has been appointed Naval Group’s Executive Director to work with the Commonwealth of Australia on the Australian Future Submarine Program.

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Realignment for growth and profitability

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre composites, announced that it is realigning the business to drive profitability and growth,

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

World class defence hub for Victoria

BAE Systems Australia will build a world class defence hub in Victoria, consolidating the company’s Victorian Maritime, Aerospace and Land businesses

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Next-Gen Military Vehicles, Thousands Of Victorian Jobs

Victoria is a step closer to securing a multi-billion dollar military vehicle contract that would create thousands of jobs in local manufacturing

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

New Managing Director for Saab Australia

Defence and security company Saab has appointed Mr Andy Keough as the new Managing Director of Saab Australia. He takes up his position on 13 November 2017.

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Digital Voice Recording Systems for SEA 1654

Sonartech Atlas has been contracted to supply the Communications Recording systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s new AOR (Auxiliary Oil Replenishment) ships.

28th Jul 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan today launched ‘The ADF Surprised us’

28th Jul 2017 | Read more

World-first refurbishment of Black Hawk helicopters for firefighting and disaster relief in Australia under new agreement

In a ground-breaking new deal, Kaan Air Australia, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and StarFlight Australia, have signed an agreement worth up to AUD $63 million

27th Jul 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia engineering scholarship announced

BAE Systems today awarded its first Joint Open Innovation Network Undergraduate Scholarship.

26th Jul 2017 | Read more


Leidos Australia has committed to a five year sponsorship deal with Bravery Trust.

25th Jul 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35s Surpass 100,000 Flight Hours,

The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft fleet recently exceeded 100,000 flight hours while the F-35 Integrated Test Force teams are completing the remaining requirements

25th Jul 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian export success with Brisbane firm, Ferra Engineering signing a contract with Thales Germany, creating up to 25 Australian jobs.

20th Jul 2017 | Read more

The Rheinmetall Infantry System – a modular approach for superior dismounted combat operations

Rheinmetall has displayed its new “Infantry System” for the first time. It substantially enhances the combat performance of dismounted troops

19th Jul 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian success in space, following the launch of the Biarri-Point cube satellite.

18th Jul 2017 | Read more

Inspiring innovative defence technology startups

Ten defence-tech startups have been selected for the new Techstars Adelaide program of which Saab Australia is a founding industry partner.

18th Jul 2017 | Read more

QuintessenceLabs $3.26 Million Investment from Australian Department of Defence

Largest award in second tranche of Defence Innovation Hub investments to fund next-generation quantum encryption technology

15th Jul 2017 | Read more


South Australian automotive company Supashock today signed a landmark agreement to partner with Rheinmetall.

15th Jul 2017 | Read more

Qld scores in billion dollar defence contract battle

One of the contenders for a looming $5 billion defence contract will be base itself in Queensland if it is successful

14th Jul 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall selects Queensland for Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence

Rheinmetall Defence Australia today announced it had selected Queensland as its location for its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence

14th Jul 2017 | Read more

“Puma” self-protection equipment on track

200th MUSS equipment set delivered – Reliable protection against guided weapons

12th Jul 2017 | Read more

HMAS Arunta departs the Middle East to return home

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigate HMAS Arunta is returning home to Australia after completing the longest Middle Eastern deployment by a Navy vessel since 1990.

11th Jul 2017 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarine Program reaches major international milestone

Lockheed Martin Australia and Naval Group welcome the opening of Australia’s Future Program Office in Cherbourg.

11th Jul 2017 | Read more

L3 Micreo Awarded Production Contract for Counter-IEDs for Afghanistan

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it was awarded a sustainment contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD)

11th Jul 2017 | Read more


BAE Systems Australia welcomes today's announcement from the Minister for Defence recognising the recent successful Hypersonic International Flight

11th Jul 2017 | Read more


Our deployed forces will receive a major communications boost after Minister for Defence Industry,

11th Jul 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems’ upgraded Hawks take to the sky

The Royal Australian Air Force’s pilots of the future are now flying the latest, digital standard of Hawk

5th Jul 2017 | Read more


Australian Government will upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control capability.

5th Jul 2017 | Read more

F-35A Off-Board Information Systems Centre opened at RAAF Base Williamtown

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today opened the Off Board Information Systems Centre (OBISC)

5th Jul 2017 | Read more

Australian-developed software supports first major Wedgetail upgrade

Global Boeing team to upgrade Australian Defence Force E-7A fleet

5th Jul 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall to modernise the Bundeswehr’s Boxer command vehicles

Rheinmetall has been tasked with modernising 38 Boxer multipurpose armoured transport vehicles for the Bundeswehr,

4th Jul 2017 | Read more

Rostec develops modernised anti-submarine bomb

he Zagon-2E guided anti-submarine aerial bomb was presented by the concern Techmash, which is part of the State Corporation Rostec weapons cluster

4th Jul 2017 | Read more

New Joint Capabilities Group opens for business

The newly formed Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) is now open for business under command of the inaugural Chief of Joint Capabilities, Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald.

3rd Jul 2017 | Read more


The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will come to a close on 30 June 2017 after nearly 14 years

29th Jun 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall teams with more SMEs for Land 400 Phase 2

Rheinmetall Defence Australia is pleased to announce it will partner with another nine SME from across Australia to deliver more than $125 million of products and services

29th Jun 2017 | Read more


welve new jobs will be created in Queensland after the Minister for Defence Industry; the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced today

28th Jun 2017 | Read more

Boeing awarded C-17 Globemaster Australian Sustainment Services Contract

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an Australian C-17 Sustainment Services Contract to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fleet of eight C-17A Globemasters.

28th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australian Navy MATV arrives in home port of Sydney, Australia

Completing her maiden voyage, the Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore arrived in Sydney harbour early on Monday morning

27th Jun 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).

26th Jun 2017 | Read more

Update on HMAS Canberra and Adelaide

HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra are due to complete their maintenance period this week after rectification of emergent issues with their propulsion systems.

26th Jun 2017 | Read more

Quickstep Proud Partner of Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J Commercial Freighter

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre composites, announced that it is pleased to be a supplier to Lockheed Martin for the new LM-100J commercial freighter,

25th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australian Defence Force Assistance to the Philippines

he Australian Government is working with the Government of the Philippines to support the fight against terrorism in our region.

23rd Jun 2017 | Read more

Victorian companies assemble and test BOXER CRV turret

Three Victorian companies have joined with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to assemble and test the first LANCE two-man turret in Australia

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more


Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that Nowra company Global Defence Solutions has been recognised

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Army Innovation Award – Robotic Z-Boat

BlueZone Group is pleased to announce the award of an order to UVS Pty Ltd

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more


Australia and India have successfully completed a series of complex warfare scenarios

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Martin-Baker Australia to commence Pilatus PC-21 MRO in 2018

Martin-Baker Australia and Pilatus Aircraft have today signed a Letter of Intent for Martin-Baker Australia to provide Ejection Seat Maintenance,

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Funding for community commemorative projects

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced 62 community projects honouring Australia’s servicemen and women

21st Jun 2017 | Read more


It is an honour to announce the Australian team for the 2017 Invictus Games.

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

RADA Successfully Completes Testing

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd., a leader in the development, production, and sale of tactical land radars for force and border protection

20th Jun 2017 | Read more

Williamtown Aerospace Centre

Since 2000, Dexata has been an innovative and respected provider of high-technology systems and software to the Australian Defence Force and Defence Industry.

20th Jun 2017 | Read more


The Army’s iconic Land 400 Phase 2 project has come to Canberra for air transportability trials.

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Senior members of Veterans’ Review Board reappointed

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that the Governor-General had reappointed four Senior Members of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Seeking nominations from veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged veterans to nominate to receive support to attend the commemorations of the Battles of Milne Bay and Kokoda

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

South Australia celebrates success in naval shipbuilding

Today represents an historic milestone in South Australia’s naval shipbuilding history, with ship 1 of the Air Warfare Destroyer program, Hobart, undergoing provisional handover to the Royal Australian Navy.

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australia and India share expertise on the Globemaster

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III and crew have conducted a one week visit to their Indian Air Force counterparts.

16th Jun 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart.

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

Cobham Aviation Continues Partnership with APC Technology

The contract completed for Cobham by APC Technology included the design and build of panel PCs, HD displays

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia creates a national capability

On the day of provisional acceptance for Australia’s most lethal warship – Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart – Raytheon Australia has surpassed 10 million hours

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

Technology commercialisation award for Defence scientist

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today congratulated Defence scientist Darryn Smart on winning the prestigious Clunies Ross Award

15th Jun 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Lovitt Technologies Australia (Lovitt) on its performance in being selected in Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ top two per cent of suppliers for 2016 globally.

14th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australian Industry & Defence Network – SME Policy Position Release 2017

The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) is the peak industry association for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the defence and security sectors.

13th Jun 2017 | Read more


Three Indian warships sailed into Fremantle to participate in a week-long naval exercise off the Western Australian coast.

13th Jun 2017 | Read more

Troll Systems Provides Dual-Polarized Antennas for Royal Australian Navy

Troll Systems, the Data Link Experts, supplied dual-polarized omnidirectional antennas to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN),

8th Jun 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin STEM internships recognised by South Australian Government

Defence technology and innovation company Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) and two of its software engineering interns were today honoured

8th Jun 2017 | Read more


Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) today joined ASC Shipbuilding, to announce its teaming agreement for the build of the SEA5000 Future Frigates Program,

8th Jun 2017 | Read more

25th Task Group of the People’ Liberation Army – Navy visits Sydney

The 25th Task Group of the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-Navy) are conducting a port visit to Sydney

8th Jun 2017 | Read more

Minister observes Land 400 live firing

The two companies vying to build Australia's next generation Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles have been put through their paces at a live firing exercise at the Puckapunyal Army Base in Victoria.

7th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australia and Indonesia unite to patrol fisheries

A joint operation between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Indonesian Armed Forces to stop illegal fishing and improve regional security concluded on Monday in Darwin.

7th Jun 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the latest of the Future Submarine Program Australian Industry days to Perth.

7th Jun 2017 | Read more

First Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled at Nagoya Production Facility

NAGOYA, Japan, June 5, 2017 – The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled out of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.

6th Jun 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia selects Victorian SMEs

BAE Systems Australia today announced agreements with Victorian defence industry worth more than $200 million as part of its bid for LAND 400,

6th Jun 2017 | Read more

QinetiQ announces involvement in Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge

QinetiQ today announced their involvement in Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017.

6th Jun 2017 | Read more

Pacific Partnership Ends with Far Reaching Benefits

The success of the multi-national Pacific Partnership humanitarian aid and disaster relief training series continues to expand

6th Jun 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Renews Global Supply Chain Agreement

Northrop Grumman Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has renewed its Global Supply Chain (GSC) agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia

5th Jun 2017 | Read more


TAE announced today that AVM (rtd) Mark Skidmore AM has joined the Board of TAE

5th Jun 2017 | Read more

Appointments to the Luerssen Australia Board

One of Australia’s most respected military figures with a 40-year record of distinguished service, and a former long-serving Federal Cabinet Minister have been appointed to the Australian board of global shipbuilder, Luerssen.

4th Jun 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group consolidate commitment to Australian shipbuilding

Damen Shipyards Group recently visited Adelaide to further consolidate their partnership with ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs Marine and Defence (Forgacs) (ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding)

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney Validates Growth Option for F135 Engine

Engine improvements demonstrated under DoD technology maturation programs could benefit global fleet of F-35s

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the signing of new Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program Agreements with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems provides global opportunities for Australian businesses

BAE Systems Australia welcomes today’s announcement of the renewal of our Global Supply Chain Agreement by Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne.

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more


A new world-class surveillance and reconnaissance capability acquired by Defence will give our soldiers an edge on the front line.

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia Contract Award to Enhance Deployable Air Operations for the Royal Australian Air Force

Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has been awarded a $37.5 million contract - and will create up to 35 new industry jobs

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017, Bangkok, Thailand, online pre-registration is now open!

The show will be held from 6 – 9 November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems welcomes new Indigenous partnerships

his National Reconciliation Week, BAE Systems Australia is proud to announce it is taking the next steps in its Indigenous engagement,

31st May 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the release of a Request for Proposal for the Naval Shipbuilding College.

26th May 2017 | Read more

Contract award a tick to Australian industry

NSAG has received a $2.8m purchase order which will see NSAG supply the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) to the Royal Australian Navy

24th May 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia and Air Affairs Australia partner on advanced electronic warfare training

New teaming agreement supports Defence forces training in complex, high-threat electromagnetic environments

18th May 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the first deliveries of a new generation of trucks and trailers to Army’s 7th Brigade

17th May 2017 | Read more

RAAF P-8A Poseidon assists in its first civilian search and rescue response

he Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) latest maritime surveillance and response capability—the P-8A Poseidon, has assisted with the co-ordination of a search and rescue response,

17th May 2017 | Read more

Exploring technical roles in the ADF

Twenty young people from around the country have completed an introductory tour of Defence training facilities to promote Defence Technical careers.

17th May 2017 | Read more

Saab Swordfish MPA Delivers True Multi-RoleMaritime Air Power

Defence and security company Saab continues to enhance the Swordfish Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).

16th May 2017 | Read more

Improved Performance for Military Trucks through the Application of Unique Australian Technology

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) has today announced a partnership with Adelaide based suspension and technology company Supashock

16th May 2017 | Read more

Navantia welcomes Naval Shipbuilding Plan

Navantia Australia applauds the Government’s announcement of the historic Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

16th May 2017 | Read more


The Turnbull Government continues to deliver on it’s $89 billion naval shipbuilding program with today’s announcement that it has secured the purchase of the common user facility

13th May 2017 | Read more

HMAS Arunta successfully interdicts narcotics

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Arunta has seized approximately 250 kilograms of heroin during a vessel interception off the coast of Africa as part of Operation MANITOU.

12th May 2017 | Read more

Army member dies in military training area

It is with regret that Defence confirms the death of an Australian Army soldier in the Mount Bundey Training Area near Darwin, Northern Territory,

11th May 2017 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarine Program briefing comes to Brisbane

ver 160 Australian companies, research and development and educational institutions will gather in Brisbane today to be updated by key Future Submarine Program (FSP)

11th May 2017 | Read more


Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd (ASX: EOS) through its Defence Systems sector announced on 3 March 2017 the receipt of a purchase order in the amount of US$7 million

11th May 2017 | Read more


Serco Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Defence Force (ADF),

10th May 2017 | Read more

First Italian-Built F-35B ‘Rolls Out’ of Cameri Production Facility

The first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing version of the F-35, or F-35B, assembled outside the United States rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.

9th May 2017 | Read more

Celebrating 15 years of Milspec Manufacturing

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has been proud to participate in Milspec Manufacturing’s anniversary celebrations in Albury with the family-owned SME

9th May 2017 | Read more

CAE awarded contract to provide comprehensive RPA training solution to UAE Air Force & Air Defence

Total training solution will include academic, simulator and live flying training for remotely piloted aircraft

9th May 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will travel to Copenhagen today for discussions on key Australian defence, security and strategic interests.

8th May 2017 | Read more

Australia Joins US and the Philippines in Major Exercise

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have deployed to the Philippines for Exercise Balikatan 2017

8th May 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract to Provide Satellite-On-the-Move Systems to the IMOD

( “Elbit Systems”) has announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) with dozens of satellite-

8th May 2017 | Read more

CHC Helicopter Awarded Search and Rescue Contract with Australian Navy

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Responseservices out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra

8th May 2017 | Read more

HC Helicopter Awarded Search and Rescue Contract with Australian Navy

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Responseservices out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra

8th May 2017 | Read more


The first of two Austal-built Cape Class Patrol Boats has officially joined the Royal Australian Navy fleet.

5th May 2017 | Read more

Major milestone represents more than 500,000 hours of work

Boeing Defence Australia has completed its 100th F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet Deeper Maintenance to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

4th May 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has welcomed the establishment of a new academic institution aimed at developing and skilling Australia’s workforce

4th May 2017 | Read more

New Saab-UniSA Institute to build next generation defence skills in SA

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has welcomed the establishment of a new academic institution aimed at developing and skilling Australia’s workforce to meet future Defence project needs.

4th May 2017 | Read more


The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today outlined the enormous potential of Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding plan

3rd May 2017 | Read more

Airbus to carry out a definition study

The French defence procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space a contract to carry out preparatory studies and definition work for the future ground segment of the Syracuse IV satellite-based military telecommunications system.

3rd May 2017 | Read more

Luerssen Australia, A major boost for Australian shipbuilding

One of the world’s leading shipbuilders, Luerssen, has unveiled plans to establish its Australian office in the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson WA

3rd May 2017 | Read more

Changes to reporting for ADF operations in Iraq and Syria

The Australian Defence Force (ADF), as part of the Coalition, is committed to degrading and ultimately defeating the threat posed by Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

2nd May 2017 | Read more

HMAS Wollongong deploys to the South West Pacific

HMAS Wollongong has embarked on a voyage to the South West Pacific as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) enduring commitment

1st May 2017 | Read more


The Turnbull Government has today welcomed the findings of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report on the Future Submarine Competitive Evaluation Process.

28th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th Optical Assembly

27th Apr 2017 | Read more

Regional Cooperation on Display as Five Powers Exercise Gets Underway

Exercise Bersama Shield 2017 commenced today in Malaysia and Singapore with Australian Defence Force personnel supporting South East Asia’s

27th Apr 2017 | Read more


Australia's national shipbuilding program achieved a major milestone today of 'cutting steel' for the first replacement Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) in Western Australia.

26th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $10 million investment program

26th Apr 2017 | Read more


Nominations are open for the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards, which will be awarded at the 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition in October.

26th Apr 2017 | Read more


Civmec Limited (“Civmec” or the “Group”), through its wholly owned subsidiary Forgacs Marine and Defence Pty Ltd, today commenced the first day of construction

26th Apr 2017 | Read more

319 GRIFFON and 20 JAGUAR vehicles ordered from Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales

The French Procurement Agency (DGA) placed the first production order with Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales for 319 GRIFFON and 20 JAGUAR vehicles

25th Apr 2017 | Read more

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Minister for Defence visit to Jordan

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today visited Jordan for discussions on regional security

25th Apr 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight today during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret

25th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has asked for an investigation into the issue of unit recognition for service with the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (the RANHFV)

24th Apr 2017 | Read more

DCNS and DMTC Collaborate to develop technical expertise.

The agreement will see DMTC and DCNS collaborate on developing technical expertise and building industrial capacity within Australian maritime sector supply chains

24th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the signing of DCNS Australian industry participation agreement.

24th Apr 2017 | Read more

Successful sea trials for Australian MATV

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore.

20th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP; today announced Australian satellites were on the successful launch of a re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

19th Apr 2017 | Read more

Dennis Richardson to Retire on 12 May.

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne today paid tribute to Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson AO who will retire on 12 May.

19th Apr 2017 | Read more


In a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy is extending its use of simulation in training

18th Apr 2017 | Read more


he next rotation of United States (US) Marines will begin arriving in Darwin this week

18th Apr 2017 | Read more

HMAS Ballarat exercises with People’s Republic of China Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Ballarat completes a range of maritime exercises with Chinese Navy vessel Huangshan following a successful visit to the People’s Republic of China.

18th Apr 2017 | Read more

Saab signs Support Contract Extension with British Army

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract extension with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD)

13th Apr 2017 | Read more

Grant bounces innovative SA auto firm into global defence market

Magill-based Supashock will receive a $468,887 commercialisation grant under the Entrepreneurs’ Programme to develop its dynamic suspension technology for armoured and protected defence vehicles

13th Apr 2017 | Read more

NASAMS Solution for Australian Army Ground Based Air Defence

The Australian Government has announced that a National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) solution will be developed for the Land 19 Phase 7B project

11th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the signing of a $78 million contract delivering supply support and maintenance services for the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) diesel engines.

11th Apr 2017 | Read more

NIOA delivers first LVS2 Simulation Training Systems to Australian Army School of Infantry

NIOA is pleased to announce the delivery of the first LVS2 Next Generation Fire Control Simulation Training System,

10th Apr 2017 | Read more

Government identifies Raytheon system for Australian Ground Based Air and Missile Defence Program

The Australian Government has announced First Pass approval for the LAND 19 Phase 7B project

10th Apr 2017 | Read more


The Turnbull Government has provided approval for the development of a Short Range Ground Based Air Defence system to improve protection for deployed personnel.

10th Apr 2017 | Read more

Chief of Army visits China

In his first trip to China as the Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, DSC, AM, has this week, accompanied by Australia's Ambassador to China,

8th Apr 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems mobile app lets soldiers get behind the AMV35 armour

BAE Systems Australia today launched a mobile application that will provide the latest news and information about the company’s AMV35,

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

IAI Signs Contracts in India Worth almost $2 Billion

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today that the company has been awarded contracts in India totaling almost $2.0 billion.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more


The NSW Government will promote the state’s defence industry capabilities and companies as part of the annual G’Day USA program in the United States’ capital tomorrow.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today met with US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Washington DC.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia technology in Joint Strike Missile

BAE Systems Australia’s technology is another step closer to being used in the Joint Strike Missile (JSM)

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group submits tender for Australian OPV

Damen Shipyards Group has submitted a tender for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Project to deliver twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Royal Australian Navy.

6th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, visited the Team Defence Australia pavilion at the United States Sea-Air-Space exposition today.

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

Boeing Grows Defence Presence in South Australia

Boeing [NYSE: BA], is expanding its defence presence in South Australia, with Boeing Defence Australia today signing a partnership agreement with the South Australian Government

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

"Thales Strengthens Relationship with PT Len in" "Indonesia"

State-owned electronics company PT Len reaffirms confidence in Thales with the extension of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

Australia ‘fully committed’ to enhanced training access for Singapore army:

The Australian government has assured Singapore it remains fully committed to implementing enhanced training access for the Singapore Armed Forces

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

: Changes to assessing claims of sexual abuse in the ADF

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has broadened the use of statutory declarations as evidence in compensation claims for incidence of sexual and or physical abuse.

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

Innovation contract the way of defence industry future

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a signing ceremony to mark the success of Australian company, Kord Defence Pty Ltd

5th Apr 2017 | Read more


Emerging technologies and workforce development will be the focus of this year’s Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) conference

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall to supply Royal Thai Navy with state-of-the-art training facility

The Royal Thai Navy has awarded Rheinmetall another important order in the field of maritime training simulation.

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

Babcock grows Australian footprint with jobs, new contracts

Babcock International Group today announced plans to expand its Australian and New Zealand footprint in 2017-2018 after 12 months of growth

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

Saab Signs Framework Contracts for Static and Mobile Camouflage Systems

Defence and security company Saab has, under a joint procurement process with Denmark and Norway

4th Apr 2017 | Read more

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: from platform to systems provider

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has taken a major step in its development.

4th Apr 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, travelled to Canada this week to further strengthen the Australia-Canada defence industry

4th Apr 2017 | Read more

$2.2 Billion Boeing Contract Funds P-8 Aircraft for U.S., Australia and U.K.

Order continues global expansion of maritime patrol capabilities based on Boeing 737 commercial plane

4th Apr 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters and PTDI continue to deliver helicopters to Indonesia ahead of schedule

Early deliveries reiterate Airbus Helicopters’ firm commitment to support Indonesia’s defence industry

30th Mar 2017 | Read more

AWD Alliance announces formal acceptance of Hobart Class Command Team Trainer

Today marks an Alliance first, with the Commonwealth’s acceptance of the Hobart Class Command Team Trainer at HMAS Watson in Sydney,

30th Mar 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) would work with Defence

30th Mar 2017 | Read more

Enhanced support for veterans’ employment

mprovements to the Government’s jobactive website are helping veterans find work.

30th Mar 2017 | Read more

Government action on NMHC review

The Government will make the development of strategies to support former members of the Australian Defence Force who are under 30 and have recently left the military a priority.

30th Mar 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman to do local work on F-35, Advanced Hawkeye

Two big defense firms landed contracts on March 24 to perform services on military-grade aircraft, and a large part of work will take place in Central Florida.

29th Mar 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia develops and delivers Hobart Class Command Team Trainer

On 27 March 2017 a Raytheon Australia led team delivered the Hobart Class Command Team Trainer to the Navy.

29th Mar 2017 | Read more

The Norwegian armed forces procures HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles for NOK 155 million

Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) for delivery of four complete HUGIN AUV systems (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles)

28th Mar 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Minister Pyne MP, today announced seven Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefings

28th Mar 2017 | Read more

Defence poised to support to North Queensland

The Australian Defence Force is well prepared to support Queensland emergency services and the communities which may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie

27th Mar 2017 | Read more


Accessing Lockheed Martin’s international supply chains has been made easier with the signing of a new three year global supply chain agreement.

27th Mar 2017 | Read more

A400M delivers first humanitarian cargo with Royal Malaysian Air Force

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus and the Spanish Red Cross have delivered together a load of humanitarian goods from Seville, Spain,

23rd Mar 2017 | Read more

Thales delivers a flight and navigation training simulator to the Malaysian Air Force

Thales was selected to deliver an FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer) simulator to the Royal Malaysian Air Force for the purposes of initial pilot training.

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more


PTDI, in its largest contract to date, will purchase 34 Honeywell TPE331 engines for its NC212i aircraft

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

Malaysian Minister of Defence takes official delivery of Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fourth Airbus A400M.

LANGKAWI- Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Onn, Minister of Defence of Malaysia, took delivery of the fourth Airbus A400M military transport aircraft today on behalf of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

Saab Receives Order for AT4 CS ER and AT4 CS HP

Defence and security company Saab has received an order for deliveries of the new AT4 CS ER

18th Mar 2017 | Read more

New Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific

Defence and security company Saab has appointed Dean Rosenfield as new head of Market Area Asia Pacific from 1 January 2018.

17th Mar 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group Selects Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to Digitally Transform its Shipbuilding

Damen Shipyards Group, an international shipbuilding group, has selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its marine and offshore industry solution experiences to digitally transform its operations.

16th Mar 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund

16th Mar 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Canada Delivers High Fidelity Combat System Trainer to Royal New Zealand Navy

Completing the first major delivery under the New Zealand ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade Project,

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Opportunities for Victorian Companies on Future Frigate

Navantia Australia selects Melbourne for Australian industry engagement forums

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Upgrade of ASLAV turret simulators completed

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has congratulated Thales and its subcontractor Thomas Global, following their successful delivery of nine upgraded Crew Procedural Trainer

15th Mar 2017 | Read more


Airshow 2017 has delivered a record crowd.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more


Central Coast entrepreneurs Deanne and Rowan Watkins have captured the attention of defence and civil aerospace markets with their breakthrough 'StopRotor' drone technology.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Veterans to benefit from improved mental health support

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan was encouraged by progress on how to further improve mental health support for veterans and their families

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

ASMD upgrade of HMAS Stuart complete

BAE Systems Australia has completed the anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) eighth Anzac-class frigate,

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Navy’s First Aegis-equipped Hobart Class Destroyer Completes Sea Trials

A team of Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians, working with the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance team comprised of the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, Navantia and ASC Shipbuilding,

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

Rafael completes first-ever missile firing from its "Protector" Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. recently completed the development of an additional mission module for its Protector Unmanned surface Vehicle (USV)

9th Mar 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia this week farewell HMAS Stuart

BAE Systems Australia this week farewell HMAS Stuart, the eighth ANZAC frigate to receive a world leading defence capability at the company’s Henderson WA site.

9th Mar 2017 | Read more

Royal New Zealand Navy Leads the World in Technology Adoption

In its 75th anniversary year, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) notched up the accolade of becoming the first navy worldwide to adopt benchmark technologies

8th Mar 2017 | Read more


A steel fabrication facility used in the mining boom is getting a new breath of life with Austal making it the construction hub for Pacific Patrol Boats.

8th Mar 2017 | Read more

CAE USA celebrates grand opening of Dothan Training Center in Alabama

CAE USA celebrated today the grand opening of its new Dothan Training Center located at the Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama.

7th Mar 2017 | Read more

Multimillion-dollar order from America – Rheinmetall to supply ammunition for the F-35 stealth multirole fighter

Rheinmetall has just booked an order from the US Air Force to supply ammunition for the F-35 stealth multirole fighter.

7th Mar 2017 | Read more

Meeting with Fiji's Minister for Defence and National Security

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today met with Fiji's Minister for Defence and National Security

7th Mar 2017 | Read more


Today marked a significant milestone for Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart as the ship returned to port after the successful completion of sea acceptance trials.

6th Mar 2017 | Read more

Hobart successfully completes Sea Acceptance Trials

Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance celebrated the successful completion of Sea Acceptance Trials

6th Mar 2017 | Read more

Honeywell and Australia¹s Flite Path Sign Agreement for Defence Aviation and Commercial Helicopter Customers

Honeywell has signed an agreement with Flite Path, an Australian-owned aerospace parts supplier and stocking distributor.

4th Mar 2017 | Read more

JSF arrives in Australia

JSF has arrived in Australia

3rd Mar 2017 | Read more

New pilot training system previewed

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said the RAAF’s new PC-21 pilot training system was a significant leap forward in pilot training

3rd Mar 2017 | Read more

Rockwell Collins selected by Thales to upgrade Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle-Light system

Rockwell Collins will serve as a subcontractor to Thales Australia to integrate the Digital Terminal Control System (DTCS)

2nd Mar 2017 | Read more

Air Force’s New Growlers Roar into Avalon

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today welcomed the first EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force.

1st Mar 2017 | Read more

GA-ASI Launches Team Reaper Australia

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions,

28th Feb 2017 | Read more

Rear Admiral Raydon Gates appointed to QinetiQ Australia Pty Board

Former Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand, Rear Admiral Raydon Gates, Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) Royal Australian Navy (Retd) has been appointed to the QinetiQ Australia Pty Board.

28th Feb 2017 | Read more

QinetiQ Australia enhances service offering with acquisition of Rubikon Group

RubiKon Group has supported defence, aerospace, mining and government customers in providing tailored solutions to complex logistics

28th Feb 2017 | Read more


Opportunities for WA Companies on Future Frigate Navantia Australia selects Perth for the first of its Australian industry engagement forums

24th Feb 2017 | Read more

Victoria On Global Stage As Avalon Airshow Takes Flight

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan today visited Avalon Airport for a special preview of the first demonstration flights ahead of next week’s official opening.

24th Feb 2017 | Read more

Training to fight – Navies exercise off the WA coast

More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy.

24th Feb 2017 | Read more

RAAF to test skills in high-end air warfare exercise

he Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed to Guam to participate in Exercise Cope North 2017

22nd Feb 2017 | Read more


The state’s new Industry Minister Niall Blair today launched a strategy to drive growth across the NSW defence industry.

21st Feb 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces to discuss opportunities for Australian defence exports.

20th Feb 2017 | Read more

Boeing Names Darren Edwards VP/MD of Boeing Defence Australia

Effective today, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has named Darren Edwards as vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)

20th Feb 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems welcomes Flinders University to national innovation network

BAE Systems Australia today announced that Flinders University has become a member of its national initiative the Joint Open Innovation Network (JOIN),

20th Feb 2017 | Read more

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich

17th Feb 2017 | Read more

Counter Daesh conference, NATO Head Quarters

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, attended a meeting of Defence Ministers today in Brussels

17th Feb 2017 | Read more

FN Herstal Releases its Next generation FN® FCU to Enhance Hit Probability of 40mm Grenade System

February 15, 2017. With over 15 years of experience in the design and manufacture of fire control units for 40mm grenades, Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries and Kalyani Group to incorporate a JV in India to Manufacture Specific Air Defense Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (IAI) and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. (KSSL), the defense arm of Kalyani Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

75th anniversary of the Banka Island Massacre

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today marked the 75th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters of the Second World War

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman and Royal Air Force Demonstrate Enhanced Airborne Communications Interoperability

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) have successfully completed a communications interoperability trial involving both F-35B Lightning II and Typhoon FGR4 aircraft

16th Feb 2017 | Read more


he second Submarine Industry day is being held today at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney

16th Feb 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today released the first Australian Military Sales Equipment Catalogue.

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Visit to Brussels for counter-Daesh conference

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne will travel to Brussels today for discussions on key Australian defence, security and strategic interests.

15th Feb 2017 | Read more

Norway and Germany initiate extended industrial cooperation related to the Norwegian submarine acquisition

Norwegian and German authorities initiates a comprehensive industrial cooperation on submarine and missile deliveries that could entail considerable contracts for KONGSBERG.

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia - Contract extension

BAE Systems has welcomed a one year, $12 million contract extension that will see the company support the Royal Australian Navy’s Hydrographic fleet until 2020.

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

CAE awarded contract by Airbus for comprehensive C295W training solution for Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program

CAE today announced that Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for a comprehensive C295W aircrew and maintenance training solution

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17 Helicopters

("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded an approximately $110 million contract from an Asia-Pacific country

9th Feb 2017 | Read more

Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry in the House of Representatives

The Government will do this while meeting the timeframes that we have committed to and create the jobs that we promised to deliver.

9th Feb 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group hosts Industry Briefings in Australia

In preparation for its SEA 1180 OPV Programme tender to the Australian Ministry of Defence, Damen Shipyards Group has concluded two Industry Briefings

8th Feb 2017 | Read more

Cyberbit and Ni Cybersecurity launch hyper-realistic cybersecurity training and simulation center in Japan

Ni Cybersecurity brings world-leading Cyberbit Range platform to Japan

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter to make Australian debut at the Australian International Airshow

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Australia’s two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters will make their first appearance in Australia

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Minister for Defence Industry tours Italian Frigate

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, has toured the Italian FREMM frigate ITS Carabiniere

6th Feb 2017 | Read more

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding delivers first SIGMA 10514 PKR frigate to Indonesian Ministry of Defence

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has handed over the first SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) frigate to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Airbus provides satcom for EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia

The service is part of the EU SatCom Market framework contract which the European Defence Agency recently awarded to Airbus Defence and Space.

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Prototype Ammunition Carrier Contracts Signed

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced BAE Systems Australia and Sea Box International would compete to develop prototype ammunition load carriers.

1st Feb 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia engages with Australian Industry for Future Frigate Program

Opportunities for local industry to contribute to the design and construction of Australia's next generation of naval vessels

30th Jan 2017 | Read more

NIOA Signs Agreement to Manufacture Colt Small Arms in Australia

NIOA and Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC have entered into an agreement to enable assembly and manufacture of Colt (including Colt Canada) Small Arms in Australia.

30th Jan 2017 | Read more

Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart acceptance sea trials commence

Today marks a significant milestone for the first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart, as the next phase of sea trials commence in Adelaide.

30th Jan 2017 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the establishment of the Defence Innovation Partnership

25th Jan 2017 | Read more

Grants support veterans and their communities

Veterans and their families in towns and cities around Australia will benefit from more than $500,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

25th Jan 2017 | Read more


The Italian Navy FREMM (European Multi-Mission Frigate) Carabiniere will visit Australia from the 25th January until the 24th February 2017.

24th Jan 2017 | Read more

Airbus provides satellite communications for the French administration

Airbus Defence and Space has just been awarded a contract to supply satellite communication systems for UGAP, the French public procurement agency.

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

New FN SmartCore® Provides Enhanced Shot Counter Technology for all FN SCAR® Firearms

Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers, has launched its newly-developed, self-powered FN SmartCore® shot counter for the FN SCAR®

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

F-35B arrives in Japan

F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni January 18

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

New Era in Arrow Weapon System:

Operational Arrow-3 Interceptors Transferred to Israeli Air Force Aerial Defense Array

19th Jan 2017 | Read more

Australian Defence Apparel Partners with Promapp to Drive Process Transformation

Australian Defence Apparel (ADA), Australia’s leading supplier of innovative design, manufacture, complex apparel and inventory management services

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

CAE wins defence contracts on key platforms valued at more than C$175 million

CAE today announced that it has won defence contracts on a range of customer platforms valued at more than C$175 million

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded Approximately $17 Million Contract

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply groundbreaking, multi spectral BrightNite system to an air force

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Partners with Lufthansa Technik on Australian KC-30A

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG f

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Partners with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance on Australian KC-30A

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has signed an agreement with Air France Industries KLM

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

"Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter"

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W

17th Jan 2017 | Read more

Qinetiq outlines basic trainer, helicopter purchase plans

Qinetiq will build on its recent order for two Pilatus PC-21s by finalising deals in 2017 for new basic trainers and single-turbine helicopters

16th Jan 2017 | Read more

CAE wins more than C$1 billion in training services contracts with U.S. Army and Royal Canadian Air Force

CAE today announced that it has signed two long-term training services contracts with the United States Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

13th Jan 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher offer new RS556 assault rifle system

Two of Europe’s most respected defence companies, Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher, have joined forces to manufacture and market the RS556 modular assault rifle.

12th Jan 2017 | Read more

Leading Technology Accelerator Launches in Australia

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed Techstars’ launch of its first Defence and Security Accelerator in Adelaide.

10th Jan 2017 | Read more

France chooses Safran to design an improved version of the global navigation system

The French defense procurement agency DGA has chosen Safran Electronics & Defense to design, develop and build an improved version of its global navigation system

9th Jan 2017 | Read more

Joint Strike Missile completes long range flight test

The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has successfully completed a flight test in the United States

21st Dec 2016 | Read more

Boeing T-X Completes First Flight, Validates Design for Air Force Requirements

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Saab [Stockholm: SAABB] today completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements.

21st Dec 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Announces STELaRLab Post-Grad Student Sponsorships

Global innovation and technology company Lockheed Martin has established a funding pool to attract Australia’s top postgraduate student researcher candidates to undertake research collaborations with the new Science, Technology, Engineering

19th Dec 2016 | Read more


The Italian Navy’s FREMM Frigate “Carabiniere”, designed and built by Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, will visit Australian ports in January and February, 2017.

18th Dec 2016 | Read more


The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the appointment of 10 Board Members to the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Donald Winter.

17th Dec 2016 | Read more

Defence Industry Minister meets with Rheinmetall

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today met with senior management of Rheinmetall in Vienna, Austria

17th Dec 2016 | Read more

THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Defence Industry Address to the French Strategic Studies College

It is both a pleasure and an honour to join you today at the campus of the École Militaire.

16th Dec 2016 | Read more


Navantia Vice President Commercial Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero Alcázar has this week visited Australia to witness the float off of Nuship Brisbane

16th Dec 2016 | Read more


Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and short-listed by the Australian Government to bid to design and build nine, new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

16th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab develops new, individualized training app for soldiers

Defense and security company Saab has developed a new app called WE:Go for soldiers using Saab’s GAMER instrumented training system.

15th Dec 2016 | Read more


he Minister for Defence industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today met with senior management of DCNS in France to discuss progress on Australia’s Future Submarine Program.

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

Defence industry capability showcased at AWD launch

The Australian defence industry is today celebrating the launch of the second air warfare destroyer

15th Dec 2016 | Read more


The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program reached a significant milestone in Adelaide today as the second of three destroyers was formally named and launched into Australian waters for the first time.

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

Australia welcomes first CH-47F Chinook maintenance training system

The Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey is establishing itself as a CH-47F maintenance training centre of excellence following the delivery of Australia’s first Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) for the CH-47F.

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall proposes military vehicle vision for Australasia

Rheinmetall Defence Australia today announced a proposal to establish a national infrastructure asset for military vehicles in Australia

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

BAE receives contract to maintain Australia’s air warfare destroyers

BAE Systems Australia has secured an initial sustainment contract for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) new air warfare destroyers (AWDs)

14th Dec 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall collaborates with Milspec to develop high tech alternator for Land 400 Phase 2 contender BOXER CRV

Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Albury-based Milspec Manufacturing Pty Ltd are pleased to announce their collaboration

14th Dec 2016 | Read more

Germany Receives First Tactical Standard Airbus A400M Airlifter

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the German Air Force its first A400M transport aircraft qualified for tactical operations and able to fly in areas subject to military threats.

13th Dec 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia launches nation-wide innovation network

BAE Systems Australia has selected the Universities of Adelaide and South Australia as foundation partners for a nation-wide initiative that will drive research

13th Dec 2016 | Read more

Future Submarines regulator unnecessary

The Australian defence industry has today dismissed calls to introduce additional regulation to the Future Submarines Program

13th Dec 2016 | Read more

First Australian SME signs supply contract for Rheinmetall Global Supply Chain

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has signed the first supplier contract for an Australian company under its new Global Supply Chain agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia.

12th Dec 2016 | Read more


Today the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will travel to the United Kingdom (UK), France and Austria to further strengthen the Australia-European defence relationship

12th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab Signs Contract for Torpedo Integration Systems with FMV

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of Torpedo Integration Systems

8th Dec 2016 | Read more

Local projects receive boost through major commemorative grants

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced four projects will share in more than $67,000 to commemorate Australia’s wartime heritage.

8th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives Order for Carl-Gustaf M4

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract for deliveries of the new Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system.

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives Contract for Components to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar Program

Defence and security company Saab’s U.S. based company, Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC., has been awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Operation Christmas Drop delivers to the Pacific

The Royal Australian Air Force has returned to Operation Christmas Drop, joining counterparts from the United States and Japan for the world’s longest-running airdrop operation.

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin looks to Australia for world leading innovation

A revolutionary way to harness and use energy and more reliable telecommunications networks are two of the exciting Australian innovations being advanced by Lockheed Martin through its global partnerships.

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Centre for Defence Industry Capability Opens in Adelaide

Today marks the opening of a new centre that will invest in and provide opportunities to change the way Defence and business work together.

5th Dec 2016 | Read more

Defence Innovation Hub launches in Adelaide

Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched the Defence Innovation Hub and called for submissions through its innovation portal.

5th Dec 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann join forces to make medium-calibre ammunition for the US market

Germany’s Rheinmetall and the family-owned enterprise Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company.

3rd Dec 2016 | Read more


The Turnbull Government has signed a contract to provide sustainment for the engines of the newly acquired EA-18G Growler aircraft.

2nd Dec 2016 | Read more

Australian officer appointed to command international peacekeeping force

Major General Simon Stuart has been appointed to lead a multinational peacekeeping force on the Sinai Peninsula.

2nd Dec 2016 | Read more

Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight Deploys for New Zealand

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight will arrive in New Zealand today to assist with disaster relief efforts off the South Island of New Zealand.

1st Dec 2016 | Read more


The weapon systems on the Army’s lifesaving Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles are set for an upgrade.

1st Dec 2016 | Read more

Rockwell Collins Australia Pty Ltd and Thales Australia Ltd have signed a Teaming Agreement

The teaming agreement will leverage Rockwell Collins' proven Joint Secure Air Combat System (JSAS) which features Certified Multiple Levels of Security.

30th Nov 2016 | Read more

Barrett awarded three year contract with Canadian DND.

Barrett Communications have recently been awarded a three year contact by the Canadian National Defense Department (DND).

29th Nov 2016 | Read more

APC Technology Announces New Chairman of the Board Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, CSC, RANR

The Board of Directors of leading South Australian SME APC Technology are delighted to announce Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd) has been appointed Chairman of the Board.

28th Nov 2016 | Read more

RUAG Australia successfully wins Capability Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Grant

RUAG Australia’s submission for Laser Cladding Repair Technology was successful in being selected for further development under Round 20 of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program in Australia.

28th Nov 2016 | Read more

P-8A Poseidon finds home at RAAF Base Edinburgh

he Royal Australian Air Force’s first P-8A Poseidon has arrived to its new home at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

25th Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia,

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

Australian Submarine Industry Day

The Collins Class Submarine Enterprise and the Future Submarine Program has reached out to major Australian submarine industry companies and small to medium enterprises, during Submarine Industry Day in Adelaide.

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific recognised for excellence by New Zealand Defence Force

Hawker Pacific awarded winner of New Zealand Minister of Defence Award for Excellence

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

Kongsberg Digital: KONGSBERG chosen to support Royal Australian Navy Bridge Simulator Expansion

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters.

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia contributes $1.3bn to national economy

BAE Systems Australia today released an independent report outlining its impact on the nation’s economy through its work to support its defence, security and commercial customers.

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Thales Australia Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Thales Australia has been awared a $100 million contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines.

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

DCNS announces partnership with Indigenous Defence Consortium

DCNS has signed a letter of intent with the Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) to explore opportunities to include Indigenous Australians

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Leonardo-Finmeccanica: first Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

Rome, 21 November 2016 – Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England.

22nd Nov 2016 | Read more

$4.9M to develop technology for Royal Australian Navy in hostile environments

Techniques to counter radio frequency emitters, enabling the Royal Australian Navy to sustain a presence in hostile and threatening environments will be developed as part of a project receiving $4.9 million of Australian Government funding.

22nd Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space delivers first A400M to Spain

Aircraft leaves final assembly line at Seville to serve at Zaragoza base

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Defence and industry win international innovation award

Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Kim Gillis, has congratulated the FFG Enterprise for winning The International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) Innovation Award for Operational Improvement.

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Milskil establishes Corporate Headquarters at Williamstown Aerospace Centre.

Milskil Pty Ltd, an operational training services provider and Strategic partner to the Royal Australian Air Force, announced today its plans to establish its Corporate Headquarters and Newcastle Operations Business hub at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre.

16th Nov 2016 | Read more

Minister Welcomes New Hawkei

A major milestone has been reached in the military's next generation Hawkei protected vehicle project as Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today witnessed the handover to Defence of two new Hawkeis.

15th Nov 2016 | Read more

HMAS Arunta deploys for nine month Middle East Mission

HMAS Arunta and her ship’s company of 191 departed HMAS Stirling naval base at Rockingham, Western Australia for Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.

15th Nov 2016 | Read more

RUAG Australia wins lead assignment in four technology groups for F-35 regional sustainment

In a major coup for the national Defence Industry, Australia has won 10 of the initial 11 component categories available to partner countries for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter regional sustainment.

15th Nov 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Welcomes the Awarding of F-35 MRO&U Work to Australian Defence Industry

Northrop Grumman Australia, a fully owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), welcomes the announcement of the assignment of a significant amount of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

15th Nov 2016 | Read more

Ministry of Defense Directorate of Production and Procurement to purchase hundreds of Rafael's Trophy

Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General, Gen. (res) Udi Adam, instructed the Directorate of Production and Procurement (DOPP) to purchase hundreds of additional Trophy active protection systems (APS), manufactured by Rafael.

14th Nov 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems wins regional F-35 role delivering high tech Australian jobs

Williamtown, Australia: BAE Systems Australia has welcomed the decision by the US Government’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) on global maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) assignments

9th Nov 2016 | Read more

PT Pindad officially presents Sanca-Indonesia’s first Mine Resistant Armored Vehicle

Sanca is advantageous to support military operations, designed to perform a diverse range of mission profiles, combining high levels of blast and ballistic protection with excellent off-road mobility.

4th Nov 2016 | Read more

U.S. Army presents first prototype vehicle integrated with PROTECTOR MCT-30 turret from KONGSBERG

U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems and Project Manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, in conjunction with General Dynamics Land Systems, presented the first of the up-gunned "Dragoon" vehicles to the U.S. Army.

4th Nov 2016 | Read more

Huntington Ingalls Industries to open in Australia

The Turnbull Government today welcomed the announcement that Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) will open an office in Canberra as an important sign that defence industry is growing across the country.

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Austal wins two WA industry export awards

Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) is pleased to announce that Austal Australia’s strong export success over 2015-16 has been recognised by the Export Council of Australia with the awarding of two Western Australian Industry & Export Awards.

1st Nov 2016 | Read more


Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ opens up unprecedented global connectivity for military use

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Large US military shipbuilder establishes a Canberra office

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has already opened its Canberra office, with experienced international executive Jeff McCray, vice-president business development, HII Australia, and other staff now working from there.

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Australian Army visits Rheinmetall’s BOXER CRV at Supacat’s Melbourne facility

Officers from the Capability and Technology Management College – a division of the Australian Defence Force Academy – had a successful visit to Supacat’s Port Melbourne facility.

31st Oct 2016 | Read more

Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, and the historic charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

31st Oct 2016 | Read more

Roadshow to help Australian Companies benefit from Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels

A national roadshow for the Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels has kicked off to help Australian companies get involved in the multibillion dollar projects.

31st Oct 2016 | Read more

Next Generation Night Fighting Equipment

The Australian Defence Force will have the most up to date night fighting equipment available after the Minister for Defence Industry

28th Oct 2016 | Read more

Saab to Deliver Integrated Combat System for New Australian Replenishment Ships

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for the delivery of an integrated combat system for the two new Royal Australian Navy replenishment ships.

28th Oct 2016 | Read more

Australian-First Technology to Increase Protection for Troops

Rheinmetall Defence and Melbourne-based defence systems integrator Tectonica Australia are pleased to announce the development of an Australian-first technology

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

Barrett Communications awarded AUD$15 million contract to the Bangladesh Army.

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce a recently awarded contract with the Bangladesh Ministry of Defence (MoD).

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

Making progress in the campaign against Daesh

Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, attended a meeting of Defence Ministers today in Paris to discuss progress in the coalition's military campaign to counter Daesh.

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

Australia and France to strengthen Defence relationship

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and her French counterpart, Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, today agreed to strengthen the Australia-France defence relationship

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia to export home grown radar technology to the US

In a move which reinforces Australia’s status as a provider of world leading radar technology, the United States Government has selected Lockheed Martin Australia to provide high frequency Over the Horizon Radar

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

Townsville wins Chinook Helicopter Maintenance Contract

Townsville’s reputation as a defence hub has been given a boost with crucial helicopter maintenance jobs coming to the city.

25th Oct 2016 | Read more

Chief of the Defence Force hosts top level Indonesian military contingent

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, and senior Australian Defence Force officers hosted their Indonesian counterparts during a high level military engagement in Canberra yesterday.

25th Oct 2016 | Read more

Board announced for Centre for Defence Industry Capability

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the appointment of Board members of the new Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board (CDIC).

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

KC-30A conducts first air-to-air refuelling with Singaporean F-16D+

An Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has achieved another milestone in air refuelling after it made its first contact with a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16D+ Falcon aircraft on Monday 5 October 2016.

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

C-30A conducts first air-to-air refuelling with Singaporean F-16D+

An Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has achieved another milestone in air refuelling after it made its first contact with a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16D+ Falcon aircraft on Monday 5 October 2016.

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 16 wraps up

Australia’s longest standing regional security exercise, Bersama Lima 16, has drawn to a close.

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Air Force KC-30A fleet achieves 20,000 flying hours milestone

The KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport fleet has achieved a remarkable 20,000 flying hours as it continues to provide global reach for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

22nd Oct 2016 | Read more

Chair of the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board appointed

The Australian Government has appointed Professor Don Winter as the Chair of the newly established Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.

22nd Oct 2016 | Read more

Roadmap released to boost local industry opportunities in Land 400

Australian companies now have an innovative way to get involved in the multi-billion dollar LAND 400 Phase 2 armoured vehicle program.

20th Oct 2016 | Read more

Defence Signs New Global Supply Chain Agreement with Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has signed its first Global Supply Chain Agreement today, which will provide Australian companies greater access to international supply chains.

20th Oct 2016 | Read more

Victorian Company wins $47 million fuel tanker contract

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne, today announced Refuel International - based in Sunshine West in Melbourne – has won the $47 million contract to construct the Australian Defence Force’s new aviation fuel tankers.

18th Oct 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall Defence Appoints Technical Director for Land 400

Rheinmetall Defence today announced the appointment of Dean Gagnon as Technical Director at Rheinmetall Defence Australia and New Zealand.

18th Oct 2016 | Read more

National shipbuilding plan key to foster national economy

he defence industry said a report released today by Deloitte Access Economics serves to highlight the importance of a national shipbuilding plan

17th Oct 2016 | Read more

RMMVA tactical logistics trucks tested at Linfox proving ground

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia this week showcased tactical logistics trucks to be deployed with the Australian Army

17th Oct 2016 | Read more


The Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, and her counterpart Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Military Training And Training Area Development In Australia today.

14th Oct 2016 | Read more

APC Technology & Acacia Formalise Partnership to Supply Systems for LAND 400

Leading South Australian Defence SMEs (small to medium enterprises) APC Technology and Acacia Research are combining forces to offer a mission system primarily designed for Land 400

12th Oct 2016 | Read more

Separation of ASC builds on successful operating model

The Board and Management of Australian submarine and shipbuilder ASC today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to separate the company into three businesses.

11th Oct 2016 | Read more

Cost Sharing Negotiations for Force Posture Initiatives Conclude

The Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, and United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter have welcomed the in-principle conclusion of cost-sharing negotiations

6th Oct 2016 | Read more

Airbus C295W demonstrates air-to-air refulling capability

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the Airbus C295W medium transport as an airborne tanker.

6th Oct 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 16 Officially Opens

Exercise Bersama Lima 2016 (BL16) was officially opened today at Changi Naval Base, Singapore.

6th Oct 2016 | Read more

Release of the IGADF report into complaints about the conduct of anti-malarial drug trials

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan today announced the release of the report

4th Oct 2016 | Read more

Saab Awarded Research Contract From DARPA

Defense and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

4th Oct 2016 | Read more


Chemring Australia, part of Chemring Group PLC, is pleased to announce that it has recently signed a contract with the Joint Systems Division of the Australian Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

4th Oct 2016 | Read more

ADF assists flood affected communities across Australia

Australian Defence force personnel have filled and delivered more than 100,000 sandbags to support South Australian communities under threat from rising flood waters.

2nd Oct 2016 | Read more

Combat System Integrator for Future Submarines

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred Combat System Integrator

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

First Contract Signed with DCNS to Commence Design Phase

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced the next significant step in the building of Australia’s Future Submarines with the signing of the contract between the Government and DCNS to commence the design phase of the Program.

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

ASC’s submarine Transformation Program wins prestigious South Australian engineering award

The Collins Class Submarines - Maximising Efficiency in Sustainment project, a submission by ASC Pty Ltd, took out two major awards at Thursday night’s Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) South Australia 2016.

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts to meet US Navy’s need for Persistent ISR

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy,

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

ASC welcomes next stage of future submarine project

Australian submarine builder and maintainer ASC welcomes the announcement of Lockheed Martin as the combat system integrator for the Future Submarine project

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

QinetiQ awarded 21 Subpart-J accreditation under new Australian Defence Aviation Safety Regulations

29 September 2016: QinetiQ has been awarded 21 Subpart-J accreditation under Australia’s new Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASR) beginning tomorrow.

29th Sep 2016 | Read more

Defence aviation safety goes global

The next stage in a 20 year drive for excellence in Defence aviation safety begins tomorrow with the new Defence Aviation Safety Regulation (DASR).

29th Sep 2016 | Read more

Minister for Defence Industry Visits Thales to Announce Global Opportunities for Australian Companies

Access to export markets and global value chains has been given a boost by the extension of Global Supply Agreements with major defence companies.

29th Sep 2016 | Read more

Electronic Surveillance System Upgrade for Army

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced today that Defence has signed a contract that will provide Australian soldiers with a back-pack electronic surveillance system.

29th Sep 2016 | Read more

MQ-4C Triton UAS Completes Critical Milestone to Expand Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness

Following a successful Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) led review, the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) obtained positive Milestone C low-rate initial production approval.

27th Sep 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems opens the door to Type 26 supply chain

Canberra, Australia: One hundred and fifty of Australia’s most innovative companies will next week pitch their products and services into one of the world’s largest maritime defence projects.

26th Sep 2016 | Read more

Successful Sea Trials for First Air Warfare Destroyer

Today marks the successful completion of ship builder sea trials for the future Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart, at Techport Australia in Adelaide.

24th Sep 2016 | Read more

First destroyer Hobart successfully completes Builder Sea Trials

Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance achieved a major milestone with the successful completion of Builder Sea Trials for the first destroyer Hobart following several days at sea off the coast of South Australia.

24th Sep 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin welcomes in RAAF’s 5th Generation F-35A Squadron

In a gesture to acknowledge the critical transition from a 4th to a 5th generation era of capability for the Royal Australian Air Force, Australia’s former Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown congratulated Number 3 Squadron on the 100th anniversary

21st Sep 2016 | Read more


Robust satellite communications have traditionally been difficult to achieve in helicopters.

16th Sep 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space expands its Skynet channel partner network with three major military communication providers

Airbus Defence and Space is continuing to work with service providers to develop new partnerships to deliver highly resilient Skynet military satellite communication services

15th Sep 2016 | Read more

New defence industry leader forges closer ties between industry and Defence

South Australia’s peak defence industry body has announced it’s newly appointed CEO

15th Sep 2016 | Read more

Recognising 150 Years of Aviation Innovation

he Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, will today join the Royal Aeronautical Society in celebrating 150 years of service

13th Sep 2016 | Read more

Final Australian MH-60R SEAHAWK® Helicopter delivered to Royal Australian Navy

Lockheed Martin, together with the U.S. Navy, ceremonially delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

12th Sep 2016 | Read more

Leonardo-Finmeccanica GVA mission system selected for Danish Army vehicle fleet

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has signed a contract with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to provide Vehicle Mission Systems for the Danish Army’s land vehicles.

8th Sep 2016 | Read more

Exercise KAKADU comes back to the Top End

The Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare exercise is set to kick off next week off the coast of Darwin.

8th Sep 2016 | Read more

Indonesian Air Force takes delivery of CAE-built ex-RAAF C-130H simulator

CAE today announced that the Indonesian Air Force has recently taken delivery and accepted for training a CAE-built C-130H

7th Sep 2016 | Read more

Supacat to deliver Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) to New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, to deliver Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH)

6th Sep 2016 | Read more

CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle makes Australian debut

Adelaide, Australia: BAE Systems’ Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) CV90 is debuting in Australia this week at Land Forces 2016.

6th Sep 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems announces partners to upgrade Australia’s radar network

BAE Systems Australia today announced a team of industry partners that ensures the best of Australian expertise is in place for its bid to upgrade Australia’s long-range High Frequency (HF) radar network.

5th Sep 2016 | Read more


Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups has signed a contract with the Australian Government to participate in the Competitive Evaluation Process

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

DCNS welcomes the decision of the Australian judicial authorities

The Supreme Court of the State of New South Wales (Australia) confirmed today the preliminary decision it had rendered on Monday, August 29, 2016 against “The Australian”.

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

SYPAQ Launches Corvo Unmanned Aerial Systems

SYPAQ, a leading Australian Systems Integrator, today officially launched its Australian designed and manufactured range of products for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance community.

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

AECOM to redesign explosive ordnance storage in $6m Defence win

AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that a specialist team from Australia & New Zealand has been chosen by the Australian Department of Defence

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

Supacat develops new variants of HMT family

Following the UK MoD decision to take `Jackal` and `Coyote` into its Core Fleet, Supacat is developing additional variants and conversions of its HMT family

1st Sep 2016 | Read more

Navantia signs the Future Frigate Participant Services Contract

The Commonwealth of Australia and Navantia have signed an agreement for the Risk Reduction and Design Study (RRDS) Phase for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program.

30th Aug 2016 | Read more

$300m of defence contracts secures jobs for Newcastle

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced two significant defence industry contracts worth approximately $300 million

24th Aug 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems secures $200 million Hawk sustainment contract

BAE Systems Australia has secured a two-year contract, worth approximately $200 million,

24th Aug 2016 | Read more

Land 400 Phase 2 to help drive Australian Industry

Army’s next generation of Mounted Combat Reconnaissance vehicles has reached its next milestone with the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announcing the Defence Department has signed contracts with BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall

23rd Aug 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives Order From New Zealand For Tactical Engagement Simulation System

Defence and security company Saab has received the first order, under a five-year agreement recently signed with the New Zealand Army

22nd Aug 2016 | Read more

KC-30A successfully refuels multi-role F-16 Fighter

The operational capability of the Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft fleet has taken another important step forward with the first operational refuelling

20th Aug 2016 | Read more

Australian Defence Force to upgrade RBS 70 and Giraffe AMB systems

The Australian Defence Force has selected Saab to upgrade the RBS 70 ground-based air defence weapon system and Giraffe AMB radar

17th Aug 2016 | Read more

Boeing wins Australian contract to support Super Hornets and Growlers

The Australian government has signed a contract with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to support the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleets of F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers

12th Aug 2016 | Read more

Boeing inaugurates communications facility in Brisbane

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has recently inaugurated a facility in Brisbane dedicated to developing communications capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF),

12th Aug 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Welcomes Short-Listing of Rheinmetall Boxer CRV for LAND 400 Phase 2

Northrop Grumman Australia remains committed to supporting Rheinmetall on the short-listing of its Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) for Project LAND 400 Phase 2.

10th Aug 2016 | Read more

Air Force declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command.

4th Aug 2016 | Read more

Vince Di Pietro appointed Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Australia New Zealand Designate

Raydon Gates to retire in January after more than five years at the helm.

4th Aug 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia to open research and development centre in Melbourne

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed Lockheed Martin investing AUD $13million over the next three years in a new research and development centre in Australia

2nd Aug 2016 | Read more

BAE selects Evoqua to supply Chloropac systems for RAN’s Anzac-class frigates

BAE Systems Australia has selected Evoqua Water Technologies to design and deliver the Chloropac system

2nd Aug 2016 | Read more

Defence scientist appointed to lead Lockheed Martin’s new research facility

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne today congratulated Defence Science and Technology Group senior executive Dr Tony Lindsay

2nd Aug 2016 | Read more

EM Solutions wins contract from US Agency for 10Gbps mobile backhaul link

EM Solutions have announced that it has won an initial order from a US Government Agency to develop and supply its 10 Gbps E-band backhaul radios

1st Aug 2016 | Read more

Saab Australia is strengthening the Local Supply Chain

Saab Australia is delighted that BAE Systems Australia has been selected to participate in next stage of evaluation for LAND 400 Phase 2, Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance capability.

29th Jul 2016 | Read more


Rheinmetall is pleased to have been selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Risk Mitigation Activities (RMA) of the LAND 400 Phase 2 program.

29th Jul 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Delivers Final MH-60R SEAHAWK® Helicopter to U.S. Navy

July 28, 2016 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

29th Jul 2016 | Read more

Review finalised for LAND 400 Phase 2 Australian Industry Involvement Opportunities

The new Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has today announced the completion of the review of opportunities to improve Australian industry involvement in Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, LAND 400 Phase 2.

28th Jul 2016 | Read more

Companies shortlisted for Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability

The Department of Defence today announced the selection of two tenderers to participate in the next stage of evaluation for LAND 400 Phase 2

28th Jul 2016 | Read more

AMV35 selected for Land 400 evaluation

Australia:BAE Systems Australia and Land 400 bid partner Patria have been confirmed as one of 2 tenders selected

28th Jul 2016 | Read more

LAND 400 Phase 2 shortlist – BAE Systems and Rheinmetall

28 July – Today’s announcement of the two shortlisted bidders for the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle segment of the multi-billion dollar LAND 400 project is no particular surprise.

28th Jul 2016 | Read more

APC Technology New Premises Formally Opened

South Australian Tech Company Expands Operations

26th Jul 2016 | Read more

Australian Defence Force PC-21 Completes First Flight

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is pleased to announce that the first of 49 PC-21 aircraft destined for the Australian Defence Force has successfully completed its initial production test

22nd Jul 2016 | Read more

HMAS Darwin returns from seventh Middle East deployment

Family and friends joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome HMAS Darwin

17th Jul 2016 | Read more

NAVANTIA signs Platform Design Services contract with the Royal Australian Navy

13th. July 2016.- Navantia has signed today in Sydney a new contract with the Capabilty and Sustainement Group (CASG)

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Raytheon, Kongsberg to build Naval Strike Missiles and launchers in United States

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Norway's Kongsberg Defence Systems are finalizing plans to assemble, integrate and test the Naval Strike Missile in the United States.

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Babcock establishes Australasian headquarters in Adelaide

Babcock International Group today announced it will establish its Australasian headquarters in Adelaide

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

The ADF march in France on French National Day

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will today join its Anzac counterparts the New Zealand Defence Force in Paris to march with the French Armed Forces and other military contingents in the French National Day Parade

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

NIOA achieves early delivery of LAND 40 Phase 2 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launchers.

NIOA is pleased to announce the early delivery and acceptance of the initial batch of LAND 40 Phase 2 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launchers (LWAGL) to the Commonwealth.

13th Jul 2016 | Read more

250,000 hours for Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer at Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School

The Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training has celebrated 250,000 flying hours in the Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer aircraft

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Australia’s first F-35A Commanding Officer

Australia’s first Commanding Officer (CO) of the F-35A, Wing Commander Darren Clare has had his first opportunity to see the F-35 up close at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the United Kingdom.

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

New Warship Alliance Management Agreement

Edinburgh Parks, Australia: The new sustainment agreement between the Australian Government and Defence industry to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) ANZAC class frigate fleet

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives First Order Under Australian Warship Agreement

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Australian Government regarding sustainment of the combat system on Australia's ANZAC class frigates.

4th Jul 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia operational maintenance delivery

BAE Systems Australia took over operational maintenance of the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter on Friday, 1 July, in an extension of its contract for in-service support of the Lead-In Fighter training system.

4th Jul 2016 | Read more

Over 100 jobs created as new Hawk sustainment role starts

BAE Systems Australia has created 116 new jobs as the Company starts providing operational maintenance to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

4th Jul 2016 | Read more


Rheinmetall AG is pleased to announce the establishment of a Supervisory Board overseeing the operation of its Australian business, Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

28th Jun 2016 | Read more

New office opening: Raytheon Australia confirms its commitment to Adelaide

The country’s largest Combat Systems Integrator, Raytheon Australia, today opened its Naval and Integration Headquarters, the company's newest facility in Adelaide, South Australia.

27th Jun 2016 | Read more

Raytheon Australia announced as Mission Systems Integrator and In-Service Support Agent for the Woomera Test Range System.

At the opening of Raytheon Australia’s Naval and Integration Headquarters, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull today announced that the company will partner with the Commonwealth to develop the Test Range System within the Woomera Prohibited Area of South Australia.

27th Jun 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space orders A330 MRTT Full Flight Simulator

Airbus Defence and Space has placed an order for the development and provision of a Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

25th Jun 2016 | Read more

NAVANTIA AUSTRALIA inaugurates its new Operations and Design Centre in Adelaide

Warren King joins Navantia Australia Pty as an expertise on Australian defence acquisition and sustainment policy

22nd Jun 2016 | Read more

Raytheon wins Australian gun sight contract

Raytheon has been selected by Australia's Department of Defense for a $54 million weapon sight contract,

15th Jun 2016 | Read more

Project Coorong Delivers Next Generation Capabilities in Over the Horizon Radar

Working in partnership with the Defence Science Technology Group (DST), Lockheed Martin is pleased to announce the successful completion of phase 1 of its research and development initiative – Project Coorong.

9th Jun 2016 | Read more

Qioptiq selected to supply Land 125 project

Qioptiq, an Excelitas technologies company, has secured a significant multi-million pound (£) contract for the supply of Kite In-Line Weapon Sights

9th Jun 2016 | Read more

The Hon Kim Beazley AC Joins Lockheed Martin Australia Board

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, The Hon Kim Beazley AC, has been appointed to the Lockheed Martin Australia Board.

9th Jun 2016 | Read more

Beak Engineering Wins Langa Industrial Distribution Rights

Langa Industrial SA, a world leader in the design and manufacture of ground support equipment (GSE) and tooling for the aircraft industry

31st May 2016 | Read more

Hawk Lead-In Fighter fleet reaches 100,000 flying hours

BAE Systems Australia has congratulated the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on achieving 100,000 flying hours for its Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

19th May 2016 | Read more

One step closer to hypersonic flight

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky today congratulated an Australian-United States team on the success of an experimental hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range.

18th May 2016 | Read more

HMAS Anzac visit to Manila

The Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac will visit Manila from 16 to 21 May 2016 as part of its current deployment around South-East Asia.

17th May 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space opens a ground station in Australia

SpeedCast and Airbus Defence and Space join hands to manage the Anchor Centre for Skynet in Adelaide

17th May 2016 | Read more

ECLIPSE counter-IED system to enter into service within the French forces

The counter-IED system developed by Thales is soon to enter into service within the French armed forces.

17th May 2016 | Read more

NAVANTIA selected to supply two AORs ship to Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia and Navantia have signed a contract to supply two AORs (auxiliary oiler replenishment).

10th May 2016 | Read more

Axalta Coating Systems Coats Latest Generation Trucks for Australian Army

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has received its first medium and heavy-duty trucks in Brisbane

2nd May 2016 | Read more

Finally some certainty for naval shipbuilding

April 2016 has been one of the most significant months in history for the future structure of the Royal Australian Navy.

30th Apr 2016 | Read more

TKMS – down but not necessarily completely out

he history of SEA 1000 has already been so long and complex that it would be an error to assume that the way ahead will be simple

29th Apr 2016 | Read more

DCNS of France wins the CEP

After years of effort, as of April 27 we finally have a design partner for the Future Submarine project

28th Apr 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems welcomes multi-billion dollar industry alliance on ship sustainment

Edinburgh Parks, South Australia: BAE Systems Australia welcomed the signing of a new sustainment agreement between the Australian Government and the Defence Industry

28th Apr 2016 | Read more

Australian Government selects DCNS for the SEA 1000

The Australian Government has selected DCNS as its preferred international partner for the design of 12 Future submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

26th Apr 2016 | Read more

Prime Minister, Minister for Defence – Joint media release – Future submarine program

The Turnbull Government today announces that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard,

26th Apr 2016 | Read more

Australia cleared to acquire AIM-120D

Australia is set to become the first non-US operator of the latest Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile

26th Apr 2016 | Read more

Boost for regional manufacturing as Orica and Thales team up

Thales and Orica, the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives, have signed a 10-year contract for Thales in Australia to produce five million explosive boosters each year

25th Apr 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Welcomes Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy

“Northrop Grumman welcomes the delivery of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy and recognises its commitment to strengthening Australia’s cyber defence

22nd Apr 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems delivers significant upgrade to ANZAC frigate

Henderson, Western Australia: BAE Systems Australia has undocked the sixth ANZAC Class frigate of the eight vessel Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD)

19th Apr 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems of Australia Awarded Approximately $30 Million Contract

("Elbit Systems"), announced today that its Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd (ELSA), was awarded a contract in an amount of approximately US$30 million

19th Apr 2016 | Read more

Obituary for Tony Ayers.

Tony Ayers was a remarkable man and a great Australian.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – Continuous Naval Shipbuilding

The Turnbull Government is securing a sustainable long-term Australian naval shipbuilding industry.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Shield 16

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems’ Australian Subsidiary to Supply a Flight Simulator Training Package for the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Elbit Systems’ Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia (ESLA), will supply Beechcraft King Air B200 flight simulator training for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) South Eastern Section.

11th Apr 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles delivers first trucks to Commonwealth of Australia

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) today delivered the first batch of next-generation military logistics trucks to the Commonwealth of Australia

8th Apr 2016 | Read more

CAE awarded contract to develop C-130J Fuselage Trainer for Royal Australian Air Force

CAE today announced that CAE Australia Pty Ltd was awarded a contract from Australia's Department of Defence Capability

8th Apr 2016 | Read more

L-3 Australia Announces Opening of New Facility in Central Melbourne

L-3 Australia announced today its plans to open a new Design, Engineering and Support facility in South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria.

6th Apr 2016 | Read more

Defence industry wants commitment to a local build before election

Following today’s reports the Federal Government is considering revealing the build location of Australia’s future submarines in coming weeks,

6th Apr 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems to continue airborne navigation training support

BAE Systems Australia has secured a two year contract extension which will see the Company continue to provide through life support of the Navigation Trainer Project (NTP)

5th Apr 2016 | Read more

CYBERBIT™, Elbit Systems’ Subsidiary, Awarded Contracts Valued at an Approximately $22 Million

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems"), announced today that its subsidiary, CYBERBIT Ltd. “CYBERBIT”), was awarded contracts to supply intelligence and cyber analysis and research systems for a country in Asia-Pacific

5th Apr 2016 | Read more

Review of Australian industry involvement for LAND 400 Phase 2

The Department of Defence today announced that the Government has agreed to an extension to the Request for Tender evaluation period of Army’s new Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability

2nd Apr 2016 | Read more

Finmeccanica signs contract worth over 100 million euros with the Philippine Navy for AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters

Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros, to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters.

1st Apr 2016 | Read more

HMAS Darwin concludes first patrol

The Department of Defence has announced that HMAS Darwin has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East region,

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia , HTC Corporation Collaborate to Develop Secure Smartphone Solutions.

Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, an Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has announced an agreement with HTC Corporation

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Australian Technology for Swedish A26 submarine

Sydney-based Sonartech Atlas announced on March 21 that it has been awarded a contract to supply the Swedish Royal Navy with its Intercept Detection and Ranging Sonar (IDRS) system

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Digital Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence to Help Seed Australia's Manufacturing Renaissance

Siemens flags intent for multi-million dollar in-kind advanced software to support Australia

30th Mar 2016 | Read more

German company supports domestic manufacture of Australian submarines

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine System (TKMS) Chairman Dr Hans Christoph Atzpodien said that Australia’s latest submarine fleet should be manufactured in Australia.

21st Mar 2016 | Read more

KONGSBERG buys 49.9 % of Patria creating a leading Nordic defence partnership

Today, KONGSBERG has entered into an agreement with the Finnish state for the purchase of 49.9 % of the shares in Patria for EUR 272 million.

18th Mar 2016 | Read more

DCNS delivers its 5th FREMM frigate, Languedoc

On 16 March 2016, DCNS delivered the FREMM frigate Languedoc intended for the French Navy, on the occasion of the acceptance ceremony by OCCAR

17th Mar 2016 | Read more

AAR Awarded $49 Million Contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been awarded a contract for United States Army Next Generation Automatic Test System (NGATS) Shelters with a total contract ceiling valued at $49 million over five years.

15th Mar 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems to bid for Australia’s JORN Phase 6 upgrade

BAE Systems is to compete for the major Phase 6 upgrade of the Australian Department of Defence's (DoD) Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN).

15th Mar 2016 | Read more

AIDN in the thick of CDIC planning

As the peak Defence industry body for Australian defence SMEs, AIDN welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister for the headquartering of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

10th Mar 2016 | Read more

Centre for Defence Industry Capability will be based in Adelaide, Malcolm Turnbull to announce

Adelaide will today be announced as home to the new multimillion-dollar headquarters for Australia's defence capability.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

Austal shipbuilding methods winning contracts with US Navy

Exports are often an unrecognised but critical element of the viability of many major local defence industry companies.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

HMAS Darwin seizes large weapons cache

HMAS Darwin’s boarding team has uncovered and seized a large weapons cache, following a boarding of a fishing vessel during their deployment to the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

7th Mar 2016 | Read more

Government-Industry Partnership Drives Innovation and Secures Defence Jobs

Lockheed Martin Australia has been supporting the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) since 2003.

29th Feb 2016 | Read more

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

25th Feb 2016 | Read more

KC-30A successfully refuels C-17A for the first time

The first air-to-air refuelling from an RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a United States Air Force (USAF) C-17A Globemaster III occurred on February 10 over Edwards Air Force Base in the United States.

15th Feb 2016 | Read more

Future defence industry leader in the making

Raytheon Australia employee, Brodie Ryan, has been announced as the 2015 Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) National Young Achiever in an awards ceremony held in Canberra last night.

9th Feb 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems Land 400 vehicle ready to go

BAE Systems Australia is ready to demonstrate its solution to the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements and its plans to manufacture in Australia.

9th Feb 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall consolidates Defence units

Rheinmetall AG has decided to consolidate its Defence unit’s extensive military vehicle activities in a new division called “Vehicle Systems”.

27th Jan 2016 | Read more

Industry calls for Offshore Patrol Vessels to bridge Valley of Death

On the eve of Australia Day the nation’s defence industry calls on the Federal Government to expedite decisions on future Naval shipbuilding projects,

25th Jan 2016 | Read more


Tactical military bridge manufacturer WFEL has secured contracts worth £53m with the Australian armed forces

21st Jan 2016 | Read more

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Jan 18

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using remotely piloted aircraft

17th Jan 2016 | Read more

Added punch for the Bundeswehr:

The German Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann to supply 131 Boxer armoured fighting vehicles.

22nd Dec 2015 | Read more

KONGSBERG Protector MCRWS selected for Stryker

General Dynamics Land Systems has notified KONGSBERG that the ’PROTECTOR’ Medium Caliber Remote Weapon Station (MCRWS) has been selected as the 30-millimeter weapon system solution for the Stryker vehicles.

22nd Dec 2015 | Read more

Elbit Systems to Provide an Asia-Pacific country with Tactical ISTAR Solution

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract from an Asia-Pacific country to supply a comprehensive airborne solution

22nd Dec 2015 | Read more


The Government is putting in place long term arrangements to ensure the future success of the Air Warfare Destroyer project and address the legacy of unresolved issues inherited from the previous Labor government.

8th Dec 2015 | Read more

New ADF Pilot Training System

The Australian Government has contracted Lockheed Martin Australia to provide and support the new Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System.

8th Dec 2015 | Read more

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Dec 7

On Dec. 5, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

7th Dec 2015 | Read more

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Updated Dec 4

On Dec. 2, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

4th Dec 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin continues to bring world-class innovation to South Australia

Lockheed Martin today opened a new high-tech laboratory to support the design, delivery and sustainment of Australia’s future Submarine Force, bringing world-class defence innovation to South Australia.

27th Nov 2015 | Read more

There is no substitute for Australian innovation

The opening of a state-of-the-art centre for the development of submarine combat systems in Adelaide is providing opportunities for researchers and industry to work closely together to foster skills, create cutting edge technology and boost the nation’s economy.

27th Nov 2015 | Read more

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia awards integration and support contract to Penske Automotive Group

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has awarded Penske Commercial Vehicles (PCV) the contract to provide integration services

24th Nov 2015 | Read more

AWD Alliance lays keel for third Australian destroyer

The Australia Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance reports the keel has been laid for the third ship of the three-ship program.

20th Nov 2015 | Read more

Babcock and ASC reach new sustainment services agreement for Collins fleet

Babcock International Group has signed a new Transitional Services Agreement (TSA) with Adelaide-based submarine builder and maintainer (ASC) for the delivery of sustainment services to the six Collins Class Submarines.

19th Nov 2015 | Read more

Australian and New Zealand soldiers combine in NZ

More than 90 ADF officers and soldiers from the Australian Army’s @AustralianArmyHQ 7th Brigade Ready Combat Team in Brisbane are working hard with their colleagues in New Zealand,

19th Nov 2015 | Read more

Thales awarded new contract to support rapid deployment on operations

Thales in Australia has signed a three-year extension to its Command A Intelligence Systems Support Organisation (CISSO) contract with the Department of Defence

17th Nov 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Awarded Department of Defence Computer Network Defence Contract

Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, an Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has been awarded the Department of Defence’s contract for JP2068 Phase 2B.2.

13th Nov 2015 | Read more

Royal Australian Navy Task Group exercises with the French Navy in South China Sea

HMA Ships Arunta, Stuart and Sirius, have rendezvoused at sea with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire as part of a Royal Australian Navy Task Group

4th Nov 2015 | Read more


The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight

3rd Nov 2015 | Read more

Air Force’s C-17A Globemaster to appear over Ipswich

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster will fly over Ipswich on Wednesday 4 November.

3rd Nov 2015 | Read more

Rheinmetall and Tectonica Establish Partnership

Rheinmetall has today announced a partnership with Melbourne-based defence systems integrator Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd

30th Oct 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Canada Announces Latest Achievement on New Zealand ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade Project

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Canada marked an important milestone toward modernizing the Royal New Zealand Navy’s two ANZAC Class ships.

23rd Oct 2015 | Read more

Senator Marise Payne says Australia opposes intimidation in the South China Sea

THE Turnbull Government is maintaining a hard line against China and other nations making illegal claims to territory and waters in the South China Sea.

7th Oct 2015 | Read more

Two ships. Two teams. One goal.

Sustainment teams on both sides of Australia are upgrading ANZAC class frigates HMAS Perth and HMAS Anzac to significantly increase their capability.

5th Oct 2015 | Read more

Siemens partnership brings new levels of innovation to Australian Defence industry

In a ceremony today at the Pacific 2015 Maritime Exposition, Siemens signed a historic research agreement with Defence Science and Technology Group and QUT to advance the use of HTS technologies in Australia.

5th Oct 2015 | Read more

TKMSA announces ‘Endeavour’ as the name for Australian Future Submarine Project

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the world’s leading builder of conventional submarines, has announced the name ‘Endeavour’ for its Australian SEA1000 Future Submarine Project.

5th Oct 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Oct 5

On Oct. 3, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

4th Oct 2015 | Read more

Australia chooses Hawkei

The Hawkei is set to become the latest addition to the Australian Defence Force fleet

4th Oct 2015 | Read more

Saab Signs Contract to Support Australian C-RAM Capability

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to supply the Australian Defence Force with Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM) support

1st Oct 2015 | Read more

Cubic Named One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in New Zealand

Cubic Defence New Zealand listed among ‘Top Ten Companies to Watch’ by Technology Investment Network

30th Sep 2015 | Read more

First refuel for RAAF KC-30A refueller to F-35A (JSF)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) completed the first fuel transfer with the air refuelling boom from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a US Air Force

29th Sep 2015 | Read more

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles delivers first flatracks to New Zealand Army under MHOV contract

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has today delivered the first tranche of flatracks to the New Zealand Army

24th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing’s KC-46 military tanker facing $70bn test

Boeing’s troubled new refuelling tanker is about to face its biggest test, the results of which could put the nearly $US50 billion

24th Sep 2015 | Read more

Norway, Australia Team To Upgrade Missile for F-35

Norway and Australia have minted a deal to develop a new seeker capability for the Joint Strike Missile, a core weapon planned for integration onto Norway's F-35.

22nd Sep 2015 | Read more

$665m battlefield communication contract signed

The Commonwealth Department of Defence made a $665 million military communications network upgrade contract with Boeing Defence Australia.

22nd Sep 2015 | Read more

Defence insiders welcome first female minister Marise Payne

Long serving NSW Senator Marise Payne has been sworn into her new role and is today receiving briefings from Defence Force bosses

21st Sep 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq 20 Sept

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

20th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing completes CH-47F Chinook deliveries to Australian Army

The Australian Army has taken delivery of the seventh and final CH-47F Chinook multi-mission helicopter from Boeing,

13th Sep 2015 | Read more

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:Sept 13

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes

12th Sep 2015 | Read more

Recent Announcement: Lockheed Martin New ADF Pilot System Preferred Bidder

On Sept 6, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews announced Lockheed Martin Australia (Team 21) as the preferred tenderer for the new Australian Defence Force

10th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing delivers seven Australian Chinooks

Boeing delivered the seventh CH-47F Chinook to the Australian Army on August 10th

10th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing Defence Australia appoints new MD

Boeing has named Ken Shaw as the next vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA).

8th Sep 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Sept 7

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

7th Sep 2015 | Read more

East Sale RAAF Base to host Australian Defence Force flight training

REGIONAL Victoria will become the new home of an Australian Defence Force flight training program, which is tipped to boost the local economy by $19 million a year.

7th Sep 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems submits Land 400 Phase 2 bid

BAE Systems has offered a highly protected armoured vehicle integrated with a combat proven turret as the solution that will best meet the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements.

3rd Sep 2015 | Read more

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release: Sept 3

Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

3rd Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing wins $1.49 billion order for 13 P-8A aircraft

The contract covers production of nine P-8A aircraft to be built for the U.S. Navy, and four aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force, the Defense Department said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts.

3rd Sep 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Sept 2

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

2nd Sep 2015 | Read more

The UK Ministry of Defence has placed orders with Saab

The Giraffe AMB radar provides a full 360 degree update of the air situation out to 120 km every second.

1st Sep 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems continues air support role for ADF

BAE Systems will continue its role supporting Australia’s military air operations with the announcement of a new four-year contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

1st Sep 2015 | Read more

Second Australian Company to Provide Parts for Initial Production of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has awarded a second Australian supplier contract to Mincham Aviation for the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system

31st Aug 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Partners with ViaSat and Optus

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

31st Aug 2015 | Read more

Australia's Newest Naval Vessel Ready for Delivery

The Australian Navy’s NUSHIP Adelaide has completed its final sea ship trials in Port Phillip Bay.

30th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 30

On Aug. 29, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

30th Aug 2015 | Read more

NIOA signs $47m

The Government today announces the signing of a multi-million dollar acquisition and support contract for a Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher

29th Aug 2015 | Read more


The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

29th Aug 2015 | Read more

Quickstep sales increase 229% to $39.5 million

Joint Strike Fighter and C-130J programs ramp up successfully

28th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 28

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted four airstrikes using bomber and remotely piloted aircraft.

28th Aug 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 24

Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

24th Aug 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight airstrikes using attack, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

20th Aug 2015 | Read more

Boeing Defence chief Kim Gillis to be new defence buying boss

A FORMER senior defence official who has been running US giant Boeing’s lucrative Australian defence business will be the government’s new military purchasing supremo.

19th Aug 2015 | Read more

NUSHIP Adelaide’s final sea trials

Williamstown, Victoria: In preparation for delivery later this year, NUSHIP Adelaide will start her final period of sea trials today.

18th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq 12 Aug

Coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrikes using bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

12th Aug 2015 | Read more


BAE Systems has today announced a further reduction in the workforce at its Williamstown shipyard.

12th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 11

On Aug. 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria,

11th Aug 2015 | Read more

Australian Defence Force orders EF88 assault rifle from Thales

Thales has received a contract from the Australian Department of Defence to supply F90 assault rifles to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

9th Aug 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 8

On Aug. 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

8th Aug 2015 | Read more

Saab Australia Welcomes Government’s Commitment to Naval Shipbuilding

Saab Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a continuous build program for the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates

8th Aug 2015 | Read more


BAE Systems Australia has been selected to deliver operational maintenance for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

7th Aug 2015 | Read more

New era as F90 assault rifle enters Australian Defence Force service

Thales’s F90 rifle is to enter Australian Defence Force service, marking a new era for our soldiers and their weapons.

5th Aug 2015 | Read more

Aug 5 Immediate Release..Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

“The Bayji airstrikes are a great example of directly supporting ISF in an urban fight that is hotly contested.

5th Aug 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

3rd Aug 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes using fighter-attack, attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft.

2nd Aug 2015 | Read more

Australian Company to Provide Parts for Initial Production of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has awarded the first Australian supplier contract for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initial production lot to Ferra Engineering.

31st Jul 2015 | Read more

Airbus completes factory acceptance for ADF’s first HATS helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has completed factory acceptance of the first of 15 EC135 T2+ helicopters for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) JP 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) project.

31st Jul 2015 | Read more

RAAF first EA-18G ‘Growler’ rolled out

During a ceremony on June 29 at Boeing’s F/A-18 assembly plant in St Louis, former Chief of the Air Force Geoff Brown said the acquisition of Super Hornet ‘Growlers’ is the biggest single advance in RAAF capability since the purchase of F-111s in the 1960s.

30th Jul 2015 | Read more


On July 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 airstrikes using fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

27th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

25th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

24th Jul 2015 | Read more

General Dynamics UK awarded £390 million SCOUT SV support contract and invests in new UK industrial capability

General Dynamics UK has been awarded a £390 million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide in-service support for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) fleet until 2024.

24th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

21st Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

20th Jul 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin to acquire United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft Unit

Lockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. weapons maker, has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit

20th Jul 2015 | Read more


Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 23 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

19th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft.

18th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 17

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

17th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 16

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

16th Jul 2015 | Read more

Minister for Defence – Media Statement – Mr Shorten, please don’t be so short sighted on subs

Today Mr Shorten and his faithful followers were outside the Australian Submarine Corporation being their usual negative selves.

16th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 15

On July 13, Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

15th Jul 2015 | Read more


DCNS will propose the world’s most advanced conventionally powered submarine – named the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A

15th Jul 2015 | Read more

France offers stealth submarine tech to Australia to bolster contract bid

France will offer Australia its stealth technology for submarines, never before shared abroad, if it wins a lucrative deal to build Australia's fleet of next-generation submarines

15th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 14

On July 12, Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

14th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 13

Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

13th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

12th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

11th Jul 2015 | Read more

New Australian ship completes initial sea trials

NUSHIP Adelaide, a second Landing Helicopter Dock Ship for the Royal Australian Navy, has successfully completed its initial sea trials, BAE Systems said.

11th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

10th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

QinetiQ Australia successfully delivers Woomera Test Range technical remediation upgrades

QinetiQ Australia has been commended by the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Ground Telecommunications Equipment Systems Project Office (GTESPO)

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

Australia – AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

Government approves contract to maintain ADF small arms manufacturing in Australia

The Australian Government has given second pass approval for project LAND 125 Phase 3C – Soldier Enhancement Version 2 – Lethality.

7th Jul 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems and Saab Australia join forces in a bid to create new Australian jobs

BAE Systems today signed a memorandum of understanding with Saab Australia to maximise Australian industry involvement in its bid for a major combat vehicle program.

6th Jul 2015 | Read more

SEA 1000- Speculation about the origins of Option J

In 2012 the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee published their final report into ‘Procurement Procedures for Defence Capital projects’

5th Jul 2015 | Read more

Melbourne fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

The Defence Department announced on June 26 that the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia assists Australian civilian tanker

Brisbane-based company Holmwood Highgate has been awarded a contract to design and manufacture a total of 276 integrated tankers,

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

NUSHIP Adelaide commences sea trials

BAE Systems announced on June 23 that NUSHIP Adelaide, one of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), left Williamstown (17 June)

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

Netherlands orders 12 new Bushmasters

A dozen life-saving Bushmasters are going into production in Bendigo for export to the Netherlands

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

Two additional KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft for the RAAF

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on July 1 that the Australian Government will purchase two additional KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

First RAAF C-27J Spartan Arrives in Australia

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, welcomed the first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft in Australia at a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond today.

30th Jun 2015 | Read more

Kaspersky Lab Secures Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Kaspersky Lab has announced it is delivering its security offerings to the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet across Australia.

17th Jun 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems delivers more AWD blocks

Williamstown, Victoria: A further two Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks manufactured at BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard have been sent to Osborne, South Australia.

26th May 2015 | Read more

SA to host defence manufacturers

Major defence manufacturers from France, Japan and South Korea are visiting South Australia to inspect its naval shipbuilding sector.

24th May 2015 | Read more

Air Warfare Destroyer project: HMAS Hobart launched

SA Premier Jay Weatherill has used the launch of the first Air Warfare Destroyer to push South Australia's credentials to build the next generation of submarines.

23rd May 2015 | Read more

Raytheon's quest to develop Australia's future engineers and scientist

Raytheon’s support for hands-on, interactive education through the key partnership with Questacon

22nd May 2015 | Read more

Australian Industry’s contribution to the F-35 Program

The July-August edition of Asia Pacific Defence Reporter will have the theme 'Australian industry involvement in the F-35 program'.

19th May 2015 | Read more

Boeing Delivers 2 Chinook Helicopters to Australian Army

Boeing has delivered the first two CH-47F Chinook tandem-rotor helicopters to the Australian army as the country’s military branch works to upgrade its fleet of cargo helicopters.

19th May 2015 | Read more

International participation in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015

Australia and the United States are preparing for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015, the largest combined military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

18th May 2015 | Read more

Army bids farewell to Chief

The Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, officially handed over the command of the Army on Friday May 15, at a parade in Canberra

18th May 2015 | Read more

L-3 Global lands $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia

L-3 Global Communications Solutions Inc. in Victor has been awarded an $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia to supply the Australian Defence Force with satellite communications equipment, additional support equipment and training.

14th May 2015 | Read more

Shipbuilder lays off another 80 workers

SHIPBUILDER BAE Systems has laid off another 80 workers at its Melbourne yard, with fears it will completely run out of work early next year.

13th May 2015 | Read more

Raytheon to provide new mobile satellite communications

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will receive increased mobile satellite communications with Raytheon Australia being awarded the contract for Project JP2008 Phase 5B1.

7th May 2015 | Read more

US clears $1.5b support deal for RAAF Super Hornets, Growlers

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has granted approval for a $1.5 billion sustainment package related to Australia’s 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets and future fleet of 12 EA-18G Growlers.

29th Apr 2015 | Read more

BAE Conducts First APKWS Flight Test on Aussie Helo; U.S. Army Contract Expected Soon

BAE Systems successfully demonstrated its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter for the first time in testing with the Australian army,

28th Apr 2015 | Read more

Navy should stay anchored in Sydney

The NSW government has thrown its support behind the navy remaining at Garden Island rather than a move to Port Kembla.

27th Apr 2015 | Read more


In a move designed to optimise capability support for the Australian Defence Force fleets of Tiger armed reconnaissance and Taipan multi role helicopters, leading aerospace company

23rd Apr 2015 | Read more

Babcock signs $NZ300 million agreement with the New Zealand Defence Force

Babcock International Group announced on April 22 that it has renewed a $NZ300 million agreement with the Government of New Zealand which will see the company deliver through life engineering support services across the New Zealand naval fleet for the next seven years.

22nd Apr 2015 | Read more

Victoria, South Australia join forces

Victoria and South Australia have joined forces to press for urgent federal funding to save military shipbuilding jobs as the industry enters the so-called "valley of death" between work orders.

17th Apr 2015 | Read more

Fourth ANZAC frigate milestone

HMAS Warramunga, the fourth ANZAC frigate to be upgraded as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) program has been undocked at the BAE Systems Henderson (WA) shipyard.

14th Apr 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems’ laser-guided rocket hits the mark for Australian Defence Force

NASHUA, New Hampshire: The Australian Defence Force demonstrated the precision strike capability of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket, firing the system from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) for the first time.

14th Apr 2015 | Read more

CAE Wins Defense Contracts to Provide Simulation Products

CAE today announced that is has won approximately C$220 million worth of Defence and Security contracts during its fourth quarter to provide simulation products and upgrades as well as training services for global military customers.

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

Australia confirms order for two additional C-17s

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that will acquire two additional Boeing C-17 strategic airlifters, which will bring its fleet of the type to eight.

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

Cubic Global Defense Awarded Contract Valued at More Than $6 Million to Support the New Zealand Defence Force

Cubic Range Design Solutions to provide a customized, ballistic fit-out to create a world-class New Zealand Defence Force training facility

9th Apr 2015 | Read more

Shipbuilding industry ‘valley of death’ cannot be avoided, says Defence Minister Kevin Andrews

The industry says it has already entered the valley, and the engineers are the first of what could be thousands of jobs to go.

1st Apr 2015 | Read more

Australia grants second pass approval for JP2008 Phase 5B1 satellite project

The Australian Department of Defence has secured second pass approval from the government to move ahead with Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1 satellite communications project.

1st Apr 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Formally Launches Operations in New Zealand

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has formally launched operations in New Zealand this week in a ceremony in Wellington.

27th Mar 2015 | Read more

German defence group to visit ASC as part of $20 billion submarine bid

ADELAIDE’S shipyards will be showcased to a top-level group of German defence and government officials within days as part of the bid to build Australia’s next submarine fleet here.

24th Mar 2015 | Read more

Sweden blasts Defence for submarine decision.

In a letter obtained by APDR, the Head of Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration – the equivalent of DMO – has called into question several aspects of Australia’s decision to exclude her country from the evaluation process.

17th Mar 2015 | Read more

TAE to become 100% Australian Owned

TAE is proud to announce that members of the current management team, led by General Manager Andrew Sanderson, have reached agreement with Air New Zealand to purchase the TAE Group of companies.

12th Mar 2015 | Read more

General Dynamics and Thales Australia Announce Agreement to Team for LAND 400

Adelaide, Australia – General Dynamics Land Systems and Thales Australia have signed a teaming memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the intention to submit a bid in response to the Land 400 Phase 2 - Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability Request For Tender.

11th Mar 2015 | Read more

APDR examines whether the Defence Department is capable of balanced, objective advise.

In the next edition of APDR we critically examine whether the Department of Defence is any longer capable of giving balanced, objective advice about the Collins submarine replacement

6th Mar 2015 | Read more


Adelaide, South Australia: BAE Systems Australia will bid to build the 21 Pacific Patrol Boats required by the Commonwealth Government.

5th Mar 2015 | Read more

Researchers from the Monash University, CSIRO and Deakin University in Australia have created two 3D-printed aircraft engines.

One of the 3D-printed engines is being showcased at the ongoing International Air Show in Avalon, while the other is at Microturbo (Safran) in Toulouse, France.

27th Feb 2015 | Read more

Norway and Australia to cooperate on Joint Strike Missile-development

The Australian Government Department of Defence and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence today announced they will cooperate on further development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) developed by KONGSBERG.

26th Feb 2015 | Read more

The Australian government is about to spend $300 million on self-piloted killer drones

AUSTRALIA is set to purchase up to $300 million worth of armed “Reaper” drones from the United States.

25th Feb 2015 | Read more

“Rosebank Engineering Australia” to be rebranded to “RUAG Australia Pty Ltd”

As of 24 February 2015 “Rosebank Engineering Australia” will be conducting business as “RUAG Australia Pty Ltd”.

20th Feb 2015 | Read more

Swedes believe that domestic submarine construction is a strategic necessity

Speaking to a group of visiting Australian journalists, Sweden’s Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist described the domestic construction of submarines as a vital part of the country’s security policy.

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

New Joint Strike Fighter maintenance facilities open at Williamtown

New Joint Strike Fighter maintenance facilities open at Williamtown The Hunter is poised to capitalise on Joint Strike Fighter maintenance opportunities after new facilities were officially opened at Williamtown this week.

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

TAE signs AGT 1500 Refresh Contract with Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)

TAE, Australia’s leading gas turbine engine maintenance and engineering company, announced today that it signed a contract with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

TAE Looks Forward to Supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s F135 Engine in Australia

TAE, Australia’s leading gas-turbine engine maintenance and engineering company, is pleased to announce its selection as the regional maintenance, repair, overhaul a

17th Feb 2015 | Read more

Pressure builds to save Victorian shipbuilding jobs

Victoria has ramped up pressure on the Abbott government to save more than 1000 jobs connected to a Williamstown shipbuilding yard after the Prime Minister lifted a ban on Australian companies bidding for future submarine contracts.

10th Feb 2015 | Read more


Williamtown, NSW: BAE Systems Australia has been assigned the role of Southern Pacific Regional Depot Airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade provider

10th Feb 2015 | Read more

Submarines open tender process falls short of Federal Government's promise to build locally, SA Defence Minister says

A shift to an open tender process to decide who will build the nation's next fleet of submarines falls short of the Federal Government's promise to build them in Adelaide, the state's Defence Minister says.

9th Feb 2015 | Read more

Redundancies begin at BAE Systems in Williamstown, union claims

STAFF sackings at the Williamstown naval shipyards have started with about five workers made redundant, a union representative claims.

3rd Feb 2015 | Read more

A UNITED STATES move to bolster its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region

The eight per cent increase sought from the Congress for Pentagon funding is about nine thousand million dollars more than Australia’s entire annual $29.3 billion defence budget.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

The consequences of capricious decision-making

The outrage generated by the Prime Minister’s extraordinarily inept decision to award an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip shows what happens when politicians make decisions based on personal whim rather than as a consequence of thought, analysis and consultation.

29th Jan 2015 | Read more

Saab and Damen Team for Walrus Future Submarine Replacement Programme

Swedish defence and security company Saab is teaming with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group to explore future opportunities in the international submarine market.

21st Jan 2015 | Read more

Cabinet reshuffle delays $US25bn defence tenders

National defence tenders valued at $US25 billion have been delayed by the federal government's recent cabinet reshuffle

20th Jan 2015 | Read more

Supacat secures Australian defence contract

Devon-based Supacat has secured a contract to supply high-mobility vehicles to the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), after receiving funding from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

19th Jan 2015 | Read more

New Zealand Considers Replacing Ageing Hercules Fleet With Bigger Boeing C-17s

The New Zealand Defence Force may soon acquire at least two or four C-17s to replace its ageing C-130 Hercules fleet and Boeing 757 transport aircraft.

15th Jan 2015 | Read more

Protectionism, geopolitics trump cost in Australia-Japan submarines deal

Last week Australian negotiators reacted positively to a Japanese proposal for joint production of submarines to upgrade Australia’s fleet. No final agreement was reached, and while much of the process is deliberately not made public, they said a deal is possible by the end of the year.

14th Jan 2015 | Read more

Williamstown: Daniel Andrews in push to save shipyard jobs

Williamstown’s shipyard could shed hundreds of jobs by April unless it obtains more work from the Commonwealth, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warned last week.

14th Jan 2015 | Read more

Iraq and surprise visits

Am I the only one to have noticed that for the 14 years that Australia was involved in Afghanistan and the 11 years in Iraq

7th Jan 2015 | Read more

Licking catastrophes

At the time of the 1993 federal election I was shirt-fronted by an ardent South Australian conservationist appalled at bipartisan political support for defence spending when there was, apparently, an enormous feral cat problem attriting the wildlife in the Adelaide hills.

7th Jan 2015 | Read more

F-35 program ends year on high note, meets production goal for 2014

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program has ended the year on a high note, meeting its principal production goal late last month with the delivery of the final F-35 Lightning II for 2014.

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

Defence bill a price worth paying to maintain our freedom

WHAT price freedom? It is a question that each generation has asked itself as it has been forced to confront challenges – sometimes internal, often from outside – to the values, beliefs and way of life it holds dear.

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

Thousands of Victorian defence industry jobs are at risk

Thousands of Victorian defence industry jobs are at risk if the federal government fails to place further orders for work, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

5th Jan 2015 | Read more

David Johnston main casualty in reshuffle.

There have been worse performers in the first Abbott Ministry than David Johnston and his replacement by Kevin Andrews is likely to see the Defence reform process stall – at least for a while.

22nd Dec 2014 | Read more

Australia's first F-35A arrives at Luke Air Force Base

Luke Air Force Base, Arizona – The first Australian F-35A Lightning II jet arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Dec.

21st Dec 2014 | Read more

Australia, Japan to provide F-35 heavy maintenance in Asia-Pacific

The Pentagon has chosen Australia and Japan as F-35 heavy maintenance hubs for the Asia-Pacific region. Both countries will conduct work on the airframe, while Australia will host the initial engine depot.

20th Dec 2014 | Read more

Boost for Williamtown aerospace industries from JSF maintenance work

The Williamtown RAAF base is likely to benefit from a deal with the US government for Australia to provide maintenance support for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in the Asia Pacific.

19th Dec 2014 | Read more


The Board of Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL) (Quickstep), a manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre components for the aerospace and automotive industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Marino as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

16th Dec 2014 | Read more

AU’s Guided Missile Submarine Receives Upgrade From Thales Group

Australian Navy's guided missile submarine, the Collins Class submarine, received significant upgrade from the Thales Group.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

Change of Australian military command in the Middle East

Commander of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633) in the Middle East Region (MER) Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC has officially transferred command to Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, AO, CSC, RAN.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

Thales successfully delivers Collins submarine simulator upgrade

Thales Australia has successfully delivered a significant upgrade to the Collins submarine Platform Training Simulator (PTS), which now has the highest levels of reliability and availability since entering service in 1993.

10th Dec 2014 | Read more


Today’s announcement that BAE Systems has joined the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) reform project has been welcomed by the company as a “positive step” towards helping to turn the project around.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

Creating a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry

The Abbott Government is committed to investing in a safe and secure Australia.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

Additional shipbuilding expertise to be inserted into the Air Warfare Destroyer program

We are taking the next major step to put the $8.5 billion Air Warfare Destroyer program back on track to deliver critical capability for the Royal Australian Navy.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

Space Surveillance Telescope – a first for the ADF

The Australian Government has agreed to spend $63 million to deliver facilities to support the installation of a Space Surveillance Telescope at the Harold E Holt Naval Communications Station at Exmouth, Western Australia.

5th Dec 2014 | Read more

17th Annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, and the Secretary of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson, have visited the Peoples’ Republic of China to conduct the 17th Annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue.

4th Dec 2014 | Read more

Expanding alliance: ANZUS cooperation and Asia-Pacific security

Nearing a sprightly 65 years of age, the alliance between Australia and the US, underpinned by the formal ANZUS Treaty of 1951, continues

2nd Dec 2014 | Read more

Joe Hockey rules out open tender for new submarines

TREASURER Joe Hockey has ruled out an open tender for the next-generation submarine fleet, as Defence declared it was not “realistic” to build new submarines in Australia before the Collins-class faces retirement in 2026.

2nd Dec 2014 | Read more

2000 jobs at risk in Air Warfare Destroyer project chaos

UP to 2000 naval shipbuilding jobs could be lost across three states next year — a third of the entire industry — according to a confidential report into the troubled Air Warfare Destroyer project.

28th Nov 2014 | Read more

Defence Minister David Johnston's criticism of ASC.

When discussing the performance of ASC in constructing Air Warfare Destroyers and maintaining Collins Class submarines, the Minister gave way yesterday to the frustration that many people feel and departed for 5 seconds from normal, staid, uncontroversial language.

26th Nov 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems 6,000 training mission milestone

Sale, Victoria: BAE Systems’ Navigation Trainer Project (NTP)’s Airborne Navigation Trainers have completed 6,000 successful training missions for the Australian Defence Force’s School of Air Warfare (SAW).

24th Nov 2014 | Read more

DCNS opened a new subsidiary in Australia

Hervé GUILLOU, CEO of DCNS Group opened the new DCNS Australia subsidiary on Wednesday, November 19th,

20th Nov 2014 | Read more


Australia’s Department of Defence has signed a three year $16.5 million agreement with geospatial giant Esri Australia that will provide more than 65,000 military and civilian personnel with access to state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

19th Nov 2014 | Read more

Thales Australia today welcomed the President of France

Accompanied by Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston, President Hollande viewed the company’s world-leading underwater systems and sonar capabilities, now firmly established in Australia after 30 years of Thales and French Government transfer of technology, expertise and investment.

18th Nov 2014 | Read more

APC Technology Lands New Contract to Supply Generators for Deployment Shelters.

APC Technology has signed a significant contract to supply generators for an international client.

17th Nov 2014 | Read more

Australian official confirms Taranis test location

A senior Royal Australian Air Force official has confirmed flight testing

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Supports Australia's Cyber Future

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Chief of the Defence Force hosts Vietnamese counterpart

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

FEDERAL Labor will wait for formal government briefings before responding to a US call for more Australian troops to help train the Iraq military.

President Barack Obama wants countries like Australia to supplement their commitment

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Appoints Todd Leavitt Vice President of Maritime Systems Business Unit

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has named Todd Leavitt, vice president

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems are designing warships using virtual reality

Virtual reality technology is being utilized in the construction of warships for the Royal Navy

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Submariners on show in Fremantle

Around 250 men and women of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Force marched proudly through the streets of Fremantle

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Introduction of Navy’s new maritime combat helicopters

Joint Project 9000 Phase 7 contract signing for Helicopter Aircrew Training

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

APC Technology announce new board member

APC Technology is proud to announce their newly appointed board member, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, CSC, RANR.

5th Nov 2014 | Read more

NUSHIP CANBERRA departs Melbourne

BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard has farewelled the first Landing Helicopter Dock

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Future still uncertain at BAE Williamstown, despite destroyer contracts

WORKERS at the Williamstown shipyards have welcomed news of more work

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Pelican Introduces Three New Safety-Approved Headlights

To offer tough lightweight, safety-approved lighting options, Pelican Products, Inc

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Australian Government approves helicopter aircrew training system purchase

The Australian Government has approved the purchase of a modern helicopter training system

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Al Jazeera to mark 300 days since arrests of journalists

To mark 300 days since the arrest of Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste, Al Jazeera will be airing a special 300 second montage

24th Oct 2014 | Read more

Politics before three word slogans

The death of Edward Gough Whitlam on October 21 has been met with considerable nostalgia not only for a reforming Prime Minister

23rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Australia's first MH-60R arrives by C-17

The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R combat helicopters has been delivered in-country from NAS Jacksonville, Florida,

21st Oct 2014 | Read more

Rosebank Engineering Australia continues to strengthen its Continuous Improvement Program under RUAG

The Continuous Improvement Program is structured to act on metrics to develop best practices.

20th Oct 2014 | Read more

ADELAIDE-based shipbuilder ASC is poised to split in two in a bid to tackle problems with the $8.5 billion air warfare destroyer project.

In a move that also would boost ASC’s positioning for future submarine work

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Japan subs deal risks China ties: SA govt

Building new submarines in Japan risks damaging ties with China

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Germany fights for Australian submarine defence contract after Japan makes a bid for it

A HIGH-POWERED German submarine delegation is in Canberra

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Minister hails closer Australia-Chinese ties

During talks with General Fan and other senior Chinese military officials in Canberra

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Thales up-beat ahead of Hawkei contract decision

A defence manufacturer says it is expecting positive news in the coming months

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Australian Super Hornets kill Islamic State fighters in Iraq air strikes

AUSTRALIAN Super Hornets have bombed at least two Islamic State targets

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Surface finishing in South Australia

The first of its kind in Australia, this state-of-the-art finishing solution

8th Oct 2014 | Read more

Commonwealth accepts first LHD from BAE Systems

The Commonwealth of Australia has accepted the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, NUSHIP CANBERRA, from prime contractor BAE Systems.

7th Oct 2014 | Read more

Pearson Engineering’s range of Front End Equipment displayed at Land Forces

Pearson Engineering, a world leading provider of Counter-Mine

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Australia’s First F-35A Takes to the Skies

Lockheed Martin announced on September 30 that the Australia’s first F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

DMO awards sustainment contract for landing helicopter docks

A key contract for supporting Australia’s new Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHDs)

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Contract awarded for anti-ship missile decoys

The Department of Defence announced on October 1 that the design of the next generation of anti-ship missile

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Raytheon awarded $251 million Tomahawk missile contract

On September 26, U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Chinook Boeing announced on October 1 that it completed initial flight and delivery of the first,

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin to open AU$8m IT engineering hub in Melbourne

Lockheed Martin will soon be opening an Asia-Pacific IT engineering hub

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Defence awards contract to Lockheed Martin Australia for centralised processing services

Defence has signed an $800 million contract with Lockheed Martin Australia for the provision of centralised processing services.

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Announces Scott Harris as Head of Aerospace Programs, Australia

Northrop Grumman Corporation

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

NUSHIP CANBERRA embarks on final trials

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA: NUSHIP CANBERRA, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

Land Forces 2014 Exhibition: Elbit Systems to Present Solutions for Enabling and Integrating the Future Land Force

At the upcoming Land Forces Exhibition set to take place in Brisbane

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

Multi-million dollar upgrade for Defence science laboratory

The Australian Government is investing $41 million to upgrade facilities

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

Government announces five-year plan to extend domestic munitions production

Defence Minister David Johnston today said a five-year plan by the Abbott Government to maintain Mulwala and Benalla munitions plants will underpin about 550 jobs in rural Victoria and New South Wales.

10th Sep 2014 | Read more

Thales CEO confirms domestic munitions production

“This is a great day for the Australian Defence Force, our employees and Australian manufacturing.

10th Sep 2014 | Read more

Making sense of the Japanese submarine option

There has been a flurry of public commentary following yesterday’s News Limited claims that Australia is about to enter into a commitment to buy our next generation of submarines from Japan.

9th Sep 2014 | Read more

CAE Australia first defence organisation in Australia to achieve CMMI Level 3 rating for Services

Today at the SimTect/SimHealth show, Australia's annual conference

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

New training centre to transform Australia’s naval industry

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania will be the home of a new training centre

26th Aug 2014 | Read more

AMC to play key role in future of naval manufacturing

The Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania was pleased to officially launch the ARC Training Centre

26th Aug 2014 | Read more

MSS Wins Australian Department of Defence Access Control Contract

MSS Security says it has signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defence

26th Aug 2014 | Read more

Supacat to deliver 89 Special Operations Vehicles

Melbourne, Australia, 19 August, 2014, The Defence Material Organisation (DMO) has awarded a $105M contract to high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, to deliver 89 Special Operations Vehicles

19th Aug 2014 | Read more

Defence’s Air Warfare Destroyer delayed project $500M over budget

THE nation’s most troubled defence project

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces Bell 429 Demo Tour in EMS Configuration

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East has today announced a demonstration tour of a Bell 429EMS

14th Aug 2014 | Read more


Newcastle-based Forgacs today announced it has acquired Broens, a precision engineering company that operates in Australia

13th Aug 2014 | Read more

Flying Operations for Exercise PITCH BLACK 14 have commenced over the Northern

Aircraft from Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Australia have begun operating

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

The Chief of Army's Exercise 2014

The Chief of Army's Exercise 2014 is an invitation only event to be held in Brisbane

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

Largest government procurement of services finalised

August 6 was the signing of the final five contracts for support services at Defence bases

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

Exercise RIMPAC Draws Australia Closer to Amphibious Future

More than 800 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel are on their way home

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

APC Technology Celebrates 30 Years and Their Best Financial Results to Date

APC Technology, a South Australian designer and manufacturer of harsh environment solutions, is celebrating 30 years of business.

24th Jul 2014 | Read more

Thales to continue operating Sydney’s Garden Island

Thales Australia has signed a contract with the Department of Defence to provide ongoing dock operations and services, as well as ship repair and maintenance services, at Sydney’s Garden Island for the next five years.

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more


Leading local defence manufacturer Australian Aerospace Limited has been rebranded

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Defence Minister David Johnston hails closer Australia-Chinese Defence ties

On July 18 Defence Minister David Johnston hailed the forging of closer defence relations

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

SM-6 destroys target at longest range yet

During the first-ever SM-6 flight tests from a destroyer class ship equipped

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

DOD Plans To Deliver F-35’s 5th Gen Capability At 4th Gen Cost By 2019

According to Lockheed Martin, on July 10 the U.S. Department of Defense announced an agreement

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers Upgraded French AWACS Aircraft

Boeing announced on July 17 that it has delivered on schedule the first of four upgraded

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Biggest ever Defence contract signed

On 10 July, Stephen Wells, Aurecon’s Chief Business Development Officer and Rosemary Peavey, Company Secretary, attended a formal ceremony hosted by the Department of Defence where they signed Aurecon’s largest defence contract to date.

11th Jul 2014 | Read more

Boeing to upgrade Australian Defence high-frequency communication system

Boeing will increase the capacity and ease-of-use of the Australian Defence Force’s

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

US-Australian spy base in WA to boost military communications

Project will allow real-time communication for American and Australian military

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Thales Australia wins RAN’s Adelaide Class Frigate maintenance contract

Thales Australia Ltd has been awarded the Royal Australian Navy's (RAAN)

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Minister for Defence Formally Opens the Saab Advanced Maritime Systems Centre

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon David Johnston officially opened Saab’s Advanced Maritime Systems Centre in Adelaide this morning.

3rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Geelong firm lands $5m Thales contract

Thales Australia has pre-awarded a $5m contract to RPC Technologies

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Australian Defence Force to be tested by air, land and sea in Pacific Rim

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is playing a key role in the world’s largest maritime

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

What Australia should do in the South China Sea

China continues to try changing the status quo in the South China Sea (SCS) through bullying its smaller neighbours

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Is Indonesia’s next Marty Natalegawa … Marty Natalegawa?

Indonesia has just had its third presidential debate in which both Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

US Air Force helicopters visit HMAS Darwin

HMAS Darwin has hosted two United States Air Force (USAF)

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

HMAS Parramatta departs for the South Pacific

The Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Parramatta departed Sydney this week

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Arunta's sea time starts with a bang

HMAS Arunta recently dusted off the mount

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Defence opens new cyber security school at UNSW Canberra

The Abbott government has formally opened a new academic think-tank and teaching centre

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence – Maritime security strengthened through Pacific Patrol Boat Program

A new $2 billion Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) Program unveiled today

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Export Hawkei on show at Eurosatory

An export version of Thales’s innovative Hawkei light protected vehicle will be on display

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

New rifles for NZDF

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has given approval for the NZDF to seek a replacement for the Steyr rifle

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Jump jets on navy's agenda as Tony Abbott orders air strike rethink

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's order to examine turning the navy's amphibious assault ships

4th Jun 2014 | Read more


Local manufactures need to be involved in Land 400,

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's vision for armed forces faces cost factor

The year-on-year boost to defence that’s been scheduled in the budget isn’t

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

Australia urged to up defence spending to meet threat from rising power China

A key Australian defence think tank has suggested more money and a broader strategy

30th May 2014 | Read more

Australia’s Secret Heroes

" Three part documentary series starting Sunday 15 June 2014 at 8.30pm on SBS” .

30th May 2014 | Read more

Black Hawks go, so do jobs .

ABOUT 70 Townsville Black Hawk maintenance crew mem¬bers will be made redundant

30th May 2014 | Read more

Let’s try harder to rebuild trust with Indonesia

AT a conference on people-smuggling in Jakarta in mid-February

30th May 2014 | Read more

Thales Acquires IMARCS

Thales has acquired a maritime command and control system which integrates Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)

30th May 2014 | Read more

Barrett awarded a $6 million contract for a Central Asian Border Protection Agency

Barrett Communications, an international communications company specialising in the design and manufacture of HF and VHF communications solutions,

28th May 2014 | Read more

The Federal Budget

The Federal Budget sees a modest increase in defence spending – up $800 million to $29.2 billion.

14th May 2014 | Read more

Changes likely for Defence

Several things are underway directly affecting Defence: the May budget; the findings of the Commission of Audit; the Winter-White AWD review.

9th May 2014 | Read more

Commission of Audit

The impact of the Commission of Audit on the Department of Defence will be profound, if its recommendations are accepted.

9th May 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems supporting RAF Tornado aircraft until their retirement

BAE Systems announced on May 1 that they have agreed with the UK Ministry of Defence a £125 million extension

8th May 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers 100th EA-18G Growler to US Navy

Boeing announced on May 5 that it has delivered the 100th EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy

8th May 2014 | Read more

Australia’s military put to the test in a multi-national environment

The Defence Department announced on May 6 that the ADF is undertaking a simulation-based, multi-layered Command Post Exercise

8th May 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia – preferred tenderer for the Centralised Processing Project

Defence announced on May 1 that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred tenderer

8th May 2014 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighters: Government to spend $12 billion on 58 more next-generation F-35s

Australia will buy 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) at a cost of more than $12 billion

23rd Apr 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman, The University of Sydney Announce Partnership

CANBERRA, Australia – April 22, 2014 –Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)

23rd Apr 2014 | Read more



16th Apr 2014 | Read more

Australian DoD extends Hawkei testing and evaluation programme

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has extended the developmental testing and evaluation of the six Thales Hawkei prototype vehicles and trailer that were acquired under the Australian Defence Forces' (ADF) project LAND 121 phase 4 programme.

16th Apr 2014 | Read more

ASPI’s submarine conference—key messages

Everyone seemed to miss it—a statement in public (at ASPI’s Submarine Choice conference) from the chairman of the Western world’s largest and most successful builder of conventional submarines: a fleet of 12 large state-of-the-art boats would cost around $20 billion.

16th Apr 2014 | Read more

Submarines: German–Swedish tensions

Kym Bergmann (Asia Pacific Defence Reporter): …to Dr Atzpodien, we read in the European media that there’s a high level of unhappiness between TKMS and your Swedish subsidiary Kockums. Could you please comment on this for us?

14th Apr 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems, Beechcraft, CAE in joint bid for training contract

BAE Systems, Beechcraft and CAE are jointly offering the Australian military an integrated pilot training system.

12th Apr 2014 | Read more

ASC says designers and builders must work together on future submarines

The Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC), Australia’s largest specialized defence shipbuilding

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Quickstep clinches $US139m fighter deal

Sydney-based manufacturer Quickstep has clinched a $US139 million ($A148.55 million)

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Bid for Korea guns and billions

Australia looks certain to buy extra military hardware from South Korea

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Japan buys Thales Bushmasters

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has ordered four Bushmaster vehicles for deployment

7th Apr 2014 | Read more

DMO chief Warren King jumps to his staff's defence

Defence Materiel Organisation chief executive Warren King has come out fighting

7th Apr 2014 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney, Levett Engineering Grow Industrial Participation in Australia for the F135 Engine and F-35 Lightning II

East Hartford, Conn., April 1, 2014 – Pratt & Whitney,

2nd Apr 2014 | Read more

Boeing contracts BAE Systems to continue RAAF Wedgetail EW sub-systems support

BAE Systems has signed a five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)

2nd Apr 2014 | Read more

JP 2008 – heading for the Projects of Concern list.

JP 2008 is a multi-phase satellite communications project that is one of the key pieces of the Network Centric Communications jigsaw puzzle and has now encountered a major problem.

2nd Apr 2014 | Read more

Marand Delivers First Australian Made Vertical Tails For F-35 Lightning II

April 1 2014.. A ceremony was held today at Australian company, Marand,

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

Austal Lays Keel for 6th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison MP, participated in a keel laying ceremony

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

A drone is parked outside defence, but don't freak out

A lifesize replica of the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is being displayed on the grass courtyard outside the Russell offices until April 4.

28th Mar 2014 | Read more

DSTO signs alliance with Northrop Grumman Australia

DSTO and Northrop Grumman Australia have signed a strategic alliance to conduct collaborative research in a range of high-end defence technologies.

28th Mar 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Complete Initial Flight Testing of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman announced on March 24 that it and the U.S. Navy

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Minister for Defence – Minister applauds $901 million Wedgetail sustainment contract.

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston says a $901 million dollar Wedgetail Airborne

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Republic of Korea Selects Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

Lockheed Marin said on March 25 that the Republic of Korea has formally announced its decision

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Raytheon delivers ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to Missile Defense Agency ahead of schedule.

The U.S. will soon have another system to defend against ballistic missiles.

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Sagem wins order from Nexter Systems to supply 37 SIGMA 30 pointing systems for CAESAR gun export contract.

Sagem (Safran) announced on March 5 that it has won a new order from Nexter Systems to supply

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Elbit Systems to Upgrade Tanks for a Customer in the Asia-Pacific Region Under $290 Million Contract

Elbit Systems announced on March 20, that it was awarded a contract by a customer

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia investing in new defense technology proposals

Australian has committed $11.8 million for development of future defense

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Playing the fiddle while Rome burns.

Make no mistake – naval shipbuilding in Australia is facing a crisis from which it might never recovery. The so-called Valley of Death is real and it will be reached at a specific time – August 2015

26th Mar 2014 | Read more

Ceto 5 hits the road

Australian wave developer Carnegie Wave Energy has kicked off assembly and pre-installation of the Ceto 5 units ahead of deployment off Perth.

25th Mar 2014 | Read more

Role of Aussies in 'The Great Escape' remembered

Seventy years ago today five young Australians were among a group of allied soldiers

25th Mar 2014 | Read more

The 2014 rotation of United States Marines through northern Australia commences

The 2014 rotation of approximately 1150 United States Marines will arrive in northern Australia

24th Mar 2014 | Read more


Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation Warren King congratulated the winning teams and said the DMO was proud to be the national sponsor of the event, run in Australia by the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation.

24th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australian minister loves Barrow

AUSTRALIAN defence minister David Johnston has declared his love for Barrow.

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

IT technicians required across Australia for ambitious body of work.

IBM and Lockheed Martin Australia will know the fate of their bids

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

Wilcox Industries to set up first overseas factory in Australia

Aquaterro and Wilcox Industries will set up a joint-owned factory in Australia, which will cost $10 million and create 100 jobs

18th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia Buys Giant Unmanned Triton Flying Drones for Indian Ocean Patrols

The Australian government is to purchase a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned flying drones as part of a new defence plan

14th Mar 2014 | Read more

Defence pulls off export coup with Bushmaster sales to Japan

In the midst of bad news on the manufacturing front, Australia’s defence industry has pulled off a coup with the sale of 10 locally made Bushmaster armoured vehicles to Japan.

14th Mar 2014 | Read more

Abbott government will buy more Joint Strike Fighters despite flaws

Troubling flaws in the Joint Strike Fighter are still being ironed out, the Pentagon's project leader has admitted

14th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock visits Sydney

Navy’s first Landing Helicopter Dock, NUSHIP Canberra, will enter Sydney Heads today and will be visible on the harbour.

13th Mar 2014 | Read more

MAS MA370 mystery continues

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Flight MA 370 is pretty much unprecedented.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

New defence white paper likely to test government appetite for radical thinking

Defence Minister David Johnston has selected a ripper team to prepare his new white paper.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

Crucial air power decisions coming soon

Decisions made in the next few months on buying additional Joint Strike Fighter aircraft could give the RAAF a huge advantage over any adversary.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

Austal Awarded Contract for Two 72mm High Speed Defence Support Vessels

Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract from a naval customer in the Middle East

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

Warship project heading for cost blowout

The $8.5 billion project to build three advanced warships is facing a cost blowout of at least $300 million

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia urged to address its languishing defence budget, says government adviser

China's sharp military rise underscores the need for Australia to bolster its own defence spending and in particular improve its spying capabilities

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

DSTO and Lockheed Martin in research collaboration

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and Lockheed Martin Australia have signed a new strategic alliance

5th Mar 2014 | Read more

Aussie Poseidon will be an advanced version of the US Navy P-8A

The new fleet is expected to become fully operational in 2021

5th Mar 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems pursues Australian Defense contract

BAE Systems in Australia is touting its test range management technology and experience in its bid for remediation of the country's Woomera Test Range.

4th Mar 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Completes Acquisition of Qantas Defence Services

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)

3rd Mar 2014 | Read more

Marshall ADG delivers 200th production auxiliary fuel tank for Boeing's P-8

The P-8 maritime patrol aircraft is a military derivative of Boeing’s Next Generation 737-800

25th Feb 2014 | Read more

Austrialia to purchase eight Boeing P-8A

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced today that the country’s government has approved the purchase of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

HMAS Childers returns from Indian Ocean deployment

he Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Childers has arrived in Darwin after participating in Milan 2014, the biannual international naval event

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

BAE Q-Warrior Head-Up Display Bring Iron Man One Step Closer to Reality

Designed with the safety of soldiers in mind, BAE insists their device will eventually be worn by every solider on the field.

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman...Gets Real In Time + View For Global Hawk's Common Imagery Processor

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Common Imagery Processor (CIP)

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

The F-35 is one heck of a fighter jet and...just a few clicks away from a hack

The F-35 Joint Striker Fighter jet will make the U.S. skies safe and give the air force an advantage over enemy planes any given day

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Minister for Defence – Full flight simulator training begins in Sale, Victoria

On February 20th Defence Minister Senator David Johnston officially opened CAE Australia Pty Ltd’s new King Air 350 Full Flight Simulator facility in Sale, Victoria

21st Feb 2014 | Read more

Air defence Rheinmetall wins major orders in Asia

n recent weeks Rheinmetall has won major orders in the field of military air defence.

12th Feb 2014 | Read more

Reader response to ‘DMO: industry’s view not accurate’

I know that my friend Mark Thomson was being somewhat tongue in cheek when sledging defence industry, but his put-downs (and defence of DMO) can’t go without a response.

11th Feb 2014 | Read more

Airbus Group To Have A Strong Presence At Singapore Airshow

Singapore, 06 February 2014 – Airbus Group will have a major presence at the Singapore Airshow

7th Feb 2014 | Read more

Hills – BAE Systems to develop satellite terminal for crucial USA - Australia defence forces communications

Hills Limited’s satellite division – STEP Electronics – announced today that it is partnering with BAE

4th Feb 2014 | Read more

Thales delivers new ASLAV trainers to Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation

Thales has successfully delivered nine new Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) Crew Procedural Trainers (CPTs) to the Defence Materiel Organisation

31st Jan 2014 | Read more

RAN MH-60R In-service Ceremony

The Department of Defence has announced that the first two MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters

27th Jan 2014 | Read more


The Australian Strategic Policy Insitute, based in Canberra, announced on January 23 that it has

23rd Jan 2014 | Read more

Steyr Mannlicher grenade launcher chosen for new Australian rifle

Thales Australia has selected Steyr Mannlicher’s SL40 grenade launcher as its preferred choice

21st Jan 2014 | Read more

Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow is Asia's largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world.

20th Jan 2014 | Read more

China, Australia strike agreement on defence action plan

The Chinese People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of staff

16th Jan 2014 | Read more

Boeing picks Australian firms for F-15 work

Boeing has entered partnership agreements with two Australian aerospace firms

15th Jan 2014 | Read more

Elbit Systems to Supply Additional Battle Management Systems to the Australian Defence Forces

ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that the Australian Department of Defence

23rd Dec 2013 | Read more

Royal Australian Navy accepts two MH-60R helicopters in Owego

At a ceremony held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y.

16th Dec 2013 | Read more

TAE Acquires Perkins Technologies

TAE, Australia’s leading turbine engine maintenance and engineering services company

13th Dec 2013 | Read more

Defence and Industry Conference

Defence and Industry Conference 2014 will be held in Adelaide from 29-30 July 2014.

12th Dec 2013 | Read more

Thales Bushmaster for Jamaica Defence Force.

Thales Australia has signed a contract to supply 12 Bushmaster vehicles to the Jamaica Defence Force.

6th Dec 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia to manufacture titanium parts for F-35 jets in Adelaide facility

BAE Systems Australia has officially opened its new $10 million titanium machining facility at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia

5th Dec 2013 | Read more

BAE lease extension signals confidence in the Australian Marine Complex

BAE System’s multi-million dollar investment in its future at the Australian Marine Complex

5th Dec 2013 | Read more

$1 Million grant for Quickstep Holdings Limited

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre composite components, today announced that it has been awarded a $1 million grant

2nd Dec 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems to expand presence at the Australian Marine Complex

BAE Systems Australia has signed agreements with local authorities to expand its presence at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson, Perth, the company announced on 28 November.

2nd Dec 2013 | Read more

Saab signs contract to upgrade Australian Submarine Sub-System

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with ASC Pty Ltd (Australian Submarine Corporation)

2nd Dec 2013 | Read more

Canberra based company awarded radar development contract

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced the award of a Standing Offer contract to Canberra based company CEA Technologies

28th Nov 2013 | Read more

Australia Collins Class Submarines to be Updated

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced the Defence Materiel Organisation has signed a multi-million dollar contract with ASC Pty Ltd

27th Nov 2013 | Read more

Australia summons Chinese ambassador over air defence zone

The Australian government has called in China's ambassador to express concerns at China's declaration of an air defence zone over much of the East China Sea, including islands that Japan claims as its own territory.

26th Nov 2013 | Read more

Defence awards contract to support frigates

Multi-million dollar contract has been signed with Thales Australia for in-service support on four Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships.

25th Nov 2013 | Read more

Commissioning of C-17A Cargo Compartment Trainer

The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) today announced the successful delivery and commissioning of a Cargo Compartment Trainer (CCT) for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley.

22nd Nov 2013 | Read more

Australian spying on Indonesia.

That Australia spies on Indonesia comes as no particular surprise—most people would assume that our security agencies keep an eye on what is going on in the region.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Australian MH-60R Nears Completion

Australia’s first Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multimission maritime helicopter is almost ready for delivery and is scheduled to fly its final test flight this week

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Defence minister visits SAF troops at military exercise in Australia

For the first time, a new bilateral component codenamed Exercise Trident has been introduced at Exercise Wallaby, currently ongoing at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in Queensland, Australia.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

30 jobs cut in shipyard work

The first wave of job cuts has hit Australia's shipbuilders as unions fear it signals a looming collapse in the industry.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

First harbour trial completed for Australian helicopter docking vessel

Australia's newest landing helicopter dock ship, the Canberra, successfully completed a vehicle loading trial at Williamstown, near Melbourne in the southern state of Victoria.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 2013 – Boosting regional security

An air and maritime exercise involving Australia and its regional security partners commences today (7 November 2013) in Malaysia.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Lockheed Martin opens A$10m cyber-security centre in Australia

Lockheed Martin has opened a Security Intelligence Centre in Australia in a move that underscores the nation’s reputation for a highly educated workforce and robust technology industry.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

RAAF starts Growler training in the United States

An important step in the introduction of the Royal Australian Air Force’s electronic warfare capability has commenced, with the first pilot instructor commencing flying on the EA-18G Growler in the United States.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

QinetiQ Supports the MoD in Testing New Composite Materials for UK Submarine Fleet

The In-Service Submarines Team, which is part of the MoD Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) agency, is responsible for all Royal Navy in-service submarines (Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute Classes) and for supporting the introduction of new submarines into service.

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

The BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator has made its maiden flight

The BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator has made its maiden flight and is currently conducting initial flight trials

28th Oct 2013 | Read more


In recent months Australia’s spy agencies had intercepted and analysed messages from within the Kamerian Defence Force

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Raytheon awarded US Navy next generation Air and Missile Defense Radar contract

Raytheon announced on October 10 that it has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modelling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar (AMDR-S) and Radar Suite Controller (RSC)

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Qualified to Support Apache Crews

BAE Systems announced on October 22 that their Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket completed another major milestone when it was fired for the first time from an AH-64D Apache helicopter during flight testing.

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Airbus Military begins trials of C295 firefighter

Airbus Military announced on October 23 that it has begun trials of water bombing with a specially modified C295 aircraft

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Mohammed bin Rashid receives Australian Defence Minister

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai ,received the Australian Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and his accompanying delegation on Sunday at Al Marmum Resort in Dubai.

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Defence Confirms Intercepting Pirates off Somalia Coast

Australian Department of Defence confirmed intercepting pirates off the Somalia Coast with the company aboard HMAS Melbourne.

22nd Oct 2013 | Read more

Australia Boosts Funds for SADI Program

Minister for Defence David Johnston has announced the award of more than $10.5 million in grants to more than 120 companies under the most recent round of the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program.

17th Oct 2013 | Read more

EADS aims higher after decade of growth

EUROPEAN aerospace and defence giant EADS is keen to develop its presence in Australia after a strong decade of growth in the commercial and defence spheres.

15th Oct 2013 | Read more

Defence calculating cost of repairs to Collins-class submarine damaged during severe storm

The Department of Defence is hoping insurance will help cover the costs of repairing a Collins-class submarine damaged during severe storms in Western Australia in June.

15th Oct 2013 | Read more

First F-35 for Australia Takes Shape In Fort Worth, Texas

Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35 Lightning II for Australia this week.

12th Oct 2013 | Read more

BAE gets new order for Nulka missile decoys

BAE Systems Australia reports it has received a new $32.9 million contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy system.

9th Oct 2013 | Read more

Pacific 2013: Australia's DSTO expands links with Thales, ASC

Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has further expanded ties with industry through partnership agreements with Thales Australia and local shipbuilder ASC.

9th Oct 2013 | Read more

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6 ready for delivery

The Australian Army will soon take delivery of the first Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6x6 surveillance reconnaissance vehicles (SRV) fitted with a new customised weapons suite.

4th Oct 2013 | Read more

First ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Starts in Sydney

The ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise commenced on Sept 30, 2013 around Jervis Bay and the East Australian Exercise Area. The exercise jumpstarted the RAN International Fleet Review happening from Oct 3 to 10, commemorating the arrival of Navy's first fleet into Sydney.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

Navy and NSW Government join forces to commemorate ships and crew lost in war

Dedication Ceremony and unveiling of the restored mast of HMAS Sydney (I) – one of Australia’s most important monuments to ships and crews lost in war.

This event will include a Colour Ceremony, HMAS Darwin saluting the Sydney (I) mast from seaward of Bradley’s Head, and a Seahawk helicopter flypast.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

Pacific 2013 Trade Visitors Registration Now Open

Since its inception in 2000, the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition has continued to expand. The number of commercial maritime and naval defence industry participants from around the world has grown substantially.

30th Sep 2013 | Read more

Rohde & Schwarz selected for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Rohde & Schwarz has been selected after a 12 month competition process run by BAE Systems to be the preferred partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat ship.

27th Sep 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems gets $13.6M to continue support of Navy systems

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc. is being awarded a $13.56 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the operation and maintenance of Navy communication, electronic and computer systems.

27th Sep 2013 | Read more

Defence Minister Johnston says ''augment our readiness'' for further Middle East conflicts

Australia's new Defence Minister, David Johnston, says he wants to keep the military battle-ready for further possible conflicts in the unstable Middle East and south Asia.

25th Sep 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE

BAE Systems announced on Sept. 11 that it has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE to bid for the Australian Defence Force’s fixed-wing pilot training system.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more


The latest state-of-the-art submarine in the Astute class has been unveiled during a ceremony at its site in Barrow-in-Furness.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more

Rockwell Collins selected by Australian Army to provide “eyes and ears” for soldiers

Patrol Persistent Surveillance System combines sound, vibration and imaging sensors for enhanced situational awareness

24th Sep 2013 | Read more


The U.S. Australia Centennial Display honors RAN and USN cooperation in a unique exhibit

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

LHD program

One of the weighty matters that will need to be considered urgently by new Defence Minister David Johnston

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

Barrett Communications awarded sole source contract for East African Police Force

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce a three (3) year sole source contract to supply up to 750 HF transceivers to one of East Africa’s largest Police Forces.

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

Boeing missile defense chief calls for more testing on Ground-Base Midcourse Defense system

The head of Boeing Co.'s defense business is calling for more testing on the U.S. ground-based missile defense system, even as he says this summer's failed trials did provide valuable information for the program's development.

11th Sep 2013 | Read more

Quickstep receives US$2.6 million purchase orders

Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL), the manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre composite components, today announced that it has received additional purchase orders worth US$2.6 million for non-recurring work related to existing aerospace agreements.

6th Sep 2013 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia to Acquire Qantas Defense

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp., has signed a definitive agreement with Qantas Airways Ltd. to acquire Australia-based Qantas Defence Services Pty Ltd.

3rd Sep 2013 | Read more

CAEs MRH90 Helicopter Simulator for Oakey Training Centre

CAE announced that the Commonwealth of Australia has accepted into service the first MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) located at the Army Aviation Training Centre Oakey in Queensland.

30th Aug 2013 | Read more


Kamarian soldiers, wearing clothing remarkably similar to Australian Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniforms, had chosen their ambush site well.

29th Aug 2013 | Read more

LAND 121 Phase 3B

One of the most drawn out evaluations in the history of Australian defence acquisitions reached a merciful climax on July 23 with contract signatures in Brisbane.

26th Aug 2013 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarines at War against China?

The 2009 Defence White Paper caused anxiety in Beijing when it stated that China's rise in economic, political and military terms has become more evident and that its pronounced military

26th Aug 2013 | Read more

Uninhabited systems for the ADF – getting the balance right

During the 1950s and 60s Australia was a world leader in the design and development of uninhabited aerial systems for military use, with products such as the Jindivik jet powered target aircraft, the Ikara rocket-delivered anti-submarine torpedo and the Nulka hovering decoy rocket.

23rd Aug 2013 | Read more

Boeing Defence Australia

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), a local subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) fleet from Boeing in the U.S.

30th Jul 2013 | Read more

Defence sector wants 35pc of work on lucrative phase 3B contract

PROMISES to keep 35 per cent of work on the $1.58 billion Land121 contract for new military vehicles in Australia must be honoured by the Federal Government, industry spokesman Chris Burns says.

25th Jul 2013 | Read more

$1.58 billion contract in military joint ventur with Man truck maker

The Australian Defence Force has contracted with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to supply it with an extensive fleet of advanced logistic vehicles,'' Rheinmetall said in a statement.

24th Jul 2013 | Read more

Boeing Receives $66.7 Million Contract to Support Australia’s Vigilare System

Through a five-year, AUS$66.7 million (US$60.45 million) contract with the Australian Department of Defence, Boeing announced on July 11 that they will provide enhanced support services for Vigilare, the air defence command and control system that is giving the Australian Defence Force unparalleled ground and airborne situational awareness.

11th Jul 2013 | Read more


Whenever I am asked why we should build submarines in Australia, my short reply is that we can’t afford not to.

8th Jul 2013 | Read more

100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes for Australia

Australia to buy up to 100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes from the U.S. at a cost of $83 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced yesterday.

5th Jul 2013 | Read more

Australia's Future Submarine

AUSTRALIA'S next submarine will be much bigger than the existing Collins boats but the likely cost won't be known for years, a senior defence official says.

4th Jul 2013 | Read more

Australian Defence Industry warns against further long delays

Australian Defence Industry warns against further long delays in the Defence Capability Plan

28th Jun 2013 | Read more

2013-14 Defence Budget

After last year’s dramatic pruning of Defence’s budget by $5.454 billion over the Forward Estimates, there was not scope for further cuts and still maintain the Government’s defence capability intentions.

18th Jun 2013 | Read more

A400M Taking to the skies

The undoubted highlight of a media tour to Airbus Military in Seville in late May was the opportunity to fly in an A400M, with the author being part of a small group of journalists selected for the first mission of the day. Demonstrating complete confidence in his aircraft

18th Jun 2013 | Read more


The Defence Ministers announced in a press release coinciding with the release of the Defence White Paper 2013 “Army’s existing armoured units will undergo significant changes and be designated as Armoured Cavalry Regiments.

17th Jun 2013 | Read more

Collins Class upgrades a mixed scorecard

As the Future Submarine Project - SEA 1000 - continues to move forward at what appears to be a slow pace, Defence will have no choice but to expend even more funds on keeping the Collins Class in service until a viable replacement appears.

7th May 2013 | Read more


Networked Army is the future and LCVS has a key part to play in it, both delivering feedback from its own sensors and also receiving situational awareness and commands while in the mounted close combat role with an enemy in difficult terrain.

7th May 2013 | Read more

Landing Helicopter Docks Big ships taking shape

he two massive LHDs that are under construction at Williamstown in Melbourne and Ferrol in Spain are now entering an advanced stage of the project. Being built by Navantia, the hull of Ship 02 - which will become HMAS Adelaide - is 85% complete and will begin the journey to Australia for the final stage of assembly in December this year. Ship 01 – or in the jargon of naval shipbuilding NUSHIP CANBERRA - is on track to begin trials next year, with prime contractor BAE Systems confident of being able to deliver her to the Navy on schedule in 2014.

7th May 2013 | Read more

Defence White Paper 2013

Given Australia’s strategic and budgetary circumstances, the 2013 White Paper seems reasonably well balanced. Or to put it another way, it could have been a lot worse. In foreshadowing a modest increase in spending in the short term and an aspiration target of 2% of GDP, the Government has sought to maintain its credentials in the national security domain.

3rd May 2013 | Read more


n 2008 the Defence Department commissioned a review into submarine workforce sustainability which, when completed in 2009, made a number of recommendations to ensure Australia could deal with the pressures facing its submarine workforce and “to develop the required level of capability from the Submarine Force”.

9th Apr 2013 | Read more


At the 13 February 2013 hearing of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee, Senator Fawcett asked Lieutenant General David Morrison “Chief of Army, to conclude our discussion.

9th Apr 2013 | Read more


One of the more complex and fraught Defence acquisitions of recent times has been the purchase of six ‘Wedgetail’ airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft from Boeing.

8th Apr 2013 | Read more


The competition to find a contractor for the Domestic Munitions Manufacturing agreement reached an important milestone on March 25 with four bids being submitted. This date was a slight delay over the original schedule.

8th Apr 2013 | Read more

Avalon 2013

Two years ago the amount of interaction was disappointingly low, but the situation this time was greatly improved – after a quiet first day. All of the major aerospace companies active in Australia were present, with the exception of Raytheon - which like many companies is in a cost-saving mode.

8th Apr 2013 | Read more


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20th Mar 2013 | Read more


The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) began receiving Bell 47G Sioux helicopters in 1965, along with Bell UH-1 Iroquois a year later at the height of the Vietnam War.

28th Feb 2013 | Read more

RAAF Stand-off Missiles – Fire and Forget?

Warfare in or from the air has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. The images of World War One devil-may-care pilots in helmet and goggles, scarves waving in the slipstream,

28th Feb 2013 | Read more


Last month’s SEA 1000 article explored and found a ‘grand plan’ bespoke submarine design program costing up to $36 illion couldn’t be justified on ‘nation building’ grounds.

28th Feb 2013 | Read more

Anti-Ship Missile Defence impressive progress

The project to give the Navy’s eight Anzac frigatesThe ability to defend against saturation attacks

27th Feb 2013 | Read more

HF MOD delivering capability

Australia has a long history of expertise in high frequency (HF) radio communication, going back to the early 1930s.

27th Feb 2013 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter F-35 update – don’t believe everything you read

Most people are aware that bad news sells newspapers far better than good news. That’s human nature - try it for yourself. Describe to your friends the wonderful holiday you have just experienced and even the politest of them will tune out after a few minutes of boredom.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

ADF Pilot Training – a very slow take off

Human piloted aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, will continue to be the ADF’s most important aerial assets for the foreseeable future. Although the ISR requirements of Australia’s huge EEZ, the third largest maritime jurisdiction in the world

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

Australia’s recapitalized fleet

As a consequence of a number of decisions taken during the last two years, the structure of the RAAF’s airlift fleet looks to be set in stone for some time to come.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

SEA 1000 and “Nation Building” - The Industrial Tail Wagging the Capability Dog?

“Defence heavyweights Peter Cosgrove and Angus Houston say an Australian-built submarine fleet is essential for the nation's strategic interests, urging the government to resist cheaper options for replacing the ailing Collins Class boats”

28th Jan 2013 | Read more


Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today congratulated Thales Australia on the delivery of the latest Hawkei vehicle and trailer prototypes.

14th Dec 2012 | Read more

Update to the Projects of Concern list

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today updated the Projects of Concern list.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Consultation Process for the General Public for the 2013 Defence White Paper

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today released details of the consultation process for the general public for the 2013 Defence White Paper.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Capability Update - Air Projects

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today provided an update on three air capability projects.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Australia's future Air Combat Capability

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today provided an update on planning for Australia’s future Air Combat Capability.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Airbus Military delivers final A330 MRTT to Royal Australian Air Force

irbus Military formally delivered the fifth and final new generation A330 MRTT multi-role tanker transport ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

11th Dec 2012 | Read more


The National Executive of the Australian Industry & Defence Network Inc. (AIDN) held their Annual General Meeting at the Naval, Military and Air Force Club in Adelaide today.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more


“The numbers tell the story. Next year the defence budget will fall in real terms by 10.5%, the largest year‐on‐year reductions since the end of the Korean conflict in 1953.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

Maritime surveillance

Australia’s – and the Region’s – Grand Challenge: Situational Maritime Domain Awareness

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

Munitions production – an expensive business

Being self-reliant in the production of ammunition seems sensible for any country, but especially so for an island continent. However, making sure the three services have enough bullets, bombs, artillery rounds and explosives available in Australia for all realistic contingencies has been a more expensive undertaking than was anticipated in the mid-1990s when the issue first received critical analysis.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

SEA 1180 - Four into one does go

SEA 1180 is the project to replace four RAN classes, totalling 26 small vessels in service at present, with a single class of around 20 Offshore Combatant Vessels (OCVs).

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

VAQ 132 Growlers Complete Exercise with Royal Australian Air Force

Following the announcement on August 23 that an initial 6 out of RAAF’s 24 Super Hornets will be converted to Electronic Warfare ‘Growler’ configuration, interaction with the USN is on the increase.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more


The USA’s “strategic pivot” towards the Asia-Pacific region, as outlined by President Barack Obama in late 2011, has received a lot of public attention.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more

Australia’s strategic circumstances

At a time of Defence budget reductions it is worth considering Australia’s strategic circumstances for a moment. Officially these are being examined as part of the forthcoming 2013 Defence White Paper and also Ken Henry’s forthcoming ‘Australia in the Asian century’ report.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more

Ninox: all-seeing hunter of the night

Members of the owl family like the Powerful Owl Ninox strenua, Rufous Owl Ninox rufa, Barking Owl Ninox connivens, etc., are common in some coastal fringes of Australia. These are relatively large birds which possess acute night vision through huge eyes which can barely move in their sockets.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more

JP 2097 Phase 1B

The troops of Australia’s Special Operations Command (SOCMD) having been doing a lot of ‘heavy lifting’ in recent years, particularly with continuous rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering numerous fatalities and serious injuries in the process.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more


Japan has a solid conventional submarine build program producing high quality and capable evolved MOTS products. At 4000 to 4200 tonnes they are of a size that many seem to think is important for Australia’s future submarine program.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more

Meeting Australia’s – and the Region’s – Defence Needs: The Role of Autonomous Systems

It is beyond debate that global trends are converging to make the 21st Century the Asia-Pacific Century. Just as certainly, for myriad reasons, the nations of the region – Australia chief among them – have moved forward proactively to enhance their defence posture.

15th Oct 2012 | Read more

Establishment of Rheinmetall Simulation Australia Pty Ltd

Establishment of Rheinmetall Simulation Australia Pty Ltd signals strengthened commitment “Down Under” - Adrian Smith appointed Managing Director

12th Oct 2012 | Read more

Another player joins the field of maritime communications

The Defence tender evaluation process often throws up seemingly inconsistent decisions and the one that currently has the maritime world in a buzz is SEA 1442 Phase 4.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

Funding Approval given for Army mortar replacements

To be effective in the increasingly complex environments now being encountered, Army’s Land Force needs its manoeuvre elements to be highly mobile, protected, and integrated into a single information environment, implemented over a secure terrestrial communications network, so as to rapidly direct precision joint fires of artillery and other weapons systems from all three services.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

Friend or Foe? Avoiding the tragedy of fratricide in land operations

During 2011 four Australian soldiers (“blue” forces) were killed and 10 were wounded in three separate attacks by Afghan troops and police - called “green” forces in NATO terminology.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more


A Pump Jet Moment Senate Estimates Committee hearings are always interesting for submarine watchers. The Collins Class and also the future submarine project usually feature prominently.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

Battle management systems comes together

Several armies are in the process of introducing future soldier systems: the United States with FBCB2; France with FELIN; and Israel with their WIN battle management system (BMS) and related digital products such as ‘Fast Road’ for armoured forces.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

Local design expertise and experience

In an Australian defence contracting environment that has experienced many peaks and troughs, an SME has recently celebrated its 25th birthday and is still going strong. Australian Marine Technologies started life as Blohm+Voss (Australia) – a local centre of naval engineering and systems integration expertise created to support the company’s ultimately successful bid for the ANZAC frigate project.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

SEA 1442 Phase 4: shock decision seems to be in favor of Selex.

The military communications world is abuzz with rumours that The Department of Defence is about to award the communications upgrade of the RAN's ANZAC frigates to the relatively unknown Italian company Selex Elsag.

7th Sep 2012 | Read more

Exercise Pitch Black

Exercise Pitch Black- In August, suburban dwellers near Darwin International Airport heard, and felt, the thunderous roar of high-performance jet engines on innumerable occasions.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more


Like its Australian counterparts, the NZDF has been sustaining a much higher operational tempo than has been the long-term norm.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more


A 2015, not 2030 Problem For several years now defence analysts, official or otherwise, have been highlighting a build-up in Chinese military capability.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more


In July the Ministers of Defence and Defence Materiel announced that they had listened to industry seeking more certainty in information about planned key defence projects.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

As Australia begins the process of military transition from Afghanistan, one of the senior figures involved, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Dr Mike Kelly, spoke to APDR.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

All F-35 maintenance to be performed in Australia

Speaking to the media on August 23 August in Canberra, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program manager Tom Burbage explained that once Australia’s F-35s are delivered they will never have to return to the US for maintenance.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

Global Supply Chains

Byline: Geoff Slocombe / Victoria Many small Australian defence companies are run by people who have a good idea, implemented with smart technology, which proves attractive to the Department of Defence.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter - Long term prospects for Australian companies.

The announcement that Australia would participate in the Joint Strike Fighter project was made almost exactly a decade ago on June 22, 2002. In another piece of symmetry, the Government’s contribution of $300 million to the System Design & Development phase is the same as the amount of work won so far by Australian industry on the aircraft since that time.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

BAE Systems concerned about naval sector future

For the second time in two decades Australian naval shipbuilding is facing a substantial hiatus. Having engaged in a major ramp-up to build three Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), complete two Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) - whose hulls are being constructed in Spain - and upgrade eight ANZAC frigates, industry has to face the prospect of activity coming to an abrupt halt about three years from now.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

Lockheed Martin officially opens Canberra office

As the world’s largest defence contractor – and likely to remain so for some time - Lockheed Martin has a lot of influence and prestige.

5th Jul 2012 | Read more

New Thales Bushmasters for Australian Army

Thales Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement today that it will purchase an additional 214 Bushmaster vehicles for the Australian Army.

2nd Jul 2012 | Read more


INTRODUCTION Midway through last month Professor Hugh White wrote an article in The Melborne Age entitled “Our Military Strategies Indefensible“. In it he made passing critism of Defence with respect to Australia’s Future Submarine Program, commenting “...while [Defence] allows a slow-motion, high-cost train smash in the replacement submarine program that jeopardises the future of perhaps the most important single capability for Australia over the next few decades“.

2nd Jul 2012 | Read more

Australian Super Seasprites to fly again?

In the latter half of this decade the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will almost certainly have seven vessels which could and should embark a ship’s helicopter.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

Caribou replacement

After detailing a series of budget reductions, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has thrown into the mix an announcement on May 10 to acquire 10 C-27Js at a cost that seems to fluctuate. The initial Ministerial release referred to a price of $1.4 billion. The following day a media release from the US prime contractor L-3 said it estimated the contract to be valued at $600 million. The FMS price notified to Congress was $950 million. Then on June 3, Ministers Smith and Clare made a further announcement that Italian aircraft manufacturer Alenia had received an additional contract:

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

2012 – 13 Defence budget

Budget 2012-13 impacts on sustainment and new capabilities Amongst the headlines of Defence’s contribution of $5,454 million across the Forward Estimates, announced in the Budget, little has been said about the impact on sustainment and approved new capabilities, even less about projects in the latest Defence Capability Plan which have not yet reached First Pass Approval.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

Budget overview

In the lead up to the 2012 / 13 budget, Treasurer Wayne Swan insisted that it would be a tough one because of the need to achieve a surplus. Defence has made a major contribution to achieving that goal.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more


VICE is a good thing for the Australian Army to improve combat readiness, reduce risks and save money!

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

Self-propelled howitzers scrapped.

The largest single project to be cancelled in the budget – as opposed to deferred – were Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH) at a stated saving of $225 million.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

New Zealand considering purchase of Seasprites.

New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has confirmed that he is considering purchasing 11 Seasprite helicopters

16th May 2012 | Read more

L-3 Selected as Prime Contractor to Provide C-27J for Australian Battlefield Airlifter Program

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has been selected by the Commonwealth of Australia to provide the C-27J Spartan for the country’s Battlefield Airlifter program.

12th May 2012 | Read more


In a press conference immediately following the announcement, the Minister clearly stated that there had been a competition between the C27J and the Airbus Military C295 airlifter. Airbus Military is obliged to place on the public record our disappointment at the Minister’s choice of words, because there was no tender process and certainly no competition.

12th May 2012 | Read more

New Battlefield aircraft for the Air Force

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Government had agreed to purchase 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft at a cost of $1.4 billion.

10th May 2012 | Read more

Reflections of a Collins Submarine Captain

The Maritime Patrol Aircraft was still out there – an Australian AP3C with the formidable ELM2022 radar, entirely unforgiving to submarines in most circumstances but for some reason not today.

4th May 2012 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 7 May 2012

The competition is really fierce for the billion dollar Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) contract, where six teams of experienced suppliers and integrators of aircrew training systems have been attracted by the opportunity.

4th May 2012 | Read more

JP 2065 Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS)

JP 2065 (IBS) and a parallel project, JP2089 Tactical Information Exchange (TIE), are intrinsic components of a Defence global communications architecture that will facilitate the use of the now rapidly evolving “ Everything Over the Internet Protocol” (EOIP) capability for real-time video, voice, digital data – contributing to the effectiveness of Network Centric Warfare (NCW).

4th May 2012 | Read more

Air Warfare Destroyer

As Australians intimately know, the oceans––not the land––define this region, and those oceans and the global maritime commons are critically important to Australia’s security and prosperity. Australia is among the most proactive nations in ensuring the rule of law on the global maritime commons, and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) plays a prominent role in stabilizing the global maritime commons by teaming with regional and global partners.

4th May 2012 | Read more


At February’s Senate Estimate hearings, Defence acknowledged for the first time that a submarine capability gap is a real possibility. Subsequent analysis by ASPI reveals that, if the life of Collins cannot be extended or a MOTS submarine is not procured, it is not a question of whether there will be a gap, simply how large it will be.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Important developments for Defence

What a busy few weeks it has been, from the announcement that Australia will be winding down operations in Afghanistan sooner than anticipated, through to the announcement of an accelerated White Paper process and decisions on a number of acquisition matters.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Minister for Defence Materiel – More than $12 million investment in priority industry capabilities

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced more than $12 million in matched funding is being offered to nine Australian companies to commercialise new defence technologies that will contribute to Australia’s Priority Industry Capabilities in the defence sector. “This is an investment in cutting edge defence technologies developed here in Australia,” Mr Clare said.

30th Apr 2012 | Read more

A curious approach to SEA 1442 Phase 4

Moving naval communications into the internet era is a high priority for the ADF and one of the more important projects is the multi-phase SEA 1442. The Defence Capability Plan says it: “…..aims to upgrade and modernise maritime communications systems on RAN ships to allow networked communications between selected major surface vessels within a task group.”

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

Electronic Warfare

As is now common knowledge, the F-35 JSF is still fighting its critics on numerous fronts and in the process it has collected many supporters and many detractors across the world, with Australia represented in both camps. In mid-March, Lockheed Martin representatives were given a comprehensive grilling by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. As we write it would be difficult to decide whether the optimists or pessimists will be proven correct, but it is noteworthy to report that most recently in December, Japan has opted to join a growing list to buy the aircraft to replace its ageing fleet. This came after a comprehensive evaluation in a competition against the Super Hornet and the Eurofighter.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

Elbit President & CEO Mr Joseph Ackerman

Q: How does Elbit view the Australian market. A: Personally, Australia is one of my favorite countries. A first step for Elbit in any business activity is to have a good understanding of our customer’s needs. It is not always the case that in a formal way we receive all the information about what a customer truly requires – so it is essential to have a good background when it comes to technical and operational matters. For us, there are some countries that we have found easier to work with than others – and Australia is one of those positive cases.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

AIR 5428- Tender still in the clouds

What is delaying the release of a draft of this Request for Tender (RFT), soliciting industry comment on the project’s requirements? Planned to be out by now, the official Defence position given to APDR in March is:

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

JP 2048

The two Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, CANBERRA and ADELAIDE will be the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy when they come into service in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Based on the Spanish ‘Juan Carlos’ class – in fact virtually identical to them – they will displace 28,000 tonnes. Their roles are to embark, transport and deploy an Army force of up to 1,160 soldiers each by helicopter and landing craft. They will also be an outstanding asset for carrying out or supporting humanitarian missions.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more


f all goes well, SEA 1000 will deliver the RAN 12 reliable and high end submarines which will form the backbone of the most capable submarine force in our region and serve as a significant capability element of the ADF.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

Australia and the Strategic Challenges of Unconventional Energy

Australian policy makers have not caught up with reality yet. Among the unhallowed (and cynics in Defence say unholy) halls of the Office of National Assessments and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the myths of decades of issue-motivated group (IMG) ‘catastrophe-propaganda’ still resonate.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

Environmental information. A thirst for knowledge

As the Australian Defence Force moves down the path of Network Centric Warfare and with a greater emphasis on amphibious operations the importance of accurate and timely environmental information is of increasing importance. As CDF General David Hurley has recently observed, there are around 25,000 islands and 85,000 kilometres of navigable waterways in the region between the Eastern Indian Ocean and the South West Pacific. This is a huge area across which the ADF must plan to operate and of which it must maintain situational awareness.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Battlefield airlifter.

There have been several recent developments in the effort to replace RAAF’s retired Caribou transport fleet, most notably the US decision to cancel their order for C-27J aircraft. The choice for Australia between Alenia’s C-27J – potentially to be acquired via the US Foreign Military Sales process - and Airbus Military’s C295 has been complicated by an unsolicited and unconfirmed bid from Raytheon Australia, also believed to be offering the C-27J.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

AIR 5232 Phase 1

In military aircraft it is the pilot’s job to keep safely to mission tracks then on to its planned destination, while the mission commander’s role is to navigate and fight the aircraft. In single seat combat aircraft these two roles are combined. Larger aircraft, including maritime combat helicopters, have a separate mission commander who “takes necessary directive action to achieve assigned mission goals by collecting, correlating, and coordinating data from networked multiple sensor devices and fire control systems; co-operating in the selection and delivery of weapons; conducting communications; and engaging in other tasks as necessary.”test

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

JP 2069

This non-technical article briefly looks at the history of cryptography through the ages and up to the present explosive growth of communications technology and the battle for cyber security. An overview of JP2069 is included. Origins of Cryptography.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Pacific 2012

The biannual Pacific 2012 international maritime exhibition, held in Sydney in late January and early February, continues to show steady growth in the number of exhibitors – a reflection of growing prospects for business in the naval sector. In his keynote speech at the associated sea power conference, Defence Minister Stephen Smith made it clear that the Indian Ocean, as well as the Pacific, is of increasing strategic importance:

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Border security - Transnational crime in Micronesia

Introduction. As described in the first two parts of this small series, Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is composed of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across the open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Vikramaditya – India’s Russian aircraft carrier

The Indian Navy through-deck aircraft carrier Vikramaditya (ex-Gorshkov) is 90.5% complete and within a year of commissioning. A recent visit to Russia’s Sevmash Dockyards in Severodvinsk near the far northern border with Finland, where the new Indian navy carrier is being completed, revealed considerable progress. Since a previous inspection in June 2010, the amount of work completed increased from 68.5% to 90.5%, according the to builders. A critical boost was given last year, when India agreed to pay extra for the refit work and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev inspected the Vikramaditya and chaired a special governmental session on Indo-Russian military technical cooperation in the naval sphere.

16th Jan 2012 | Read more

Anti-Submarine Warfare

In a time of intense political turmoil for the European Union, on 8 December 2011 in Brittany, at the Lanvéoc-Poulmic Naval Air Station, the French Navy commissioned its first naval air squadron of brand-new NH90 naval frigate helicopters (NFH) . This is in the form of the revived Flottille 33F, an Aéronavale squadron previously flying the veteran Sud-Aviation SA321G Super Frelon, today no longer in service in France.

16th Jan 2012 | Read more


Big ticket shipbuilding programmes such as the Air Warfare Destroyer and amphibious warfare vessels have revitalised the local industry, which had contracted following completion of the Anzac frigate, Armidale patrol boat and Collins submarine programmes. However vital skills have been lost to other industries, in particular the mining sector, which has enjoyed sustained and massive growth for several years.

16th Jan 2012 | Read more

Flying Tigers in Afghanistan

Kym Bergmann reports from Kabul: Even as France starts a slow drawdown of troop numbers prior to a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, combat units have recently completed one of their most intense fighting seasons since 2001. Most of the 4,000 troops are deployed in two provinces – Kabul (especially the district of Surobi) and Kapisa - which have seen some of the heaviest fighting of the war. While the capital city of Kabul is considered relatively secure by the standards of Afghanistan, the same cannot be said of the surrounding countryside. French responsibilities. Kabul itself sits on a piece of flat land surrounded by mountains but the geography of the Surobi district and all of Kapisa is inhospitable – high barren ridges, bleak terrain, steep sided gorges with small green pockets of agriculture found on scattered and isolated river flats. The city sits at 1,800 meters above sea level with nearby peaks rising to 3,000 metres. Kapisa in general and the Tagab valley in particular are considered insurgent strongholds, with a mixture of suicide bomb cells, tribal militias, members of the Haqqani network, fighters belonging to Hezb-i-Islami and so on. The picture is very complex and even sorting out the motives of the various anti-Government groups is not easy, with a senior French officer telling APDR, “the more we find out, the more unclear it becomes.”

22nd Dec 2011 | Read more


While the UK waits impatiently for its new aircraft carriers and F-35Cs, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are now taking the lead in providing Britain with a global intervention capability, as APDR’s Richard Gardner reports from HMS Bulwark.

14th Dec 2011 | Read more

RAN Mine Countermeasures Capability – Where to Now ?

It has been over 20 years since an Australian Government Senate inquiry sparked an investment in Mine CounterMeasures (MCM) of nearly $1.5 billion. This investment culminated in the building of a modern MCM HQ at HMAS WATERHEN in Sydney and the delivery of 6 Huon Class Minehunters during the period 1999-2004. This article sets out what has been achieved and makes suggestions as to what is the required future focus for this vital maritime warfare capability. A Short History - Towards the end of the 1990s, the revitalisation of the RAN’s Mine Warfare (MW) capability was well underway. The new class of 6 MHCs were about to commence delivery, a project to procure a new range of mines was still underway (although it was not to last long), HMAS WATERHEN, the RANs MCMHQ was being rebuilt as a purpose built MCM support base and the plans were afoot to take the Clearance Diving capability to 90 metres with a new diving set. In all, this $1.5bn had been committed to ramp up the RANs MCM and MW capability – with potentially more to come with the acquisition of sea mines. Why all the expense on MCM? The answer was in the Government’s 1987 White Paper, which emphasised the need for capabilities to insure the Defence of Australia, its strategic maritime approaches and in the context of MW, its priority ports. These were ports that then and even more so now were seen as vital for Australia’s economic prosperity.

12th Dec 2011 | Read more


Because of New Zealand’s geographic isolation and friendly neighbours, successive governments have maintained the nation’s armed forces at “minimum credible” levels of manpower and equipment. The 2010-11 Defence budget saw spending rise modestly to NZ$2.85 billion, a figure representing approximately 1.2% of GDP. NZ is heavily dependent on international trade, with 24% of its national output exported, mostly by sea. The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) thus plays a crucial role in defending the realm, which, thanks to far-flung islands and dependencies such as the Cook Islands, possesses the world’s sixth-largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The EEZ encompasses an area of 6.68 million km². The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has three objectives: to defend the nation against threats; to contribute to regional security; and to participate in global security efforts. The importance of the RNZN’s role has been reflected in recent defence budgets. This year the navy’s share expanded to NZ$673 million, although it is being forced, along with each service of the NZDF, to find areas of savings within its overall budget.

12th Dec 2011 | Read more

Battlespace Communications

The development and applications of military digital battlespace communications systems can be clearly shown to have been adapted from commercial enterprises that fashioned a network-centric style of operation, to optimise the command and control of them, advance their growth and profitability. Such enterprises have sponsored the development of seamless, open architecture, high data rate digital communications that use a plethora of techniques to achieve the objectives of the scheme. These systems are always on and use a range of data security designs.

2nd Nov 2011 | Read more


Year 2028; Deep Inside Enemy Territorial Seas … DTG 290040H FEB 28. Despite it being very early morning, the command team members were alert. Twenty minutes earlier the submarine had been brought to action stations after sonar had classified contacts 34 and 35 as two enemy destroyers. Commander Saunders had used the energy in her submarine’s lithium ion batteries to quickly close within visual range, then slowed and returned the boat to periscope depth. After conducting a target setup using the optronics mast’s fifth generation night vision capabilities and being satisfied with the updated fire control solution she returned the boat back below the layer, increased speed and set course for the intended firing position.

2nd Nov 2011 | Read more

Micronesia and its Law Enforcement Problems (Part II).

As described in the previous part of this small series (July / August APDR), Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is composed of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across the open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii. The total population is about 500,000 people on about 2,000 square kilometers of land dispersed across millions of square kilometres of sea. Of this population, about 400,000 are US citizens or residents, or have unfettered access to the USA due to Compacts of Free Association with that country.

2nd Nov 2011 | Read more

The problem with Defence (Part II)

This is the second article based on a speech to a Rockwell Collins ‘Connected, aware, responsive technology’ Symposium. Having defined the problem with Defence as I see it, it is now time to examine solutions. What I am proposing is a tool that could be used now to improve even a sub-optimal Defence process. It is a tool or methodology that would indicate ministerial leadership and a healthy ministerial interest in real outputs and not only inputs. It is a tool that applies discipline both across the organisation and from top to bottom, as well as a tool that could be understood by a much larger proportion of the population than can currently understand Defence. And what might work against the acceptance of the methodology itself, it is something that creates a highly visible means of assessing the impact of government actions on the effectiveness of the defence force of this nation. But finally, it is a tool that can be used by a minister to truly increase accountability.

28th Oct 2011 | Read more


Although Australian industry is arguably not a major player in the global Unmanned Aerial Systems marketplace, it nevertheless plays an important role in technology development and support of local programmes. The UAS industry has also been assisted by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) through the government/industry Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) programme, leading to several innovative developments which have commercial potential.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

LAND 17 - Patchy progress on firepower

Arguably Army’s most important indirect firepower project – LAND 17 – seems to be making patchy progress. As an essential part of Hardening & Networking the Army, having a capability that can be used in combat operations seems to be some way from fruition.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more


A submarine is something that keeps water off the combat system and carries it to the battle”. At least that’s how we combat systems artificers used to view the situation. Putting an old submariner’s saying aside, however, the combat system is a very important component of a submarine’s capability and it deserves some attention in this series on SEA 1000.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

Another budget hand back?

Only three months into the financial year and already there is some muttering within Defence of another looming hand back of unspent funds – although the problem can always be mitigated by measures such as the purchase of a sixth C-17 announced on September 23 and the decision to lease another support ship nine days earlier. The reasons for such pessimism – shared by industry – are not hard to find. There are around 130 projects listed in the Defence Capability Plan, yet the Department is able to commit to making a decision during 2011 / 12 on seven of them.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more


The original version of this project was to improve dismounted soldiers’ day and night vision capabilities when operating under adverse conditions - such as in jungle and open conditions – and to detect hostile forces by using a range of complementary and mainly electro-optical equipment. The products adopted for NINOX included soldier-carried Image Intensified devices, thermal imagers and microwave radars, the latter two tripod or vehicle mounted. NINOX also included unmanned perimeter surveillance equipment.

3rd Oct 2011 | Read more


Writing an overview of Australia’s military vehicle industry base is fraught with difficulty, due in no small part to the twists and turns of various phases of the overarching and ambitious Project Overlander vehicle replacement programme. Analysis of any future industry base is therefore very much dependent on the outcome of several phases.

3rd Oct 2011 | Read more

Pilot training

A clear blue sky, an azure swimming pool, gym, the gentle buzz of light aircraft arriving and departing, everything neat and clean, attentive smiling staff. Could APDR have been transported to a resort for the ultra-rich in the Seychelles or perhaps near Bora Bora? In our dreams. In fact the location is the Tamworth Flying School - operated by BAE Systems – and while it is not actually a tropical paradise it is in fact very pleasant.

3rd Oct 2011 | Read more

The problem with Defence (Part 1)

(This is the first of two articles based on a speech given on September 19 to a Rockwell Collins “Connected, Aware, Responsive Technology” symposium) One of my favourite books is Barbara Tuchman’s “March of Folly”. In this classic work she examines four instances of folly, which she defines as acts which are clearly contrary to the self-interest of the organization pursuing them; conducted over a period of time, not just in a single burst of irrational behaviour; conducted by a number of individuals, not just one deranged maniac; and, importantly, there have to be people alive at the time who pointed out correctly why the act in question was folly. The acts of folly she chose were the Trojan Wars, the loss of the American colonies by Britain, the Renaissance Popes failures resulting in the Reformation, and the conflict in Vietnam.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 8 October 2011

It was at the poetically beautiful Boyd Education centre overlooking the Shoalhaven river 16 kiolmetres from Nowra that local companies had to swallow the bitter pill that there will be almost no work for them flowing from the decision to purchase 24 MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopters – at least not in the short term. During the tender evaluate phase ‘Team Romeo’ made considerable efforts to match the Australian Industry Content package of rival bidder Eurocopter and have signed up to obligations amounting to $1.5 billion, which sounds impressive. However, it is already becoming difficult to see how this substantial target will be met.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Boeing Delivers Royal Australian Air Force’s 5th C-17 Globemaster III

Boeing announced on September 14 that it has delivered Australia’s fifth C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during a ceremony at the C-17 program’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. A RAAF delegation led by Stephen Smith, Australia’s Minister for Defence, received the country’s latest C-17 at an event also attended by Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley, Australian Secretary of Defence Duncan Lewis, and U.S. Ambassador to Australia the Honorable Jeffrey Bleich.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more


BAE Systems has reinforced its commitment to growing Australia’s defence industry capability through the creation of a supply chain agreement with the Federal Government.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Achieving an Equilibrium in the South China Sea: An Air and Space Perspective

Recent skirmishes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines have threatened to reignite the long-standing and protracted dispute in the South China Sea. The potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea remains a source of friction and instability between the claimant states of the Asia-Pacific region. A peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute is imperative for the stability and security of the region.

14th Sep 2011 | Read more

Changing the structure of Defence.

t is highly unlikely that scholars in the Middle Ages actually debated how many angels could stand simultaneously on the head of a pin – though Thomas Aquinas did postulate that more than one angel could occupy a place at the same time. However the aphorism is a useful metaphor for an inordinately pointless intellectual debate, which brings us to parts of the recently released Black Review, titled “Improving personal and institutional accountability in Defence.”

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Austal teams with Rhode & Schwarz for ANZAC frigate communications upgrade.

Leading Australian defence prime contractor, Austal, announced on 22 August that it has teamed with Rohde & Schwarz, internationally renowned supplier of integrated defence communications systems, to submit a proposal to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in response to the SEA 1442 Phase 4 request for tender. SEA 1442 is a maritime communications modernisation program for the eight ANZAC Class Frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) that will provide a significant capability improvement to the existing communications environment between RAN assets in support of Network Centric Warfare.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

BAE Systems Ships first AWD block to ASC

BAE Systems announced on 19 August that it has shipped the first of its Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks to the ASC facility at Osborne in South Australia. BAE Systems Director of Maritime, Harry Bradford, said the block left the Williamstown yard on 12 August and arrived at Osborne on 15 August. He said shipping of the first block by barge was a major milestone for the Williamstown yard.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more


APDR understands that Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has approved Initial Operational Release (IOR) for HMAS PERTH Stage 1 ANZAC Class ASMD Upgrade Capability. This has been done on the advice of the Surface Force Commander and the Fleet Commander.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel – Defence capability projects approved

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare announced on 30 August that the Government has approved four major Defence capability projects.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

JP2072 Phase 2B Raytheon Australia teams with General Dynamics

Raytheon Australia has formally announced the company’s teaming for their pursuit of JP 2072 Phase 2B. In a briefing to media at the company’s corporate headquarters on 1 August 2011 Raytheon Australia’s Managing Director, Michael Ward, revealed that Raytheon Australia intends to prime JP2072 Phase 2B with the strong support of Raytheon Company (Network Centric Systems) and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Future submarine torpedo options.

In ASPI’s well-respected 2011-2012 Defence Budget Brief a suggestion was made that Defence would mandate equipping Australia’s future submarines with US AN/BYG-1 combat systems and US Mk 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedoes. In fact, the use of the Mk 48 was “a given”. The source of this claim was not provided. Neither was an explanation as to “why”.

31st Aug 2011 | Read more


Major Leigh Perkins, commander of Charlie Company, conducted his morning briefing that outlined the scheme of operations for an upcoming attack. A three-dimensional terrain map had been created on the ground, and his platoon leaders were gathered around to hear how the impending assault was to proceed that afternoon and on through the night. Their dust-caked faces were daubed in camouflage cream, and although they had been sleep-deprived for several days because of ongoing operations against the enemy, they listened with careful attention.

30th Aug 2011 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 8

The new US Navy helicopter was selected by the RAN in June 2011 to replace ageing Seahawks following a competitive tender between the US Navy and NH Industries - offering the NFH-90 - to supply up to 24 complete aircraft and associated support services. The decision seems odd when 46 NH-90s, labelled the MRH-90 will support the RAN’s “transport” capability and means that the RAN will operate two different helicopters and by doing so will ignore the 80% commonality of the two NHI aircraft. This paper reviews the MH-60R.

29th Aug 2011 | Read more

AIR 8000 Phase 2- Battlefield airlifter – the missing ingredient.

Airborne tactical transport. One of the principles of modern warfare is that a country can never have too much airlift capacity. With this in mind, Defence hopes to have another slow motion crack at plugging an annoying gap in capability caused by the retirement of the long-serving Caribou battlefield airlifters last year. Known as project AIR 8000 Phase 2, this is likely to be a re-run of a competition a decade ago that had exactly the same aim, but was cancelled for reasons that are the subject of speculation and rumour, which will be put to rest later in this story.

29th Aug 2011 | Read more

Major Defence reforms unveiled.

This afternoon Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced the Government's response to the Black Review into Departmental lines of accountability. These are largely in line with expectations and the main features are: * the establishment of two Associate Secretary positions to strengthen Defence’s capacity to implement the Black Review; * the strengthening of capability development and acquisition; * increasing rigour and contestability within capability development, including the establishment of a new process for the inclusion of projects into the Defence Capability Plan;

9th Aug 2011 | Read more


The Land-Based Test Site (LBTS) at BAE Systems in Williamstown for the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) project is now complete. BAE Systems, Saab and L-3 Communications (L-3) completed the installation in July 2011 as a key milestone in the development of the integrated combat and communications systems.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

Rheinmetall unveils new HE DM11

Rheinmetall unveils new HE DM11 secondary ammunition for MBT 120mm smoothbore gun Rheinmetall recently revealed a new 120m HE round to a group of international experts at its proving ground in Unterlüß, Germany. It can be fired from any in-service 120mm smoothbore gun (L44 and L55). Dubbed the DM11, the new ammunition was developed on behalf of the German Ministry of Defence. It enables main battle tanks to respond more effectively to a variety of contemporary threats.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

Farewell, Dr Gumley.

Dr Stephen Gumley AO joined the Defence Materiel Organisation as its inaugural CEO in February 2004 and retired abruptly on July 7, turning the almost monthly rumours of his departure into reality. Before joining DMO he had a distinguished career in industry including with Boeing and then as the Managing Director of Government-owned ASC, the imaginatively rebranded Australian Submarine Corporation.

26th Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence Exports Future - Defence in NSW

With Australia’s most comprehensive industrial base, NSW industry is integrated into local and international defence supply chains. The diverse capabilities offered by the State’s small-medium enterprises (SME) are essential to Australian defence requirements.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Emerging Defence industry in the Top End

The Northern Territory’s strategic importance to Defence is well documented. Industrial growth in the Territory is booming: major offshore and onshore gas and oil projects are leading the way with an anticipated investment of around $25 billion over the next few years.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Queensland: An Asia Pacific aviation and aerospace hub

• More than 900 aviation and aerospace companies are located in Queensland • Over 16,500 aviation and aerospace jobs in Queensland Queensland - an aviation and aerospace hub After almost a decade of unprecedented industry growth, the Government's vision for Queensland as an aviation and aerospace hub for the Asian Pacific region is fast becoming a reality.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

South Australian SMEs in Global Supply Chains

South Australian SMEs in Global Supply Chains – What the South Australian Government is doing to support defence export, including entry into global supply chains. South Australia is a state focused on its defence future – and that future includes innovative, sustainable defence companies working from Australia’s Defence State to equip the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other defence customers around the world.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Going global: Victorian companies perform on a world stage

When it comes to Australia’s defence industry, Victoria has a long and proud history of providing innovative solutions for the Australian Defence Force. Speak to many Victorian SME defence companies today and they will tell you that the best blueprint for international success is consistently delivering high quality products and services, nurturing highly skilled people and a willingness to expand beyond national borders. According to Ric Smith, Chair of the Defence Council Victoria “Victorian SMEs, with their record of innovation and their global reach, are ideally placed in the changing world of defence industry”.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Case Studies from South Australia

Established in 1958 as a family owned South Australian business, Static Engineering provide exciting design solutions for challenging projects for their commercial and Defence clients. In 2007, Static Engineering became part of the Broens Group, led by Broens Industries together with Calbic Precision Engineers based in South Australia. Broens Industries, based in Sydney, have offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, as well as international offices in Europe, Asia and the US. The Broens Group is a one-stop-engineering-shop, providing concept design, product development, specification, manufacture and after sales service.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence & Industry 2011 Conference - Official optimism and Industry gloom.

It was almost as if people from two different planets were intermingling at the Adelaide Defence & Industry conference, held in the last week of June. Listening to a series of Departmental presentations all appeared to be well with the world of defence procurement, with statistics apparently proving repeatedly that the outlook was healthy with billions of dollars to be spent. However, most of the talk from industry representatives was about the tangible slow down in the number of First and Second Pass approvals being granted and the negative impact this is having on a number of companies.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

AIDN - Australian success stories.

AIDN National President Article for the APDR July / August Edition Global Supply Chain feature. I thank Mr Kym Bergmann the editor of APDR for the opportunity to contribute to the magazine’s feature on Australia’s defence industry small medium enterprises (SMEs) experience in marketing and selling their equipment and services in the global supply chains of Australian based Prime and overseas defence industry companies. AIDN represents over 800 Australian defence industry SMEs and while our organisation works with Government to promote our members’ interest in the development of defence industry policy, skills development and capacity building, our main aim is to maximise the business opportunities for members, both in the domestic market and those overseas. Our members’ participation in global supply chain of large international Prime defence industry companies and their major suppliers is one strand in achieving this aim.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more


The RAN’s quest to overhaul its maritime operational support capability, SEA 1654, was originally conceived in four phases, which would replace the existing fleet oiler and underway replenishment vessels.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Border security Transnational Crime in Micronesia (Part 1)

Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is laid out in a light dusting of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across a truly enormous expanse of open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii. The total population is about 500,000 people on about 2,000 square kilometers of land dispersed across millions of square kilometres of sea. Of this population, about 400,000 are US citizens or residents, or have unfettered access to the USA due to Compacts of Free Association with that country.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

US orders more JHSVs from Austal

The U.S. Navy has exercised contract options funding the construction of the sixth and seventh Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a ten-vessel program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. The construction contract for both vessels is valued at approximately US$313 million. Austal Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, noted that this contract demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s confidence in Austal as a leading defence prime contractor.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Thales sees its support contract extended for Tiger Aircrew Training

Thales announced on 16 June that its support contract for the Tiger Aircrew Training Means (TATM) has been extended by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) representing Germany and France.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence Budget 2011 / 2012

Bucking the trend of recent years, the Defence budget has actually been pruned with money being returned to consolidated revenue – but is still healthy at a fraction more than $29 billion. The majority of the “savings” have resulted from the Department not spending as much on equipment for which funds had been allocated in the previous budget, totaling $1.3 billion. For this, Defence Minister Stephen Smith blames industry for not meeting payment milestones. This seems to over simply the situation and it is worth noting that last financial year the Government only managed to give Second Pass approval to eight out of a scheduled 14 projects and only two out of more than 20 of those scheduled for First Pass. Clearly, the Government’s own processes are far from perfect. Delaying First and Second Pass approvals is denying the ADF equipment it needs, is hurting industry and will have the inevitable consequence of leading to a funding blow out in future years.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

1st Person Senator Mark Bishop

Senator Mark Bishop, Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee speaks with APDR Editor, Kym Bergmann

6th Jun 2011 | Read more


ust after noon on 19th January 1991, during operation “Dessert Storm”, USS LOUISVILLE became the first submarine to launch a land attack missile in anger when she fired eight missiles at targets in Iraq. She did this operating from the Red Sea. Shortly afterwards, USS PITTSBURG became the second when she fired four more missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. Submarines have subsequently fired land attack missiles in a number of other operations. USS MIAMI fired some into Iraq In 1998 at the start of “Desert Fox” (the 4 day bombing operation undertaken in response to Iraq's failure to comply with UN Security Council resolutions). USS ALBUQUERQUE, USS MIAMI and HMS SPLENDID fired some into Kosovo a year later as part of “Allied Force”. HMS TRAFALGAR and TRIUMPH fired them into Afghanistan In 2001 as part of operation “Enduring Freedom and in 2003, 12 USN submarines and the RN submarines HMS SPLENDID and TURBULENT attacked land targets in Iraq as part of “Iraqi Freedom”. Finally, in March this year SSGN USS FLORIDA, and SSNs USS PROVIDENCE, USS SCRANTON and HMS TRIUMP fired some into Libya as part of “Odyssey Dawn”. It is clear that land strike from submarines is not an aberration In this day and age.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

AIR 5428

The Australian Defence Force’s programme to deliver a Pilot Training System (PTS) which will take a candidate from initial flight screening through to his or her possible entry into the post-graduate Lead In Fighter Trainer, is arguably the most important project on the books at this moment in time. The Pilot Training System, AIR 5428 Phase 1, will deliver a turnkey solution to the ADF, something that has never happened before in this domain. In the past, training projects have been platform-centric – selecting and introducing a specific aircraft type to service and adapting training accordingly. AIR 5428 is a holistic approach, which is outcome driven, rather than a project to acquire a new training aircraft (or two). As such, it is crucial that Defence gets it right.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

ANZAC Frigate upgrade

n the light of Australia’s continuing problems in the naval shipbuilding sector, it is interesting to see what New Zealand is doing with far more modest means when it comes to upgrading their ANZAC Frigates. Australia and New Zealand ordered the German designed MEKO class frigates at the same time twenty years ago. This came about as a rare consequence of both navies running a combined project office and both Governments remaining committed to a project that promised significant savings through scale – a single order for 10 ships rather than separate contracts for eight and two. Both countries received significant industrial benefits as a result.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Troops on the Home Front

On 7 June 2010 the New Zealand Minister of Defence the Hon Wayne Mapp, addressed the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on the topic of “Humanitarian and Disaster Relief in the Asia-Pacific”. The Minister’s main observations were that we live in a region which regularly experiences a wide range of natural disasters, and that skills in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief are of vital importance throughout our region. Furthermore the Minister noted that disaster relief is increasingly a core task for defence forces and that the necessary capabilities should be available specifically for humanitarian tasks and not just be seen as an add on or ‘nice to have’. He went on to say that such capabilities should form “part of core military business, not be simply a secondary task”. Observing that defence forces are often amongst the few national organizations that hold large fleets of deployable assets and have large numbers of disciplined personnel, the Minister noted that when a disaster occurs the public expect all available resources to be made available and that the defence forces must play a major role in disaster relief. “The public expect in response to a disaster nothing less than the full mobilization of the NZDF to the extent necessary to save lives and property. This expectation is shared by both local and national leaders.”

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Sagem wins contract to supply second-generation fire control computers for French artillery

On May 16, Sagem announced that following a competitive call for tenders, the new-generation ballistic computer offered by them was chosen by French defense procurement agency DGA to outfit all control stations in the French army’s Atlas* artillery system. The outstanding technical quality of this product was the decisive factor in winning the contract for this program, designated CADET 2G.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems to Supply an Asian Country with Electro-Optical Payloads for Maritime Patrol Aircraft Under Contract Valued at Approximately $20 Million On May 18, Elbit announced that it was awarded a contract to supply an unnamed Asian country with dozens of CoMPASS™ (Compact Multi Purpose Advanced Stabilized System) payloads for maritime patrol aircraft. The Asian country, which operates one of the largest maritime patrol fleets in the world, has selected the CoMPASS™ payload as a solution to protect its coastlines. The contract, valued at approximately $20 million, is scheduled to be completed within two years.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more


ast month the generic roles and functions of a submarine were mapped into the Australian context and some analysis was carried out to identify any aspects of the Australian requirement that stood out as unique. One requirement that warranted further discussion was that of submarine “endurance” and “range”. It was acknowledged, and is largely undisputed in military circles, that the Area of Operations (AO) for Australia’s future submarines will be both large and distant. Are the Australian range and endurance requirement unique, or perhaps just unusual? Can the Australian requirement be met by a Military Off The Shelf (MOTS) submarine, and if not, by how much does a MOTS submarine miss the mark? Finally, if the MOTS submarine does miss the mark, how can the requirement gap be met economically by alternative solutions? There is little point in procuring a future submarine that cannot meet ADF peace and wartime endurance and range needs. However, noting the high cost that would be borne by the taxpayer for the procurement of a unique submarine design and the national consequences if any of the significant own design project risks are realised, all options with respect to meeting endurance and range requirements must be considered.

12th May 2011 | Read more

Helicopter support

Three phases of Project AIR 9000, the Australian Defence Force’s helicopter roadmap for the future, are due to progress to either type selection or contract over the next year or two, realising a reduction in the number of platforms flown.

12th May 2011 | Read more

Air 9000 Phase 7

Aerospace companies, helicopter manufacturers and training and simulation providers are teaming up in readiness for the launch of the Air 9000 Phase 7 helicopter training competition – hardly a surprise given its estimated value is approaching the $1 billion mark.

12th May 2011 | Read more

ADFA and the ADF culture.

The dust has settled on the ugly Australian Defence Force Academy ‘Skype Incident’ – at least for the moment. A great deal has been written about the episode and much of it has been plain wrong – such as the baseless assertion that the Chief of the Defence Force threatened to resign over how the matter was being handled. This media myth – recycled for three days by its originator – came from a single unverified source with an axe to grind. What has emerged is a surprising amount of strong bipartisan political support for the position taken by Stephen Smith, who has been praised by former Liberal Defence Minister Peter Reith and former Liberal Opposition Leader John Hewson – amongst others.

12th May 2011 | Read more


As an emerging economic superpower, India’s spending on defence is on a rapid upward trajectory. The main driver appears to be emerging rivalry with China – especially as Beijing seeks to increase its presence in the Indian Ocean. However, traditional rivalry with Pakistan as well as increasing internal security issues are also factors.

12th May 2011 | Read more

LHDs powering along.

Given the recent very public problems with the Navy’s existing amphibious ships, there are high hopes that the 2 Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) currently under construction will be more than adequate replacements. And at a mid-way point in the programme, work seems to be progressing extremely well. Despite still having some way to go – especially with a few complex electronic systems integration issues coming up – all of the contractors spoken to by APDR expressed quiet satisfaction about how successful the programme has been to date.

10th May 2011 | Read more


Since the Defence Simulation Roadmap was first published in 2006, work to ensure the document evolves to better plan for future development and establish a system of simulation governance for both the ADF and industry has continued without pause. Simulation governance protocols are being developed which will not only guide the ADF along the path to greater and more efficient use of simulation in its activities, but also to shape a vision for the establishment of partnerships with industry and academia in the future.

10th May 2011 | Read more

Osama Bin Laden – an earlier intelligence failure? 5 may 2011

The death of Osama Bin Laden is now being analysed, with new information emerging almost by the hour. He had been on the run for almost a decade and was able to frustrate US and allied intelligence agencies in their attempts to track him down, which added to his mythical status. In an extraordinary comment three minutes into his address to the nation, President Barak Obama revealed: “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority in our war against Al-Qaeda.”

5th May 2011 | Read more


Every year the National People’s Congress (NPC) meets in the Chinese capital Beijing to lay out policy for the coming year. Among the first items on the annual agenda is the defence budget. On 4 March, on the opening day of the Fourth Session of the 11th NPC, the party leadership announced military spending would increase by 12.7%. This figure marks a return to double-digit growth after last year’s budget expanded by 7.5% as China weathered the global economic crisis.

8th Apr 2011 | Read more

Tanker Delivery Further Uncertainty

There is continuing uncertainty as to when the RAAF’s long awaited Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft will be delivered. From a technical viewpoint, two of the modified A-330s have been ready to be transferred since October last year but delays have occurred because of problems with the provision of ancillary items - especially documentation – and more recently issues concerned with the refueling boom. A Departmental spokesperson explained:

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Growler and its impact on Australia’s EW capabilities

If the RAAF takes up the option of converting up to 12 Super Hornets to EA-18 Growler configuration, it will provide the ADF with a new and complex airborne EW capability. In such an event their application in a 3D battlefield electronic environment is considered likely to stretch the RAAF’s EW Squadron’s technical capacity for many years as the system evolves and the threat environment changes and ramps up. This situation lends itself to a logical decision to source EA-18G technology and techniques from the USAF/US Industry conglomerate that design and supply it. Ironically, this may bring about the ultimate demise of the EW Squadron’s “raison d’etre” - apart from involvement in a decreasing number of simple, indigenous, EW systems. As Shakespeare so beautifully described it, the EW Squadron may yet be “hoist on its own petard”.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more


In the February edition of APDR we outlined the generic roles that submarines perform in peacetime. These roles were broken down into four different categories; prevention of war, preparation for war, naval diplomacy and constabulary tasks. In March’s issue we outlined the generic roles that submarines perform in wartime. These roles were broken down into those associated with battle space preparation and those conducted after commencement of war. It is now time to map those roles into the Australian context.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Middle East Instability

he past month has seen a continuation of instability in the Middle East affecting a number of countries, none more so than Libya. The situation is changing daily, with the rebels on the offensive one day and then in headlong retreat the next. The forces loyal to Colonel Gadaffi have proven to be surprisingly determined in the face of Western air strikes launched under the poetically titled operation Odyssey Dawn, which sounds like the name of a cruise ship rather than a military operation.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more


APDR’s Richard Gardner visits the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command at Netheravon during Exercise Pashtun Jaguar as crews and helicopters are prepared for an operational return to Afghanistan.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Defensive aids systems: electronic armour

The dozens of aircraft shot down in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade continue to underline the importance of self protection systems for aircraft, especially helicopters operating within easy range of man portable air defence systems. At the same time, advanced aircraft like the Chinese J-20 and Russian / Indian PAK FA are adding to the number of threats modern military aircraft face. The rapidly growing multi-billion dollar aircraft self protection market is testimony to the fact that such systems are an essential component of modern warfare and are something that no military aircraft can afford to fly without.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Border security– Australia’s Border Protection Command

At some future time, a doctoral candidate may explore the impact poor government policy has on newly formed, highly professional and very effective maritime security agencies. Only in this way will the rather extraordinary story of Border Protection Command be told.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more


The ADF’s fourth arm - Less well known than the Australian Defence Force (ADF) itself is the Australian Defence Intelligence Group (DIG)

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract to Build Next-Generation Refueling Tanker

On February 24 Boeing announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Is the Avalon air show doomed?

The topic of the commercial survival of an air show – even a large one such as Avalon – might at first seem a trivial topic. However, the issues affecting the future of the event say a lot about the relationships between Defence, industry and the media.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Babcock AWD torpedo launcher contract moves into next phase

On February 14 the company announced that assembly of the Mk32 Mod 9 torpedo launchers for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers is now underway at Babcock’s Techport Australia premises, marking an important milestone in the contract. Babcock Pty Ltd, part of Babcock International Group, was awarded the contract in December 2008 by Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Thales TopOwl deployed with French and US Forces in Afghanistan

Thales announced on February 11 that together with the Tiger and Huey UH-1Y helicopters, its TopOwl® Helmet Mounted Sight & Display system (HMSD) has been deployed with the French and US Forces in Afghanistan, to provide high levels of night vision performance and targeting capabilities for helicopter pilots.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

NATO continues to entrust Thales

NATO has confirmed the role of Thales as operator of highly-secured Communication and Information Systems to the benefit of the nations of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) for two additional years.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Upgraded S-70A Black Hawk simulator enters service for Australian Army

CAE Australia announced on February 17 that a major upgrade to the Australian Army's S-70A Black Hawk full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) has been completed on-schedule and recently entered service for the Australian Army.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Amphibious Ships

Within the ship are 1,130 linear metres of space which can accommodate 24 main battle tanks, or 150 Jeep-type vehicles with 200 tonnes of supplies or 24 x 24 TEU containers while the ship can carry 356 troops

14th Mar 2011 | Read more



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Undersea Warfare


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Avalon 2011

Training a key theme - the 10th Avalon air show saw a number of industry teaming agreements aimed at fixed and rotary training requirements – projects AIR 5428 and AIR 9000 Phase 7, respectively.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Red Dawn Rising

Chinese Air Force

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Two steps forward, half a step back.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

1st Person

Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force speaks with APDR Editor, Kym Bergmann

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Poseidon P-8A - God of the sea and shaker of the earth

AIR 7000 Phase 2B

14th Feb 2011 | Read more


Airborne Early Warning and Control

14th Feb 2011 | Read more


Richard Gardner looks at how changing priorities in UK defence policy are likely to impact on the role and shape of future UK air power.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Russian Firefighting Helicopters Ensure Global Safety.

The Russian firefighting Ka-32A11BC, Mi-17, and Mi-26T are ready to keep the Earth safe from fires in the summer season – always a potential hazard in many countries.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

All the World’s Super Hercules.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Defence Headlines February 2011.

A combination of defence headlines from February of 2011.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more



14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Refueling Mishap Unlikely To Affect Delivery.

Multi-Role Tanker Transport.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Poseidon P-8A - God of the sea and shaker of the earth.

AIR 7000 Phase 2B.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Further advances in targeting pods.

Sensor pods.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Not just a powerful weapon.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

The U.K.’s Watchkeeper programme.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

An asymmetric evaluation

AIR 9000 phase 8

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

AWD moves ahead

Air Warfare Destroyer

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

LAND 400 – the impossible dream? (Part II)

To achieve the objectives of LAND 400 factors including price, performance, project risk and delivery will have to be fully considered

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

A German Success Story

While the Department of Defence continues to cogitate its navel about the RAN’s SEA 1000 future submarine, in terms of capability, design availability, cost and in service date to eventually replace the Collins, the German submarine building machine HDW continues to pump out its Type 214 SSK to many European maritime countries, (Spain excepted), and is also enjoying export success much further afield – including Asia.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

The Year In Review

The ADF has had another demanding year operationally with a continuing focus on Afghanistan where there has been further loss of life, accompanied by deployments in other theatres such as Timor Leste and the Solomons. The Navy and Air Force have been operating at a brisk tempo in support of these activities. There has been continuing discussion about whether our deployment in Oruzgan is sufficient or whether further efforts should be made, particularly during the period before the Parliamentary debate about Australia’s involvement.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

Raytheon Teaming Agreement Announced for Pilot Training System Competition

Raytheon Australia announced on December 16 that it has teamed with BAE Systems to bid for the Air 5428 Pilot Training System Program. Air 5428 Phase 1 aims to utilise advanced training systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force’s fixed wing pilot training.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Achieves Overall 2010 Flight Test Target

Lockheed Martin announced on December 15 that the F-35 Lightning II program team reached its 2010 goal of 394 test flights jointly established by the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and Lockheed Martin. Since the first flight of the F-35 on Dec.15, 2006, the program has logged a total of 531 flights, expanding the performance envelope of the three F-35 variants and testing the mission systems.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more


Australian government policy is to replace the current six Collins class with twelve new larger submarines armed with, among other things, long-range cruise missiles. The hope is that these craft will provide something like the long-range punch formerly provided by the recently-retired F-111s. Where is submarine technology going? How may it affect any new Australian submarines over, say, the next two decades? Any discussion should begin with the reasons that submarines, albeit expensive, are still worthwhile. The fundamental value of submarines is that they are stealthy, hence can operate in areas nominally dominated by others. What the submarine does with that ability varies with what it has on board and with the scenario. In the past, the most prominent missions have been to attack enemy ships and submarines, to conduct reconnaissance, and to deter an enemy by threatening strategic attack from a secure place. (KYM TO TASHA, BPS) Australia does not currently entertain the vision of strategic deterrence by submarine, but that might become attractive in a future in which nuclear weapons were more widely spread in the region.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more


The New Zealand government released the long-awaited Defence White Paper on 2 November 2010. This document was well overdue, with the previous paper issued 13 years ago. With an annual budget of just NZD 3 billion (US$ 2.2 billion, or 1% of GDP in 2009), NZ is militarily a small fish in a big sea. Indeed, tellingly, its defence spending amounts to just 7.2% of Australia’s, and the NZ Defence Force (NZDF) has a mere 9,673 regular personnel. Nevertheless, NZ does have a security role to play, especially in its South Pacific backyard.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

The role of submarines in Warfare

The strategic level of war concerns the overall conduct of the war, the approximate forces that will be made available, and the weights and efforts required in various theatres. The operational level of war is the one below and is primarily concerned with how to achieve the strategic aims of the conflict with the forces allocated. It involves the planning and conduct of campaigns and key operations in order to achieve the strategic aim. It provides the link between the strategic and tactical levels of command.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

Aussie Tiger - helicopter with an Amphibious future

Selected in 2001 under the auspices of Project AIR 87 the Franco - German Eurocopter Tiger EC665 is giving the Army an impressive level of combat capability. Australia required a versatile platform to replace two existing types of rotary aircraft; the Vietnam era Bell 206B-1 Kiowa and UH-1-H Iroquois ‘Bushranger’ gunship helicopters.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Infantry-portable fire support weapons

Fire support

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

LAND 400

Combined Arms Fighting System – Part 1

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Harry Dunstall, General Manager – Commercial

Speaking to APDR Editor Kym Bergmann

1st Oct 2010 | Read more


Air 7000 Update.

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Spain’s S-80: the SEA 1000 dark horse?

Undersea warfare

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

The Rise of the Chinese Empire

Strategic analysis

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

LAND 75 & LAND 125

Elbit Command and Control Systems

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Border security

Michael Yui. Singapore, Malaysia

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


An opportunity lost

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Night vision / LAND 53BR

Additional night fighting capability

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

“The Australian Army has certainly evolved a very strong COIN doctrine”:

Exclusive Interview with General Peter Cosgrove

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Joint Strike Fighter

Eglin AFB gears up for RAAF pilots

1st Sep 2010 | Read more



1st Sep 2010 | Read more

The importance of defence reform

Whoever becomes Australia’s next Defence Minister will need to continue to focus on the importance of defence reform

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Lockheed Martin completes second live tracking exercise for ballistic missile defense

Lockheed Martin has announced that on August 15 it successfully identified and tracked four live targets during a test of its Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP) being fielded as part of the Aegis next-generation Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability.

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Boeing Hornet Contract

Boeing Australia Component Repairs

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Thales Australia and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) are boosting soldier safety

Thales Australia boosts soldier safety with Bullet Trap Blank Firing AttachmentsThales Australia boosts soldier safety with Bullet Trap Blank Firing Attachments

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


Babcock’s novel approach to submarine support to improve availability and reduce cost

1st Sep 2010 | Read more


QinetiQ files for three world records for its Zephyr Solar powered UAV

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

The Global Supply Chain

Foreword by The Hon Greg Combet

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

The New Royal New Zealand Navy

At the beginning of the Twenty First century the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) faced an uncertain future.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

LHD communications suite

A transformational capability

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Industry policy

New Defence Industry Policy - what it really means!

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney Signs Agreement with Australian Supplier

Pratt & Whitney signed a purchase order on July 19 with Production Parts to manufacture a critical engine component for the F135 propulsion system program

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

The Federal Election

At the time of writing, the Australian Federal election looks to be a close contest with the odds slightly in favor of the Government being returned

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Austal Hosts Keel Laying Ceremony For US Army’s “Spearhead” (JHSV 1)

This is the first of a class of 10 vessels to be operated by both the US Army and Navy.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

JSF support MoU

Senior Representatives from BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will provide Through Life Support for the F-35 ‘Lightning’ Joint Strike Fighter.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

MRH90 To Resume Flying

Australian Aerospace Limited, which assembles the Army’s and Navy’s MRH90 helicopters in Brisbane, has welcomed the imminent return to flying operations by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) of what it describes as a world leading and most advanced multi-role helicopter.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Boeing Celebrates Production of 100th CH-47F Chinook

"This is an incredible milestone," said Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president, H-47 Programs.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Raytheon Australia Commences Full Scale Calibration Services

On 21 July Raytheon Australia announced that their contract for the provision of comprehensive calibration services for ADF test and measurement equipment has completed the final phase-in activities with the formal approval to commence full scale calibration production.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Elbit Systems Introduces: Mini-Laser Designator for Micro-Payloads

The demand for laser-based defense systems is growing for a number of reasons, primarily due to the very high level of accuracy resulting in point target hits and minimal collateral damage.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more


The contract, initially awarded to Qantas in 1999, includes renewal options.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more



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Defence Budget 2010 - 2011


1st Jun 2010 | Read more