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The Defence Fuel Transformation Program will deliver a safer, simpler and a more assured Defence fuel network in partnership with industry.

14th Sep 2018 | Read more


THE vital role of Australians in United Nations (UN) peace operations and their more than 70 years of dedicated service to the international community is remembered today, National Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Day.

14th Sep 2018 | Read more

Boeing Expands Australian Data Analytics Services

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will begin integrating new data analytics tools into all Boeing Defence Australia support contracts, enhancing its position as a leading fleet services provider in the regi

5th Sep 2018 | Read more


Leidos Australia announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with J3Seven, an Australian small business specialising in chemical, biological, radiological, exploitation and screening products.

5th Sep 2018 | Read more

NIOA Expands Defence Team

NIOA continues to strengthen its Defence and Law Enforcement team with the recent addition of Jackson Nioa as Corporate Development Manager.

30th Aug 2018 | Read more


Technology using a pure sapphire crystal to accurately measure time has taken out the 2018 Defence Science and Technology (DST) Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

30th Aug 2018 | Read more


BOEING Defence Australia has been invited to join the Prime Minister’s Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment (IAC).

30th Aug 2018 | Read more

New Ministerial arrangements - Defence

The move of Christopher Pyne from Defence Industry to the broader Defence portfolio is a logical development and very welcome news.

29th Aug 2018 | Read more


In another sign of success for Australia’s Defence industry, Bisalloy today announced its best year of defence exports in over a decade.

29th Aug 2018 | Read more

ADF rescues four seriously injured people in Solomon Islands

The Australian Defence Force’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group (IPE18) has assisted the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in rescuing four seriously injured people

20th Aug 2018 | Read more


There has been a boost in the confidence for Australian businesses to reach for opportunities in foreign defence markets following the strong commitment and support from the Turnbull Government towards Australia’s defence industry.

20th Aug 2018 | Read more


TODAY Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 73 years since the end of the Second World War. While Victory in Europe was declared in May 1945, fighting in the Pacific region continued until August 1945.

15th Aug 2018 | Read more

AIDN National begins Reform Agenda

AIDN National and its Chapters are pleased to announce some significant agreements reached that will alter the future of AIDN National and improve upon its ongoing desire and ability to represent the interests of the Australian Defence Industry.

6th Aug 2018 | Read more


ore than 1,600 members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have successfully completed Exercise RIMPAC 2018, the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise.

3rd Aug 2018 | Read more

Accenture Opens Innovation Hub for Defence & National Security in Canberra

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today opened an innovation hub in Canberra, providing defence and national security organisations in Australia and New Zealand with access to the latest technology innovations and digital solutions to help them innovate and stay ahead of an evolving threat landscape.

2nd Aug 2018 | Read more


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched the Defence Industry Service Commendation to recognise exceptional achievements within Australia’s defence industry.

1st Aug 2018 | Read more


The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne have congratulated Chemring Australia and Quickstep Holdings Ltd on securing funding for product development and cost reduction initiatives for F-35 Lightning II countermeasure flares.

31st Jul 2018 | Read more

Australia’s Cyber Week 2018 launches in Melbourne

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor today opened Australia’s Cyber Week, a showcase of Australia’s vibrant cyber security sector.

30th Jul 2018 | Read more


Top End skies will start filling with international military aircraft as the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Pitch Black starts in the Northern Territory today.

27th Jul 2018 | Read more


We will join United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, California on 23 and 24 July for the 2018 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).

10th Jul 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today launched a video sharing the stories of past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service women and the women who have supported them in their careers as part of NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrations.

9th Jul 2018 | Read more


The Australian Army has welcomed its new Chief, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO during a ceremonial parade in Canberra today.

2nd Jul 2018 | Read more

STEM sector invitations now open

Our open invitation to companies and organisations to submit an article for publication.

29th Jun 2018 | Read more


Australian defence industry innovation potential was in focus today as Kord Defence, a Canberra-based defence company, today announced it has signed a contract worth almost half a million Australian dollars with the US Marine Corps for the testing and evaluation of a Wireless Control System.

26th Jun 2018 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Expands Youth Cyber Education Program into Australia with CyberTaipan

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has introduced CyberTaipan, a national cyber defence competition for Australian youth designed to encourage interest in technical fields

25th Jun 2018 | Read more


Australian businesses and organisations will be given the opportunity to have their say about the workforce challenges and skills-related barriers affecting their contribution to the modernisation of Australian Defence Force capabilities.

20th Jun 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne will visit the Kingdom of Tonga and Solomon Islands on 13 and 14 June 2018.

13th Jun 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne will visit Belgium from 7-9 June 2018 to attend the NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting and a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh (ISIL).

7th Jun 2018 | Read more


inister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, met with the Indonesian Minister of Defence General (Rtd) Ryamizard Ryacudu and Panglima TNI, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto in Jakarta on Wednesday.

7th Jun 2018 | Read more

BAE Systems and Flinders University collaboration

A new agreement between BAE Systems Australia and Flinders University will see students and industry working together to develop new ways to provide Australia’s defence force

30th May 2018 | Read more

Raytheon and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology ink electronic warfare agreement

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) signed an interactive project agreement with Defence Science and Technology (DST) to work collaboratively to develop and prototype advanced electronic warfare capabilities

28th May 2018 | Read more

Cubic and 4C Strategies Strengthen Strategic Partnership

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its Cubic Global Defense (CGD) business division and 4C Strategies have formed a new strategic partnership to cooperate globally in the development and delivery of next-generation training and readiness capabilities to shared customers.

17th May 2018 | Read more

Australian Cyber Security Research Centre appointment of CEO

The Australian Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC) announces the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Rachael Falk.

17th May 2018 | Read more


Around 300 members of the Australian Defence Force have joined a French-led multinational force to participate in valuable disaster response training

15th May 2018 | Read more

CEDA’s SA Defence Industry Overview Luncheon

ood afternoon, it’s a pleasure to be here in Adelaide for CEDA’s South Australia defence industry overview luncheon.

15th May 2018 | Read more


Three Australian businesses have been awarded contracts through the Defence Innovation Hub to further develop innovative technologies to maintain a war fighting advantage.

14th May 2018 | Read more


Today the Government released its new National security science and technology policy agenda aimed at strengthening Australia’s national security.

30th Apr 2018 | Read more

Address at Team Defence Australia in Kuala Lumpur.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Thank you very much, Admiral. To you, to Andrew, our High Commissioner here in Kuala Lumpur.

17th Apr 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will travel to Washington DC from 12-13 April 2018 to attend and deliver the keynote address to the US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries.

12th Apr 2018 | Read more

Kleos Space Opens First Overseas Office

(“Kleos Space” or “Company”), a state-of-the-art space technology operator who will launch and operate its first earth observation satellite system in early 2019, is pleased to announce the creation of its first wholly owned subsidiary abroad, Australian registered; Kleos Space (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd (“Kleos Space AP”).

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT to offer Protection in Cyber Space

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, will also be using its expert knowledge in defence and security to protect IT systems.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more


Cyber security experts from across Australia and around the world will come together at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) conference in Canberra this week

10th Apr 2018 | Read more

Raytheon partners with Invictus Games 2018

Creating a legacy of ongoing support for Australia’s veterans

28th Mar 2018 | Read more

U.S. Army Awards Leidos Munitions Services Contract

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology leader, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to continue to provide logistics services to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) in support of U.S. Army Central (ARCENT), the Army component of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

27th Mar 2018 | Read more

Australian Defence Force stands up Joint Task Force to help Cyclone recovery

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established a Joint Task Force (JTF) in response to a request from the Northern Territory Government for further assistance to aid recovery

24th Mar 2018 | Read more

Rheinmetall presents its future oriented concept for ground-based air defence – in close cooperation with Raytheon

Rheinmetall’s plan calls for networking all relevant sensors, effectors, platforms and C4I assets into a single, scalable, system of systems. This will create a highly effective, modularly scalable and flexible air defence system covering the Bundeswehr’s full mission spectrum.

24th Mar 2018 | Read more


Elements of the 2018 Marine Rotational Force–Darwin (MRF-D) will begin arriving in the Top End this month to prepare for the seventh and largest rotation to date. The rotation will include 1,587 US Marines, eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and an artillery battery of six M777 Howitzers.

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more

Leidos recently transported supplies across 3 continents

Team Leidos worked with the MoD to transport the field hospital from MoD Donnington and MoD Bicester to Kenya, through Uganda and then onto Juba in South Sudan

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more

Australian Engineers from Four Companies to Collaborate on Future Frigate 3D Modelling

44 highly-skilled Australian engineers and designers have commenced 3D Digital Model courses to develop electricity, structural and outfitting design activities

14th Mar 2018 | Read more


Ms Jaquie Scammell has been appointed Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) Victoria.

14th Mar 2018 | Read more


A highly-secure IT lifecycle services centre specifically designed for the Federal Government and Defence sectors was officially opened in Canberra today.

13th Mar 2018 | Read more

General Services Administration Awards Leidos Contract to Support U.S. Army’s C4ISR Prototyping Operations

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science, information technology, and engineering leader,announced today it was awarded a follow-on task order by the General Services

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

European Manufacturing Partnership Agreement

Quickstep Holdings (ASX:QHL), Australia’s leading independent manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre composites, today announced that it has signed a Manufacturing Partnership Agreement with ATR Group

5th Mar 2018 | Read more


The Turnbull Government has today commenced an open market sale process to unlock the potential of the historic Defence site in Maribyrnong.

25th Feb 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced that more small businesses and young Australians would be encouraged to take up opportunities in the rapidly expanding Australian defence industry

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the announcement of Gold Coast based company, Gilmour Space Technologies

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Minister for Defence Personnel visits Darwin

DURING a two day visit to Darwin, Minister for Defence Personnel Michael McCormack said he was pleased to meet with Navy, Army and Air Force personnel.

20th Feb 2018 | Read more


Australian businesses will be able to better plan and be better prepared to win future defence industry contracts through the Melbourne Industry Consultation Day

20th Feb 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today officially opened ‘Lockheed Martin Australia House’ in Canberra.

19th Feb 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a nationwide ‘Introduction to the Defence Market’ seminar series.

15th Feb 2018 | Read more


Leidos Australia welcomes its largest graduate intake reflecting confidence in the Defence and Security sector.

14th Feb 2018 | Read more

Safran and Thomas Global announce Strategic Alliance

Safran Electronics & Defense (Safran) and Thomas Global Systems (Thomas Global) today announced a ground-breaking strategic alliance to manufacture and support high-end defence and related technologies in Australia.

13th Feb 2018 | Read more

Lockheed Martin x Girls in Tech Announce Singapore STEM Partnership

Leading security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin today announced a year-long partnership with global NPO Girls in Tech to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

3rd Feb 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Indonesian Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu today signed the Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Arrangement.

1st Feb 2018 | Read more


Australia’s premier defence integrator today welcomed the release of the Government’s new defence export strategy.

30th Jan 2018 | Read more

Defence Chief announces new Command

The Australian Defence Force continues to build its cyber capability, establishing the new Defence Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Command.

30th Jan 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today officially opened Electro Optic Systems’ (EOS) new production facility in Canberra.

30th Jan 2018 | Read more


he United States Marine Corps has awarded a rare honour to 107 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who helped recover a US Marine Corps aircraft that crashed and sank off the north Queensland coast

29th Jan 2018 | Read more

Launch of job-creating Defence Export Strategy

The Turnbull Government is unlocking more jobs and investment in Australia’s defence sector

29th 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

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 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


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

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


e defence industry skills in Australia.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

2nd Nov 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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

10th 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

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

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


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

26th 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


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

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


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

18th 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


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

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


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


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

: 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

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


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

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

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

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


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

16th 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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

1st Nov 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APC Technology New Premises Formally Opened

South Australian Tech Company Expands Operations

26th 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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary for Tony Ayers.

Tony Ayers was a remarkable man and a great Australian.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Pelican Introduces Three New Safety-Approved Headlights

To offer tough lightweight, safety-approved lighting options, Pelican Products, Inc

30th 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

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

Japan subs deal risks China ties: SA govt

Building new submarines in Japan risks damaging ties with China

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

Multi-million dollar upgrade for Defence science laboratory

The Australian Government is investing $41 million to upgrade facilities

16th Sep 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


Newcastle-based Forgacs today announced it has acquired Broens, a precision engineering company that operates in Australia

13th 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



16th 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

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

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

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

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

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


The Australian Strategic Policy Insitute, based in Canberra, announced on January 23 that it has

23rd Jan 2014 | 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Maritime surveillance

Australia’s – and the Region’s – Grand Challenge: Situational Maritime Domain Awareness

10th Dec 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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



14th Mar 2011 | Read more

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

Defence Headlines February 2011.

A combination of defence headlines from February of 2011.

14th Feb 2011 | 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


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

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

Harry Dunstall, General Manager – Commercial

Speaking to APDR Editor Kym Bergmann

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Border security

Michael Yui. Singapore, Malaysia

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

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

The Global Supply Chain

Foreword by The Hon Greg Combet

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

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

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

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



1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Defence Budget 2010 - 2011


1st Jun 2010 | Read more

CAE awarded new military contracts in Europe and Canada valued at approximately C$50 million

Canada’s CAE announced on 5 May that towards the end of its fiscal 2010 it was awarded several new military contracts in Europe and Canada to support the German Army and Royal Netherlands Air Force as well as Canada's Department of National Defence. The value of the contracts combined is approximately C$50 million.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

NSW defence industry

Expert advisory council to grow NSW defence industry

5th May 2010 | Read more

BAE Systems opens new engineering hub in Melbourne

BAE Systems opened its new engineering hub in Melbourne on April 27 that will integrate the company’s aerospace, autonomous systems and guided weapons research into a single facility.

5th May 2010 | Read more

Enhanced communications for deployed forces

Senator John Faulkner announces the Governments significant initiative to enhance communications support to the Australian Defence Force

5th May 2010 | Read more

Air 7000 & JP129

Australia is making substantial investments in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

10th Feb 2010 | Read more

AWD Ship Construction Underway

Air Warfare Destroyer : Ship construction underway - the sparks start to fly

8th Jan 2010 | Read more

Funding to ADF Operations increases by 40%

The Rudd Government has clearly signaled its operational priorities in the 2009-2010 budget released last month.

30th Jun 2009 | Read more

Rebalancing – with more change on the way

There are good and bad things in this US DoD’s Fiscal 2010 budget proposals. President Obama and the US DoD recognise – unlike Prime Minister Rudd – that there are limits to the size of the country’s coffers for military expenditure, despite the fact that the war in Afghanistan is rapidly replacing the one in Iraq and is escalating very rapidly.

30th Jun 2009 | Read more

APDR at a glance