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Safran selected to provide the electro optic sensor

Saab Australia has selected Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia to provide the electro optic sensor as part of the situational awareness system for the 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) SEA1180 Project.

5th Sep 2018 | Read more


The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed its final two port visits as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE) 2018

21st Aug 2018 | Read more


The keel-laying ceremony for the future HMNZS Aotearoa has been held at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

14th Aug 2018 | Read more

ASC wins contract to continue submariner training

Australia’s sovereign submarine company, ASC, has signed a contract with the Royal Australian Navy for the continued provision of Collins Class submariner training services.

13th Aug 2018 | Read more

ASC apprenticeship applications for 2019 spark strong interest

The highly anticipated and competitive annual apprenticeship intake at Australian submarine builder and maintainer ASC has now opened for applications

13th Aug 2018 | Read more


After long and distinguished service in the Royal Australian Navy, decommissioned vessel ex-HMAS Darwin will receive a new lease on life as a dive wreck in the waters off Tasmania, enabling future generations to appreciate the ship and driving tourism.

10th Aug 2018 | Read more


Australian companies are showing a high level of enthusiasm to be part of the Future Submarine Program.

10th Aug 2018 | Read more

Saab’s Sea Giraffe Multi Mode Radar Selected on Five Classes of U.S. Ships

Saab has received an order from the U.S. Navy to supply the Sea Giraffe AMB Multi Mode Radar (MMR) for the Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) class ship USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams, ESB 4.

2nd Aug 2018 | Read more


In a major development for the Future Submarine Program, a Development Application has been submitted to the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, for Phase 1 of work on the Osborne North construction yard in South Australia.

31st Jul 2018 | Read more

Government of Trinidad & Tobago Announces Future Acquisition of Two Austal Cape Class Patrol Boats

Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX:ASB) is pleased to report that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) has announced its intention to purchase two Austal Cape Class Patrol Boats.

30th Jul 2018 | Read more


In a moving ceremony, Navy’s second Air Warfare Destroyer, Brisbane, has officially been handed over to Defence.

27th Jul 2018 | Read more

Cobra M2 Ka- dual-band Maritime Terminal

Receives WGS Certification EM Solutions Cobra M2 Maritime Satcom Terminal has successfully completed the WGS testing and certification process and been notified by the certification authority

17th Jul 2018 | Read more


Thales Australia is looking to make Tasmania the home of a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems.

17th Jul 2018 | Read more


In a win for Tasmanian defence industry, Taylor Bros Marine has today announced the signing of a major contract with Luerssen Australia.

17th Jul 2018 | Read more

Australian Maritime College joins Thales on sonar test facility plan

The Australian Maritime College has partnered with international defence giant Thales to investigate establishing a trials and test facility for naval sonar systems in Tasmania.

17th Jul 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today launched an Indigenous joint-venture to deliver the $213 million Bayinguwa critical wharf works project at Garden Island Defence Precinct, the Royal Australian Naval Base in Sydney.

17th Jul 2018 | Read more

BMT and Innovyz Institute announce advanced materials and manufacturing program alliance

BMT, the world’s leading maritime design and engineering consulting firm today announces a collaboration with Adelaide incubation firm Innovyz Institute on developing the best and brightest in Australian manufacturing and advanced materials.

10th Jul 2018 | Read more

BMT Acquisition Strengthens Submarine Capability

BMT, the world’s leading maritime design and engineering consulting firm, has purchased the Australian submarine design company, Effectiva.

5th Jul 2018 | Read more

Flinders joins elite French maritime research group

Flinders University is the first university outside of France invited to join CELADON, an association of leading industry and academic institutions that operates land-based and marine facilities adjacent to the French Naval Academy in Brest, France.

4th Jul 2018 | Read more

The Hunter class – defending Australia and securing our shipbuilding sovereignty

The Turnbull Government will deliver one of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates, create 4000 Australian jobs and secure a local naval shipbuilding industry for decades to come.

29th Jun 2018 | Read more

BAE Systems selected as preferred tendererto deliver Australia's SEA 5000 Future Frigates

BAE Systems has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of its selection as the preferred tenderer for the SEA 5000 program

29th Jun 2018 | Read more

Titomic signs Material Science Testing agreement with Fincantieri Australia

Australian metal additive manufacturing company, Titomic Limited (ASX: TTT) (“Titomic” or “the Company”) today announces it has signed its first Material Science Testing (“MST”) agreement with Fincantieri Australia PTY LTD (“Fincantieri”),

26th Jun 2018 | Read more


The ITS Alpino, a Fincantieri-built frigate has concluded its tour of the east coast of the United States.

15th Jun 2018 | Read more

Thales Sonar Upgrades to Extend Australia’s Collins Class Submarine Capability

Australia’s strategic priority on enhancing its submarine capability will be supported by Thales through major upgrades of the sonar systems on all six Collins class submarines.

14th Jun 2018 | Read more


HMAS Ships Adelaide and Melbourne have farewelled Fiji following a successful port visit as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE).

12th Jun 2018 | Read more

GE to Support Royal Navy Type 45 Fleet Update to Enhance Its Power Resilience

As part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Power Improvement Project (PIP), GE’s Marine Solutions has recently been chosen by BAE Systems to provide a number of marine electrical solutions to support the delivery of additional power generation to the Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyers and enhance the fleet’s power system resilience.

12th Jun 2018 | Read more


HMAS Warramunga, currently deployed to the Middle East under Operation Manitou, has seized three separate hauls of illicit narcotics over three days, with a total value of approximately AUD$294.3 million*.

6th Jun 2018 | Read more

ANAO report misses the target

The ANAO report Naval construction programs—mobilisation released on 14 May is a worthy attempt to summarise the issues that must be addressed as Australia ramps up its huge acquisition program for offshore patrol vessels

1st Jun 2018 | Read more


In another positive sign for local industry, Aussie companies are being invited to supply equipment for the Future Submarine Construction Yard at Osborne in South Australia.

1st Jun 2018 | Read more


In a major boost for Australia’s shipbuilding industry, a new joint venture has been formed between Luerssen and Civmec called the Australian Maritime Shipbuilding and Export Group.

28th May 2018 | Read more

Luerssen launches Australia’s newest shipbuilding company to drive local jobs, investment and exports

One of the world’s leading shipbuilders, Luerssen, has teamed with Australian engineering and construction firm Civmec to create a new force in naval shipbuilding and exports.

28th May 2018 | Read more


The United States Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific announced AECOM Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract to construct a parking apron at RAAF Base Darwin.

25th May 2018 | Read more

ASC engages Accenture for digital transformation

Australian-owned submarine and warship builder ASC is embracing the digital future by launching a digital transformation program,

25th May 2018 | Read more


Fincantieri Australia, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and a participant in the selection process for the Federal Government’s SEA 5000 Future Frigates program, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Adelaide

25th May 2018 | Read more

US to Export Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar in Foreign Military Sales Deal

Saab will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the US and the Philippines.

22nd May 2018 | Read more

Navantia’s Global Chairman formally transfers Hobart Class Intellectual Property to Navantia Australia

Ahead of the launch of the third air warfare destroyer, NUSHIP Sydney, on Saturday 19 May, Navantia S.A. chairman José Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez formally transferred the intellectual property for the Hobart Class family of warships to Navantia Australia in Canberra on Friday, 18 May 2018.

21st May 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia to sustain AWD with BAE Systems

Navantia Australia has announced that it formalised a contract to provide Platform System Design and Engineering Assurance services for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (DDG)

19th May 2018 | Read more


Cohort plc company SEA has showcased its role as a leading supplier of Torpedo Launch Systems (TLS) at a UK defence services industry day on board the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland in Pyeongtaek naval base, South Korea.

18th May 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia to Boost Exports with First Regional Office

Navantia Australia is delighted to formally announce that Singapore will host the company’s first international office.

17th May 2018 | Read more

Rolls-Royce selects Marand as Australian industry partner for SEA 5000

Rolls-Royce has chosen Australian engineering company Marand as their preferred industry partner for the MT30 gas turbine enclosure manufacture and integration

16th May 2018 | Read more


n November 2017 the Turnbull Government selected Luerssen as the prime contractor to supply 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Navy.

12th May 2018 | Read more

Raytheon Australia’s Andrew Whittaker wins the Australian Naval Institute’s 2018 McNeil Prize

Andrew Whittaker is this year’s winner of the Australian Naval Institute’s McNeil Prize.

10th May 2018 | Read more

A message from the Chairman of Navantia Australia

Navantia Australia has responded to the Australian Government’s Future Frigate tender, offering our F-5000 warship which is derived from the proven Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer.

9th May 2018 | Read more

ASC Shipbuilding-developed fire safety consoles win international maritime innovation award

Australia’s builder of major warships, ASC Shipbuilding, has won an international maritime safety award for an in-house designed-and-built system that monitors fire risks and directs the emergency response.

9th May 2018 | Read more


The risk posed by sea mines will be a key focus at this year’s Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise

8th May 2018 | Read more

Saab Technology Features in Royal Navy led Information Warfare Exercise

Saab has contributed two innovations systems to the UK’s second-ever Information Warrior exercise.

4th May 2018 | Read more


Fincantieri Australia awards Hofmann Engineering new order for ship components

4th May 2018 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarine to Benefit from Research Collaboration

Deeper collaboration between Australia and France in advanced sonar and naval robotics technology will flow from a research agreement announced in Sydney today during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

2nd May 2018 | Read more


Australia‑France defence industry ties will be further enhanced after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Emmanuel Macron of France today announced the establishment of an annual Australia-France Defence Industry Symposium.

2nd May 2018 | Read more

28 jobs created with OPV contract awarded to L3

In another example of ongoing progress in the national shipbuilding enterprise, Lurssen Australia, the prime contractor for the design and build of 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels

30th Apr 2018 | Read more

HMAS Toowoomba visits Brunei

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Toowoomba has completed a port visit to Brunei, as part of a three month South East Asia deployment.

27th Apr 2018 | Read more


Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Defence, visited BAE Systems’ Clyde shipyards today to gain an insight into the Company’s next generation digital ship design approach for the Type 26 frigates, before viewing the first fully constructed units of the first of class, GLASGOW.

23rd Apr 2018 | Read more

Saab Receives Order for Australian OPV Situational Awareness System

Saab has received a contract from Luerssen Australia for the Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).

21st Apr 2018 | Read more


Cohort company SEA has established itself as one of the leading suppliers of Torpedo Launcher Systems (TLS) in the SE Asia region following a string of contract successes.

18th Apr 2018 | Read more


The Australian Defence Force’s ability to defeat enemy air threats has been boosted with the successful testing of the new Cooperative Engagement Capability

17th Apr 2018 | Read more


Raytheon Australia welcomes the announcement that HMAS Hobart and future destroyer Brisbane have successfully demonstrated the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system,which is the first use of this technology by a nation other than the United States.

17th 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


The Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA) welcomes recommendations relating to command changes in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) which have been announced.

17th Apr 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia signs Memorandum of Understanding with CBG Systems

Navantia Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tasmania’s CBG systems for insulation and fire protection supply and management for its bid for the future frigates project.

11th 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

Navantia Australia to Partner with Hofmann Engineering for F-5000 Future Frigate

Navantia Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian company Hofmann Engineering for the future frigate program.

4th Apr 2018 | Read more

AMC announced as key strategic partner in Naval Shipbuilding College

The University of Tasmania has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, a joint venture between Kellogg Brown & Root and Huntington Ingalls Industries, as the successful tenderer to operate the Naval Shipbuilding College in Adelaide, South Australia.

4th Apr 2018 | Read more

Naval shipbuilding college to meet naval shipbuilding needs

The Naval Shipbuilding College will be established and managed by the Naval Shipbuilding Institute to work with shipbuilders to understand their workforce requirements throughout the different stages of project construction and sustainment, while leveraging a national network of education and training providers to deliver the specific skills required.

3rd Apr 2018 | Read more

Huntington Ingalls Industries and KBR Awarded Contract to Establish and Manage Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Australia’s Department of Defence has awarded a contract to Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI), a joint venture between HII’s Technical Solutions division and Kellogg Brown and Root’s (KBR) Government Services division

3rd Apr 2018 | Read more

Fincantieri Reaches Landmark MoU with Australian Unions on Future Frigates Project

One of the world’s largest shipbuilders, Fincantieri, a final contender for the Federal Government’s SEA 5000 Future Frigates project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with key Australian trade unions in Canberra today.

27th 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


Rolls-Royce has commenced the final stages of its Australian industry selection process by announcing a shortlist of potential Industry partners, to manufacture equipment for the SEA5000 program

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more

Elettronica signs MOUs with Thales Australia and Australia’s

Elettronica, the Italian-based electronic warfare specialist, has signed Memoranda of Understanding with Thales Australia

21st Mar 2018 | Read more

Safran’s PASEO XLR sighting system chosen for France’s future medium frigates

The PASEO XLR (extra Long Range) sighting system built by Safran Electronics & Defense has been chosen by Naval Group for France’s new medium frigates (FTI). Five of these 4,000 tonne ships will be delivered starting in 2023.

21st Mar 2018 | Read more


Naval Group Australia has partnered with KBR to support the design of the Future Submarine Construction Yard, a vital piece of the Osborne Naval shipbuilding precinct.

19th Mar 2018 | Read more


The stories of several new recruits taking their first steps towards their dream jobs as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Indigenous Development Program were launched today by Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester.

15th Mar 2018 | Read more


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

14th Mar 2018 | Read more

Australian submariners to breathe easier

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has joined forces with technical and engineering services company QinetiQ on a ground breaking project

13th Mar 2018 | Read more


Australia’s first submarine was most likely lost during an underwater operation off the coast of Papua New Guinea as it returned to Rabaul, according to the findings of a report from the expedition that found the wreck of HMAS AE1.

13th Mar 2018 | Read more

The Australian Navy’s elegant new AWD, HMAS Hobart

The Australian Navy’s elegant new AWD, HMAS Hobart, took on a new crew member in the form of a purpose-built Aussie diesel engine-drive pressure cleaner.

13th Mar 2018 | Read more


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will meet her New Zealand counterpart, Minister of Defence the Hon Ron Mark

9th Mar 2018 | Read more

Tenth successful interdiction for HMAS Warramunga

HMAS Warramunga’s crew has seized record amounts of narcotics on Operation Manitou following their latest interdiction.

9th Mar 2018 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Canada Welcomes ANZAC Frigate HMNZS TE KAHA to Canada

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Canada has signed a formal contract with the New Zealand government for ship installation

8th Mar 2018 | Read more

Saab to Deliver Updated Ship Control System for Collins Class Submarines

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with ASC for supply of an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Century Engineering

Navantia Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Century Engineering

6th Mar 2018 | Read more


Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and a participant in the selection process for the Federal Government’s SEA 5000 Future Frigates program,

3rd Mar 2018 | Read more

New warship sustainment agreement welcomed

he nation’s largest naval sustainment provider, BAE Systems Australia today welcomed an extension to the Warship Asset Management Agreement

3rd Mar 2018 | Read more


The jobs of almost 1700 workers have been secured by the signing of a landmark extension to the sustainment contract for our Anzac Frigates.

2nd Mar 2018 | Read more

Ship sustainment catalyst for investment

BAE Systems Australia has signed a contract with BADGE Constructions WA to build a $5 million shipside support tower at its Henderson (Western Australia)

26th Feb 2018 | Read more

Saab Receives Order for Sustainment of ANZAC Frigates

Saab has received an order from the Australian Government under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA)

24th Feb 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia exploring opportunities for WA industry in LNG carrier repair

A Navantia Australia team led by chairman Warren King and managing director Donato Martinez has visited Western Australia (WA),

23rd Feb 2018 | Read more


Rolls-Royce has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technology for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Australian defence industry jobs to be created in key takeover

JFD’s status as the world’s leading company in submarine rescue will be enhanced and Australian defence industry jobs

20th 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


The University of Tasmania will partner with US universities to conduct research to help improve Australia’s naval capability.

16th Feb 2018 | Read more

Naval Group Australia achieves ISO 9001 certification

Naval Group Australia has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, providing the organisation with a strong foundation in which to deliver the Future Submarine Program

14th Feb 2018 | Read more

Growth in Australian Sovereign Capability as Navantia Designates Australia Class Manager

Navantia S.A. has designated Navantia Australia as the Class Manager for the Hobart Class family of warships.

13th Feb 2018 | Read more

Future leaders welcomed at Henderson

BAE Systems Australia has welcomed seven new apprentices to its Henderson facility in Western Australia.

7th Feb 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia Welcomes AWD Removal from Projects of Concern

Navantia Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement today advising that SEA 4000 Phase 3, the Air Warfare Destroyer program, has been removed from the Projects of Concern list.

1st Feb 2018 | Read more

The following may be attributed to Michael Ward, managing director of Raytheon Australia:

Today is another great milestone in the AWD program. As a member of the AWD Alliance, Raytheon Australia welcomes this important announcement

1st Feb 2018 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries launches Hauled Self-Defense Pod

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) released a new electronic warfare system which provides an added layer of self-defense for aircrafts.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Navantia Australia partners with Taylor Bros for SEA 5000 Habitability Design Support

Navantia Australia has today announced a new contract with Tasmanian firm Taylor Bros

31st Jan 2018 | Read more


The multi-billion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project is on track after the signing of a contract with Lürssen.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Future Defence Exports

Fincantieri Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to the future of Australia’s defence export industry, announced by the Prime Minister today

29th Jan 2018 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes Future Submarine Combat System contract announcement

Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia, welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP

25th Jan 2018 | Read more

NSM and ANZAC Class Frigates at eh AMC Common User Facility

The West Australian Government owned Common User Facility (CUF) at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC)

23rd Jan 2018 | Read more


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

17th Jan 2018 | Read more

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

Australia’s oldest naval mystery has been solved

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

21st Dec 2017 | Read more


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

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

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

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

14th Dec 2017 | Read more


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

14th Dec 2017 | Read more


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

14th Dec 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia partners with Lai Switchboards Australia for SEA5000

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

14th Dec 2017 | Read more

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

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

13th Dec 2017 | Read more


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

5th Dec 2017 | Read more

RINA heading to Australia with Fincantieri

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

1st Dec 2017 | Read more

Stoker completes sailor recovery

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

30th Nov 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia strengthening partnerships with Tasmanian industry

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

29th Nov 2017 | Read more

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

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

28th Nov 2017 | Read more

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

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

28th Nov 2017 | Read more


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

27th Nov 2017 | Read more

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

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

27th Nov 2017 | Read more

Luerssen selected as preferred tenderer

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

24th Nov 2017 | Read more

ASC Shipbuilding welcomes selection as SEA1180 shipbuilder

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

24th Nov 2017 | Read more

Technology to ‘future proof’ Australia’s Future Frigates

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

23rd Nov 2017 | Read more


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

22nd Nov 2017 | Read more

REDARC Signs MOU With Raytheon Anschütz

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

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

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

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

19th Nov 2017 | Read more


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

13th Nov 2017 | Read more


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

10th Nov 2017 | Read more


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

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Babcock and BMT sign cooperation agreement to develop future surface ships

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

8th Nov 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia welcomes $200 million Nulka upgrade

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

6th Nov 2017 | Read more

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

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

27th Oct 2017 | Read more

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ new set up in Australia

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

17th Oct 2017 | Read more


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

17th Oct 2017 | Read more


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

11th Oct 2017 | Read more

Autonomous technology helps scientists put eyes on Great Barrier Reef

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

6th Oct 2017 | Read more


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

6th Oct 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia launches online future frigate hub

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

6th Oct 2017 | Read more

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

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

5th Oct 2017 | Read more

ASC and Penske engine test to bolster research and development capability

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

5th Oct 2017 | Read more

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

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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

Naval Group Australia signs MoU with Australian Council of Trade Unions

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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

Saab Combat Management System Announced as Choice for Royal Australian Navy

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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more


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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

Terma and Marand Sign Memorandum of Understanding on future collaboration

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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more


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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

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

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

4th Oct 2017 | Read more

A Statement from Michael Ward, Managing Director, Raytheon Australia

Combat System Integrator welcomes future frigate announcement

3rd Oct 2017 | Read more

Terma pursues new business opportunities in Australia

Pacific International Maritime Exposition, Sydney, October 2, 2017

2nd Oct 2017 | Read more

Visit APDR at Pacific 2017 3-6 October

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

2nd Oct 2017 | Read more

Warren King Appointed Chair of Navantia Australia Board

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

29th Sep 2017 | Read more

Fincantieri announces multiple Australian initiatives

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

27th Sep 2017 | Read more

Damen displays leading position in global OPV market

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

22nd Sep 2017 | Read more

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

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

16th Sep 2017 | Read more

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

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

12th Sep 2017 | Read more

H145M completes first flight with HForce weapon system

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

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

ASC helps students get into subs

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

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems to create 1000 shipbuilding apprenticeships

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

6th Sep 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group selects Trojan Marinex

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

5th Sep 2017 | Read more


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

1st Sep 2017 | Read more


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

30th Aug 2017 | Read more

Naval Group officially opens Australian office

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

30th Aug 2017 | Read more

EM Solutions to supply Cobra Terminals for new Australian Navy Program

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

28th Aug 2017 | Read more

Important step for Damen Antarctic Supply Research Vessel

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

25th Aug 2017 | Read more

Luerssen and local shipbuilders to back Australian maritime skills and education

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

24th Aug 2017 | Read more


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

24th Aug 2017 | Read more

Ocius Technology and Thales Australia demonstrate Bluebottle ASWUSV at Jervis Bay

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

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more


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

10th Aug 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems submits bid for SEA 5000

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

10th Aug 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia’s F-5000

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

10th Aug 2017 | Read more

Luerssen briefs over 600 Australian SMEs on SEA 1180 opportunities

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

2nd Aug 2017 | Read more


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

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

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

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

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Digital Voice Recording Systems for SEA 1654

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

28th Jul 2017 | Read more


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

20th Jul 2017 | Read more

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

HMAS Arunta departs the Middle East to return home

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

11th Jul 2017 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarine Program reaches major international milestone

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

11th Jul 2017 | Read more

Australian-developed software supports first major Wedgetail upgrade

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

5th Jul 2017 | Read more

Rostec develops modernised anti-submarine bomb

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

4th Jul 2017 | Read more

Australian Navy MATV arrives in home port of Sydney, Australia

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

27th Jun 2017 | Read more

Update on HMAS Canberra and Adelaide

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

26th Jun 2017 | Read more

Army Innovation Award – Robotic Z-Boat

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

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more


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

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more

South Australia celebrates success in naval shipbuilding

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

16th Jun 2017 | Read more


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

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia creates a national capability

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

16th Jun 2017 | Read more


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

13th Jun 2017 | Read more

Troll Systems Provides Dual-Polarized Antennas for Royal Australian Navy

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

8th Jun 2017 | Read more


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

8th Jun 2017 | Read more

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

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

8th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australia and Indonesia unite to patrol fisheries

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

7th Jun 2017 | Read more


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

7th Jun 2017 | Read more

Appointments to the Luerssen Australia Board

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

4th Jun 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group consolidate commitment to Australian shipbuilding

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

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more


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

26th May 2017 | Read more

Contract award a tick to Australian industry

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

24th May 2017 | Read more

Navantia welcomes Naval Shipbuilding Plan

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

16th May 2017 | Read more


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

13th May 2017 | Read more

HMAS Arunta successfully interdicts narcotics

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

12th May 2017 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarine Program briefing comes to Brisbane

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

11th May 2017 | Read more

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


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

5th May 2017 | Read more


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

3rd May 2017 | Read more

Luerssen Australia, A major boost for Australian shipbuilding

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

3rd May 2017 | Read more

HMAS Wollongong deploys to the South West Pacific

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

1st May 2017 | Read more


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

28th Apr 2017 | Read more

Regional Cooperation on Display as Five Powers Exercise Gets Underway

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

27th Apr 2017 | Read more


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

26th Apr 2017 | Read more


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

26th Apr 2017 | Read more


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

26th Apr 2017 | Read more

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25th Apr 2017 | Read more

DCNS and DMTC Collaborate to develop technical expertise.

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

24th Apr 2017 | Read more


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

24th Apr 2017 | Read more

Successful sea trials for Australian MATV

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

20th Apr 2017 | Read more


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

18th Apr 2017 | Read more


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

18th Apr 2017 | Read more

HMAS Ballarat exercises with People’s Republic of China Navy

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

18th Apr 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group submits tender for Australian OPV

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

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

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

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

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

: 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


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

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: from platform to systems provider

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

4th Apr 2017 | Read more

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

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

4th Apr 2017 | Read more

Raytheon Australia develops and delivers Hobart Class Command Team Trainer

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

29th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

28th Mar 2017 | Read more


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

28th Mar 2017 | Read more

Defence poised to support to North Queensland

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

27th Mar 2017 | Read more


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

27th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

New Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific

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

17th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

16th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Opportunities for Victorian Companies on Future Frigate

Navantia Australia selects Melbourne for Australian industry engagement forums

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

ASMD upgrade of HMAS Stuart complete

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

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

9th Mar 2017 | Read more

Royal New Zealand Navy Leads the World in Technology Adoption

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

8th Mar 2017 | Read more


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

8th Mar 2017 | Read more

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

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

7th Mar 2017 | Read more


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

6th Mar 2017 | Read more

Hobart successfully completes Sea Acceptance Trials

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

6th Mar 2017 | Read more


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

24th Feb 2017 | Read more

Training to fight – Navies exercise off the WA coast

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

24th Feb 2017 | Read more


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

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

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

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

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia - Contract extension

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

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

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

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

9th Feb 2017 | Read more

Damen Shipyards Group hosts Industry Briefings in Australia

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

8th Feb 2017 | Read more

Minister for Defence Industry tours Italian Frigate

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

6th Feb 2017 | Read more

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

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

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Prototype Ammunition Carrier Contracts Signed

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

1st Feb 2017 | Read more

Navantia Australia engages with Australian Industry for Future Frigate Program

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

30th Jan 2017 | Read more

Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart acceptance sea trials commence

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

30th Jan 2017 | Read more


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

24th Jan 2017 | Read more

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

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

9th Jan 2017 | Read more


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

18th Dec 2016 | Read more


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

17th Dec 2016 | Read more


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

16th Dec 2016 | Read more


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

16th Dec 2016 | Read more


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

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

Defence industry capability showcased at AWD launch

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

15th Dec 2016 | Read more


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

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

BAE receives contract to maintain Australia’s air warfare destroyers

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

14th Dec 2016 | Read more

Future Submarines regulator unnecessary

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

13th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab Signs Contract for Torpedo Integration Systems with FMV

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

8th Dec 2016 | Read more

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

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

1st Dec 2016 | Read more

Australian Submarine Industry Day

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

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

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

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

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

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

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Thales Australia Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design

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

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

DCNS announces partnership with Indigenous Defence Consortium

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

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

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

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

22nd Nov 2016 | Read more

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

HMAS Arunta deploys for nine month Middle East Mission

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

15th Nov 2016 | Read more

Huntington Ingalls Industries to open in Australia

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

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Austal wins two WA industry export awards

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

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Large US military shipbuilder establishes a Canberra office

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

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

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

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

31st Oct 2016 | Read more

Saab to Deliver Integrated Combat System for New Australian Replenishment Ships

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

28th Oct 2016 | Read more

Board announced for Centre for Defence Industry Capability

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

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

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

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

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

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

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

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 16 wraps up

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

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Chair of the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board appointed

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

22nd Oct 2016 | Read more

National shipbuilding plan key to foster national economy

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

17th Oct 2016 | Read more

Separation of ASC builds on successful operating model

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

11th Oct 2016 | Read more

Combat System Integrator for Future Submarines

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

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

First Contract Signed with DCNS to Commence Design Phase

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

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

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

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

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

ASC welcomes next stage of future submarine project

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

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems opens the door to Type 26 supply chain

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

26th Sep 2016 | Read more

Successful Sea Trials for First Air Warfare Destroyer

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

24th Sep 2016 | Read more

First destroyer Hobart successfully completes Builder Sea Trials

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

24th Sep 2016 | Read more

Exercise KAKADU comes back to the Top End

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

8th Sep 2016 | Read more


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

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

DCNS welcomes the decision of the Australian judicial authorities

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

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

Navantia signs the Future Frigate Participant Services Contract

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

30th Aug 2016 | Read more

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

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

2nd Aug 2016 | Read more

HMAS Darwin returns from seventh Middle East deployment

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

17th Jul 2016 | Read more

NAVANTIA signs Platform Design Services contract with the Royal Australian Navy

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

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

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 Warship Alliance Management Agreement

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

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives First Order Under Australian Warship Agreement

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

4th Jul 2016 | Read more

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

HMAS Anzac visit to Manila

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

17th May 2016 | Read more

NAVANTIA selected to supply two AORs ship to Australia

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

10th May 2016 | Read more

Finally some certainty for naval shipbuilding

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

30th Apr 2016 | Read more

TKMS – down but not necessarily completely out

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

29th Apr 2016 | Read more

DCNS of France wins the CEP

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

28th Apr 2016 | Read more

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

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

28th Apr 2016 | Read more

Australian Government selects DCNS for the SEA 1000

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

26th Apr 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems delivers significant upgrade to ANZAC frigate

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

19th Apr 2016 | Read more

Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – Continuous Naval Shipbuilding

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

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Shield 16

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

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

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

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

6th Apr 2016 | Read more

Defence industry wants commitment to a local build before election

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

6th Apr 2016 | Read more

HMAS Darwin concludes first patrol

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

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

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

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

30th Mar 2016 | Read more

German company supports domestic manufacture of Australian submarines

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

21st Mar 2016 | Read more

DCNS delivers its 5th FREMM frigate, Languedoc

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

17th Mar 2016 | Read more

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

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

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

Austal shipbuilding methods winning contracts with US Navy

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

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

HMAS Darwin seizes large weapons cache

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

7th Mar 2016 | Read more

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

25th Feb 2016 | Read more

Industry calls for Offshore Patrol Vessels to bridge Valley of Death

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

25th Jan 2016 | Read more


The Government is putting in place long term arrangements to ensure the future success of the Air Warfare Destroyer project and address the legacy of unresolved issues inherited from the previous Labor government.

8th Dec 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin continues to bring world-class innovation to South Australia

Lockheed Martin today opened a new high-tech laboratory to support the design, delivery and sustainment of Australia’s future Submarine Force, bringing world-class defence innovation to South Australia.

27th Nov 2015 | Read more

There is no substitute for Australian innovation

The opening of a state-of-the-art centre for the development of submarine combat systems in Adelaide is providing opportunities for researchers and industry to work closely together to foster skills, create cutting edge technology and boost the nation’s economy.

27th Nov 2015 | Read more

AWD Alliance lays keel for third Australian destroyer

The Australia Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance reports the keel has been laid for the third ship of the three-ship program.

20th Nov 2015 | Read more

Babcock and ASC reach new sustainment services agreement for Collins fleet

Babcock International Group has signed a new Transitional Services Agreement (TSA) with Adelaide-based submarine builder and maintainer (ASC) for the delivery of sustainment services to the six Collins Class Submarines.

19th Nov 2015 | Read more

Royal Australian Navy Task Group exercises with the French Navy in South China Sea

HMA Ships Arunta, Stuart and Sirius, have rendezvoused at sea with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire as part of a Royal Australian Navy Task Group

4th Nov 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Canada Announces Latest Achievement on New Zealand ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade Project

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Canada marked an important milestone toward modernizing the Royal New Zealand Navy’s two ANZAC Class ships.

23rd Oct 2015 | Read more

Senator Marise Payne says Australia opposes intimidation in the South China Sea

THE Turnbull Government is maintaining a hard line against China and other nations making illegal claims to territory and waters in the South China Sea.

7th Oct 2015 | Read more

Two ships. Two teams. One goal.

Sustainment teams on both sides of Australia are upgrading ANZAC class frigates HMAS Perth and HMAS Anzac to significantly increase their capability.

5th Oct 2015 | Read more

TKMSA announces ‘Endeavour’ as the name for Australian Future Submarine Project

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the world’s leading builder of conventional submarines, has announced the name ‘Endeavour’ for its Australian SEA1000 Future Submarine Project.

5th Oct 2015 | Read more

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

Australia's Newest Naval Vessel Ready for Delivery

The Australian Navy’s NUSHIP Adelaide has completed its final sea ship trials in Port Phillip Bay.

30th Aug 2015 | Read more

NUSHIP Adelaide’s final sea trials

Williamstown, Victoria: In preparation for delivery later this year, NUSHIP Adelaide will start her final period of sea trials today.

18th Aug 2015 | Read more


BAE Systems has today announced a further reduction in the workforce at its Williamstown shipyard.

12th Aug 2015 | Read more

Saab Australia Welcomes Government’s Commitment to Naval Shipbuilding

Saab Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a continuous build program for the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates

8th Aug 2015 | Read more


On July 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 airstrikes using fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

27th Jul 2015 | Read more

Minister for Defence – Media Statement – Mr Shorten, please don’t be so short sighted on subs

Today Mr Shorten and his faithful followers were outside the Australian Submarine Corporation being their usual negative selves.

16th Jul 2015 | Read more


DCNS will propose the world’s most advanced conventionally powered submarine – named the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A

15th Jul 2015 | Read more

France offers stealth submarine tech to Australia to bolster contract bid

France will offer Australia its stealth technology for submarines, never before shared abroad, if it wins a lucrative deal to build Australia's fleet of next-generation submarines

15th Jul 2015 | Read more

New Australian ship completes initial sea trials

NUSHIP Adelaide, a second Landing Helicopter Dock Ship for the Royal Australian Navy, has successfully completed its initial sea trials, BAE Systems said.

11th Jul 2015 | Read more

SEA 1000- Speculation about the origins of Option J

In 2012 the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee published their final report into ‘Procurement Procedures for Defence Capital projects’

5th Jul 2015 | Read more

NUSHIP Adelaide commences sea trials

BAE Systems announced on June 23 that NUSHIP Adelaide, one of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), left Williamstown (17 June)

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

BAE Systems delivers more AWD blocks

Williamstown, Victoria: A further two Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks manufactured at BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard have been sent to Osborne, South Australia.

26th May 2015 | Read more

SA to host defence manufacturers

Major defence manufacturers from France, Japan and South Korea are visiting South Australia to inspect its naval shipbuilding sector.

24th May 2015 | Read more

Air Warfare Destroyer project: HMAS Hobart launched

SA Premier Jay Weatherill has used the launch of the first Air Warfare Destroyer to push South Australia's credentials to build the next generation of submarines.

23rd May 2015 | Read more

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

Shipbuilder lays off another 80 workers

SHIPBUILDER BAE Systems has laid off another 80 workers at its Melbourne yard, with fears it will completely run out of work early next year.

13th May 2015 | Read more

Navy should stay anchored in Sydney

The NSW government has thrown its support behind the navy remaining at Garden Island rather than a move to Port Kembla.

27th Apr 2015 | Read more

Babcock signs $NZ300 million agreement with the New Zealand Defence Force

Babcock International Group announced on April 22 that it has renewed a $NZ300 million agreement with the Government of New Zealand which will see the company deliver through life engineering support services across the New Zealand naval fleet for the next seven years.

22nd Apr 2015 | Read more

Victoria, South Australia join forces

Victoria and South Australia have joined forces to press for urgent federal funding to save military shipbuilding jobs as the industry enters the so-called "valley of death" between work orders.

17th Apr 2015 | Read more

Fourth ANZAC frigate milestone

HMAS Warramunga, the fourth ANZAC frigate to be upgraded as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) program has been undocked at the BAE Systems Henderson (WA) shipyard.

14th Apr 2015 | Read more

Shipbuilding industry ‘valley of death’ cannot be avoided, says Defence Minister Kevin Andrews

The industry says it has already entered the valley, and the engineers are the first of what could be thousands of jobs to go.

1st Apr 2015 | Read more

German defence group to visit ASC as part of $20 billion submarine bid

ADELAIDE’S shipyards will be showcased to a top-level group of German defence and government officials within days as part of the bid to build Australia’s next submarine fleet here.

24th Mar 2015 | Read more

Sweden blasts Defence for submarine decision.

In a letter obtained by APDR, the Head of Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration – the equivalent of DMO – has called into question several aspects of Australia’s decision to exclude her country from the evaluation process.

17th Mar 2015 | Read more

APDR examines whether the Defence Department is capable of balanced, objective advise.

In the next edition of APDR we critically examine whether the Department of Defence is any longer capable of giving balanced, objective advice about the Collins submarine replacement

6th Mar 2015 | Read more


Adelaide, South Australia: BAE Systems Australia will bid to build the 21 Pacific Patrol Boats required by the Commonwealth Government.

5th Mar 2015 | Read more

Swedes believe that domestic submarine construction is a strategic necessity

Speaking to a group of visiting Australian journalists, Sweden’s Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist described the domestic construction of submarines as a vital part of the country’s security policy.

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

Pressure builds to save Victorian shipbuilding jobs

Victoria has ramped up pressure on the Abbott government to save more than 1000 jobs connected to a Williamstown shipbuilding yard after the Prime Minister lifted a ban on Australian companies bidding for future submarine contracts.

10th Feb 2015 | Read more

Submarines open tender process falls short of Federal Government's promise to build locally, SA Defence Minister says

A shift to an open tender process to decide who will build the nation's next fleet of submarines falls short of the Federal Government's promise to build them in Adelaide, the state's Defence Minister says.

9th Feb 2015 | Read more

Redundancies begin at BAE Systems in Williamstown, union claims

STAFF sackings at the Williamstown naval shipyards have started with about five workers made redundant, a union representative claims.

3rd Feb 2015 | Read more

A UNITED STATES move to bolster its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region

The eight per cent increase sought from the Congress for Pentagon funding is about nine thousand million dollars more than Australia’s entire annual $29.3 billion defence budget.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

The consequences of capricious decision-making

The outrage generated by the Prime Minister’s extraordinarily inept decision to award an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip shows what happens when politicians make decisions based on personal whim rather than as a consequence of thought, analysis and consultation.

29th Jan 2015 | Read more

Saab and Damen Team for Walrus Future Submarine Replacement Programme

Swedish defence and security company Saab is teaming with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group to explore future opportunities in the international submarine market.

21st Jan 2015 | Read more

Cabinet reshuffle delays $US25bn defence tenders

National defence tenders valued at $US25 billion have been delayed by the federal government's recent cabinet reshuffle

20th Jan 2015 | Read more

Protectionism, geopolitics trump cost in Australia-Japan submarines deal

Last week Australian negotiators reacted positively to a Japanese proposal for joint production of submarines to upgrade Australia’s fleet. No final agreement was reached, and while much of the process is deliberately not made public, they said a deal is possible by the end of the year.

14th Jan 2015 | Read more

Thousands of Victorian defence industry jobs are at risk

Thousands of Victorian defence industry jobs are at risk if the federal government fails to place further orders for work, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

5th Jan 2015 | Read more

AU’s Guided Missile Submarine Receives Upgrade From Thales Group

Australian Navy's guided missile submarine, the Collins Class submarine, received significant upgrade from the Thales Group.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

Thales successfully delivers Collins submarine simulator upgrade

Thales Australia has successfully delivered a significant upgrade to the Collins submarine Platform Training Simulator (PTS), which now has the highest levels of reliability and availability since entering service in 1993.

10th Dec 2014 | Read more


Today’s announcement that BAE Systems has joined the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) reform project has been welcomed by the company as a “positive step” towards helping to turn the project around.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

Creating a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry

The Abbott Government is committed to investing in a safe and secure Australia.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

Additional shipbuilding expertise to be inserted into the Air Warfare Destroyer program

We are taking the next major step to put the $8.5 billion Air Warfare Destroyer program back on track to deliver critical capability for the Royal Australian Navy.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

Joe Hockey rules out open tender for new submarines

TREASURER Joe Hockey has ruled out an open tender for the next-generation submarine fleet, as Defence declared it was not “realistic” to build new submarines in Australia before the Collins-class faces retirement in 2026.

2nd Dec 2014 | Read more

2000 jobs at risk in Air Warfare Destroyer project chaos

UP to 2000 naval shipbuilding jobs could be lost across three states next year — a third of the entire industry — according to a confidential report into the troubled Air Warfare Destroyer project.

28th Nov 2014 | Read more

Defence Minister David Johnston's criticism of ASC.

When discussing the performance of ASC in constructing Air Warfare Destroyers and maintaining Collins Class submarines, the Minister gave way yesterday to the frustration that many people feel and departed for 5 seconds from normal, staid, uncontroversial language.

26th Nov 2014 | Read more

DCNS opened a new subsidiary in Australia

Hervé GUILLOU, CEO of DCNS Group opened the new DCNS Australia subsidiary on Wednesday, November 19th,

20th Nov 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Appoints Todd Leavitt Vice President of Maritime Systems Business Unit

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has named Todd Leavitt, vice president

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

BAE Systems are designing warships using virtual reality

Virtual reality technology is being utilized in the construction of warships for the Royal Navy

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Submariners on show in Fremantle

Around 250 men and women of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Force marched proudly through the streets of Fremantle

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

NUSHIP CANBERRA departs Melbourne

BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard has farewelled the first Landing Helicopter Dock

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Future still uncertain at BAE Williamstown, despite destroyer contracts

WORKERS at the Williamstown shipyards have welcomed news of more work

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

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

ADELAIDE-based shipbuilder ASC is poised to split in two in a bid to tackle problems with the $8.5 billion air warfare destroyer project.

In a move that also would boost ASC’s positioning for future submarine work

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Germany fights for Australian submarine defence contract after Japan makes a bid for it

A HIGH-POWERED German submarine delegation is in Canberra

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Commonwealth accepts first LHD from BAE Systems

The Commonwealth of Australia has accepted the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, NUSHIP CANBERRA, from prime contractor BAE Systems.

7th Oct 2014 | Read more

Contract awarded for anti-ship missile decoys

The Department of Defence announced on October 1 that the design of the next generation of anti-ship missile

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Raytheon awarded $251 million Tomahawk missile contract

On September 26, U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

NUSHIP CANBERRA embarks on final trials

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA: NUSHIP CANBERRA, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock

16th Sep 2014 | Read more

Making sense of the Japanese submarine option

There has been a flurry of public commentary following yesterday’s News Limited claims that Australia is about to enter into a commitment to buy our next generation of submarines from Japan.

9th Sep 2014 | Read more

New training centre to transform Australia’s naval industry

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania will be the home of a new training centre

26th Aug 2014 | Read more


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

13th Aug 2014 | Read more

The Chief of Army's Exercise 2014

The Chief of Army's Exercise 2014 is an invitation only event to be held in Brisbane

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

Exercise RIMPAC Draws Australia Closer to Amphibious Future

More than 800 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel are on their way home

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

Thales to continue operating Sydney’s Garden Island

Thales Australia has signed a contract with the Department of Defence to provide ongoing dock operations and services, as well as ship repair and maintenance services, at Sydney’s Garden Island for the next five years.

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Thales Australia wins RAN’s Adelaide Class Frigate maintenance contract

Thales Australia Ltd has been awarded the Royal Australian Navy's (RAAN)

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Minister for Defence Formally Opens the Saab Advanced Maritime Systems Centre

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon David Johnston officially opened Saab’s Advanced Maritime Systems Centre in Adelaide this morning.

3rd Jul 2014 | Read more

HMAS Parramatta departs for the South Pacific

The Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Parramatta departed Sydney this week

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Arunta's sea time starts with a bang

HMAS Arunta recently dusted off the mount

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence – Maritime security strengthened through Pacific Patrol Boat Program

A new $2 billion Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) Program unveiled today

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Jump jets on navy's agenda as Tony Abbott orders air strike rethink

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's order to examine turning the navy's amphibious assault ships

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

Australia urged to up defence spending to meet threat from rising power China

A key Australian defence think tank has suggested more money and a broader strategy

30th May 2014 | Read more

Thales Acquires IMARCS

Thales has acquired a maritime command and control system which integrates Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)

30th 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

ASPI’s submarine conference—key messages

Everyone seemed to miss it—a statement in public (at ASPI’s Submarine Choice conference) from the chairman of the Western world’s largest and most successful builder of conventional submarines: a fleet of 12 large state-of-the-art boats would cost around $20 billion.

16th Apr 2014 | Read more

Submarines: German–Swedish tensions

Kym Bergmann (Asia Pacific Defence Reporter): …to Dr Atzpodien, we read in the European media that there’s a high level of unhappiness between TKMS and your Swedish subsidiary Kockums. Could you please comment on this for us?

14th Apr 2014 | Read more

ASC says designers and builders must work together on future submarines

The Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC), Australia’s largest specialized defence shipbuilding

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Austal Lays Keel for 6th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison MP, participated in a keel laying ceremony

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

Playing the fiddle while Rome burns.

Make no mistake – naval shipbuilding in Australia is facing a crisis from which it might never recovery. The so-called Valley of Death is real and it will be reached at a specific time – August 2015

26th Mar 2014 | Read more

Australian minister loves Barrow

AUSTRALIAN defence minister David Johnston has declared his love for Barrow.

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock visits Sydney

Navy’s first Landing Helicopter Dock, NUSHIP Canberra, will enter Sydney Heads today and will be visible on the harbour.

13th Mar 2014 | Read more

New defence white paper likely to test government appetite for radical thinking

Defence Minister David Johnston has selected a ripper team to prepare his new white paper.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

Austal Awarded Contract for Two 72mm High Speed Defence Support Vessels

Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract from a naval customer in the Middle East

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

Warship project heading for cost blowout

The $8.5 billion project to build three advanced warships is facing a cost blowout of at least $300 million

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

Aussie Poseidon will be an advanced version of the US Navy P-8A

The new fleet is expected to become fully operational in 2021

5th Mar 2014 | Read more

HMAS Childers returns from Indian Ocean deployment

he Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Childers has arrived in Darwin after participating in Milan 2014, the biannual international naval event

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

China, Australia strike agreement on defence action plan

The Chinese People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of staff

16th Jan 2014 | Read more

BAE lease extension signals confidence in the Australian Marine Complex

BAE System’s multi-million dollar investment in its future at the Australian Marine Complex

5th Dec 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems to expand presence at the Australian Marine Complex

BAE Systems Australia has signed agreements with local authorities to expand its presence at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson, Perth, the company announced on 28 November.

2nd Dec 2013 | Read more

Saab signs contract to upgrade Australian Submarine Sub-System

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with ASC Pty Ltd (Australian Submarine Corporation)

2nd Dec 2013 | Read more

Canberra based company awarded radar development contract

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced the award of a Standing Offer contract to Canberra based company CEA Technologies

28th Nov 2013 | Read more

Australia Collins Class Submarines to be Updated

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced the Defence Materiel Organisation has signed a multi-million dollar contract with ASC Pty Ltd

27th Nov 2013 | Read more

Australia summons Chinese ambassador over air defence zone

The Australian government has called in China's ambassador to express concerns at China's declaration of an air defence zone over much of the East China Sea, including islands that Japan claims as its own territory.

26th Nov 2013 | Read more

Defence awards contract to support frigates

Multi-million dollar contract has been signed with Thales Australia for in-service support on four Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships.

25th Nov 2013 | Read more

30 jobs cut in shipyard work

The first wave of job cuts has hit Australia's shipbuilders as unions fear it signals a looming collapse in the industry.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

First harbour trial completed for Australian helicopter docking vessel

Australia's newest landing helicopter dock ship, the Canberra, successfully completed a vehicle loading trial at Williamstown, near Melbourne in the southern state of Victoria.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 2013 – Boosting regional security

An air and maritime exercise involving Australia and its regional security partners commences today (7 November 2013) in Malaysia.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Raytheon awarded US Navy next generation Air and Missile Defense Radar contract

Raytheon announced on October 10 that it has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modelling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar (AMDR-S) and Radar Suite Controller (RSC)

28th Oct 2013 | Read more

Defence Confirms Intercepting Pirates off Somalia Coast

Australian Department of Defence confirmed intercepting pirates off the Somalia Coast with the company aboard HMAS Melbourne.

22nd Oct 2013 | Read more

Defence calculating cost of repairs to Collins-class submarine damaged during severe storm

The Department of Defence is hoping insurance will help cover the costs of repairing a Collins-class submarine damaged during severe storms in Western Australia in June.

15th Oct 2013 | Read more

BAE gets new order for Nulka missile decoys

BAE Systems Australia reports it has received a new $32.9 million contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy system.

9th Oct 2013 | Read more

First ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Starts in Sydney

The ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise commenced on Sept 30, 2013 around Jervis Bay and the East Australian Exercise Area. The exercise jumpstarted the RAN International Fleet Review happening from Oct 3 to 10, commemorating the arrival of Navy's first fleet into Sydney.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

Navy and NSW Government join forces to commemorate ships and crew lost in war

Dedication Ceremony and unveiling of the restored mast of HMAS Sydney (I) – one of Australia’s most important monuments to ships and crews lost in war.

This event will include a Colour Ceremony, HMAS Darwin saluting the Sydney (I) mast from seaward of Bradley’s Head, and a Seahawk helicopter flypast.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

Rohde & Schwarz selected for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Rohde & Schwarz has been selected after a 12 month competition process run by BAE Systems to be the preferred partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat ship.

27th Sep 2013 | Read more

BAE Systems gets $13.6M to continue support of Navy systems

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc. is being awarded a $13.56 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the operation and maintenance of Navy communication, electronic and computer systems.

27th Sep 2013 | Read more


The latest state-of-the-art submarine in the Astute class has been unveiled during a ceremony at its site in Barrow-in-Furness.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more


The U.S. Australia Centennial Display honors RAN and USN cooperation in a unique exhibit

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

LHD program

One of the weighty matters that will need to be considered urgently by new Defence Minister David Johnston

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

Australia’s Future Submarines at War against China?

The 2009 Defence White Paper caused anxiety in Beijing when it stated that China's rise in economic, political and military terms has become more evident and that its pronounced military

26th Aug 2013 | Read more


Whenever I am asked why we should build submarines in Australia, my short reply is that we can’t afford not to.

8th Jul 2013 | Read more

Australia's Future Submarine

AUSTRALIA'S next submarine will be much bigger than the existing Collins boats but the likely cost won't be known for years, a senior defence official says.

4th Jul 2013 | Read more

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

Collins Class upgrades a mixed scorecard

As the Future Submarine Project - SEA 1000 - continues to move forward at what appears to be a slow pace, Defence will have no choice but to expend even more funds on keeping the Collins Class in service until a viable replacement appears.

7th May 2013 | Read more

Landing Helicopter Docks Big ships taking shape

he two massive LHDs that are under construction at Williamstown in Melbourne and Ferrol in Spain are now entering an advanced stage of the project. Being built by Navantia, the hull of Ship 02 - which will become HMAS Adelaide - is 85% complete and will begin the journey to Australia for the final stage of assembly in December this year. Ship 01 – or in the jargon of naval shipbuilding NUSHIP CANBERRA - is on track to begin trials next year, with prime contractor BAE Systems confident of being able to deliver her to the Navy on schedule in 2014.

7th May 2013 | Read more

Defence White Paper 2013

Given Australia’s strategic and budgetary circumstances, the 2013 White Paper seems reasonably well balanced. Or to put it another way, it could have been a lot worse. In foreshadowing a modest increase in spending in the short term and an aspiration target of 2% of GDP, the Government has sought to maintain its credentials in the national security domain.

3rd May 2013 | Read more


n 2008 the Defence Department commissioned a review into submarine workforce sustainability which, when completed in 2009, made a number of recommendations to ensure Australia could deal with the pressures facing its submarine workforce and “to develop the required level of capability from the Submarine Force”.

9th Apr 2013 | Read more


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20th Mar 2013 | Read more


The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) began receiving Bell 47G Sioux helicopters in 1965, along with Bell UH-1 Iroquois a year later at the height of the Vietnam War.

28th Feb 2013 | Read more


Last month’s SEA 1000 article explored and found a ‘grand plan’ bespoke submarine design program costing up to $36 illion couldn’t be justified on ‘nation building’ grounds.

28th Feb 2013 | Read more

Anti-Ship Missile Defence impressive progress

The project to give the Navy’s eight Anzac frigatesThe ability to defend against saturation attacks

27th Feb 2013 | Read more

SEA 1000 and “Nation Building” - The Industrial Tail Wagging the Capability Dog?

“Defence heavyweights Peter Cosgrove and Angus Houston say an Australian-built submarine fleet is essential for the nation's strategic interests, urging the government to resist cheaper options for replacing the ailing Collins Class boats”

28th Jan 2013 | Read more


The National Executive of the Australian Industry & Defence Network Inc. (AIDN) held their Annual General Meeting at the Naval, Military and Air Force Club in Adelaide today.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more


“The numbers tell the story. Next year the defence budget will fall in real terms by 10.5%, the largest year‐on‐year reductions since the end of the Korean conflict in 1953.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

Maritime surveillance

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

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

SEA 1180 - Four into one does go

SEA 1180 is the project to replace four RAN classes, totalling 26 small vessels in service at present, with a single class of around 20 Offshore Combatant Vessels (OCVs).

10th Dec 2012 | Read more


Japan has a solid conventional submarine build program producing high quality and capable evolved MOTS products. At 4000 to 4200 tonnes they are of a size that many seem to think is important for Australia’s future submarine program.

31st Oct 2012 | Read more

Meeting Australia’s – and the Region’s – Defence Needs: The Role of Autonomous Systems

It is beyond debate that global trends are converging to make the 21st Century the Asia-Pacific Century. Just as certainly, for myriad reasons, the nations of the region – Australia chief among them – have moved forward proactively to enhance their defence posture.

15th Oct 2012 | Read more

Another player joins the field of maritime communications

The Defence tender evaluation process often throws up seemingly inconsistent decisions and the one that currently has the maritime world in a buzz is SEA 1442 Phase 4.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more


A Pump Jet Moment Senate Estimates Committee hearings are always interesting for submarine watchers. The Collins Class and also the future submarine project usually feature prominently.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

Local design expertise and experience

In an Australian defence contracting environment that has experienced many peaks and troughs, an SME has recently celebrated its 25th birthday and is still going strong. Australian Marine Technologies started life as Blohm+Voss (Australia) – a local centre of naval engineering and systems integration expertise created to support the company’s ultimately successful bid for the ANZAC frigate project.

4th Oct 2012 | Read more

SEA 1442 Phase 4: shock decision seems to be in favor of Selex.

The military communications world is abuzz with rumours that The Department of Defence is about to award the communications upgrade of the RAN's ANZAC frigates to the relatively unknown Italian company Selex Elsag.

7th Sep 2012 | Read more


Like its Australian counterparts, the NZDF has been sustaining a much higher operational tempo than has been the long-term norm.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more


A 2015, not 2030 Problem For several years now defence analysts, official or otherwise, have been highlighting a build-up in Chinese military capability.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more


In July the Ministers of Defence and Defence Materiel announced that they had listened to industry seeking more certainty in information about planned key defence projects.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

As Australia begins the process of military transition from Afghanistan, one of the senior figures involved, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Dr Mike Kelly, spoke to APDR.

30th Aug 2012 | Read more

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

BAE Systems concerned about naval sector future

For the second time in two decades Australian naval shipbuilding is facing a substantial hiatus. Having engaged in a major ramp-up to build three Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), complete two Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) - whose hulls are being constructed in Spain - and upgrade eight ANZAC frigates, industry has to face the prospect of activity coming to an abrupt halt about three years from now.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

Lockheed Martin officially opens Canberra office

As the world’s largest defence contractor – and likely to remain so for some time - Lockheed Martin has a lot of influence and prestige.

5th Jul 2012 | Read more


INTRODUCTION Midway through last month Professor Hugh White wrote an article in The Melborne Age entitled “Our Military Strategies Indefensible“. In it he made passing critism of Defence with respect to Australia’s Future Submarine Program, commenting “...while [Defence] allows a slow-motion, high-cost train smash in the replacement submarine program that jeopardises the future of perhaps the most important single capability for Australia over the next few decades“.

2nd Jul 2012 | Read more

Australian Super Seasprites to fly again?

In the latter half of this decade the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will almost certainly have seven vessels which could and should embark a ship’s helicopter.

12th Jun 2012 | Read more

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

New Zealand considering purchase of Seasprites.

New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has confirmed that he is considering purchasing 11 Seasprite helicopters

16th May 2012 | Read more

Reflections of a Collins Submarine Captain

The Maritime Patrol Aircraft was still out there – an Australian AP3C with the formidable ELM2022 radar, entirely unforgiving to submarines in most circumstances but for some reason not today.

4th May 2012 | Read more

JP 2065 Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS)

JP 2065 (IBS) and a parallel project, JP2089 Tactical Information Exchange (TIE), are intrinsic components of a Defence global communications architecture that will facilitate the use of the now rapidly evolving “ Everything Over the Internet Protocol” (EOIP) capability for real-time video, voice, digital data – contributing to the effectiveness of Network Centric Warfare (NCW).

4th May 2012 | Read more

Air Warfare Destroyer

As Australians intimately know, the oceans––not the land––define this region, and those oceans and the global maritime commons are critically important to Australia’s security and prosperity. Australia is among the most proactive nations in ensuring the rule of law on the global maritime commons, and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) plays a prominent role in stabilizing the global maritime commons by teaming with regional and global partners.

4th May 2012 | Read more


At February’s Senate Estimate hearings, Defence acknowledged for the first time that a submarine capability gap is a real possibility. Subsequent analysis by ASPI reveals that, if the life of Collins cannot be extended or a MOTS submarine is not procured, it is not a question of whether there will be a gap, simply how large it will be.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Important developments for Defence

What a busy few weeks it has been, from the announcement that Australia will be winding down operations in Afghanistan sooner than anticipated, through to the announcement of an accelerated White Paper process and decisions on a number of acquisition matters.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Minister for Defence Materiel – More than $12 million investment in priority industry capabilities

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced more than $12 million in matched funding is being offered to nine Australian companies to commercialise new defence technologies that will contribute to Australia’s Priority Industry Capabilities in the defence sector. “This is an investment in cutting edge defence technologies developed here in Australia,” Mr Clare said.

30th Apr 2012 | Read more

A curious approach to SEA 1442 Phase 4

Moving naval communications into the internet era is a high priority for the ADF and one of the more important projects is the multi-phase SEA 1442. The Defence Capability Plan says it: “…..aims to upgrade and modernise maritime communications systems on RAN ships to allow networked communications between selected major surface vessels within a task group.”

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

AIR 5428- Tender still in the clouds

What is delaying the release of a draft of this Request for Tender (RFT), soliciting industry comment on the project’s requirements? Planned to be out by now, the official Defence position given to APDR in March is:

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

JP 2048

The two Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, CANBERRA and ADELAIDE will be the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy when they come into service in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Based on the Spanish ‘Juan Carlos’ class – in fact virtually identical to them – they will displace 28,000 tonnes. Their roles are to embark, transport and deploy an Army force of up to 1,160 soldiers each by helicopter and landing craft. They will also be an outstanding asset for carrying out or supporting humanitarian missions.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more


f all goes well, SEA 1000 will deliver the RAN 12 reliable and high end submarines which will form the backbone of the most capable submarine force in our region and serve as a significant capability element of the ADF.

2nd Apr 2012 | Read more

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

Pacific 2012

The biannual Pacific 2012 international maritime exhibition, held in Sydney in late January and early February, continues to show steady growth in the number of exhibitors – a reflection of growing prospects for business in the naval sector. In his keynote speech at the associated sea power conference, Defence Minister Stephen Smith made it clear that the Indian Ocean, as well as the Pacific, is of increasing strategic importance:

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Border security - Transnational crime in Micronesia

Introduction. As described in the first two parts of this small series, Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is composed of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across the open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii.

6th Mar 2012 | Read more

Vikramaditya – India’s Russian aircraft carrier

The Indian Navy through-deck aircraft carrier Vikramaditya (ex-Gorshkov) is 90.5% complete and within a year of commissioning. A recent visit to Russia’s Sevmash Dockyards in Severodvinsk near the far northern border with Finland, where the new Indian navy carrier is being completed, revealed considerable progress. Since a previous inspection in June 2010, the amount of work completed increased from 68.5% to 90.5%, according the to builders. A critical boost was given last year, when India agreed to pay extra for the refit work and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev inspected the Vikramaditya and chaired a special governmental session on Indo-Russian military technical cooperation in the naval sphere.

16th Jan 2012 | Read more

Anti-Submarine Warfare

In a time of intense political turmoil for the European Union, on 8 December 2011 in Brittany, at the Lanvéoc-Poulmic Naval Air Station, the French Navy commissioned its first naval air squadron of brand-new NH90 naval frigate helicopters (NFH) . This is in the form of the revived Flottille 33F, an Aéronavale squadron previously flying the veteran Sud-Aviation SA321G Super Frelon, today no longer in service in France.

16th Jan 2012 | Read more


Big ticket shipbuilding programmes such as the Air Warfare Destroyer and amphibious warfare vessels have revitalised the local industry, which had contracted following completion of the Anzac frigate, Armidale patrol boat and Collins submarine programmes. However vital skills have been lost to other industries, in particular the mining sector, which has enjoyed sustained and massive growth for several years.

16th Jan 2012 | Read more


While the UK waits impatiently for its new aircraft carriers and F-35Cs, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are now taking the lead in providing Britain with a global intervention capability, as APDR’s Richard Gardner reports from HMS Bulwark.

14th Dec 2011 | Read more

RAN Mine Countermeasures Capability – Where to Now ?

It has been over 20 years since an Australian Government Senate inquiry sparked an investment in Mine CounterMeasures (MCM) of nearly $1.5 billion. This investment culminated in the building of a modern MCM HQ at HMAS WATERHEN in Sydney and the delivery of 6 Huon Class Minehunters during the period 1999-2004. This article sets out what has been achieved and makes suggestions as to what is the required future focus for this vital maritime warfare capability. A Short History - Towards the end of the 1990s, the revitalisation of the RAN’s Mine Warfare (MW) capability was well underway. The new class of 6 MHCs were about to commence delivery, a project to procure a new range of mines was still underway (although it was not to last long), HMAS WATERHEN, the RANs MCMHQ was being rebuilt as a purpose built MCM support base and the plans were afoot to take the Clearance Diving capability to 90 metres with a new diving set. In all, this $1.5bn had been committed to ramp up the RANs MCM and MW capability – with potentially more to come with the acquisition of sea mines. Why all the expense on MCM? The answer was in the Government’s 1987 White Paper, which emphasised the need for capabilities to insure the Defence of Australia, its strategic maritime approaches and in the context of MW, its priority ports. These were ports that then and even more so now were seen as vital for Australia’s economic prosperity.

12th Dec 2011 | Read more


Because of New Zealand’s geographic isolation and friendly neighbours, successive governments have maintained the nation’s armed forces at “minimum credible” levels of manpower and equipment. The 2010-11 Defence budget saw spending rise modestly to NZ$2.85 billion, a figure representing approximately 1.2% of GDP. NZ is heavily dependent on international trade, with 24% of its national output exported, mostly by sea. The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) thus plays a crucial role in defending the realm, which, thanks to far-flung islands and dependencies such as the Cook Islands, possesses the world’s sixth-largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The EEZ encompasses an area of 6.68 million km². The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has three objectives: to defend the nation against threats; to contribute to regional security; and to participate in global security efforts. The importance of the RNZN’s role has been reflected in recent defence budgets. This year the navy’s share expanded to NZ$673 million, although it is being forced, along with each service of the NZDF, to find areas of savings within its overall budget.

12th Dec 2011 | Read more

Micronesia and its Law Enforcement Problems (Part II).

As described in the previous part of this small series (July / August APDR), Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is composed of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across the open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii. The total population is about 500,000 people on about 2,000 square kilometers of land dispersed across millions of square kilometres of sea. Of this population, about 400,000 are US citizens or residents, or have unfettered access to the USA due to Compacts of Free Association with that country.

2nd Nov 2011 | Read more


A submarine is something that keeps water off the combat system and carries it to the battle”. At least that’s how we combat systems artificers used to view the situation. Putting an old submariner’s saying aside, however, the combat system is a very important component of a submarine’s capability and it deserves some attention in this series on SEA 1000.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

Another budget hand back?

Only three months into the financial year and already there is some muttering within Defence of another looming hand back of unspent funds – although the problem can always be mitigated by measures such as the purchase of a sixth C-17 announced on September 23 and the decision to lease another support ship nine days earlier. The reasons for such pessimism – shared by industry – are not hard to find. There are around 130 projects listed in the Defence Capability Plan, yet the Department is able to commit to making a decision during 2011 / 12 on seven of them.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

The 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

Achieving an Equilibrium in the South China Sea: An Air and Space Perspective

Recent skirmishes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines have threatened to reignite the long-standing and protracted dispute in the South China Sea. The potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea remains a source of friction and instability between the claimant states of the Asia-Pacific region. A peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute is imperative for the stability and security of the region.

14th Sep 2011 | Read more

Changing the structure of Defence.

t is highly unlikely that scholars in the Middle Ages actually debated how many angels could stand simultaneously on the head of a pin – though Thomas Aquinas did postulate that more than one angel could occupy a place at the same time. However the aphorism is a useful metaphor for an inordinately pointless intellectual debate, which brings us to parts of the recently released Black Review, titled “Improving personal and institutional accountability in Defence.”

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Austal teams with Rhode & Schwarz for ANZAC frigate communications upgrade.

Leading Australian defence prime contractor, Austal, announced on 22 August that it has teamed with Rohde & Schwarz, internationally renowned supplier of integrated defence communications systems, to submit a proposal to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in response to the SEA 1442 Phase 4 request for tender. SEA 1442 is a maritime communications modernisation program for the eight ANZAC Class Frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) that will provide a significant capability improvement to the existing communications environment between RAN assets in support of Network Centric Warfare.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

BAE Systems Ships first AWD block to ASC

BAE Systems announced on 19 August that it has shipped the first of its Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks to the ASC facility at Osborne in South Australia. BAE Systems Director of Maritime, Harry Bradford, said the block left the Williamstown yard on 12 August and arrived at Osborne on 15 August. He said shipping of the first block by barge was a major milestone for the Williamstown yard.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more


APDR understands that Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has approved Initial Operational Release (IOR) for HMAS PERTH Stage 1 ANZAC Class ASMD Upgrade Capability. This has been done on the advice of the Surface Force Commander and the Fleet Commander.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel – Defence capability projects approved

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare announced on 30 August that the Government has approved four major Defence capability projects.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Future submarine torpedo options.

In ASPI’s well-respected 2011-2012 Defence Budget Brief a suggestion was made that Defence would mandate equipping Australia’s future submarines with US AN/BYG-1 combat systems and US Mk 48 Mod 7 CBASS torpedoes. In fact, the use of the Mk 48 was “a given”. The source of this claim was not provided. Neither was an explanation as to “why”.

31st Aug 2011 | Read more

Major 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

Defence & Industry 2011 Conference - Official optimism and Industry gloom.

It was almost as if people from two different planets were intermingling at the Adelaide Defence & Industry conference, held in the last week of June. Listening to a series of Departmental presentations all appeared to be well with the world of defence procurement, with statistics apparently proving repeatedly that the outlook was healthy with billions of dollars to be spent. However, most of the talk from industry representatives was about the tangible slow down in the number of First and Second Pass approvals being granted and the negative impact this is having on a number of companies.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

AIDN - Australian success stories.

AIDN National President Article for the APDR July / August Edition Global Supply Chain feature. I thank Mr Kym Bergmann the editor of APDR for the opportunity to contribute to the magazine’s feature on Australia’s defence industry small medium enterprises (SMEs) experience in marketing and selling their equipment and services in the global supply chains of Australian based Prime and overseas defence industry companies. AIDN represents over 800 Australian defence industry SMEs and while our organisation works with Government to promote our members’ interest in the development of defence industry policy, skills development and capacity building, our main aim is to maximise the business opportunities for members, both in the domestic market and those overseas. Our members’ participation in global supply chain of large international Prime defence industry companies and their major suppliers is one strand in achieving this aim.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more


The RAN’s quest to overhaul its maritime operational support capability, SEA 1654, was originally conceived in four phases, which would replace the existing fleet oiler and underway replenishment vessels.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Border security Transnational Crime in Micronesia (Part 1)

Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is laid out in a light dusting of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across a truly enormous expanse of open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii. The total population is about 500,000 people on about 2,000 square kilometers of land dispersed across millions of square kilometres of sea. Of this population, about 400,000 are US citizens or residents, or have unfettered access to the USA due to Compacts of Free Association with that country.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

US orders more JHSVs from Austal

The U.S. Navy has exercised contract options funding the construction of the sixth and seventh Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a ten-vessel program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. The construction contract for both vessels is valued at approximately US$313 million. Austal Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, noted that this contract demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s confidence in Austal as a leading defence prime contractor.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence Budget 2011 / 2012

Bucking the trend of recent years, the Defence budget has actually been pruned with money being returned to consolidated revenue – but is still healthy at a fraction more than $29 billion. The majority of the “savings” have resulted from the Department not spending as much on equipment for which funds had been allocated in the previous budget, totaling $1.3 billion. For this, Defence Minister Stephen Smith blames industry for not meeting payment milestones. This seems to over simply the situation and it is worth noting that last financial year the Government only managed to give Second Pass approval to eight out of a scheduled 14 projects and only two out of more than 20 of those scheduled for First Pass. Clearly, the Government’s own processes are far from perfect. Delaying First and Second Pass approvals is denying the ADF equipment it needs, is hurting industry and will have the inevitable consequence of leading to a funding blow out in future years.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

1st Person Senator Mark Bishop

Senator Mark Bishop, Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee speaks with APDR Editor, Kym Bergmann

6th Jun 2011 | Read more


ust after noon on 19th January 1991, during operation “Dessert Storm”, USS LOUISVILLE became the first submarine to launch a land attack missile in anger when she fired eight missiles at targets in Iraq. She did this operating from the Red Sea. Shortly afterwards, USS PITTSBURG became the second when she fired four more missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. Submarines have subsequently fired land attack missiles in a number of other operations. USS MIAMI fired some into Iraq In 1998 at the start of “Desert Fox” (the 4 day bombing operation undertaken in response to Iraq's failure to comply with UN Security Council resolutions). USS ALBUQUERQUE, USS MIAMI and HMS SPLENDID fired some into Kosovo a year later as part of “Allied Force”. HMS TRAFALGAR and TRIUMPH fired them into Afghanistan In 2001 as part of operation “Enduring Freedom and in 2003, 12 USN submarines and the RN submarines HMS SPLENDID and TURBULENT attacked land targets in Iraq as part of “Iraqi Freedom”. Finally, in March this year SSGN USS FLORIDA, and SSNs USS PROVIDENCE, USS SCRANTON and HMS TRIUMP fired some into Libya as part of “Odyssey Dawn”. It is clear that land strike from submarines is not an aberration In this day and age.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

ANZAC Frigate upgrade

n the light of Australia’s continuing problems in the naval shipbuilding sector, it is interesting to see what New Zealand is doing with far more modest means when it comes to upgrading their ANZAC Frigates. Australia and New Zealand ordered the German designed MEKO class frigates at the same time twenty years ago. This came about as a rare consequence of both navies running a combined project office and both Governments remaining committed to a project that promised significant savings through scale – a single order for 10 ships rather than separate contracts for eight and two. Both countries received significant industrial benefits as a result.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more


ast month the generic roles and functions of a submarine were mapped into the Australian context and some analysis was carried out to identify any aspects of the Australian requirement that stood out as unique. One requirement that warranted further discussion was that of submarine “endurance” and “range”. It was acknowledged, and is largely undisputed in military circles, that the Area of Operations (AO) for Australia’s future submarines will be both large and distant. Are the Australian range and endurance requirement unique, or perhaps just unusual? Can the Australian requirement be met by a Military Off The Shelf (MOTS) submarine, and if not, by how much does a MOTS submarine miss the mark? Finally, if the MOTS submarine does miss the mark, how can the requirement gap be met economically by alternative solutions? There is little point in procuring a future submarine that cannot meet ADF peace and wartime endurance and range needs. However, noting the high cost that would be borne by the taxpayer for the procurement of a unique submarine design and the national consequences if any of the significant own design project risks are realised, all options with respect to meeting endurance and range requirements must be considered.

12th May 2011 | Read more

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

Growler and its impact on Australia’s EW capabilities

If the RAAF takes up the option of converting up to 12 Super Hornets to EA-18 Growler configuration, it will provide the ADF with a new and complex airborne EW capability. In such an event their application in a 3D battlefield electronic environment is considered likely to stretch the RAAF’s EW Squadron’s technical capacity for many years as the system evolves and the threat environment changes and ramps up. This situation lends itself to a logical decision to source EA-18G technology and techniques from the USAF/US Industry conglomerate that design and supply it. Ironically, this may bring about the ultimate demise of the EW Squadron’s “raison d’etre” - apart from involvement in a decreasing number of simple, indigenous, EW systems. As Shakespeare so beautifully described it, the EW Squadron may yet be “hoist on its own petard”.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more


In the February edition of APDR we outlined the generic roles that submarines perform in peacetime. These roles were broken down into four different categories; prevention of war, preparation for war, naval diplomacy and constabulary tasks. In March’s issue we outlined the generic roles that submarines perform in wartime. These roles were broken down into those associated with battle space preparation and those conducted after commencement of war. It is now time to map those roles into the Australian context.

6th Apr 2011 | Read more

Border security– Australia’s Border Protection Command

At some future time, a doctoral candidate may explore the impact poor government policy has on newly formed, highly professional and very effective maritime security agencies. Only in this way will the rather extraordinary story of Border Protection Command be told.

14th Mar 2011 | Read more


The ADF’s fourth arm - Less well known than the Australian Defence Force (ADF) itself is the Australian Defence Intelligence Group (DIG)

14th Mar 2011 | Read more

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



14th Mar 2011 | Read more

Poseidon P-8A - God of the sea and shaker of the earth.

AIR 7000 Phase 2B.

14th Feb 2011 | Read more

Not just a powerful weapon.


14th Feb 2011 | Read more

AWD moves ahead

Air Warfare Destroyer

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

A German Success Story

While the Department of Defence continues to cogitate its navel about the RAN’s SEA 1000 future submarine, in terms of capability, design availability, cost and in service date to eventually replace the Collins, the German submarine building machine HDW continues to pump out its Type 214 SSK to many European maritime countries, (Spain excepted), and is also enjoying export success much further afield – including Asia.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more


Australian government policy is to replace the current six Collins class with twelve new larger submarines armed with, among other things, long-range cruise missiles. The hope is that these craft will provide something like the long-range punch formerly provided by the recently-retired F-111s. Where is submarine technology going? How may it affect any new Australian submarines over, say, the next two decades? Any discussion should begin with the reasons that submarines, albeit expensive, are still worthwhile. The fundamental value of submarines is that they are stealthy, hence can operate in areas nominally dominated by others. What the submarine does with that ability varies with what it has on board and with the scenario. In the past, the most prominent missions have been to attack enemy ships and submarines, to conduct reconnaissance, and to deter an enemy by threatening strategic attack from a secure place. (KYM TO TASHA, BPS) Australia does not currently entertain the vision of strategic deterrence by submarine, but that might become attractive in a future in which nuclear weapons were more widely spread in the region.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

The role of submarines in Warfare

The strategic level of war concerns the overall conduct of the war, the approximate forces that will be made available, and the weights and efforts required in various theatres. The operational level of war is the one below and is primarily concerned with how to achieve the strategic aims of the conflict with the forces allocated. It involves the planning and conduct of campaigns and key operations in order to achieve the strategic aim. It provides the link between the strategic and tactical levels of command.

22nd Dec 2010 | Read more

Harry Dunstall, General Manager – Commercial

Speaking to APDR Editor Kym Bergmann

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Spain’s S-80: the SEA 1000 dark horse?

Undersea warfare

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Border security

Michael Yui. Singapore, Malaysia

1st Sep 2010 | Read more



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

The New Royal New Zealand Navy

At the beginning of the Twenty First century the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) faced an uncertain future.

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

LHD communications suite

A transformational capability

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Industry policy

New Defence Industry Policy - what it really means!

1st Aug 2010 | Read more

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



1st Aug 2010 | Read more

Defence Budget 2010 - 2011


1st Jun 2010 | Read more

SEA 1000


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

Indonesia's National Corvette Program

Resurrecting the National Corvette Program?

5th May 2010 | Read more

PLA(N) Makes Worldwide Waves

In October 2006, a Chinese Song-class submarine evaded escorting vessels of the American Kitty Hawk carrier battle group, surfacing 8km away and within torpedo range of the huge aircraft carrier itself.

23rd Apr 2010 | Read more

Kim Beazley

In one of his last interviews before his departure to take up his position as Australia’s Ambassador to the US, former Defence Minister Kim Beazley talks to APDR’s Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe about the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean to Australia’s

16th Apr 2010 | Read more

Electronic Warfare: Australia's mixed record

As far as the author is aware there is no official history of Australia’s endeavours in indigenous Electronic Warfare (EW) projects in Australia, but if there was then the Defence Research Laboratories at Salisbury in South Australia would undoubtedly be the principle player, with some support from Australian Industry.

10th Mar 2010 | Read more

MRH-90 Performs Well in Maritime Trials

New platforms don’t always receive positive reports from pre-entry into service trials, but the new Eurocopter MRH-90 multi-role helicopter appears to have performed well so far.

14th Jan 2010 | Read more

AWD Ship Construction Underway

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

8th Jan 2010 | Read more

From Sea 1441 to Sea 1000

The ink is hardly dry on the decision to adopt a US Navy combat system for the Type 471 Collins class SSK submarine; availability, serviceability and crewing remain problems to be solved; their half-life update is not too many years into the future; and the Government has said it will not abandon the Collins.

2nd Jan 2010 | Read more

Maritime Counter-Terrorism and the Sri Lanka Navy

The recent and spectacular successes of the Sri Lanka Navy [SLN] in countering the maritime wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE], the Sea Tigers, serves as an interesting example of maritime counter-insurgency.

2nd Nov 2009 | Read more

NCW – the way ahead

Announced with no fanfare in early October – not even a media release – the NCW Roadmap 2009 is a 70 page document providing an outline of how the ADF needs to achieve key objectives in the next decade and beyond.

5th Oct 2009 | Read more

Anti-Ship Missile Defence

When the history of the ANZAC ships is written, it is highly likely that the success and utility of the Commonwealth’s original approach since the frigates have required minor and major upgrades to enhance their anti-submarine warfare [ASW] and anti-surface warfare [ASuW] capabilities, but not their capability to prosecute an attack.

1st Jul 2009 | Read more

Boeing's Poseidon reaches another milestone

The Boeing Company and the United States Navy (USN) have formally unveiled the service's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, during a ceremony near Seattle on 30 July.The Boeing Company and the United States Navy (USN) have formally unveiled the service's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, during a ceremony near Seattle on 30 July.

1st Jul 2009 | Read more

Having to do more with less

This is particularly so for navies in the South-East Asian region As we approach the first decade of the 21st Century, it is clear that the maritime environment will continue to play an important role for not only nations but also people of the world, a large proportion who depend on maritime trade and activities.

6th May 2009 | Read more

Navy The Big Winner - But When?

The Government’s long awaited White Paper – Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030 has been greeted with consistently mixed reviews.

6th May 2009 | Read more

APDR at a glance