Rohde & Schwarz to outfit Cape class patrol boats with naval communications

Australia announces shipbuilding deal with Austal

The Australian government is securing Australia’s shipbuilding capability and investing in Western Australian defence industry through a new strategic partnership between Defence and Austal Limited at Henderson Shipyard.The Defence Strategic Review observed that there was not enough work to...
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DTC welcomes landmark report to upskill SA workforce

 Students and workers in South Australia are set to benefit from the state government's plan to develop a skilled workforce required to support defence projects with benefits flowing into adjacent sectors for years to come.In response to the South...
Japan’s defence expenditure

Japan to continue key military procurement programs despite currency devaluation

Japan’s currency devaluation has added an extra layer of complexity to its planned defence budget over the coming years. Some fear that this may lead to reduced acquisition budgets and the cancellation or postponement of defence acquisition programs. However,...
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WA government signs MoU with Huntington Ingalls Industries Australia

A major boost to Western Australia’s maritime defence industry has been achieved with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and the world’s largest manufacturer of nuclear-powered submarines. Huntington Ingalls Industries employs over 42,000 people worldwide,...
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Surface ship disarray with Arafuras listed on Projects of Concern

Between the cancelled Attack class submarine contract, the Air Warfare Destroyers delivered late and delays along with cost overruns facing the Hunter class frigate program one wonders if anything can go right.  What was meant to be one of...
Defence Teaming Centre

Defence Teaming Centre raises alarm over ongoing cancellations

The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) recently expressed ongoing concern over the delays in the decision-making process regarding Australia’s defence procurement, particularly in relation to the future structure of the surface fleet and the continuation of naval shipbuilding within the...
Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC) holds change of command

Government deceit on AUKUS buy-in cost

The amount being voluntarily given to the US as an AUKUS down payment is not the widely reported $3 billion figure – it is $4.7 billion.  This is because to date the government – meaning Ministers, the Department, and...

Australia and South Korea increasing defence cooperation

During a visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) on October 18 & 19 Defence Minister Richard Marles used the opportunity to strengthen the relationship by several measures, including bilateral and multilateral initiatives.  In a meeting with his counterpart...
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Bushmaster on show for visit by Fiji’s PM

Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy recently hosted Prime Minister of Fiji Sitiveni Rabuka to Gallipoli Barracks in Queensland to view the Bushmaster vehicle in action as part of training exercises...
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Offshore partrol vessels listed as ‘project of concern’

The Australian government has listed the Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) program as a Defence Project of Concern. The project has experienced delays in delivery of both the vessels and the associated support system with schedule delays first emerging...