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New US Army robotic systems nearly ready for prime time

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The US Army is picking up steam in its pursuit of robotic systems with a slew of platforms coming down the pipeline. Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general and head of the futures and concepts center at Army Futures Command — which is spearheading the service’s highest priority modernization efforts — recently asked fo...

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Contract signed for new NASAMS Air Defence System

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Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, today announced the signing of an acquisition contract between Defence and Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd as part of the Government’s investment for the supply of a new short range ground based air defence capability. Minister...

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NZ's Defence Capability Plan 2019 released

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Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today released the Defence Capability Plan 2019.  The Defence Capability Plan sets out the Government’s indicative planned investments in the New Zealand Defence Force. It covers all capability investments out to 2030, and signals investments following 2030 that will be assessed through ...

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New look Defence portfolio appointments announced

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has officially revealed his new look cabinet and ministerial team, with the Defence portfolio playing a major role in the returned Coalition government. Defence Connect can today confirm the appointment of senator Linda Reynolds, CSC, as Australia's Minister for Defence succeeding Christopher Pyne, with Melissa ...

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RNZN’s future hydrography ship arrives in New Zealand

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The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) future hydrographic and diving support vessel has arrived in New Zealand following a 46 day-long journey from Denmark. The service announced in mid-May that the 84.7 m-long vessel, which will be known as HMNZS Manawanui once commissioned, sailed into Wellington Harbour on 12 May after leaving the Dan...

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Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel keel laying

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The first Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel has reached a significant milestone today with the ceremonial keel laying at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN positioned a coin to commemorate the laying of the keel for the first vessel to be named Arafura. “The...

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Why So Hollow? Australia’s Defence Industry Middle and what to do about it

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Australia’s defence industry sector has an odd shape. Medium size companies are rare in Australian defence industry. We’ve a strong top and a large bottom – but why so hollow in the middle? Australia has a dozen global Primes at the top of the tree, we see them listed each year in the ADM Top 40 with revenues between $500m and ...

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L3 to deliver next-generation airborne electronic warfare (EW) capability to the RAAF

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L3 Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract with an estimated value of more than $1 billion to deliver four aircraft with next-generation airborne electronic warfare (EW) capability to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Known as the MC-55A Peregrine, the contract includes four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft w...

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Nupress Tools signs contract to produce precision machined parts for JSF engine

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A Hunter-based company will help keep the Joint Strike Fighter in the air after winning a contract to manufacture parts for the engine that powers the global F-35 fleet. Nupress Tools Pty Ltd and F-35 Program prime contractor Pratt & Whitney have signed a seven-year multi-million dollar contract to produce precision machined small parts for ...

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UK Wedgetail acquisition to create Australian jobs

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The United Kingdom today announced that it has signed a contract with Boeing to acquire five E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds welcomed the announcement and said the acquisition represented an acknowledge...

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