Fifth run around the Collins submarine mulberry bush

At least one senior defence force official, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, will no doubt have a better reason than most to break out some serious Christmas cheer in the coming weeks. After a decade of trouble with sustainability of the Collins class submarine fleet, Barrett was told in a recent study that there was a reasonable chance that by the middle of next … [Read more...]

Defence-industry policy searching for tinkers, tailors and candle-stick makers

There is an interesting element to the Deloitte report reviewing the approach to Australian Industry Participation (AIP) in regard to the rollout of Phase 2 of Project LAND 400. When the government announced in April 2016 that it was deferring for three months the down-select of Phase 2 tenderers, the decision was greeted with some scepticism. Surely one of the bidders had run … [Read more...]

BAE Systems ramps up quest for SEA 5000

BAE Systems Australia is ramping up its quest to have the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) design selected for the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigate requirements, with plans towards the end of this year to set up at its Canberra office a 3D visualisation capability to display the features of the specialist anti-submarine warfare ship. According to David Bond, Chief … [Read more...]

Long march begins towards an Australian military-industrial complex

Not since Bronwyn Bishop was appointed Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel in 1996 has local industry been so excited about the prospects of carving out a share of the billions of defence dollars planned to be spent over the next decade as the Coalition implements its new Defence Integrated Investment Program (DIIP). Assuming the published investment plan will … [Read more...]

Race to the polls complicating naval shipbuilding decisions

The sudden shift in national political events towards a likely July 2 double dissolution federal election has complicated the hitherto orderly roll-out of decisions relating to new naval shipbuilding projects, as well as final publication of the government’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise Plan (NSEP). It has further complicated the Coalition’s determination of what is to be … [Read more...]