ASPI appoints US cyber adviser Chris Painter as distinguished fellow

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has announced that Chris Painter, the former US State Department Coordinator for Cyber issues and former White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy, as its inaugural distinguished cyber fellow for 2018. Painter has been across US and international cyber issues for over 25 years. He … [Read more...]

Air Warfare Destroyer removed from Projects of Concern

The SEA4000 Phase 3 Air Warfare Destroyer project has been removed from government’s Projects of Concern list, Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced. The project has been on the list since 2014 following an independent review by Professor Don Winter and Dr John White and an Australian National Audit Office report which identified increasing commercial, schedule and … [Read more...]

Tiger ARH grounding lifted last November

The Australian Army lifted the grounding of its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) fleet more than two months ago according to a statement given to CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine. The fleet had been grounded since August 11 following the fatal crash of a German Tiger in Africa. Following two requests to Defence Media in October last year and again in early … [Read more...]

OPV contract signed with Lürssen

The contract for 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Royal Australian Navy has been signed with lead designer, Lürssen. The $3 billion SEA1180 project will see 12 OPVs based on Lürssen’s OPV80 design delivered to the RAN over the next decade. The first two vessels will be built by ASC at Osbourne in Adelaide from later this year, and the remaining 10 will be constructed … [Read more...]

EOS opens new production facility in Canberra

Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has opened a new development and production facility in Canberra. The new facility, opened by Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne will support EOS’s current projects plus position the company for future growth through domestic and export opportunities. “EOS is a supplier and exporter of remote weapons systems and has previously … [Read more...]