China takes over former Radio Australia short-wave frequencies in the Pacific – report

China has continued its soft-power initiatives in the Pacific region by taking over a number of frequencies formerly reserved for Radio Australia. A June 21 report in The Australian says after the ABC discontinued its short-wave services in 2017 due to limited audiences and new technologies, the Chinese government has picked up at least 10 of the frequencies to broadcast … [Read more...]

SEA 5000 decision believed imminent

The Government’s National Security Committee of Cabinet reportedly met on May 22 to consider the way forward for Defence’s $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate project to replace the RAN's eight Anzac class vessels. Three designs were shortlisted in April 2016 for the project – BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship, the Fincantieri FREMM, and the Navantia F5000 development … [Read more...]

Happy New Year from ADBR

Happy New year and welcome to what we hope will be an exciting and successful year. The team at Australian Defence Business Review and our sister publication, Australian Aviation hope you have had a peaceful, safe and restful break over the Christmas / New Year period, and that your return to work isn’t too much of a shock to the system! And for those who are deployed or who … [Read more...]

Putting on a good show requires a great rivalry – how about F-35 versus Growler?

Welcome to the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition edition of Australian Defence Business Review. The scheduled arrival of Australia’s first two F-35A jets at Avalon Airport on Friday March 3 is sure to be the talk of the town. Confirmation from the Defence Minister of the planned Australian debut of the aircraft was greeted by media … [Read more...]

Defence, the budget deficit and the age of low economic growth

One of the risks of working up a new plan to drive a whole new generation of new military capability acquisitions distilled from the conclusion of a brand-new Defence White Paper is the burning issue of how the new investment program will be paid for. This was not a problem for former Prime Minister John Howard, as he spent his way through the mining boom, but really is a … [Read more...]