One careful owner – Defence releases military sales catalogue

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has released a new Australian Military Sales Catalogue as the first step in formulating a brand new Defence Exports Policy, hot on the heels of the new Defence Industry Policy Statement and the government’s announcement of a new grants program to drive local innovation in military related technologies, As the Australian Defence Force … [Read more...]

US back at Avalon searching for novel Australian military technologies

With the United States sustaining its position as the world’s largest procurer of military equipment, and President Trump now talking of a US$50 billion boost to the US Defense budget, it might be natural to assume that all required new military capabilities would be satisfied from within the US scientific and industry base. “Not so” says a US Air Force officer who is visiting … [Read more...]

Boeing welcomes Australian defence innovation initiative

The Director of Boeing Phantom Works International (PW-I), Dr Shane Arnott, has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to launch a major defence innovation initiative to generate new technologies related to satisfying future capability development requirements of the Australian Defence Force. The Australian Government launched last December a $1.6 billion (over 10 … [Read more...]

Defence investment plan hits first pot hole

A $1.2 billion reduction in the Government’s annual equity injection into the Department of Defence’s accounts is set to filter through into a roughly half-a-billion dollar cut to the $32.3 billion Defence budget first outlined in the May 2016 federal budget. The withdrawal of Defence equity funding was revealed in the 2016/17 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) … [Read more...]

ADF playing catch-up on UAVs

The assessment of Australia’s progress in adopting unmanned systems for military purposes was blunt. “We are probably about eight to 10 years behind where we need to be, certainly in Air Force in some of those cases, and we will be working pretty hard to catch up on that,” said Group Captain Guy Adams, addressing an industry advocacy group. For instance, although the Royal … [Read more...]