BUDGET 2017 – Full speed ahead on naval shipbuilding enterprise plan

The inability of the government to publish its celebrated Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise Plan has not prevented it from implementing key initiatives to restructure the naval shipbuilding industry, involving literally hundreds of millions of dollars that are so sensitive they have been deemed “not for publication”. The government announced last October that, rather than … [Read more...]

BUDGET 2017 – Defence budget boost leaves 2% of GDP target in reach

Defence funding is set to rise to $34.6 billion in 2017-18, a whisker short of the fabled two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) promised when the coalition won office in 2013. That funding – an increase of about two per cent on the PAES (Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements) figure for 2016-17 – means the government is sticking firmly to its undertaking to … [Read more...]

BUDGET 2017 – budget briefs

FUTURE SUBS So far our new submarines have cost the Australian taxpayer $127 million, with an estimated $319 million to be spent in 2017-18. The government has so far approved spending of $935 million of the estimated $50 billion to construct 12 new submarines in Adelaide. French firm DCNS was chosen as the designer last year, signing an initial design mobilisation … [Read more...]

Defence completes tender evaluation for Special Purpose Aircraft managing contractor role

As part of a plan to replace the VIP transport service operated by the Royal Australian Air Force, Defence has confirmed that it intends to enter into contract negotiations with a preferred tenderer for the role of managing contractor, having completed a tender evaluation process. The managing contractor will manage the establishment, delivery and long-term sustainment of the … [Read more...]

Countering improvised threats research program calls for proposals

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has announced a $10 million program that is seeking solutions to defeat improvised threats. “I strongly encourage Australian universities and companies to contribute to this Grand Challenge with their innovative solutions, which will save the lives of Australian soldiers,” Minister Pyne said in a statement. Defeating improvised … [Read more...]