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Dragonfire Laser Turret unveiled at DSEI

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The new laser weapon demonstrator being built for the UK Ministry of Defence has been unveiled for the first time by the UK Dragonfire consortium at DSEI 2017 in London.   For the first time, the consortium has revealed the design of the turret – known as a beam director – that will be used to trial this new technology. The b...

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Doubt over inclusion of local build partners in SEA 5000

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Austal and ASC Shipbuilding’s participation in the $35 billion Future Frigates project looked promising prior to the release of the request for tender in March this year, a Senate committee has heard. Evidence presented by Austal chief executive David Singleton and ASC Shipbuilding CEO Mark Lamarre at the Senate hearing held ...

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Testing completed for new Australian LAND 400 combat vehicles

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Testing to support the selection process for the Australian Army’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) has finished on schedule. Head Land Systems Division, Major General David Coghlan, congratulated the two shortlisted contenders, Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Australia, who have been involved in the year-long Risk Mitigation Activity (...

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LAND 400 CRV blast testing complete

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A final series of blast tests have been completed on the two shortlisted contenders vying to become the Australian Defence Force’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle. To assess their survivability, Rheinmetall’s Boxer and BAE Systems Australia’s AMV-35, were exposed to simulated mine blasts at Defence’s Pro...

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BAE Systems unveils defence hub location

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BAE Systems Australia has announced plans to combine its Victorian maritime, aerospace and land businesses into a single defence hub at Fishermans Bend, which would become the biggest of its type in Australia and would be the site of manufacturing for the Army's Armed Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles. BAE is projecting up to 1,000 enginee...

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Growler full fleet arrive in Australia

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Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, together with Air Vice Marshal Steven Roberton, Air Commander Australia; today welcomed the full fleet of EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to RAAF Base Amberley. Since the first two Growlers arrived in Australia in February 2017, the fleet has grown to the full twelve aircraf...

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DCNS changes its name to Naval Group

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Europe’s largest naval shipbuilder, DCNS, has today officially changed its name to Naval Group. This new name is a natural step in the company’s history, aimed at aligning with our ambitions to guarantee exposure and credibility in international markets. “The creation of a strong, unifying brand that embodies both our herit...

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Defence accepts delivery of first Air Warfare Destroyer

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Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart. Minister Pyne said Hobart is the first of three AWD’s being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer ...

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French naval and maritime trade mission lands

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Following a decisive first trade mission in early 2016, a delegation of 13 companies from the French Sea Innovation Cluster (Pole Mer) is returning to Australia to showcase their capabilities and innovative products and services.  The delegation’s primary purpose is to establish new French-Australian business partnerships in order to ...

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Army receives next-generation trucks and trailers

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Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the first deliveries of a new generation of trucks and trailers to Army’s 7th Brigade at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane. “These trucks, trailers and modules will revolutionise Defence’s logistics capability for decades to come and hundreds of jobs have b...

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