Albanese doubles SME share of government spending

The federal government has dramatically boosted the share of government procurement earmarked for Australia’s small and medium sized businesses. Finance minister Senator Katy Gallagher and small business minister Julie Collins announced revisions to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) on Friday that will double federal spending available to SMEs. The new CPRs now require that 20…

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Stralis Aircraft plans hydrogen powered aircraft

Aircraft engineering firm Stralis Aircraft and Queensland regional airline Skytrans Airlines will develop and trial Australia’s first zero-emissions hydrogen electric propulsion aircraft, based on a Beech 1900D airframe. Announced at the Regional Aviation Association of Australia Roadshow in Darwin, Stralis will design, build and flight test an integrated Hydrogen Electric Propulsion System (HEPS) centred around…

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Thales and EXPAL boost 5″ naval ammunition manufacture

French group Thales Australia and global defence and security firm EXPAL Systems S.A. (EXPAL) have joined forces to establish an Australian sovereign manufacturing capability for large calibre naval munitions and fuses. The agreement will facilitate the technology transfer to Australia of Intellectual Property to develop manufacturing processes that will enable the local production of critical…

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LMA and Clearbox Systems integrate military satellite communications

Clearbox Systems and defence contractor Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) have successfully completed ground segment software integration as part of their work on a sovereign, end-to-end military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system for defence. The Canberra communications software and hardware developer integrated its Foresight Centralised Monitoring and Control (CMC) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM) applications with LMA’s…

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Austal wins massive $4.3 billion United States patrol boat contract

Perth international shipbuilder Austal has been awarded a massive $4.35 billion contract for the detail design and construction of up to 11 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC, pictured) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The breakthrough contract justifies Austal’s $100 million expansion of its Mobile, Alabama shipyard to manufacture both steel and aluminium ships, and…

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AspiraDAC launches solar powered Direct Air CO2 Capture

Carbon dioxide capture company AspiraDAC has launched a solar powered Direct Air Capture (DAC) product, with its first customer planning to deploy the system this year. Global financial infrastructure company Stripe is the manufacturer’s first customer, purchasing the system through Frontier, an advanced market commitment launched in partnership with Alphabet, Shopify, Meta and McKinsey. Frontier’s…

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