Western Australia plans to build its own suburban trains

The Western Australian government is planning to integrate local rail car manufacturing into its ambitious plans to expand Perth’s suburban rail network. The government , which has just taken delivery of the last of 78 Queensland-made B-series rail car sets, plans to let an order in 2019 for new Metronet trains. The final three-car B-series…

Thomas Global delivers submarine control systems

Sydney defence manufacturer Thomas Global Systems has completed delivery of key components of the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System for Australia’s Collins submarine fleet. The delivery, under stage 2 of an obsolescence remediation project, was of hardware for the updated Distributed Control Modules and Fixed Conning Consoles for the boats. Thomas Global’s CEO,…

EOS Defence wins contract to develop turret for US Stryker vehicle

Australian defence and space manufacturer, Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) has been added as the sixth company competing to design an upgraded weapons systems for the US Army’s Stryker armoured vehicle. Previously five US companies had been named to share funding to develop proposals to upgrade the Stryker’s weapon to a 30mm high performance cannon…

Coalition promises to build three surprise new ships

The Coalition has surprised the defence world by committing to spend $1 billion building three new ships at the Civmec yard at Henderson, south of Perth. The announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and defence industry minister Linda Reynolds covers two new mine hunter support vessels and a hydrographic ship. The announcement appeared on the…

L3-Micreo to export IED protection systems

Brisbane’s L3-Micreo will produce and export more than 14,000 SILVERSHIELD units which protect vehicles from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The units will be delivered to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces and are in addition to 16,000 systems exported in 2018. The latest contract, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, brings to…