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…

Nupress wins F-35 Lightning engine contracts

Hunter-based Nupress Tools has won a contract with Pratt & Whitney to manufacture precision machined small parts for the jet engines that power Australia’s new F-35 fighter jet. The company has signed a seven year, multi million dollar contract to produce five different components for the sophisticated single-engine plane. The company will produce 50 per…

Defence contracts to be further open to SMEs

The federal government has announced an updated Australian industry participation policy for 2019 which extends consideration for contracts to the smallest of SMEs. The policy, announced by defence industry minister, Linda Reynolds, introduces a new requirement for contractors to provide detailed commitments on how they will utilise and develop local SMEs. The new policy will…

Raytheon builds first Australian factory

High technology defence contractor, Raytheon has begun construction of a $50 million factory, to be known as the Centre for Joint Integration. The company, which holds a number of contracts with Defence, will manufacture a new short-range air defence missile system under a $2.5 billion contract. The system is based on the Raytheon/Kongsberg National Advanced…

Submarine build – not such a boon for Adelaide?

Defence and industry officials testifying to Senate estimates this week have cast doubt on the potential benefits to the South Australian economy of Australia’s $50 billion French submarine buy. The most damaging testimony to government assurances came from Defence’s deputy secretary, Stephen Johnson, questioned by SA Senator Penny Wong. While the government has claimed the…