Droneshield banks defence anti-drone cash

Drone detection and counter-measure company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has received a $300,000 payment from the Department of Defence for a small number of the company’s DroneGun Tactical products. This is the third order from Defence as part of an order placed in December for DroneGun, which uses electromagnetic signals to disable rogue drones intruding onto…

EOS signs $49 million weapons contract

Communications, space and defence group Electro Optic systems (ASX: EOS) will supply remotely operated weapons systems for Australia’s Boxer CRV armoured reconnaissance vehicles following the execution of a $49 million contact. The contract, announced in August, was signed by the defence department two days ago. It allows for the development, integration and testing of the…

Defence projects could face audit following Finnish boat contract: report

An audit of major defence projects and their use of Australian suppliers is possible, according to a report today.   The Australian Financial Review cites unnamed sources, including in the defence industry, and reports that prime minister Scott Morrison has made “pointed remarks” to Defence department officials about keeping foreign-owned primes to their local content…

$20 million work announced for equipment suppliers to Attack Class submarine build

A Victorian and a NSW-based company have been announced as the first Australian partners on major equipment design contracts for the new fleet of submarines. Defence industry minister Melissa Price announced on Thursday that H&H Machine Tools of Melbourne and Berendsen Fluid Power of Seven Hills had been selected for work “estimated at $20 million,…

Australian clothing manufacturer wins army contract

Victorian clothing manufacturer Australian Defence Apparel has won a contract to provide load carriage equipment to the army. The company, which operates a large clothing factory in Bendigo (pictured), will provide a range of mission essential carrying equipment. According to the army, this makes up a soldier’s ‘combat ensemble’ (below) and includes:: # Modular belt…

Naval Group promotes future submarine supplier programme

France’s Naval Group which is to build Australia’s future submarines in Adelaide has plans for the programme to be a catalyst for unprecedented industry collaboration and development. Naval Group and its initial Australian manufacturing partners took to social media to promote the supplier programme which will guide local involvement in this strategic and complex national…

Austral navy ship finally exercises with RAN

It has been a long time coming but an Australian-designed aluminium trimaran warship built by Austal (ASX: ASB) has finally exercised with Royal Australian Navy ships. The Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced that the USS Montgomery (LCS 8), an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designed and constructed by Austal in Alabama, had successfully conducted operations…