F-35 maintenance contracts awarded locally

A number of defence suppliers have been awarded contracts to repair, maintain and upgrade components on the F-35 Lightning fighter plane now coming into service with the RAAF. Announcing the contracts, defence minister, Christopher Pyne and defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo said they were evidence of the global competitiveness of Australian industry. Most were regional…

New defence exports legislation likely

The federal government has committed to developing new legislation to tighten defence export controls following a review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012. Defence minister Christopher Pyne said today that Dr Vivienne Thom had completed her review of the act which controls the supply and, in some cases, publication of sensitive defence technologies. Releasing…

Canberra signs $50 billion submarine contract

The federal government has signed the much-delayed contract with France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) for the building of Australia’s new Attack class submarines. The $50 billion ‘strategic partnership agreement’ (SPA) to build 12 modified French submarines in Adelaide paves the way for the first boat, to be named HMAS Attack, to come into service in…

Bringing the NBN up to speed

Analysis by Peter Roberts It is hard to believe but after tens of billions of dollars spent, Australia heads towards 2020 with slow internet speeds that are going to affect the country’s economic future. New figures released in the Speedtest Global Index show Australia comes in at number 55 globally in terms of internet speed,…

Downer EDI’s $900 million train order

Rolling stock manufacturer Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) has won a $900 million contract to construct an additional 17 Waratah Series 2 trains as part of the Sydney Growth Trains contract. The double decker suburban trains, manufactured jointly by Downer and China’s CRRC Changchun, adds to orders for 102 trains, the largest single order of rolling…

Could Australian industry support its own aircraft carriers

The big question over Australia’s response to China’s rise has broken ground – will Australia move to have its own aircraft carriers? The question gained new potency with news Japan would upgrade its fleet of fleet of amphibious warfare Izumo class vessels. By replacing existing helicopters with the F-35-B short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft,…