XTEK to launch new body armour for women

Canberra and Adelaide defence equipment supplier XTEK (ASX: XTEK) will launch three new products at Shot Show, the world’s largest shooting and hunting outdoor show to be held in Las Vegas later this month. The producer of ballistic products, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced composites will launch new soft body armour designed for female users…

Submarine deal’s sinking feeling – defence doubts revealed

Comment by Peter Roberts Australia’s $50 billion deal to buy submarines from the French Naval Grup looks to be on shakey ground with the release of a highly critical report from the Commonwealth Auditor-General. Far from being a great deal, the federal government began planning to walk away from the deal during the torturous negotiation…

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…

Airspeed and Naval Group to enter composites design competition

Submarine builder Naval Group and composites manufacturer Airspeed have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter a design competition organised by Lockheed Martin Australia. Lockheed is a major contractor for systems for the Attack Class submarine which will be built in Adelaide by Naval Group itself. The two companies, strangely including the submarine builder…

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…

Naval Group embraces Australian SMEs for torpedo work

Naval Group has signed nine different Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Australian SMEs to manufacture its Canto anti-torpedo decoy system. Already in service with the French navy, Canto is being proposed as a torpedo-defence system for the Royal Australian Navy. Canto decoys generate high-level acoustic signals covering the full frequency range of an attacking torpedo,…

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…