US confirms Australia as a site of missile manufacture

Australia and the United States have stepped up their co-operation in the establishment of second source manufacturing capabilities for guided weapons in Australia. With the US and allies shocked by the rapid depletion of key missiles and artillery shells in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the progress was announced by the governments of Australia and the…

Shake up continues of defence innovation

The federal government’s shake up of defence innovation continues as the new Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA) has commenced operations. The accelerator is to focus innovation efforts on capabilities that the Australian Defence Force could use or see themselves using in a few years’ time. Previous schemes such as Defence Innovation Hub grants were seen…

AMC and Victoria support guided weapons workforce

The Australian Missile Corporation and the Victorian government are to work together to enable a “ready and able” Victorian workforce to support Australia’s Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) enterprise. Under an agreement between the parties, they intend prioritising local jobs, skills and training to accelerate Australia’s new smart munitions industry. The AMC is an…

Luerssen spruiks corvette for the navy

Shipbuilders are lining up to supply a new class of smaller warship to met the needs of the Royal Australian Navy with German shipbuilder Luerssen Australia the latest to spruik its solution. The company, whose Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) are under construction in Adelaide and Perth, is offering a design based on its…

Serco tunes up Oboe for landing craft need

The Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA) has reviewed all aspects of its proposal to meet the Australian Defence Force’s needs for medium duty landing craft to ensure the group remained ready to deliver the critical programme for Australia. The AMA, made up of engineering group and shipbuilder Civmec, and defence services company Serco, looked at AMA’s…

Australia must enlist industry to deter conflict – Rob Nioa

Munitions manufacturer NIOA Group CEO Rob Nioa has attacked Australia’s continuing reliance on importing foreign weapons systems and called on the country to mobilise its industrial base to deter potential threats. The head of Australia’s biggest privately-owned supplier of munitions to the ADF said the consequences of outsourcing military production could be dire against a…