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  1. Australian Defence delivers World first GPS Cube-Satellite

    Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian success in space, following the launch of the Biarri-Point cube satellite.

    Biarri-Point is a satellite developed by the United States, which as part of its payload has GPS technology developed by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in partnership with Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

  2. The Hon Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister & Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Defence joint media release-Defence support to domestic Counter-Terrorism arrangements

    The Australian Defence Force will expand its role in assisting the states to respond to terrorist incidents under new changes being made by the Turnbull Government.

    The overhaul will make it easier for Defence to work together with Federal, State and Territory Police in the event of a terrorist incident.

    To stay ahead of the evolving threat of terrorism, the Turnbull Government reviewed Defence’s support to domestic counter-terrorism arrangements to ensure Australia has a co-ordinated and integrated response.

  3. World War I Soldier Honoured

    Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, said today the remains of an Australian soldier killed at the Battle of Fromelles 101 years ago had been identified and the man would be honoured at a ceremony this week.

    Private Thullier Lake Cardew, born in 1891 in Woollahra, Sydney, was reported wounded and missing – presumed dead – during the Battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916.

  4. Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science - Joint Media Release - Grant bounces innovative SA auto firm into global defence market

    Magill-based Supashock will receive a $468,887 commercialisation grant under the Entrepreneurs’ Programme to develop its dynamic suspension technology for armoured and protected defence vehicles produced by a major German manufacturer.

    Supashock will work with German military vehicle builder Rheinmetall Defence to adapt its innovative range of suspension products for installation on the vehicles it produces for the world market.

  5. Innovation Hub boosts Australia's Defence Industry by $12.3 million

    The second tranche of Defence Innovation Hub investments worth $12.3 million has been announced today by Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, ensuring Defence has access to ground-breaking technology.

    “This investment will see a number of organisations across Australia benefit from this initiative to develop game changing defence equipment.

    “It will help support a number of local jobs across Australia and keep local defence industry involved in the latest innovation for Australia’s defence,” Minister Pyne said.

  6. Review of Australia's Space Industry Capability

    Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the announcement of a review into Australia’s space industry capability.

    The review, announced today by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, will lead to a national strategy for the sector that reflects Australia’s national interests over the next decade, and aligns with Australian Government priorities, including Defence.

  7. Double win for Queenslands Heat Treatment Australia

    Export opportunities for Australian industry continue to soar as Brisbane company Heat Treatment Australia (HTA) achieves two exciting milestones with two of the largest global defence companies – Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.

    HTA has achieved accreditation with Lockheed Martin to process work in their newly established facility in the United States.

    At the same time, HTA has been awarded a contract by BAE Systems for the supply of pressure manifolds for commercial aircraft jet engines in the United States, using its newly accredited facility in Queensland. 

  8. Career coaching for Australian Defence Force members leaving the military

    The Department of Defence today launched an individual career coaching service for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members leaving the military.

    Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said following a successful pilot in Townsville, Holsworthy and Adelaide the coaching service would now be available nationally.

    “The Government recognises that leaving the military can be a significant life changing event which requires accessible and tailored support,” Mr Tehan said.

  9. Hypersonic flight test a success

    Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today congratulated the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on another successful experimental hypersonic flight at Woomera Test Range.

    Minister Payne said the success of these flights takes us one step closer to the realisation of hypersonic flight.

    “Hypersonic flight is more than five times the speed of sound and has the potential to revolutionise air travel, making it faster and cheaper to travel around the world and into space,” Minister Payne said.

  10. Boost to satellite communications

    Our deployed forces will receive a major communications boost after Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced a $223 million contract with Northrop Grumman Australia for the acquisition, construction and support of a new satellite ground station.

     Minister Pyne said the satellite ground station will be built at Kapooka in New South Wales along with an integrated network management system.

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