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23 November 2017
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Future of Australia Defence Industry: Forecasts to 2022
This report offers insights into the market opportunities and entry strategies adopted by foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to gain market share in the Australian defence industry.

Oerlikon Skyshield® MOOTW / C-RAM System
The opponent side using rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) in asymmetric warfare is highly mobile and very difficult to identify and to distinguish. The Oerlikon Skyshield® MOOTW / C-RAM System is the Rheinmetall Air Defence solution to counter this challenge.

Pacer Comet 4 (PC4) Jet Engine Test Cell
The Pacer Comet 4 (PC4) jet engine test facility recently introduced at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma sets a 'next generation' standard for high-performance testing of a wide range of gas turbine engines deployed by the Air Force.

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High Reliability Power Conversion
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Press Releases

FN HERSTAL to Showcase Defence and Security Solutions at MILIPOL 2017
FN HERSTAL is due to appear at the MILIPOL 2017 event, which is in Paris, France, from 21-24 November.

EXPAL Exhibited at Pacific Exposition 2017
EXPAL exhibited its proposal in weapon systems, naval and army ammunition, technology systems and demilitarisation services in this international maritime exposition in Sydney between 3-5 October.

EXPAL to Showcase Air, Land and Sea Solutions at AUSA 2017
EXPAL will demonstrate its capabilities and developments in demilitarisation services, demolition material and energetic products that manages in its state-of-the-art facilities located in Texas at this year's AUSA meeting and exposition.

SMART HRS Announces Availability of New HRS-M4 Solid State Drive with Opal 2.0
Designed to meet applications where temperature tolerances and resilience to extreme environments are as important as high-performance and reliability, the M4 is a security-rich, 1TB, multi-level cell (MLC) technology solution.

Defence Structure Delivered to UK Barracks
An insulated building featuring Rubb's Thermohall technology has been installed at Clive Barracks at Tern Hill.


Improving airfield repairs with AI drones
The US Navy is looking for a drone equipped with artificial intelligence to speed up the repair of damaged airfields. Claire Apthorp looks at the current airfield maintenance process to find out where the weaknesses lie, and ask how intelligent unmanned systems could improve the speed and efficiency of repairs.

How hypersonic flight could transform air combat
At Mach 5, you can circle the globe in less than seven hours. The appeal of that to the aerospace industry is obvious and promises huge potential benefits, spawning new generations of weapons and platforms for the air forces of the future.

October’s top news stories
The UK MoD is to invest more than £90m in Royal Air Force aircrew training facility. Greece requested $2.404bn sale of F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade from the US. wraps-up the key headlines from October 2017.

Friend or foe: securing aircraft IFF systems
The US Air Force has contracted Raytheon to provide secure identification friend-or-foe (IFF) equipment in a bid to help safeguard aircraft. IFF technology, which helps radar operators and missile crews tell the difference between friendly and potentially hostile aircraft, can be susceptible to spoofing, so securing this capability is essential. Claire Apthorp takes a look at Raytheon’s solution and other approaches to keeping IFF equipment secure.

Maxwell: smart base pilot kicks off
AT&T has announced it is working with Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, to pilot a more efficient and effective “smart base.” The concept uses Internet of Things technology to pull together connected smart perimeters, gate monitoring, notifications, fleet management and more. Claire Apthorp spoke to those involved to find out more about the pilot and talk early results.


VSR700 Rotary-Wing UAV
The VSR700 (Vertivision Surveillance Rotorcraft 700) vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being developed jointly by Airbus Helicopters and Helicopteres Guimbal.

Fulmar X Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Fulmar X is a new mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Thales Group to support the surveillance mission requirements of military and civil operators.

Calima T-90 Trainer Aircraft
Calima T-90 is a basic trainer aircraft developed by the Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (CIAC) and Lancair to replace the aging fleet of T-41 Mescalero and the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainers of the Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana-FAC).

ZALA 421-16E5 Unmanned Aircraft System
ZALA 421-16Е5 tactical unmanned airborne surveillance and reconnaissance aerial vehicle (UAV) is an advanced drone in the ZALA family of UAVs.

KAI KF-X Multi-role Fighter
The KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) is a 4.5th generation multi-role fighter aircraft being developed by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).

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