A Plus Up for the Royal Australian Navy: Six New Patrol Boats from Austal

05/09/2020
By Australian Defence Business Review The Commonwealth has announced it will acquire six more Cape class patrol boats from Austal for the RAN as it seeks to support Australian industry during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The six vessels will be built at Austal’s Henderson yard in Western Australia, and will…

A Small Ship but a Significant Shift

04/30/2020
By Robbin Laird When I first came to Australia in 2014, I was asked to write a report for the Williams Foundation on their seminar on the evolution of airpower, which focused in a significant way on the coming of fifth generation aircraft and their impact on airpower modernization.  From…

ITAR Compliance: How Software Can Help

04/24/2020
By Kevin Deal Although the regulations have been around for decades, the latest rules from the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce required companies around the world that manufacture, export or re-export ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)-controlled items to evaluate and amend their current authorizations and restructure compliance activities.…

An Update on French Defense Industry in the Lockdown: Furloughs and Dividends

04/03/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris - Dassault Aviation has suspended its €212 million ($232 million) dividend on financial year 2019, withdrawn its business forecast for 2020, and placed some staff on furlough in response to disruption caused by coronavirus. “To support Dassault Aviation in this unprecedented crisis, the board decided today…

An Update on French Defense Industry During the Lockdown: April 1, 2020

04/01/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris - Arquus last week delivered 13 VAB armored troop carriers to support the French army in the African Barkhane operation, and an initial batch of 100 VT4 light vehicles for national security, the vehicle manufacturer said March 31. Meanwhile, Nexter partially restarted production March 30 after…

The Contribution of the Australian Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel to Smart Sovereignty

04/01/2020
By Robbin Laird The argument of my forthcoming report on the nature and impact of the new build Australian OPV program is that the new build OPV is shaping a new template for Australian shipbuilding. And it is one in which the role of the prime contractor is being redefined…

L3Harris Australia: Working as Part of Team Luerssen in the New Build OPV

04/01/2020
By Robbin Laird In the first part of this article, I posed the question: What does it mean to be a supplier to such an effort in which the prime contractor is tasked to deliver ongoing capabilities and contribute those capabilities across the force, rather than to provide simply capabilities defined…

Shaping a New Build Platform for an Integratable Force: What is the Role Then for Suppliers?

03/30/2020
By Robbin Laird I have focused in recent months on the shaping of the integrated distributed force as the core outcome of shaping a sixth-generation force. At the heart of being able to do so is to have C2/ISR systems operating on platforms which allow for synergy management, or the…