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					PACIFIC 2008 INTERNATIONAL MARITIME
EXPOSITION - INTERNET SHOW DAILY
The following is a consolidated list of news items published by Defence Industry & Aerospace Report (DIAR.com)
over the week of the 2008 Pacific International Maritime Exposition, held at Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW. For
further information regarding access to the weekly DIAR.com e-Newsletter service or DIAR.com „On-Line @ Your
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Friday, 1 February 2008
Thursday, 31 January 2008
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008
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Friday, 1 February 2008
SNOWDON OFFERS SERVICES AS DSTO MARKETING GURU: In admittedly his second address to a DSTO
audience, the new Minister for Defence Science & Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowdon, MP, has noted the great
capacities of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation, but observing the DSTO “hides its light under a
bushel.” Snowdon said there was “not a lot of awareness in the broader community of the DSTO‟s function,” and
adding, “I will be looking to expose our defence science activities more broadly to my Parliamentary colleagues and
the wider community.” Following Snowdon on the podium was the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Roger Lough, who
identified the DSTO‟s key 2008 priorities in „maritime science‟ as being: domain awareness, survivability, and reduced
cost of ownership. [01.02.08]

PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS RECEIVE A BOOST: A new post-graduate qualification to be offered from
March by project Sea 4000 destroyer builder, ASC, is set to provide a welcome skills boost for Australian defence-
industry. Up to 25 students will undertake the first components in the Master of Project Management program, to be
delivered through the University of South Australia. The courses, funded by the Defence Materiel Organisation‟s
(DMO) Skilling Australia‟s Defence Industry (SADI) program, will be delivered through the SA government‟s new
Maritime Skills Centre (part of the Techport Australia precinct at Osbourne). Students – predominantly ASC staff from
its submarine and destroyer programs – will receive a strong theoretical framework in which to develop their project
management skills. First-year subjects include risk management, procurement and quality management. [01.02.08]

LIFELINE THROWN TO FITZGIBBON ON AIR COMBAT REVIEW: Aviation Week & Space Technology
(AW&ST) magazine has reported Boeing‟s VP for F/A-18 & EA-18G programs, Bob Gower, as touting an even newer
version of its F/A-18E/F „Super Hornet‟ that - paired with an advanced sixth-generation fighter currently in the
company‟s technology works – would give customers what Boeing deems is a better package of capabilities than
Lockheed Martin‟s combination of the F-22 „Raptor‟ and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The idea, says Gower, is that
customers could buy a 4.5 generation „Super Hornet‟ (with 4.75 generation features via the addition of extra forward
stealth, and a longer-range Block 3 aircraft), and then switch to a new sixth generation aircraft capable of supporting
both manned and unmanned missions – all in a time frame faster than if they bought the fifth generation JSF. To be
available circa 2024, AW&ST says the sixth generation Boeing aircraft would feature a combat radius of more than
1,000 miles and stealth against a much wider spectrum of radars. Lockheed Martin JSF Chief, Tom Burbage, is due in
Australia next week to update Defence Minister Fitzgibbon on „Lightning II‟ program developments. [01.02.08]

BOEING REPORTS RECORD REVENUES & EARNINGS: The Boeing Company has reported 2007 net income
increased 84% to a record US$4.1 billion – up from $2.2b in 2006 – on higher commercial airplane deliveries, strong
growth in defence earnings, company-wide improvements and the absence of charges relating to a US Department of
Justice Settlement incurred in 2006. Revenue over the year rose 8% to a record $66.4b, while operating margin
expanded to 8.8% - driven by double-digit margins in both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses. For the
full year, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) grew operating margins by 13% to $3.4b, and expanded operating
margins to 10.7% on revenues of $32.1b. IDS‟ backlog at the December quarter-end grew to $71.7 billion. [01.02.08]

MIDDLE EAST TASK FORCE COMMAND WELCOMED HOME: The Minister for Defence Science &
Personnel, Warren Snowdon, has joined the Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Nigel Coates, and the
Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, AVM Gregory Evans, in welcoming home Commander Task Force 158 staff from
the Middle East Area of Operations. Commodore Allan du Toit and his team of 30 RAN personnel were deployed for
more than four months as part of multi-national efforts to develop a secure and stable environment in Iraq, and facilitate
self-government. Command of TF 158 is rotated between the US, the UK and Australia. Commodore du Toit was the
third Australian to hold the position. [01.02.08]

JS ‘ATAGO’ SHIP COMBAT SYSTEM TRIALS A SUCCESS: Breaking news from Japan indicates that the
combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT) for Japan‟s latest air warfare destroyer, the JS „Atago‟, have proven
successful with eight „Standard‟ missile (SM-2) scenarios involving 10 for 10 intercepts/direct target kills. The
demonstration was the first FMS firing of SM-2 Block IIIB missiles, and the first firing event for the Japanese J5.1
„Aegis‟ Weapon System baseline, which leverages US Navy AWS Baseline 7.1R COTS Refresh capability. During the
trials, the ship‟s 5-inch gun is also said to have brought down an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Target. [01.02.08]

JOHN JEREMY HONOURED BY ROYAL INSTITUTION OF NAVAL ARCHITECTS: Pacific 2008 has
witnessed the Chief Executive of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA), Trevor Blakely, presenting the
Institution‟s Certificate of Appreciation to John Jeremy FRINA, in recognition of his contribution to the Institution‟s
work as Chairman of the IMC Organising Committee and Editor of the Institution‟s Journal, The Australian Naval
Architect. Surf www.rina.org.uk for further details of RINA activities. [01.02.08]

L-3 KLEIN RELEASES NEW SIDE SCAN SONAR SYSTEM: L-3 Klein are showcasing at Pacific 2008 their
extensive range of „side scan‟ sonars. The new Model 3900 (released in mid-2007) is a high resolution digital sonar
with switchable dual frequency capability running at 455kHz and 900kHz, and features a Splash Proof Transceiver
Processing Unit (TPU), custom configured laptop, and 50m of lightweight tow cable. The just released Model 4000 is
designed for use in Port and Harbour Security, and provides the capabilities of a model 5000 by way of the adoption of
a new lightweight design, while the model 4410 has a combined interferometric bathymetric side scan. The model 3075
includes a sub bottom profiler. [01.02.08]

ITT COMPLETES ITS TAKEOVER OF EDO CORPORATION: ITT Corporation reports it has successfully
completed the company‟s acquisition of global aerospace and defence company, EDO Corporation, following the 18
December 2007 approval by shareholders of the agreement to purchase EDO on 17 December that year. ITT
management indicated their belief that EDO was “an excellent strategic fit for our company, and enhances our ability to
meet the dynamic needs of our customers. EDO has talented people, proven technologies and strong customer
relationships which offer wonderful complements to our business.” [01.02.08]

AWARD GIVEN FOR MK57 VERTICAL LAUNCHING SYSTEM: The Raytheon Company's MK 57 Vertical
Launching System (VLS) program - destined for first shipboard deployment in the US Navy‟s new „Zumwalt‟-class
destroyer (DDG 1000) - was recognised at the close of 2007 by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the National
Defense Industrial Association as a 2006 „Top 5‟ DoD program award winner for excellence in systems engineering.
Co-developed by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and BAE Systems, the MK 57 VLS provides critical ship self
defence capabilities and is designed to fire all missile types in the US Navy inventory, and projected to be in inventory
for the foreseeable future. [01.02.08]

KONGSBERG GRABS ‘REMUS’ AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE: Norwegian-based Kongsberg
Maritime AS through its subsidiary, Simrad North America Inc of Washington – is acquiring Pocasset (Massachusetts)-
based Hydroid LLC for approximately US$80m on a debt-free basis. Established in 2001, Hydroid manufactures and
supports Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) for military and commercial markets world-wide, and is
particularly well known for its „Remus‟ Autonomous Vehicle Technology, originally developed and exclusive licensed
from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Hydroid's 2007 sales are projected at $20m, with high profitability
and strong revenue growth projections in the coming years. The acquisition is part of Kongsberg Maritime's strategy to
expand in the rapidly growing market for AUV-based operations. [01.02.08]
P-8A ‘POSEIDON’ FUSELAGE PRODUCTION UNDERWAY: Boeing reports that work on the P-8A „Poseidon‟
maritime and anti-submarine warfare platform for the US Navy has transitioned from design to production, with the
first fuselage components loaded into a holding fixture at Spirit Aerosystems‟ (SpAe) in Kansas late last year. Boeing
737 aircraft-based fuselage sections are to be built using standard SpAe processes aimed at delivering lower costs and
shorter flow-times. The P-8A project is currently in the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase, which
involves the building of five test vehicles for an up to 108 unit P-8A acquisition to replace the current P-3C aircraft
fleet. Boeing‟s „Poseidon‟ industry team includes: CFM International; Northrop Grumman; Raytheon; SpAe and GE
Aviation. [01.02.08]

THIRTEENTH ‘ARMIDALE’ COMMISSIONED IN BRISBANE: The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomed
late last month the newest addition to its patrol boat Fleet, with HMAS „Maryborough‟ - the thirteenth (of 14)
„Armidale‟-class Patrol Boats (ACPB) commissioned in a traditional ceremony alongside Bulimba Barracks Wharf, in
Brisbane. The commissioning ceremony also marked the formal inauguration of the „Aware Three‟ crew into Naval
service - the twenty-first and final ACPB crew formed under the unique multi-crewing initiative supporting project Sea
1444. Defence says the combined ceremony signified “a coming of age” for the new Patrol Boat Squadron after a two-
year development period, which coincided with the phasing out-of-service of the ageing „Fremantle‟-class patrol boats.
[01.02.08]

TEXT OF DEFENCE TRADE TREATY WITH THE UNITED STATES: The Department of Defence formally
released at the end of 2007 the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade-drafted text of the new Defence Trade
Cooperation Treaty, initially agreed to and signed 5 September by former Prime Minister Howard and US President
Bush in Sydney during the APEC 2007 leaders‟ week. The purpose of the Treaty is to create a comprehensive
framework for two-way trade in defence articles, including equipment, spare parts, services and related technical data
within an approved community of government facilities and private companies in Australia and the US, without the
need for licences. The governments of both countries must still ratify the treaty (via reference to Congress and the
Federal Parliament), before the Treaty comes into force. [01.02.08]

NAVANTIA LAUNCHES FOURTH NORWEGIAN FRIGATE: Spanish shipbuilder Navantia launched last
November the fourth (of five) F-310-class frigates being built for the Norwegian navy. The F-313 was christened
'Helge Ingstad' in honour of the famous 20th century Norwegian explorer. The subject frigate, whose keel was laid in
April last year, was launched with 75% of the ship already completed, on the way to delivery in September 2008. The
contract for the construction of the five frigates was signed in June 2000 following an extremely competitive
international tender involving major western shipbuilders. The program provides work at Ferrol through to end-2009,
when the main focus of activity will become construction of Australia‟s two Joint Project 2048 amphibious ships. The
first ship of this class – the Spanish Armada‟s „Juan Carlos I‟, is expected to be launched on 10 March 2008. [01.02.08]

‘SCANEAGLE’ TESTED ABOARD A US NAVY DESTROYER: The guided-missile destroyer USS „Oscar
Austin‟ (DDG 79) completed “a robust testing phase” of the Boeing/Insitu „ScanEagle‟ unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) in late-2007. The primary mission of the „ScanEagle‟ UAV was to provide intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance support to the „Oscar Austin‟ and the „Harry S Truman‟ Carrier Strike Group. While in flight, the UAV
provided live, high-quality video that helped develop and maintain a „recognised maritime picture‟ to further enhance
maritime domain awareness. Contractors operated the UAV while Navy intelligence specialists and flight deck crew
worked side-by-side with the civilians. The UAV has the ability to fly as high as 10,000-feet, and the capability to fly
more than 20 hours, both day and night. [01.02.08]

AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army units have
completed off Whyalla (SA) Exercise „Sea Eagle 07‟ – a major amphibious training exercise taking place at Cultana
Range Training Area. The two-week exercise focused on the planning and actioning of amphibious operations,
simulated beach landing and evacuation of „civilians‟ from the area. „Sea Eagle 07‟ involved a number of amphibious
tasks, including beach reconnaissance, emergency scenarios, troop transportation, seamanship evolutions, flying serials,
force protection situations and diving operations. Major units involved in the exercise include, HMA Ships „Manoora‟,
„Gascoyne‟, „Yarra‟, „Norman‟ and „Tarakan‟, and personnel from 7RAR and 10 Force Support Battalion. [01.02.08]

GENERAL DYNAMICS BUYS AUSTRALIA’s MEDIAWARE INTERNATIONAL: General Dynamics (GD)
acquired in late-2007 (terms undisclosed) Australian-based and privately held Mediaware International, a developer of
real-time full-motion compressed digital video processing software and systems for defence, intelligence and
commercial customers. The Sydney-based company of 40 employees has become part of GD Advanced Information
Systems. Mediaware's most familiar defence and national domestic security (NDS) product is the Digital Video
Exploitation System (D-VEX), which provides an end-to-end solution for real-time video processing and exploitation
of full-motion video from airborne electro-optical and infrared sensors and sources. [01.02.08]
MODERNISED GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEN NOW READY FOR USE: The modernised Global
Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral last October, is now fully
operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe, following a successful on-orbit checkout by a
combined US Air Force/Lockheed Martin team. The satellite, designated GPS IIR-17M, is the fourth in a series of eight
Block IIR-M satellites that bring new capabilities to military and civilian users of the 28-spacecraft constellation GPS
system. Each GPS IIR-M satellite has a modernised antenna panel that provides increased signal power to receivers on
the ground, two new military signals for improved accuracy, enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities for the
military, and a second civil signal providing users with an open access signal on a different frequency. [01.02.08]

RAAF ‘ORION’ FLEET COMES TO RESCUE BORDER SURVEILLANCE: The 2006/07 Australian Customs
Service Annual Report has noted a deficiency in the numbers of surveillance hours flown by „Coastwatch‟ contracted
aircraft (19,780 hours flown, against a target of 21,000 hours), has principally been made up by the RAAF‟s AP-3C
„Orion‟ aircraft flying a total of 1,417 hours compared to the 250 hours initially targeted. According to Customs,
“worldwide demand for qualified aircrew and industry shortages, along with aircraft serviceability issues and crew
illnesses” adversely impacted on the ability of Coastwatch service provider – Surveillance Australia Pty Ltd (SAPL) –
to satisfy the Border Protection Command‟s (BPC) ability to provide all of the additional surveillance provided for in
the Federal Budget, thus forcing a reduction of the forecast 171.6m square nautical miles (sqnm) of surveillance
downwards to 152.7m sqnm. [01.02.08]

RAN SIGNS UP TO ECPINS SUBMARINE NAVIGATION SYSTEM: Canadian-based OSI Geospatial
Incorporated has confirmed its International Systems Operations group has signed a US$2m contract to provide the
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with their „ECPINS‟ submarine navigation system. Under the terms of the new contract,
OSI will provide six navigation systems and a software upgrade for the RAN's „Collins‟-class submarines. OSI
president and CEO, Ken Kirkpatrick, said his company has been “working with the Australian Navy since March 2004,
and including this contract, has now secured more than US$9m of business with this very important customer." All six
'Collins'-class boats are being substantially updated under the $857m project SEA 1439, expected to be completed by
2010. [01.02.08]

LOOKING FOR DEFENCE CONTRACTING ADVICE AT PACIFIC 2008?: Dr Karen McDowell, the principal
of K F McDowell & Associates - and well-known defence-industry/aerospace and maritime lawyer – is making herself
available from the ADBR/DIAR.com stand (6G2) during the trade show week to discuss Defence contracting issues
with exhibitors. As a special service for the Pacific 2008 maritime show, exhibitors replying to this notification by 28
February will be able access Dr McDowell‟s advice on Australian defence contracting for an initial half hour without
charge. Telephone Karen‟s mobile direct - 0408-222860 – or email kfm@iprimus.com.au to arrange a meeting.
[01.02.08]

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PRESS RELEASE IN DIAR.COM?: Staff from Australia‟s premier weekly
defence e-Newsletter, DIAR.com, have moved back to their Canberra office. Companies wishing to secure on-going
coverage of their press releases and other promotional material in future editions of the e-Newsletter should forward
their material by COB each Friday to busicom@ozemail.com.au, or by Fax to: 02/6260-3977. There is no charge to
company‟s to have material listed in the DIAR.com e-Newsletter service. DIAR.com is emailed out each Monday
morning to over 3000 locations in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the United States. Subscription details
can be found on the web at: www.diar.com. [01.02.08]


Thursday, 31January 2008
RAN F-104 DESTROYER BASELINE TO GET F-105 MODIFICATIONS: Speaking at Pacific 2008 clarifying
just what version of the F-100-class destroyer the RAN would be getting under project Sea 4000, the CEO of the AWD
Alliance, John Gallacher, has told media that while the baseline design to be acquired was the Spanish Navy‟s most
recent F-104 build, some of the unique modifications requested for the „Hobart‟-class destroyers were now being
picked up by the Spanish Armada‟s fifth F-100-class frigate (F-105), thus aiding their spin-back (in a risk minimised
way) to the RAN‟s new ships, and including: an integrated waste management system; the inclusion of a bow thruster;
and modifications to the ship‟s funnel to prevent smoke clouding the „Aegis‟ panels and degrading the subsequent
situational awareness picture. [31.01.08]

ELEVEN TENDER REQUESTS OUT IN THE MARKET FOR AWD COMPONENTS: Gallacher further
confirmed that eleven requests for tender had so far been issued for sub-systems for the air warfare destroyers, and
including: underwater sonar suite (RFT closed 14/1); „Harpoon‟ missile system; main gun; torpedo launch tubes; over-
the-side torpedo handling system; very short range air defence (VSRAD) capability; counter-measures launcher; infra-
red search & track; electro-optic system; bow thruster; and a door system on the ship‟s transom to enable
launch/recovery of the towed array. Following a meeting in Adelaide last week to brief potential AWD module
suppliers, an RFP is to be issued in late-February for up to $400m in module work. [31.01.08]
BAE SYSTEMS CHIEF SKETCHES OUT THE ESSENCE OF TENIX ACQUISITION: The Managing Director
of BAE Systems Australia, Jim McDowell, has told media at Pacific 2008 that the company‟s recent $775m purchase
(with JV shares) of Tenix Defence was principally aimed at developing Australian-based military technology supply
capability. McDowell says BAE Systems Australia has prepared a five-year business plan built around current new
military capability acquisitions contained in the Defence Capability Plan. Outside of the challenge of integrating two
different corporate cultures, McDowell said the combined companies would in future be focusing on: the project Air
9000/3 „Seahawk‟ MLU; the Air 7000 ICP down-select; multi-domain Electronic Warfare; the DSTO relationship;
project Land 121; naval support opportunities; and the likely project Land 17 selection of the M777 as the Army‟s new
lightweight gun. [31.01.08]

COMBET LAUNCHES HOWARD-ERA DEFENCE EXPORT UNIT: The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Procurement, Greg Combet, has launched at Pacific 2008 the new Defence Export Unit – an initiative of the former
government‟s 1 March 2007 Defence industry strategic plan. Headed by former Compucat MD, Terry Whelan, the new
Unit is to be staffed by Al Uzubalis, Air Vice Marshal Roxley McLennan, and MajGen Michael Fairweather, amongst
others. Combet said the Defence Export Unit “is to work closely with Australian defence companies planning to enter
the defence export market, and will continue to support those companies that have already broken into overseas defence
markets”. The organisation will work with AusTrade, the Department of Industry Innovation Science & Technology, as
well as State and Territory Governments. Combet stressed the importance of the unit being „creative and innovative‟.
Support and advice provided by the DEU to industry will initially be without charge, however, Whelan said he could
not make promises for the future. He also warned companies intending to interact with the DEU, “we do not write
business plans, so everyone should come prepared”. [31.01.08]

NAVY MAKES CLEAN SWEEP OF ANNUAL FLEET AWARDS: ASC MD, Greg Tunny, has praised the RAN
submarine community for its clean sweep of the Navy‟s annual fleet awards. In particular, Tunny recognised the
achievement of HMAS Rankin‟s crew, with the submarine taking out the prestigious Gloucester Cup (awarded each
year to the major fleet unit or submarine that has been foremost in all aspects of operations, safety, seamanship,
reliability and unit level training) for the second time in just four years – meaning a „Collins‟-class submarine has been
awarded the Gloucester Cup for the third time in four years. [31.01.08]

MILITARY & CIVIL COMBINATION FOR SUPPORT TO ‘ADELAIDE’-CLASS FRIGATES: Raytheon
Australia has confirmed at Pacific 2008 its teaming with Worley-Parsons to bid for the Royal Australian Navy‟s guided
missile frigate (FFG) Integrated Materiel Support program. Raytheon proposes to leverage its defence contracting
experience with Worley-Parsons‟ experience in delivering large-scale projects in the resource, energy and complex
process industries. Additional expertise required in specific areas for the overall solution will be enabled through
engaging Australian small-to medium-sized enterprises. Raytheon Australia MD, Ron Fisher, says the teaming
agreement has been structured to deliver best value for the Commonwealth, and to increase operational availability.
[31.01.08]

EUROCOPTER LOOKING FORWARD TO LATTER AIR 9000 PHASES: Following its earlier success in
winning projects Air 87 („Tiger‟ helicopter) and Air 9000 phases 2/4/6, Eurocopter owned Australian Aerospace is now
focused on new business opportunities arising out of the joint helicopter aircrew training requirement (phase 7), and
next-generation Navy combat helicopters (phase 8). To this end, the company is showcasing at Pacific 2008 two mock-
ups – an EC135 light, multi-purpose, twin-engine helicopter; and the NH90 NFH (naval variant) of the MRH-90
already selected for use by the Australian Army. MRH90s will initially replace the Navy‟s „Sea King‟ helicopters by
mid-2010, by which time the government is expected to have made a definitive decision on replacement of the
„Seasprite‟ and „Seahawk‟ helicopters. [31.01.08]

L-3 NAUTRONIX SATISFIES CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS IN RPDE NASW TASK: L-3 Nautronix has
confirmed it was one of eleven companies to participate during 2007 in an ADF Rapid Prototyping Development &
Evaluation (RPDE) Networked Anti Submarine Warfare (NASW) task. The objective of the task was to show how
existing sensors in Australia‟s anti-submarine warfare inventory could be networked in the short term to enhance the
ADF‟s ASW capability through to 2015. L-3 Nautronix contributed its HAIL through-water communications and
Automatic Identification System capabilities to successfully demonstrate better networking could improve ASW
capability. [31.01.08]

THALES NZ PARTNERS WITH NZ DEFENCE FORCE: The New Zealand Defence Force (which encompasses
the Defence Technology Agency) has signed at Pacific 2008 an agreement for information sharing with Thales New
Zealand. The agreement lasts for three years (with a right of renewal) and allows for information sharing with respect
to: product market changes, research and development, engineering development and modelling. Signing of the
agreement was witnessed and supported by Jean-Georges Malcor, Senior VP Thales Naval Division, with the NZDF
Chief of Navy also present. [31.01.08]
LARGEST NEW ZEALAND INDUSTRY SHOWCASE EVER AT PACIFIC 2008: New Zealand is mounting its
largest showcase ever at Pacific 2008, with ten companies exhibiting in a first time country pavilion managed by the
NZ government‟s economic development agency, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). NZ companies taking
part in Pacific 2008 include: Urban Voyage; HamiltonJet; Noske-Kaeser NZ; ProtectaLite; VT Fitzroy; Engineering
Nelson; NZ Defence Industry Association; Air NZ Gas Turbines; Southern Pacific Marine and McKay. NZTE Trade
Commissioner, Tim Green, says Australian interest has been growing in NZ‟s commercial marine offerings as the
country has built up its credibility and capability working on collaborative projects undertaken by the Royal Australian
& New Zealand navies. [31.01.08]

ROLLS-ROYCE DEMONSTRATES JOINT PROJECT 2048/4 SOLUTION: Designs for a family of
replenishment ships capable of supporting warships on rapid response missions are being displayed this week by Rolls-
Royce at Pacific 2008. The family of underway replenishment ships is based on existing company commercial designs
(Ro-Pax), which means the company is able to accommodate conflicting pressures to prioritise capability, requirement
and cost. The Rolls-Royce designs – which range from 9,000 to 25,000dwt – can achieve speeds of 18-27 knots, and
offer a cost-effective alternative to taking ships up from trade focussed assets, or building bespoke naval-design ships.
[31.01.08]

DEFENCE INDUSTRY SALARY SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE: The results of a first-ever national defence
industry salary survey – commissioned by Kinetic Defence, and specifically targeted at the national security sector –
has highlighted substantive increases in salaries across the defence-industry sector as a result of increased demand for
skills from larger, more complex, projects. The survey was cast across two thousand industry professionals, and also
highlighted the need for the ADF to review salary structures in-line with the commercial sector to attract and retain new
talent. Copies of the defence industry salary survey results are available from the Kinetic Defence stand at Pacific 2008.
[31.01.08]

LM AWARDED CONTRACT TO MODERNISE BRAZILIAN SUBS: Lockheed Martin (LM) has been awarded a
US$35m contract to modernise four „Tupi‟-class submarines, one „Tikuna‟-class submarine and one shore-based trainer
system for the Brazilian Navy. The contract - administered by the US Navy as part of a foreign military sale for
weapons and combat systems to the Brazilian Navy - involves LM providing systems engineering, sensors, software,
and electronics for each diesel submarine‟s control, combat management, sonar and dire control and weapons launch
systems. The modernised systems will involve open architecture combat systems and provide the Brazilian Navy with
tangible improvements in overall submarine performance. [31.01.08]

OFFSHORE SYSTEMS MILESTONE IN RN WARSHIP-AIS PROGRAM: Vancouver (Canada)-based Offshore
Systems has told the DIAR.com Pacific 2008 Show Daily that the company has met a major milestone with the first
major platform fit of its Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) on the Royal Navy‟s (RN) flag ship, HMS
„Illustrious‟ – the twelfth RN platform to receive this capability. W-AIS enhances situational awareness for bridge
teams through the overlay of AIS contact data onto the Warship Electronic Chart Display Information System
(WECDIS). W-AIS will be deployed on up to 77 naval ships with the potential to be adapted for naval aircraft in the
future. Offshore Systems Ltd are located on stand 4S8 at Pacific 2008. [31.01.08]

BATTLE DAMAGE CONTROL SYSTEM AT PACIFIC 2008: L-3 MAPPS, a division of Power and Control
Systems, are demonstrating at Pacific 2008 a state-of-the-art Battle Damage Control System (BDCS) which allows
operators to plot damage on a ship‟s General Arrangement Plan (GAP) to replace the traditional Incident Board or State
Board using standard Windows type features. The new console is called the Interactive Incident Board Management
System or I2BMS, and consists of one 50” display and two 20” displays. Visit stand 4G12 for a demonstration and
further information, or telephone (08) 9431 0000. [31.01.08]

INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT: In a conference speech at
Pacific 2008, Weir Strachan & Henshaw Australia‟s (WeirSHA) Kim Harvey delivered a speech on Integrated Waste
Management (IWM) in the Maritime Environment, and highlighting how IWM systems allow the unification of
individual treatment technologies to create a single intelligent system which can monitor system status and optimise the
operation of each piece of equipment to ensure maximum efficiency with varying input requirements. Due to schedule
changes, the speech commenced 45 minutes earlier than planned and a number of interested conference delegates may
have missed the speech. Pacific 2008 attendees interested in further information on IWM systems should call at the
WeirSHA stand - 4S17. [31.01.08]

CAE TO PROVIDE ARMY MRH-90 HELICOPTER SIMULATORS: The Department of Defence confirmed at
the close of 2007 that Canadian-based CAE, partnered with French-based Thales, had been awarded a $180m contract
to provide two project Air 9000 MRH-90 helicopter flight simulators for Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy
pilot training. The subject Full Flight and Mission Simulators (FFMS) will be delivered in 2012 to new training
facilities being constructed at the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey (QLD), as well as the 5th Aviation
Regiment, located in Townsville. Officials indicated the two simulators would be of the highest capability (Level D),
and will enable the aircrew training to match the capabilities of operational helicopters. [31.01.08]

CEAFAR ACHIEVES RADAR & DIGITAL BEAM FORMING MARK: Canberra-based CEA Technologies has
confirmed that during recent demonstrations for the project Sea 1448 „Anzac‟ frigate ship Anti-Ship Missile Defence
(ASMD) upgrade, the company successfully achieved the required „through air‟ radar performance using its CEAFAR
Active Phased Array Radar. CEA also says that during the demonstrations it implemented important aspects of its
digital beam forming technology not scheduled for this stage of the program. According to the company, “this provides
significant gains in overall radar performance that will ensure the „Anzac‟-class will be fitted with the latest digital
radar capabilities available to modern warships. In completing the testing, CEA has taken a significant step towards
finalising the evolution of its fourth generation digital active array radar.” The system was first trialled onboard HMAS
„Arunta‟ in 2004. [31.01.08]

THALES LAUNCHES NEW LOCAL ISR BUSINESS: Thales Australia has launched a new Canberra-based
Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) business unit, which aims to bring together its search and detect
sensor devices with information management, analysis and exploitation software. To be hosted within the Joint
Systems Business Group, the new dedicated ISR capability will focus on fulfilling the requirements of Defence‟s
Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) approach, in terms of assisting with the collection, processing, exploitation and
dissemination of accurate and timely information from the field. [31.01.08]

SECOND PROJECT ‘PROTECTOR’ IPV IN THE WATER: Tenix launched into Whangarei Harbour mid-
December 2007, the second (the „Hawea‟) of four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) it is building in New Zealand. The ship
is now undergoing ship fit-out operations, with the „Hawea‟ scheduled to be officially handed over to the Royal NZ
Navy in mid-2008. By the end of 2008, the Navy‟s project „Protector‟ fleet will comprise seven ships of three different
classes: one Multi Role Vessel (MRV) – HMNZS „Canterbury‟ (commissioned in June this year); two Offshore Patrol
Vessels (OPV) – HMNZ Ships „Otago‟ and „Wellington‟ (both launched at Williamstown, Victoria), and four IPVs.
The first IPV, the „Rotoiti‟, successfully completed her sea trials in the Whangarei Harbour area in December 2007.
[31.01.08]

US NAVY CELEBRATING ‘GREAT WHITE FLEET’ ANNIVERSARY: The US Navy (USN) is celebrating this
year the anniversary (100 years ago mid-December 2007) of the departure from Hampton Roads (Virginia) of sixteen
US battleships - which came to be known as the „Great White Fleet‟ – on a global tour to test naval readiness, establish
a global presence, and generate international good will. The 16 December 1907 decision by President Theodore
Roosevelt to deploy a portion of the Atlantic fleet was honoured by US Secretary of the Navy, Donald Winter, onboard
the USS „Theodore Roosevelt‟ (CVN-71). A year-long program of activities is planned to underscore the USN‟s
commitment to sustaining a Navy and Marine Corps that is responsive to the challenges of the 21st century. [31.01.08]

FIRST ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT ON NEW DEFENCE WHITE PAPER: In a new Policy Analysis paper
issued this week, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has noted the “writing a good White Paper will be a
challenging exercise. The strategic environment is complex, and we ignore that complexity at our peril. We have to
avoid the temptation to pole vault over that complexity in the hope that we can return somehow to a simpler, earlier age
of interstate warfare. Moreover, the things that Western militaries have traditionally done well – conquest and decisive
battle – are becoming harder. So too, is it becoming harder to achieve outcomes unilaterally, a development that may be
eroding Australia‟s preferred policy of self-reliant defence of the continent. The White Paper will have to outline
Australia‟s own role in the world.” [31.01.08]


Wednesday, 30 January 2008
‘BLACK LIST’ OF FAILING DEFENCE PROJECTS FORESHADOWED: In a change of tone during the last
five minutes of his opening address at Pacific 2008 on 29 January, the Minister for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon, has
signalled a more pessimistic mood within the government in regard to a number of lingering problem defence
acquisition projects, namely: one upgrade project he says which perhaps „should never have proceeded‟, and another
project currently running a number of years late, to which „it‟s unlikely we shall ever achieve the desired capability‟.
Fitzgibbon did not name the projects to which he was referring, however, the change of tone in the delivery of his
address suggests a hardening of view in regard to delayed projects the subject of adverse comments by Fitzgibbon
during the 2007 election campaign. [30.01.08]

MINISTER SAYS ‘SEASPRITE’ HELICOPTERS NOW REALLY UNDER REVIEW: Speaking to media after
concluding his Pacific 2008 opening address, Defence Minister Fitzgibbon identified the project Sea 1411 „Seasprite‟
helicopter program as one major underperforming project currently under review. Given the „get well‟ program decided
upon last year by former Defence Minister Nelson has still to be concluded (in terms of a signed amended contract),
proposals have since been sought from both Sikorsky and Eurocopter for up to 27 new naval helicopters, to replace
both the „Seasprite‟ and current „Sea Hawk‟ under an accelerated phase 8 of project Air 9000. With Eurocopter
reportedly running late in terms of delivering operational marinised NH-90s to existing customers, Sikorsky has
jumped in to offer an „off-the-shelf‟ acquisition of either a combined fleet of its proven MH-60-R/-S helicopters, or
company funded developmental S-70Bs – the latter understood to cost US$42m per copy FMS government-to-
government. [30.01.08]

SIKORSKY WORK LOAD WELL SETTLED TO CONTEST ‘SEA HAWK’ REPLACEMENT: As reported in
Australian Defence Business Review‟s Pacific 2008 issue, Sikorsky signed, mid-December 2007, a five-year, US$7.4b
multi-service contract with the US Government to supply 537 H-60 series helicopters to the US Army and Navy in the
UH-60M „Black Hawk‟, HH-60M Medevac, and MH-60S/MH-60R „Sea Hawk‟ configurations, from 2007 to 2012.
The MH-60R is purpose-designed for maritime dominance, and is complemented by the MH-60S, which carries out
troop transport, airborne mine countermeasures and naval special warfare missions. Both the MH-60R and the MH-60S
are fitted with a multi-function digital glass cockpit, and are fully certified. [30.01.08]

FITZGIBBON ALSO BEATING UP ON PROJECT SEA 1390 UPGRADE: The Defence Minister has repeated at
Pacific 2008 previous statements made through the 2007 Federal election campaign and into the new year, expressing
heightened concern about progress with the Navy‟s guided missile frigate (FFG) upgrade program. Thales Australia
stated October 2007 that both HMA Ships „Sydney‟ and „Melbourne‟ had been handed back to the Royal Australian
Navy with Baseline Build 2 capability to fire the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). HMAS „Darwin‟ is scheduled
to complete sea trials and achieve Provisional Acceptance this year. HMAS „Newcastle‟ is currently in the „rip-out‟
phase in the dry dock at Garden Island in Sydney. The whole project is expected to complete in December 2009.
Lockheed Martin was contracted in September 2007 to upgrade the Mk92 Fire Control System to enable the FFGs to
support and fire the SM-2 „Standard‟ missile, under phase 4B of project Sea 1390. [30.01.08]

ADBR MAGAZINE BLITZES PACIFIC 2008 WITH DOUBLE EDITIONS: Australian Defence Business
Review (ADBR) magazine has released at Pacific 2008 two new separate editions of the magazine: the first, a regular
40-page ADBR undertakes an exclusive analysis of the current financial performance and prospects of ASC Pty Ltd in
light of government plans (to be confirmed by the Rudd Labor government) to put the company up for sale over the
course of 2008. In this edition, ADBR has undertaken a 15-year forward projection and likely profit analysis of ASC‟s
financial results, as influenced by the recent project Sea 4000 destroyer build contract, and has derived some likely
valuations of the company. A second, 16-page ADBR technical Supplement, specifically looks inside the
organisational construct of the air warfare destroyer (AWD) Alliance, and examines the respective roles of key project
stakeholders: ASC, Navantia, the SA Government, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Australia in assuring successful
delivery of the project. Visit Stand 6G2 to pick up your complementary copies of the two new magazines released
exclusively at Pacific 2008, or send an postal delivery request to busicom@ozemail.com.au. [30.01.08]

OUTLINE OF ‘GLOBAL HAWK’ PLANS FOR FUTURE GROWTH: In a specialist defence media briefing at
Pacific 2008, Northrop Grumman has addressed questions regarding the growth potential of its RQ-4N „Global Hawk‟,
in terms of unique-Australia project Air 7000 specifications. Northrop Director of „Global Hawk‟ business
development, Thomas Twomey, says the aircraft has “plenty of margin” in weight and an open architecture backbone
to allow for Australian-specific sensors, as well as dual 500kg external mounting points for auxiliary fuel tanks or
additional sensor pods. Twomey also emphasised the Global Hawk‟s ability to be able to „dip‟ down to a lower altitude
if required - at least twice during a long endurance emission - with only “an hour or so of endurance penalty”, along
with the aircraft‟s ability to rapidly climb at up to 6000 feet per minute back to its patrol mission to “re-establish its big
picture” view. [30.01.08]

AIR 7000/1 CONTENDERS GIVE ‘DUE REGARD’ TO UAV COLLISIONS: Both Lockheed Martin and
Northrop Grumman have revealed to media their respective offerings for the US Navy‟s Broad Area Maritime
Surveillance system will feature a „due regard‟ traffic avoidance radar system on their respective „Mariner‟ and „Global
Hawk‟ offerings for BAMS and Air 7000 Phase 1. The due regard radar allows for safe separation between the UAVs
and other airborne traffic in civilian airspace, by determining the location and track of any possibly conflicting aircraft,
and in turn taking autonomous crash avoiding action. [30.01.08]

SAAB DISPLAYS SKELDAR M SHIP BASED VTUAV: Saab Aerosystems is displaying at Pacific 2008 its
innovative „Skeldar M‟ Vertical Take off UAV on its stand in Hall 4. The composite, ship-based UAV can provide
short- to medium-range airborne reconnaissance, identification, electronic warfare or communications relay capabilities
from its diminutive 4.1m long airframe using modular commercial off-the shelf sensor and communications payloads.
„Skeldar M‟ features a low profile airframe, has a four- to five-hour endurance, and can operate up to 200km from
patrol boat sized ships totally autonomously. [30.01.08]

AUSTRALIAN AEROSPACE WELCOMES NEW CEO TO PACIFIC 2008: Local wholly-owned Eurocopter
subsidiary, Australian Aerospace, has welcomed to the Pacific International Maritime Exposition its new Chief
Executive Officer(CEO), Jens Goennemann. As CEO, Goennemann is responsible for all military and civil helicopter
activities in Australia and the wider region including PNG, New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific islands. Goennemann was
previously chief of staff to EADS CEO Thomas Enders. He replaces Joseph Saporito who has been posted back to
Eurocopter‟s Marignane, France head office. [30.01.08]

BOEING COMPLETES ON-ORBIT HANDOVER OF WGS SATELLITE: Boeing has confirmed the successful
on-orbit hand over of the first (of six) Wideband Global Satellite communication (WGS) satellites. WGS-1 is the US
Department of Defense‟s highest capacity communications satellite, and is said to offer a quantum leap in
communications bandwidth for airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines. The second and third WGS satellites are
scheduled for launch in 2008. The six-satellite constellation (the last of which is being bought by Australia), will
augment and eventually replace the Defense Satellite Communications System constellation, and reduce the US
government‟s reliance on commercial satellite communications services. [30.01.08]

RAYTHEON RECOGNISED FOR US TRADE DELEGATION SPONSORSHIP: Raytheon Australia has been
recognised by the American Chamber of Commerce at Pacific 2008 for its major sponsorship of an Australian trade
mission to the United States - intended to enable a delegation of Australian small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
to connect with senior US Department of Defense personnel and top-level decision-makers from the US Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. During their time in the US (18-20 March), the trade delegation will also
attend the 2008 „Sea-Air-Space‟ Exposition in Washington. Raytheon Australia has also agreed to be the principal
sponsor of the Royal Australian Navy Rugby team for the next three years. [30.01.08]

UPDATE ON ‘GLOBAL HAWK’ UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM: Northrop Grumman reports that all nine of
its Block 10 „Global Hawk‟ unmanned aerial vehicles have been completed (seven for the USAF and two for the US
Navy‟s Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD), as well as two ground stations each consisting of a mission
control element (MCE) and a launch and recovery element (LRE). Seventeen aircraft are presently in various stages of
production and flight test – six Block 20s, 10 Block 30s and one Block 40. In addition, three Global Hawks have been
deployed in support of the global war on terrorism, logging nearly 14,000 combat hours with approximately 19,000
total program flight hours and 95% mission effectiveness. Out of the 456 combat missions flown since January 2006,
only 11 sorties were cancelled in 2007 due to maintenance, weather or mission reasons. Block 20/30/40 „Global Hawk‟
air vehicles are valued at $27.6m, excluding the accompanying sensor package. [30.01.08]

INSIGHTS INTO SIMULATION-BASED SHIP DESIGN: A presentation by Karsten Fach, head of the competence
centre for engineering services at Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has looked into the detail of how simulation-based design
can effectively optimize the features of a ship and the speed of the design process. Fach illustrated his findings with
application-oriented and theoretical and practical examples focusing on sloshing, fire and smoke simulations, fluid-
structure interaction and sea-keeping, amongst others. Extensive experience in forces exerted by the sea, says Fach,
allows GL to undertake the numerical prediction of factors such as the sloshing of loads in ships with great confidence.
[30.01.08]

L-3 NAUTRONIX APPOINTS DEFENCE & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR: L-3 Nautronix has
confirmed the appointment of Graeme Dunk as its new Director of Defence & Government Relations, based in
Canberra, and providing the interface to L-3 Nautronix defence-maritime clients. Dunk has an extensive background in
Defence, maritime surveillance and underwater acoustics, having specialized as a principal warfare officer (ASW) in
the Royal Australian Navy. He has also undertaken senior industry roles in Australia and overseas as a consultant, was
business development manager of Codarra Advanced Systems, and functioned as chief operating officer of Pacific
Noise & Vibration. His most recent role was as a Project Manager in the intelligence sector with Canberra-based
software company, The Distillery. [30.01.08]

ROLLS-ROYCE SHIP DESIGN IDEAL FOR BORDER PROTECTION ROLES: Rolls-Royce has on display at
Pacific 2008 its successful UT527 coastal protection vessel - capable of holding up to 320 people and able to remain at-
sea for three years utilising new approaches to crew changing crew and replenishment while on duty. Key tasks
designed into the UT527 include fire-fighting, emergency towing and pollution control. A medium-sized helicopter and
two smaller daughter craft offer greater specific mission capabilities. The 92m ship, powered by Rolls-Royce Bergen
engines, is capable of over 20 knots and has an unrefuelled range of 20,000 nautical miles at 16 knots. [30.01.08]

‘HUON’-CLASS HOSES FIND A PLACE ON THE ‘ZUMWALT’-CLASS: UK-based Oldham Seals Ltd –
manufacturers of the unique „Jetpac‟ one-piece dog leg hoses currently in service on the Royal Australian Navy‟s fleet
of six „Huon‟-class minehunters – has announced at Pacific 2008 the introduction of the „Nil-Cor‟ range of composite
valves to its range of products. The subject valves have been chosen by the US Navy for its new DDG-1000
„Zumwalt‟-class destroyer program, given they offer significant weight savings opportunities. To view the new range
of composite valves, visit Oldham Seals in Hall 4, Stand 3W20. [30.01.08]

COUPLINGS SELECTION FOR TYPE 45 FRAMEWORK SUPPLIER: Teekay Couplings Ltd has been selected
by BAE Systems as the framework supplier of Sleeve type mechanical couplings to the Type 45 Anti-Air Warfare
Destroyer project. The Teekay Axilock Fireproof coupling will now be the primary pipe joining method for low
pressure pipe systems. It gives the build yard and end user space, weight, time and cost savings, utilising a full shock
qualified product. The Axilock-FP has already been supplied to the Royal Navy‟s new Type-45 destroyer, HMS
„Daring‟, and will now be supplied to the remainder of the project. [30.01.08]

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR TASMANIAN BUSINESS: Tasmania-based Fiomarine Industries has
confirmed at Pacific 2008 its finalisation of a second major supply contract with the US Navy to supply its „Fiobuoy‟
underwater retrieval system, representing the company‟s largest order to date - and placing the United States as the
chief user of the technology. Now exhibiting for the fifth time at Pacific 2008, Fiomarine Commercial Director, John
Fiotakis, credits the Pacific International Maritime Exposition as being critical in the process of bringing his company‟s
product to the attention of local and international delegates - resulting in a 340% growth in sales over three years. The
„Fiobuoy‟ is a submerged buoy that can be released using a signal when underwater objects need to be marked, and is
used extensively in the ADF, US, Singapore and Japanese Navies. Fiomarine is located on the Tasmanian Maritime
Network stand - 4B12. [30.01.08]

THALES AUSTRALIA RATES PACIFIC 2008 BENEFITS HIGHLY: Thales Australia reports it experienced
significant interest on day one of the Pacific 2008 international maritime exposition in terms of visitors to its stand
from the Department of Defence, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and high-profile Federal politicians.
Showcasing capabilities in areas such as submarine systems, electronic warfare, combat management systems, the FFG
upgrade, naval communications and the MU-90 torpedo, Thales Australia provides a key local node for support of the
Royal Australian Navy, itself drawing on the global Thales organisation as a key player in naval support servicing 50
navies worldwide. [30.01.08]

BOEING TO ESTABLISH PHANTOM WORKS OUTPOST IN AUSTRALIA: Boeing says it will establish an
Australian branch of its legendary Phantom Works advanced R&D unit to better support its local businesses, and
partner with local researchers on the development of mutually beneficial technologies. The new Phantom Works branch
will serve as a focal point for continued collaboration with Australian research organisations, universities and private
sector R&D providers, the CSIRO and DSTO. The branch will employ approximately 30 senior engineers, scientists
and researchers in Melbourne and Brisbane. [30.01.08]

‘MENDEZ NUNEZ’ GOING ON EXTENDED CRUISE TO INDIA: The Spanish Armada‟s F-100-class frigate
„Mendez Nunez‟ (F-104) is being prepared for an extended deployment from Ferrol of more than 5000 nautical miles in
order to visit India – meaning the ship will not return to Spain until 26 May. During the cruise, the F-104 will transit
through the Suez Canal in order to participate in a scheduled stay at the port of Djibouti. For the moment, the reason
behind the ship‟s deployment has not been made public. Sister ship, the „Alvoro de Bazan‟ (F-101) undertook a round
the world trip in 2007, including a visit to Australia. [30.01.08]

‘TOP OF THE LIST’ PAY RISE FOR DEFENCE SECRETARY: The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, acting under
Section 61 of the Public Service Act 1999, and having taken advice from the Remuneration Tribunal, determined at
end-December that from the 3rd day of the month the base salary of the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Nick
Warner, will be $328,710, with total remuneration per annum of $410,000. The Defence Secretary‟s remuneration is
only matched by that of the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, and the Department of the
Treasury. All other Departmental Secretaries (including the Attorney-General, Innovation & Industry, and Foreign
Affairs and Trade), are to be paid $307,540 for base salary, and a total remuneration of $384,420. [30.01.08]


Tuesday, 29 January 2008
FOUR DEFENCE PRINCIPLES FOR PAC 2008 & CONFERENCES: In his first public address since being
appointed Minister for Defence following the November 2007 Federal election, Joel Fitzgibbon has stressed to
conference delegates four key themes that will be followed by the new Labor government. First will be the
development of a new Defence White Paper to better guide future new defence capability acquisitions, followed by
sustaining the 3% real funding increases through to 2016, which the Minister says is “set in concrete”. Next on
Fitzgibbon‟s list is fixing Defence Procurement by setting a „high bar‟ on expectations to eliminate delivery delays and
cost blowouts, which he admits will be a challenge but insists “there‟s no reason not to try.” The biggest single
challenge facing the ADF, added Fitzgibbon, was addressing its people shortages through more effective recruitment
and retention initiatives, such as the pilot project for free health & dental care for defence families promised during the
election campaign. [29.01.08]

PACIFIC 2008 OPENS TO THE SOUND OF RECORDS BREAKING: The Chairman of Maritime Australia,
RAdm David Holthouse (Rtd) has welcomed conference delegates and exhibitors to the 2008 Pacific International
Maritime and Naval Exposition, noting: the attendance of 102 delegations and missions from 36 countries; the presence
of 32 Chiefs or senior representatives of Navies from around the world; the extension of the show to four fully-
subscribed exhibition halls featuring 437 participating exhibitors from 22 countries; and the participation of 240
Australian companies. Holthouse says that over the four days of the event, total attendances approaching 10,000 are
expected from industry leaders, exhibitors, trade visitors, military professionals, scientific and technical researchers,
defence leaders and government officials from around the world. [29.01.08]

THALES LOOKING TO LOCAL SOLUTIONS-GLOBAL SUPPORT: Thales Australia‟s focus for the 2008
Pacific International Maritime exposition is „Local Solutions – Global Support‟. In short, by leveraging a global
network of expertise in building on proven capabilities in large and complex systems, Thales aims to benefit each
country of operation through knowledge transfer and local investment. At this year‟s exposition, Thales will be
focusing on: general sonar solutions; integration, test and sea trials for sonar systems; acoustics; electronics,
digital/analogue, power & software; mechanical engineering; systems engineering; manufacturing; self-funded R&D
programs; and 3D intuitive & interactive displays which utilise COTS-based componentry for ease of maintenance.
[29.01.08]

BAE SYSTEMS TO TELL ALL ABOUT TENIX $775M ACQUISITION: A BAE Systems media briefing
scheduled mid-week at Pacific 2008 is expected to outline further detail of its recent agreement to purchase Tenix
Defence, for $775m in cash. The purchase involves the acquisition of all extant Tenix Defence companies: Tenix Land;
Tenix Aerospace; Tenix Electronic Systems; and Tenix Marine. Tenix‟s interests in two joint ventures: RLM (with
Lockheed Martin); and Tenix Toll Logistics (with Toll Logistics), are also proposed for acquisition, subject to pre-
emption rights not being exercised. Tenix will be progressively integrated with the operations of Adelaide-
headquartered BAE Systems Australia, propelling it to the largest in-country supplier to the ADF, employing 5,500
people with annual sales exceeding $1.2 billion. For the 12-month period ended 30 June 2007, Tenix Defence is said to
have generated proforma EBITDA of $65m on sales of $699 million. [29.01.08]

RAFAEL DISPLAYING HARD KILL TORPEDO DECOY AT PACIFIC 2008: This week on Stand 5M13 at
Pacific 2008, Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defence Systems will release its „Torbuster‟ hard kill torpedo decoy. The
„Torbuster‟ is a fourth generation torpedo decoy for submarines, and is designed to provide effective defence against all
types of acoustic homing torpedoes. The weapon works after launch by seducing an incoming torpedo through the
transmission of acoustic signals using a technology based on the „Scutter‟ reactive acoustic decoy for ships. As the
torpedo homes in on the decoy, it senses when the incoming weapon is at the closest point of approach and self-
explodes in order to neutralise it. [29.01.08]

WIZARD TO SET NEW STANDARD IN ANTI-MISSILE TECHNOLOGY: Rafael Advanced Defence Systems
will also display during the course of the week – for the first time - its new concept „Wizard‟ naval corner reflector
decoy. The „Wizard‟ is a passive RF naval decoy used to distract or seduce radar guided anti-ship missiles with chaff
discrimination capabilities. It is available in either single or twin corner deflector configurations. The decoys are
launched from a ship, float in the air for a specified amount of time, while deflecting incoming missiles aimed at the
vessel. The „Wizard‟ has been tested by the Israeli Navy and participated in NATO's Naval Forces annual MCG/8 EW
trials in Norway last June. [29.01.08]

NOT A CENT SPARE IN DEFENCE SAYS HOUSTON: Commenting this past week on media reports the new
Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has not ruled out cuts to the Defence Budget in the forthcoming 2008/09 Federal Budget, the
Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, has told media “there is no fat to trim without
compromising overseas deployments involving 3,500 personnel.” Defence concerns over future funding reflects current
work formulating a number of options for changes to Australia‟s military involvement in Oruzgan Province
(Afghanistan), and ranging from adjustments to the mix of forces on the ground by swapping out combat troops for
engineers, through to at least a doubling of Australian combat troop numbers in the Province to compensate for
progressive withdrawals by Dutch forces. [29.01.08]

SMEs CONCENTRATE FOR SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL MARITIME SHOW: The Australian Industry &
Defence Network (AIDN) has arranged for eight member companies to exhibit their unique skills this week at Pacific
2008, with a view to promoting their capabilities and networking with Primes & Defence technology suppliers,
especially those in the Asia Pacific region. The exposition proper and related Sea Power Conference are expected to
bring together more than 10,000 accredited trade and military visitors, and conference delegates to Sydney. [29.01.08]

NCOIC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAIR TO BRIEF AT PACIFIC 2008: The Executive Council Chair of the
Network Centric Operations Industry Council (NCOIC), Rear Admiral Robert „Willie‟ Williamson, will deliver a
„latest developments‟ presentation at the Pacific 2008 International Maritime Conference on 30 January, at
approximately 10.15am. NCIOC was formed in 2004 as a not-for-profit international association committed to
integrating existing and emerging open standards into a common evolving global framework, and employing a common
set of principles and processes to assist with rapid global deployment of network centric applications. The Australian
Department of Defence recently joined NCOIC as its 100 th member (Tier 3). [29.01.08]
UK DEFENCE-INDUSTRY PRESENCE AT PACIFIC 2008: Over 20 United Kingdom Defence companies are
attending Pacific 2008 as part of a delegation headed by Tony Pawson, the new Head of Defence Exports (DESO), and
including the Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet, Vice Admiral Paul Boissier, and Keith Smith, the Regional Director
in DESO. A Royal Navy expert is also travelling with the team, and will be on hand to brief on current and future UK
naval programs. The UK trade group is being organised by the British Naval Equipment Association. UK companies
attending Pacific 2008 include: Rolls-Royce; Ultra Electronics; Atkins, ITT, MacTaggart-Scott; Secomak; Trelleborg;
Truflo Marine; VT; Wallop Defence; and Selex Communications. [29.01.08]

THIRD PURCHASE TO EXPAND QINETIQ AUSTRALIAN FOOTPRINT: Less than a fortnight after UK-
based Qinetiq plc confirmed its acquisition of Ball Solutions Group and the Novare Group, the company has confirmed
a third Australian SME purchase – the Melbourne-based AeroStructures Group – which specialises in the engineering
analysis and assessment of aircraft and helicopter structures with an emphasis on structural integrity management and
airframe life extension. The business also undertakes non-destructive testing (NDT) management, design and
inspection services and delivers specialist engineering professional development training in Australia, New Zealand
and Asia. The acquisition is expected to complete by end-February. [29.01.08]

ULTRA PITCHES RAYTHEON FOR AWD SONAR SUITE: UK-based Ultra Electronics Holdings plc has
submitted a proposal to Raytheon Australia (as project Sea 4000 CSSE) for the supply & in-country support of an
innovative, fully integrated sonar suite for Australia‟s new „Hobart‟-class air warfare destroyers. Ultra says it is
“committed to investing in Australia, increasing its in-country footprint and providing technology transfer in support of
the AWD proposal.” Ultra‟s team for the sonar suite pitch incudes: Acacia Research, L-3 Nautronix and Weir Strachan
& Henshaw Australia. Ultra representatives are located at Stand P2 (Hall 5). [29.01.08]

ANZSPAC IMAREST GETS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: The Australia New Zealand and South Pacific
Division (ANZSPAC) of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), has appointed a new
Executive Director, Greg Bondar, who will now oversee the Institute‟s twelve branches. Bondar has an extensive
maritime background with experience as the CEO of the Australian Chamber of Shipping and the Long Distance Road
Transport Association of Australia, as well as being the senior Maritime Adviser to the Federal Minister for Transport
and Regional Development from 1996-1998. Bondar replaces Norm Farmer who has served as Executive Director
since October 2005. [29.01.08]

AUSTAL FOCUSING ON LITTORAL CAPABILITIES AT PAC 2008: With growing international need to patrol
littoral waters effectively and economically, WA-based Austal will be showcasing this year its range of high-speed,
lightweight aluminium defence vessels at Stand 5S14. Following its recent completion of the project Sea 1444 (and 14-
ship) „Armidale‟-class patrol boat (ACPB) fleet (the 14th and final ship, HMAS „Glenelg‟ will be commissioned on 14
February), Austal will also have on display details of the 127m Littoral Combat Ship (2) – the „Independence‟, which is
due to be launched in Mobile (Alabama) in the first half of 2008. Throughout Pacific 2008 the first-of-class HMAS
„Armidale‟ will be open for inspection via appointment through the Defence Materiel Organisation. [29.01.08]

PRODUCT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR EDS IN SYDNEY: The EDS stand (5B17) over the week at
Pacific 2008 will feature a number of lead products, including: Defence Visual Operations Centre – Supply Chain &
Logistics Visibility; Agile Joint Operations Picture – Network Enabled Capability demonstrator; Defence Logistics and
Cargo & Port Security end-to-end solutions; Advanced Mission Planning Aid; Military Messaging Capabilities; and
EDS Green IT offering. EDS Defence Services are also sponsoring the Australia Maritime Advancement Award, the
winner of which will be announced at Pacific 2008. [29.01.08]

SEMINAR ON ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MARINE SOLUTIONS: Alfa Laval is to host at Pacific
2008 on Wednesday, 30 January, a „Pure Thinking – Concern, Commitment, Contribution‟ luncheon seminar covering
new and environmentally friendly marine solutions. The seminar will feature a presentation by Pauli Kujala, who is
visiting Australia from Alfa Laval‟s marine headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Seminar attendance inquiries to Maria
Rosell on 0418 114 019 (mobile) or email maria.rosell@alfalaval.com. [29.01.08]

HMAS ‘ADELAIDE’ DECOMMISSIONED AT GARDEN ISLAND: The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided
missile frigate, HMAS „Adelaide‟, was officially decommissioned last week at Garden Island in Western Australia
after 27 years of service. The vessel was constructed by Todd Pacific Shipyard in the United States, and commissioned
into the RAN on 15 November 1980. The ship is to be gifted to the NSW Government and sunk off the coast at Terrigal
to provide an artificial reef and dive attraction. The „Adelaide‟ is the second of the six US „Perry‟-class (Australian
„Adelaide‟-class) frigates to be decommissioned, the first being HMAS „Canberra‟ in November 2005. [29.01.08]

GERMANISCHER LLOYD TO CONTINUE ‘ANZAC’ FRIGATE SUPPORT: The global classification society,
Germanischer Lloyd (GL), and the Department of Defence signed at the end of December a contract to extend an initial
six-year arrangement concluded in 2002 for maintenance of the RAN‟s eight „Anzac‟-class frigates. The new contract
includes the provision of one additional statutory certificate - the „Safety Equipment Certificate‟ to be issued to the
„Anzac‟ ships following a careful analysis of the ships safety arrangements. The aim was to establish equivalence with
the relevant statutory requirements and close cooperation with the Naval Flag Authority. GL also provides training and
support to naval personnel in the form of courses, workshops and seminars – the latter of which have been undertaken
at HMAS „Stirling‟ (WA), and in Canberra. [29.01.08]


Monday, 28 January 2008
TEST SUCCESS FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN ‘AEGIS’ OPEN ARCHITECTURE: The US Navy has
successfully demonstrated its „Aegis‟ Open Architecture (OA) Weapon System in a recent test conducted from the
fixed „USS Desert Ship‟ land-locked live fire test facility at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico.
The exercise was the first that tested OA enhancements to the facility‟s „Aegis‟ Fire Control System and MK41
Vertical Launching System (VLS). The WSMR facility was commissioned in March last year and encompasses a SPY-
1 radar; a MK 41 VLS battery; weapon control, common sensor and tracker services; and command and decision
computer program modules. OA will allow for the integration of COTS software to existing and future „Aegis‟
platforms, with the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) to begin its upgrade in February. [28.01.08]

RAN ‘HOBART’-CLASS AWDs TO LEVERAGE OFF US OA PROGRAM: In a briefing to specialist media,
Lockheed Martin officials confirmed the „Aegis‟ SPY-1D(V) combat system to be installed on the RAN‟s new project
Sea 4000 „Hobart‟-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) will leverage off Open Architecture (OA) developments
being applied to the US Navy „Aegis‟ program. Lockheed says it has orders for a total of 107 Aegis systems, 85 of
which are already in service. The remaining 22 systems include 10 for USN „Arleigh Burke‟-class DDGs, one Japanese
navy destroyer, two Spanish F-100s, three Norwegian F-310s, three Korean KDX-IIIs, and the three Australian F-100-
based AWDs. The company reports it has also received interest from Saudi Arabia about the potential application of an
Aegis system on a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)-sized class of vessels. [28.01.08]

FINAL COUNTDOWN TO BAMS UAV SELECTION DECISION: Lockheed Martin has submitted its final
documentation relating to its US Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) bid in preparation for an expected
mid-February decision and early-March announcement on the winning contender. Lockheed Martin has teamed up with
General Atomics, EDO, FLIR Systems and LSI to offer the General Atomics „Mariner‟ variant of the MQ-9 Predator B
„Reaper‟ UAV. The „Mariner‟ features a larger and broader „wet‟ wing, a larger rear empennage, a 360 degree ventral
search radar with SAR and GMTI, and other communications, sensor and electrical systems enhancements. As a
BAMS SDD partner, the RAAF will likely leverage off the winning BAMS solution for its Air 7000/Phase 1 unmanned
maritime surveillance requirement. [28.01.08]

‘MARINER’ TO EXCEED BAMS & RAAF REQUIREMENTS: Lockheed Martin says its „Mariner‟ BAMS
solution will comfortably meet key requirements laid out by the US Navy and RAAF. Although the BAMS requirement
specified a 270 degree search radar, the Mariner offer‟s EDO-built radar will cover a full 360 degrees in search mode,
while the aircraft will meet the RAAF‟s 3000nm search radius requirement. Mariner senior business development
manager, Chuck Martello, told a media briefing that the Mariner will provide an 87% effective time on station (ETOS)
against the BAMS requirement of 80%. A US Navy Defence Acquisition Board Milestone B decision is due on 13
February. [28.01.08]

SAAB CELEBRATING 20 YEARS IN AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE: In 2008, Swedish-based Saab Systems is
celebrating 20 years of new capability supply and in-service support to the Australian Defence Force. Reminiscing
about Saab‟s achievements thus far, the company‟s Managing Director, Merv Davis, says “it‟s timely to remember the
competencies we have developed … which we need to nurture to reliably support Australian security into the future.”
Saab Systems was born in 1988 when Phillips Electronik established a company to tender for the command and control
system for Australia‟s „Anzac‟-class frigates, which was subsequently won in 1990. [28.01.08]


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