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  • ASPI analyst questions Australian naval investment plans

    Major investment in new submarines, frigates, and offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has left the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with little or no financial headroom to exploit potentially game-changing technologies, a key analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has warned. The Project

  • RAAF retires fleet of PC-9/A training aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) retired its fleet of PC-9/A tandem-seat, turboprop training aircraft in a ceremony held on 12 December at RAAF Base Pearce. The PC-9 aircraft, the first of which entered service in 1987, “provided fantastic service to the Australian Defence Force [ADF]

  • Both pillars of EDA’s project financing mechanism now completed

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has locked down the final component of its planned Cooperative Financial Mechanism (CFM) after the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed on to the financing scheme during ceremonies at the agency on 9 December. “The CFM is a way of putting oil in the engine

  • Creeping third-party accommodation in EU defence projects may be on the horizon

    There is cautious optimism that non-EU countries might satisfactorily participate in projects financed by the EU’s forthcoming European Defence Fund (EDF) as well as future consortia within Europe’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence, say EU defence policy officials,

  • First S-300 deployment to new Russian Arctic base

    Russia has deployed S-300PS surface-to-air missiles near the coastal town of Tiksi as part of a build-up of air defence capability in the country’s Arctic north. The first images of two S-300PS launcher vehicles emerged in local media reports of a visit to the new air defence base by the head

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