• A winning contract

    RAAFIn Australia’s north, the Mobile Control and Reporting Centre at RAAF Base Darwin holds responsibility to ‘prepare for, conduct and sustain effective deployable air surveillance and air battle management in the Unit’s designated area of responsibility’1. The unit’s simulation and communication assets are distributed across multiple defence sites.

  • Adelaide learns from ASC's ISO55001 Certification

    Adelaide 28 June Pic 2Great to see an enthusiastic audience at last night's Adelaide's networking and technical meet. First up was Andrei Ezergailis, ASC Pty Ltd's CCSM LifCycle Manager, who flew in from Perth to go over ASC's journey to ISO55001's certification and the lessons learned from it.

  • Advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare Capability

    Anti SubmarineIn July 2020, the Australian Government released its Force Structure Plan, outlining priorities for defence policies and capability over the coming decade. As part of this plan, an $11 billion investment into anti-submarine warfare capability has recently been announced.

  • Aircraft Safety Stands

    Aircraft Safety Stands

    Defence force maintenance crews often require additional requirements to ensure a safe working environment.

    Recently, Victorian-based small business, Air Fab, was awarded a $1.3 million contract1 with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to design, fabricate and supply aircraft safety stands for maintenance procedures performed on ADF assets such as the F/A 18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growler.

  • AMC and ASC announce Strategic Partnership

    strategic partnershipThe Asset Management Council is absolutely thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with ASC, a leader in asset management in the defence sector. Close collaboration between the AMCouncil and ASC over the next twelve months will significantly contribute to the AMCouncil's body of knowledge and in turn enable ASC to take advantage of cross-sector opportunities available in order to continue upwards on their asset management maturity journey. We welcome ASC to the AMC Community and are excited for what the future will bring as a result of this key collaboration.

  • Armoured Vehicles Support

    Armoured Vehicles Support

    The Australian Army is powering ahead with infrastructure on site at defence bases.

    The new facilities to be built at Puckapunyal, Lavarack Barracks and Edinburgh Defence Precinct will strengthen the ADF’s maintenance of its fleet of armoured vehicles. The next generation of fighting vehicles including the Projects Land 400, Land 907 Phase 2, and Land 8160 Phase 1 over the next thirty years.

  • Attack Class Submarine – Equipment Partners

    liam briese FN7Lvl0ECDc unsplashGreat news for defence assets and Australian manufacturing recently, when two home-grown businesses were awarded contracts for the equipment designs on the Attack Class Submarine program.

    The businesses will partner with international companies to deliver and sustain the Medium Capacity Press, High Capacity Press and Large Capacity Milling Machines (LCMM) required for the submarines. The two presses will shape the steel for the bulk head and hull of the assets. The LCMM is a multi-purpose cutting tool that will be used in a number of ways in relation to submarine’s hull1.

  • Big Data Case Study -Vehicle Health and Usage Monitoring Systems program (VIC)

    Michael Bray, Program Manager, Vehicle Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, Department of Defence (VIC)

    The aim of the Vehicle Health and Usage Monitoring System (VHUMS) Program is to provide equipment managers with quality information to enable timely decisions making that will realise effective sustainment of Land vehicle fleets.

  • Brisbane launches into the topic of Asset Management in Aerospace

    AMc aviationThe recent Brisbane Chapter event held at the Jacobs offices was well supported and the audience were given an insight from Lucien Whitten from Defence Industries Qld into how the policies for aerospace are developed with a particular emphasis on the impact of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This was supported by Andrew Scott who provided an insight into the operations of UAVs, the size and also complexity of the support operations with the most crucial part of UAVs being the people behind them. There was also an interesting discussion on the current and potential future uses of these assets and how the industry might develop over the next 5-10 years.

  • Defence Assets

    The Australian Army received news of an upgrade to its armed reconnaissance capability, following the selection of Boeing’s Apache Guardian to replace the ARH Tiger from 2025.

    Boeing’s Apache AH64E helicopter is equipped with improved sensors, communication suites, attack capabilities, and improved survivability. It is the most lethal and lowest-risk option, and meets all of the defence’s requirements for assets, such as through-life support and high-detail security function1.

  • Defence assets provide rescue and relief


    Recently, the news that set fingertips tingly, the silver lining around the orange, smoke-haze cloud that hangs over our head, is that some of our biggest defence assets have been called in to help with the action.The bushfires currently ravaging Australia will come as no surprise to readers. Since September in NSW, and December in Victoria and South Australia, bushfires have claimed lives and homes, razed through our flora and fauna, livestock and lifestyles.

  • Defence Perspective of Product Management and ISO 55000


    The Asset Management Council’s recent virtual defence summit, held in late July, was a huge success. Delegates were able to hear of the common issues that need to be addressed within the sector and thereby create an open forum of collaboration in order to successfully implement strategic and useful asset management practices.

  • Exciting new UAV for RAAF


    The Royal Australian Air Force is set to receive the first Australian designed and made military aircraft in fifty years. Boeing’s Loyal Wingman drone uses artificial intelligence to advance its capabilities; this means that the pilots will not have to remotely control the drone’s manoeuvres. The drone is currently undergoing ground testing, followed by taxi and its first flight scheduled for later this year.

  • Fighting Robots


    The future of the defence force looks to be integrating its human assets with new robotic assets, coming together in a program to become joint lethal protectors.

    The use of advanced technologies in battle are increasing and it is predicted that by the middle of this century, military forces will contain many thousands of robots, and our human commanders and soldiers will l be informed and guided by artificial intelligence1.

  • Good news for Australian Military training facility


    The contract to build an $800 million facility in Greenvale, Queensland, is underway, with shortlisted candidates announced.

    They are Lendlease, CPB Contractors, and Lang O’Rourke.

    The Australian-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) will enhance the needs of the ADF and Singapore’s Armed Forces. The training facility will strengthen the collaboration and commitment, and will bring an enhanced benefit to both countries’ defence forces1.

  • Homemade UAVs for Defence

    UAVsBoeing Australia’s Loyal Wingman UAV has been on the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) radar since May 2020.

    The aircraft uses artificial intelligence to extend capabilities, and it’s the first to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in 50 years. The UAV was engineered using a digital twin to model its structures, systems and full lifecycle requirements and manufactured with the largest resin-infused single composite piece1.

  • Maritime Sustainment in Defence

    John WestThe Melbourne chapter held a session at Engineers Australia’s city facilities, focused on the evolution of asset management in defence. John West, Asset Management Principal at BAE Systems, talked about linkages between defence capability and asset management, drawing on examples from the maritime defence sector. The enthusiastic audience included AMC members from government, defence and consulting.

  • New Director-General of Australian Signals Directorate


    News announced mid-December of an incoming Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). Commencing in February 2020, Ms Rachel Noble PSM will become the first woman to lead the ASD, a major intelligence agency in Australia.

    The ASD is the government agency responsible for foreign signals intelligence, support to military operations, and cyber and information security. Its purpose is to defend Australia’s national interests from global threats by leveraging technology to inform, protect and disrupt1

  • New Virtual Strategic Asset Management for Defence Forum - Registrations Open

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    The Asset Management Council is delighted to announce the launch of its Virtual Strategic Asset Management for Defence Forum, taking place on Tuesday 28 July 2020, bringing together industry thought leaders and asset managers committed to improving effective asset management across Australia's defence sector.

    It's the ideal opportunity to connect with and hear from expert thought leaders for sharing & learning designed to tackle the challenges of:

  • Partnerships at Sea

    PartnershipsTwo of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac class frigates have been busy at sea during the pandemic.

    HMAS Aruntaand HMAS Stuartwere involved in the Regional Presence Deployment 20201 that demonstrates our nation’s commitment to partnerships with our regional nations. During the deployment, vessels conduct maritime manoeuvres and communication skills that provide enactment scenarios for personnel as well as give opportunity to build and sustain relationships with our partners in defence.