Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper hosted Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds on July 28 in Washington for the 30th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN 2020).
South Australians will play a crucial role in maintaining and supporting the Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft at RAAF Base Edinburgh, after a new deal was signed with Boeing Defence Australia which is creating 40 new jobs.
Defence has signed a $7 million contract extension with BAE Systems Australia to support the Advanced Air Defence Simulator in Adelaide for another three years.
The simulator, at Woodside Barracks, is used to train soldiers in the use of the RBS70 surface-to-air missile system.
I have spoken with French Minister of the Armed Services, Florence Parly, via videoconference to discuss the progress of the Future Submarine Program, as well as Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan.
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Senator for Victoria, Senator David Van
A Victorian company is readying itself for global success in the aerospace industry after receiving funding from the Morrison Government to help it expand.
The Morrison Government will boost Army’s weapon systems capability with the purchase of an additional 8,500 world-class, Australian made Enhanced F88 (EF88) weapon systems.
This will supplement the 30,000 weapons that Thales Australia will deliver to Defence.
Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Japanese Minister of Defense KONO Taro, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper convened a virtual trilateral defense ministerial meeting on July 7 (Washington).