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The defence stories that put social media into overdrive

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Defence has been slower than many other industries in capitalising on the connectivity of social media, but a number of stories in 2017 have revealed a growing appetite for social sharing.

The majority of the large primes now have dedicated social accounts – and are investing resources to building their profile on social media.


Uniformed defence forces influencers are also starting to sprout, sharing the stories that matter with their growing audiences and followers.

Indeed, the opportunity for Defence, defence industry and defence personnel and executives to harness social media to forge greater communication is a strong one, with 2018 set to see a greater focus on social profile building.

If 2017 is anything to go by, Defence and defence industry are getting engaged with social media and have shown a propensity to leverage the channel more into the future.

Here are the top 10 most shared stories on Defence Connect for 2017:



1. Sovereign capability unachievable without Australian shipbuilders

An Australian shipbuilder must be used to construct the nine Future Frigates if Australia is to have any chance of developing a sovereign shipbuilding capability, the Defence Teaming Centre has said.

2. Shock twist in SEA 1180 OPV decision

After months of anticipation, the government has chosen a design for the $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel program – but has made a surprise decision for the build of the vessels.

3. Defence slams Latham’s RAAF comments

The Royal Australian Air Force’s fast jet pilot course has had its first two female graduates, but the celebration has been marred with scathing comments from former politician Mark Latham.

4. UK government steps up efforts to secure SEA 5000 bid

BAE Systems has the weight of the UK government behind it as it looks to secure the $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigates contract.

5. Army receives new generation of military vehicles

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne welcomed the first delivery of a new generation of trucks and trailers to the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.

6. Australia to open world-first Spike missile manufacturing facility

A NSW defence engineering company has partnered with an Israeli defence systems leader to deliver Australian production and assembly of Spike missiles.

7. LAND 400 contender unveils more SME partners

Nine small to medium enterprises across Australia have been chosen as teaming partners for Rheinmetall, if they are selected as the successful tenderer for LAND 400 Phase 2.

8. Shipbuilding giant proposes new office for Australia

A SEA 5000 contender has announced its intentions to set up an office in Western Australia to capitalise on sustainment opportunities in Australia.

9. Grant propels Adelaide SME into global defence market

Magill-based company Supashock will receive over $400,000 from a commercialisation grant under the Entrepreneurs' Programme to develop its dynamic suspension technology for armoured and protected defence vehicles produced by a major German manufacturer.

10. HMAS Darwin completes final voyage

After 33 years of service, HMAS Darwin has arrived in her home port of Sydney for the last time before decommissioning.


The defence stories that put social media into overdrive
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