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About David


David served in the Australian Defence Force for over 22 years. An Army pilot, he flew helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and was the Senior Flying Instructor at the School of Army Aviation in Queensland.

Graduating as an experimental test pilot from the Empire Test Pilots’ School (UK), he finished his full time career in Defence as the Commanding Officer of the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit.

Elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Wakefield (SA) in 2004, he served in the Parliament until 2007. David continued to fly as a test pilot and ran a small business working in the Defence and Aviation sectors prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010, 2016 and again in 2019.

In the (45th) Parliament, David was sworn as the Assistant Minister for Defence.

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Supashock is an exemplar of the ongoing development of Australia’s sovereign defence industry, delivering world class capability for our ADF as well as creating new and innovative technology produced here in SA.Yesterday, I visited the Supashock facility at Holden Hill in Adelaide’s northeast for an update from Managing Director Oscar Fiorinotto.Of particular relevance to the Australian Army was the company’s newest product - The Retractable Anti-tank Missile Platform (RAMP) – designed to address potential shortcomings in the legacy launcher. The process from concept to functional prototype took Supashock just 6 months to conceive, design, develop and build. 20 of their design and engineering staff were allocated to the RAMP project.The RAMP is a launcher for the Spike LR2 Anti-Tank Guided Missile for the Australian Army's new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle. It will also be installed in the Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicles, due to arrive in Australia later this year for the Land 400 Phase 3 Stage 2 Risk Mitigation Activity.With a start in high performance automotive racing shock absorbers, Supashock expanded into defence mobility and now are also developing parts specifically produced for autonomous vehicles. Supashock contributed their expertise and parts to recently completed LAND 121 Phase 5B project, for Defence Australia, supporting lead contractor Rheinmetall Australia.For more information on Supashock’s RAMP, read this month’s Defence Technology Review: bit.ly/3dSWCkg ... See MoreSee Less

Supashock is an exemplar of the ongoing development of Australia’s sovereign defence industry, delivering world class capability for our ADF as well as creating new and innovative technology produced here in SA. Yesterday, I visited the Supashock facility at Holden Hill in Adelaide’s northeast for an update from Managing Director Oscar Fiorinotto. Of particular relevance to the Australian Army was the company’s newest product - The Retractable Anti-tank Missile Platform (RAMP) – designed to address potential shortcomings in the legacy launcher. The process from concept to functional prototype took Supashock just 6 months to conceive, design, develop and build. 20 of their design and engineering staff were allocated to the RAMP project. The RAMP is a launcher for the Spike LR2 Anti-Tank Guided Missile for the Australian Armys new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle. It will also be installed in the Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicles, due to arrive in Australia later this year for the Land 400 Phase 3 Stage 2 Risk Mitigation Activity. With a start in high performance automotive racing shock absorbers, Supashock expanded into defence mobility and now are also developing parts specifically produced for autonomous vehicles. Supashock contributed their expertise and parts to recently completed LAND 121 Phase 5B project, for Defence Australia, supporting lead contractor Rheinmetall Australia. For more information on Supashock’s RAMP, read this month’s Defence Technology Review: https://bit.ly/3dSWCkgImage attachmentImage attachment

The South Australian State Government has now eased COVID-19 restrictions, throughout SA, to Phase 3.As restrictions ease, an increase in cases or possible outbreaks may occur but we must contain them quickly because we cannot afford to go backwards. The Federal and State Governments are looking to build success in each step and move forward safely and with confidence. To assist SA Health with timely exposure tracing, please download the COVIDSafe App if you haven’t already done so. For more information and to download, visit covidsafe.gov.au.⬇️For more information about what is included within this phase, see the Frequently Asked Questions below. Or visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/ ... See MoreSee Less

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As per what I remarked on Jim Molan,s site. We do need to tighten up.kurcwhole Defence structure and go back to developing a National pride in the best country in the world. You don't appreciate what you have until you don't have it.

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