28 April 

The US Army Corps of Engineers has successfully completed the conversion of the Miami Beach Convention Center into a Covid-19 treatment facility. The overall mission involved turning 246,00ft2 of open space into a 450-bed facility. It features an on-site pharmacy and laboratory, dedicated nursing stations, medical command centre and administrative spaces, two cafeterias, ambulance staging area, isolated patient intake and more.

Raytheon Technologies has donated $3m to get medical-grade protective personal equipment (PPE) to the US state Connecticut’s first responders and frontline health care professionals who are battling the Covid-19 pandemic. The PPE includes thousands of medical and surgical masks, protective and ICU coveralls. Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense business has been tapped to produce hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes. The company is also using its 3D printing capability to make medical face shields.

Several Australian companies are set to take part in the virtual Australian Industry Capability Roadshow for LAND 400 Phase 3. This is in response to the Covid-19 social distancing measures in place in the country. The virtual Roadshow will see the participation of companies in Darwin, Perth, Launceston, Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra. These firms will pitch their capabilities online to Defence and LAND 400 Phase 3 tenderers Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defense Australia.

The US Department of Navy has decided to not administer the Cycle 247 Active Duty and Full-Time Support (FTS) E-4 advancement exams. A modification to the current advancement scoring formula will be done to determine advancements. It was initially postponed in March with plans to conduct it in late May. Around 20,000 E-3 sailors across the Active Duty and FTS Navy were set to sit for the exams. The navy noted that enforcing physical distancing required to reduce Covid-19 transmission risk is almost impossible in such large groups.

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