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Land Warfare: EF88 debuts in the ADF

An Australian Army soldier from 3rd Brigade checks out the enhanced F88 Austeyr weapon to be delivered under Land 125 Phase 3C at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, 10 September 2014. Credit: Defence

The first of 30,000 new EF88 service rifles have been issued by the ADF in parallel with the rollout of a new Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE) comprising load carriage equipment and protective kit that includes new-generation body armour, combat helmets, and hearing and eye protection.

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A NIFTY piece of kit saves time on flight-testing

A NIFTY sensor installed on a PC-A's vertical stabiliser. Credit: Defence

Instrumenting aircraft to collect certification, continued airworthiness and mission effectiveness data is a critical enabler towards the successful management and development of the RAAF's aerospace capability, but the cost of such work has traditionally been prohibitive and time consuming. The ‘NIFTY’ wireless sensor system is set to change all that.

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Capabilities: Australia defers JSF in line with US | ADM June 2012

Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s announcement in May that the Government will delay the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighters by two years did not come as any great surprise. Premium

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Network Centric Warfare: Enhancing LHD Comms

Joint Battlefield Airspace Control officer FTLT Timothy Clarke works with LSCSO Scott Dimmock in the Air Traffic Control room onboard HMAS Canberra. Credit: Defence

The Navy’s two Canberra class amphibious ships will act as key ADF command nodes during operations in the maritime and the littoral environment and, as such, will need to communicate securely and effectively at many levels.

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View From Canberra: The politics of Australian shipbuilding

HMAS Success is due for replacement sooner rather than later. Credit: Defence

Anyone who’s spent time around politics gets to know the lightbulb moment and such was the case on August 22, 2013 when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd toured the Williamstown dockyard where BAE Systems was fitting out the first of the navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships.

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DMO: 7 per cent under budget

Ladies and gentlemen, I had to write that headline to prove a point to DMO CEO Warren King. The media does occasionally listen when the DMO does good things. After speaking at length with King about the reform journey the organisation has been on since its 2000 inception, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at performance.

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Simulation and Training: Army

Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Davide Sargeant, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, views the PD-100 Nano air vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. Credit: Defence
In the lead up to Army’s second Innovation Day, scheduled for October 19 at Canberra’s ADFA campus, ADM spoke to the coordinator of last year’s event to understand what this Army initiative is about. Premium

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Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

Credit: Defence

With the RAN on the cusp of recapitalising its fleet at a greater tempo than at any time since WWII, major maritime capability programs are inevitably focusing on naval shipbuilding.

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Network Centric Warfare: SATCOMs a work in progress

Credit: Defence

Australia first obtained access to the US Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system
in 2010, and work continues under JP 2008 to maximum the benefits to the ADF of access to this vital resource.

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View from Canberra: Submarines - an expensive way to keep the electronics dry

HMAS Rankin returns to her home port of Fleet Base West at the completion of her South East Asia Deployment. Credit: Defence

Of all the complex military electronics systems out there, nothing will be more complex than the combat system aboard one of our new submarines. Yet in all the heated politics about just who will build them and where, next to nothing has been said of the electronics.

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Network Centric Warfare: The US cyber security lesson

Former Rear Admiral Mike Brown had a good word for Australia’s approach to cyber security.

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Defence Business: SME Spotlight - EM Solutions

EM Solutions’ new multi-band Satcom On The Move technology is gaining interest around the world, and may prompt a move in to higher volume manufacturing.

After 17 years of being the go-to Australian company for bespoke radio and microwave engineering systems, EM Solutions may have found the product that will add volume manufacturing to the portfolio.

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Time to innovate

It's that time again when we look at the year that was and the year ahead. Premium

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Iraq - more than just a matter of training

Back in 2003 the government dispatched a small team of soldiers to help train the Iraqi military, a massive job considering the US administration in Baghdad had unilaterally abolished Saddam’s army as irremediably compromised by Baathism.

 

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Recruiting deal extended as submariners lured

The Navy is rethinking the way in which it attracts and retains its submariners. Credit: Defencejobs.gov.au
The ADF's Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Services contract has been extended for three years as the Navy launches a new program to attract and retain submariners.