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.
The RAAF's first EA-18G Growler has been handed over in a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facility. Destined for 6 Squadron, the aircraft is the first of 12 Growlers to complement 24 Super Hornets already in service. All 12 aircraft are due to be in country by the end of 2017.
In an effort to get a better picture of what the sustainment efforts are for the surface fleet, ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to both NSM (a joint venture of UGL and Babcock) about their work on the ANZAC fleet and Atlantic & Peninsula Australia Pty Limited (A&P Australia) about their work on HMAS Choules.
When specialists at Canberra’s QuintessenceLabs sought a means of generating the Holy Grail of encryption, the “true random number” key, they found no earthly solution that would deliver the quality and performance they needed.
So they looked to space instead.