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Land 400: Risk Mitigation Activity update

A BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicle (left) and a Rheinmetall Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle secured in the heavy vehicle deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra during a series of trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 6 December 2016.

At the time of writing, the Land 400 program was half way through the risk mitigation activity (RMA) between Rheinmetall’s Boxer and the BAE Systems/Patria AMV35. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing checked in with the industry players and program director to get an idea of what’s been happening.

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Air: Plan Jericho two years on

An A27 Hawk 127 operated by No 76 Squadron participates in a training activity over Lake George in the Australian Capital Territory. Credit: Defence
In essence, the Plan Jericho vision is to develop a future force that is agile and adaptive, fully immersed in the information age and truly joint

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Counting the JSF Cost is tricky business

Credit: Lockheed Martin

Should Canada withdraw from the nine-nation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, the additional cost to Australia of its JSF purchases will be about $USD1 million per airframe, according to Air Vice Marshal Chris Deeble.

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C4ISR: Digitising battlespace communications - JP2072

Currawong, a flexible and scalable Australian developed communications solution meeting the specific operational needs of the ADF. Credit: Boeing
Currawong is the latest phase in a program to deliver a digital battlespace communications capability throughout Army.

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View From Canberra: The case for JTACs in Syria

Australian Army trainer Captain Fin Bourke moves with an Iraqi Army soldier as he enters a building during training at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Credit: Defence

Tony Abbott has a point. Bombing the heck out of Islamic State forces would be a whole lot more effective if there were some Australian special forces dispatched into Syria.

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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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YTEK: Humans and Computers training together

YTEK’s internally developed ExTrace after action review product is now in operational testing with Deakin University’s School of Medicine. Credit: YTEK
Innovation-hungry YTEK is a respected Australian engineering firm developing and providing complex technologies, including advanced simulation and training software for Defence.

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Sea 5000 CEP into the final phase

Italian FREMM frigate ITS Carabiniere in Sydney prior to going alongside at Fleet Base East, Garden Island. Credit: Defence

In February this year Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne revealed that a second pass decision on the $35 billion Project Sea 5000 (Future Frigates) would likely occur earlier than the originally anticipated date of 2018.

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New night fighting edge under the Ninox replacement

The L-3 PVS-31A Binocular is the NVG, with a black and white phosphor screen and a significant increase in the performance or figure of merit. Credit: Defence

The ADF has traditionally maintained an edge in the night fighting equipment space. This has been through previous employment of starlight scopes and limited quantities of night vision devices, which provided a welcomed, but limited, capability from Vietnam onwards. The delivery of the Ninox night fighting project in the late 90’s heralded the introduction of a greater night fighting capability for the ADF.

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Making the most of masts and periscopes

Safran have been providing masts and periscopes in France for the last few generations of technology. Credit: Safran

Submarine periscopes and masts call on a wide variety of sensors, whether optical, optronic (electro-optical), or using electronic warfare technologies. They span the operational spectrum, from intelligence to engagement. Worldwide, only a handful of manufacturers have developed real end-to-end expertise in submarine masts and periscopes – and there’s only one in France: Safran.

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Will Government's Cyber Security Strategy fly?

Despite the hoopla of the Government’s Cyber Security strategy announced in May for the next four years, the Government has expressed little interest in resourcing it effectively. ADM’s Cyber Summit looked at some of the issues facing this sector.

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SME Spotlight: Codarra

Testing various electrical loads on the C-130 fleet was how Codarra got started. Credit: Defence

Codarra began as a ‘pretty sure I can do it better’ idea from two Defence industry guys. Almost 30 years later, they’re still right.

adm editorials »

People are the long lead item

Despite the fact that people are economically termed as capital, they are a lot less moveable than other traditional items considered capital such as machines or infrastructure.

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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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LHD Canberra pod trial results clear as investigation continues

Visible here as the ship was prepared for re-floating following delivery from Spain is the Canberra's port azimuth propulsion pod. Credit: Anonymous
A Defence spokesperson has responded to ADM questions regarding the outcome of propulsion pod trials conducted on LHD HMAS Canberra recently.