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land »

Land programs on the move

Credit: Defence

Once regarded as the poor relation in Defence acquisition expenditure, Army is now benefitting, or preparing to benefit, from a series of programs that will dramatically enhance capability in the Land domain.

air »

A seminal moment - defining the Military Air Operator

Flight of two Boeing Wedgetail AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) surveillance aircraft photographed from Clay Lacy Astrovision Learjet on August 24, 2007. Credit: Defence

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Gavin 'Leo' Davies has described the implementation of the new Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASR) as a ‘seminal moment’, which has fundamentally changed the way military aviation safety is overseen.

jsf »

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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c4i »

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.

defence policy »

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.

defence budget »

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.

simulation »

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.

sea »

Deep dive into Sea 1180's OPV

Damen's OPV 2600 design for Sea 1180. Credit: Damen

Of all the vessels outlined in the continuous shipbuilding plan, the OPVs have received relatively little attention compared to the Future Frigate and Future Submarine. With the build split between Adelaide and WA for political reasons, much of the capability discussion has been lost.

joint »

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.

submarines »

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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cyber »

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.

defence industry »

SME Spotlight: XTEK

Aerovironment's Wasp AE SUAS will be supplied by XTEK under Land 129 Phase 4. Credit: Defence

XTEK has embarked on an extensive engineering development program to develop innovative and unique products that can be commercialised for sale in both the local and global markets.

adm editorials »

Unknown unknowns

The unknown unknowns, when it comes to Defence and the wider Defence industry, come down to asymmetric information. Who does what, where, how, with whom?

international »

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.


news »

Minehunters on path to 2030s with new deployable MCM

The multinational task force in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe pause for a team photo at the Port of Honiara next to HMAS Huon on 30 September, 2016. Credit: Defence
The Commonwealth has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s minehunters and Thales Australia is to deliver and support new deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) over the next 15 years.