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Weapons: Industry gets set for Land 19 Phase 7

Live firing of RBS-70 missile by members of 16 Air Defence,111 Brigade, at the live firing range in Woomera, South Australia. Credit: Defence

Ground based air defence (GBAD) for the Army has been a long time in the making under the various phases of Land 19. ADM examines what we currently have in play and where the program is likely to go in terms of technology and concepts under later phases.

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Unmanned: Green light for armed UAS

A US Predator UAS fires a Hellfire missile. Credit: US DoD

One of the capabilities foreshadowed by the recent Defence White Paper and associated Integrated Investment Program is the acquisition of an armed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS.

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.

c4i »

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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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.

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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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Sea Power: The Italian Job - Fincantieri's proposal for Sea 5000

The general purpose variant Carlo Bergamini, lead ship of the FREMM class in Italian Marina Militare service. Credit: Fabius1975 licensed under Public Domain via Commons
Fincantieri's proposal for the Sea 5000 Future Frigate is based upon the Italian version of the European FREMM.

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Project Review: Joint programs - enabling the wider ADF capability offering

SATCOMs are a key enabler for the ADF but getting it right has been a long journey. Credit: Defence

Of the nearly 50 major programs and phases currently being progressed by Defence
in the joint space, several may not be high profile but nevertheless are
key drivers towards
an integrated force.

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submarines »

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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cyber »

Cyber still lacks direction

(L-R) Prof. Greg Austin from ACSC, AVM Andrew Dowse head of ICT operations and USAF Colonel Rizwan Ali, NATO’s branch head of Cyber Defence. Credit: Informa Australia
Three clear themes emerged this year: the overarching strategic research framework into cyber is unclear; insider threats are huge; and finding/growing cyber warriors is a big challenge.

defence industry »

SME Spotlight - Varley: more than modules

Credit: Varley Group

There’s a saying that goes something like good engineering can engineer anything. The sentiment is that good engineering principles can be applied to any application. The proof is Newcastle based Varley Group.

adm editorials »

Enabling the enablers

It has surprised me how little coverage there has been of Defence issues on the election trail.

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.

 

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Job boost for veterans

The faces of Australian veterans of war are projected on the facade of Martin Place during the 2016 Anzac Day dawn service in Sydney. Credit: Defence
National charity Mates4Mates has joined forces with employment and education support specialists to land jobs for veterans and transitioning ADF personnel.