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