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land »

Land 400 Phase 2 and 3 in the making

ASCOD2. Credit: Friedrich Boehringer

Nearly 10 years after the first of three Requests for Information (RfI) for Project Land 400 was issued, the decision-making process that will create a shortlist of contenders for the most expensive element of Army’s most-expensive capability program is
now under way.

air »

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.

simulation »

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

sea »

Defence Business: A French connection for Australia

The nuclear-powered attack class submarine Barracuda under construction for the French Navy. The large white box in at top right contains the sealed nuclear section of the boat. Credit: DCNS Group

DCNS Australia might be a new entity on the Australian Defence Industry landscape but they have big plans for the local market. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing explored two of their upcoming offerings into the ADF on a recent trip to France; the Shortfin Barracuda for Sea 1000 and the FREMM for Sea 5000.

joint »

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 »

Network Centric Warfare: The US cyber security lesson

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

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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 »

Shipbuilding bonanza announced. Now what?

Like many, the famine to feast shipbuilding announcements that the government made in April caught me by surprise.

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 »

ADF interoperability to be tested in RIMPAC

HMAS Canberra arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.
More than 1650 ADF personnel have arrived in the US ahead of a month of focused military training activities with 27 nations from across the globe for Exercise RIMPAC 2016.