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Defence Business: BAE Systems and Patria gear up for Land 400

A test vehicle has been used to assess the integration of a BAE Systems Haegglunds' E35 turret with a Patria AMV. Credit: BAE Systems
In the case of the Patria AMV35 contesting Project Land 400 Phase 2 there is a discernable difference – it mounts a larger, more powerful gun than its three competitors.

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Air 5428 finally signed

A RAAF PC-9 together with a RSAF PC-21 near RAAF Base Pearce.

It was the contract that never seemed to end but the Commonwealth and Team 21, a joint effort of Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific, have finally signed Air 5428.

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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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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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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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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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Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

Credit: Defence

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.

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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 »

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 »

Defence Business: HATS on for the ADF

Credit: Airbus Helicopters
With the advent of the Australian Defence Force’s combined Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), procured under Air 9000 Phase 7, military primary helicopter training in Australia could almost be said to be going “back to the future”.

adm editorials »

A different question for Army

Chief of Army LTGEN Angus Campbell made an interesting point at the ADM Congress when he questioned the conversation around the acquisition of platforms for Army.

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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Tempers flare: Defence admits oiler contract already signed

The Spanish Armada's Cantabria during her exchange with the RAN in 2013. Credit Saberwyn
CASG Deputy Secretary Kim Gillis has revealed to Senate Estimates that a $646 million contract was signed on Thursday with Navantia for construction of the two RAN replenishment ships under Sea 1654.