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Hawkei on the inside

Hawkei's Integral Computing System (ICS). Credit: Thales Australia

With pilot production getting underway later this year at Thales Australia’s Bendigo facility, Army’s Hawkei light protected mobility vehicle (PMV) will soon gain a higher profile.

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Air programs at a glance

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet, F/A-18A Hornet and an A27 Hawk 127 participate in a training activity over Lake George in the ACT. Credit: Defence

The numerous major Defence acquisition projects currently underway in the Air domain are by and large on track to deliver capability against present schedules.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Sustainment: Keeping the LHDs spic and span

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide off the north Queensland coast during Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 on 2 June 2016. Credit: Defence

Behind every RAN ship at sea there’s a team of shore-based support specialists who are dedicated to its well-being, none more so than those responsible for the sustainment of Navy’s newest and largest assets.

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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.

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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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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.

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SME Spotlight: Milskil, a key enabler

A Milskil team member works side by side with Flight Lieutenant Edwin Borrman of No.3 Squadron in the Classic Hornet simulator. Credit: Defence

When Milskil founder and CEO John Lonergan first floated the idea of civil instructors joining the ADF’s elite Hornet operational training team in 2002, he saw it as a win-win all round.

adm editorials »

The importance of industry

Importantly, 2016 was the year when Defence Industry was formally recognised as a Fundamental Input to Capability in the White Paper suite of documents.

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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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First Australian visit by Italian Defence Minister

ITS Carabiniere during her earlier visit to Fremantle. Credit: Bahnfrend (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Roberta Pinotti met with Minister for Defence Marise Payne in Sydney yesterday to discuss Australia-Italy defence cooperation before speaking at a reception hosted by the Italian Ambassador to Australia