19 Nov 2013
“In 2012, therefore, we look at the high probability that operational tempo will decline in the next few years and that we could relive the ‘great peace’ of 1972 to 1990,” General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Chief of the Defence Force said. “These changes will bring new challenges to the ADF, challenges compounded by the increasing pace of change in our neighbourhood and the budgetary constraints that we face.”
There’s a very good chance that the multi-million dollar contract for the Australian designed and locally manufactured Hawkei tactical vehicle, proposed by Thales Australia for Land 121’s Protected Mobility Vehicle Light (PMV-L) project, is a given.
Robust discussions and ramped up training are preparing Army logisticians for their pivotal role in support of the major expansion to the ADF’s amphibious capabilities that will be provided by the RAN’s two Canberra class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs).
The 2012 public Defence Capability Plan (DCP) entry for JP157, which seeks to replace and enhance the Australian Defence Force’s aviation ground refuelling vehicle fleet, remains current with First Pass Approval now expected by the first quarter of 2014.
The Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements (DMMA) program is looking at replacing the 17-year old SAMS and Mulwala agreements come mid-2015 once they expire.
Described by its current head as the ‘innovation engine’ of Defence’s Capability Development Group, the Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) program has conducted over 140 activities since its inception in 2005 and continues to resolve difficult and challenging problems.
To the casual observer, Talisman Sabre exercises are all about amphibious warfare, a perception no doubt fuelled by pictures and television footage of US Marines storming ashore at Shoalwater Bay, or of massed US Army parachute insertions, or perhaps Australian Army Abrams tanks and ASLAVs on operations in thick bushland.
27 Sep 2013
The BAE Systems-EXPAL relationship in jointly pursuing the Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements (DMMA) project is a good example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, although in this instance little is known about one of those parts.
16 Aug 2013
Despite the drawdown of Australian forces from Afghanistan, the 2013 Federal Budget promises ‘no adverse implications’ for equipment used on deployment and the protection of soldiers remains one of Defence’s highest priorities.
Continuing enhancement of the ADF’s surveillance capabilities in the land domain, in recent years largely driven by urgent operational requirements, can be expected to remain a high priority within the Defence Capability Plan despite the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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