24 Mar 2014
With the ADF’s combat role in Afghanistan at an end and Army’s force preparation now focused on contingencies rather than current operations, fresh emphasis has been placed on the development of amphibious capability.
11 Feb 2014
The inaugural ADM Northern Australia Defence Summit in late October 2013 attracted 140 registered delegates and representatives from across Defence, government and industry.
Land 155 Phase 1 is seeking to procure Military Off The Shelf (MOTS) combat bridges to provide Land Forces with the ability to cross a range of wet and dry gaps in support of combat operations, including the capability to tackle complex physical terrain features such as rivers, ravines and other natural and man made gaps.
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.
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