The Plan: a closer look

Air Warfare Destroyer Ship 02 Brisbane under construction at the ASC shipyard in Osborne, SA.

While the plan’s main points have been publicly debated, one or two associated nuggets have surfaced too.

SPA decision nears

A 34SQN Challenger Jet with crew consisting of (left to right) pilot, crew attendant, and security officer. The leases on the current Boeing 737-BBJ and Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft are due to expire in mid 2019.

There had been speculation that the SPA replacement activity may have been deferred.

Inmarsat launches final Global Express satellite

The I-5 F4 launch on Monday. The fourth and final satellite provides a layer redundancy to the Inmarsat global Ka-band Global Express network. Credit: SpaceX via Flickr

Inmarsat decided to launch the six-tonne satellite to provide greater bandwidth in support of the growing demand for speed worldwide.

A window into ATG’s Mosul ops

EAT, SLEEP, STRIKE, REPEAT. Armament Technician with the Air Task Unit Strike Element, Leading Aircraftman Braedon Meakin loads a 500 Pound JDAM bomb at Australia’s main operating air base in the Middle East Region. Credit: Defence

Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) launched by the 77 Sqn F/A18 Hornets play an important role in the campaign, but the planning work done prior to each strike requires long, complex and thorough preparation.

REA’s STEM smarts exported to UK

Credit: REA

This is an example of a highly-developed nation realising that unconventional Australian STEM teaching methods are exactly what are needed.

Supashock’s homegrown tech for military trucks

A Rheinmetall MAN vehicle undergoes trials in Townsville for Project Land 121 Phase 3B. Credit: Defence

The system integrates Supashock’s novel active suspension technology with an intelligent load handling system.

Lightweight SATCOM for remote UAS operations

A Scotty Group L-Band system. Credit: Scotty Group

Most UAS do not have room for a 60 cm antenna or enough power to carry up to 20 kilograms of equipment.

Sydney farewells her namesake city for last time

A fine shot of HMAS Sydney as she should be remembered, slicing through the waves at speed during a replenishment approach. Credit: Defence

Ex-HMAS Sydney had an illustrious career during her 32 years in service with the Royal Australian Navy.

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