Australia will buy 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35A JSF at a cost of more than $12 billion after the Federal Government recently gave the go ahead for the purchase.
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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. Premium
Over the coming two decades, Navy and the DMO have an impressive shipbuilding task ahead of them. At a glance the list is patrol boats, Future Frigates, oilers and replenishment, landing craft, submarines and a possible OCV type vessel. Works for each of these programs are at different stages but there is still much to be done on all fronts. Premium
Over the remainder of this decade, Australia’s Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orions will begin to be replaced by a mix of manned and unmanned platforms under the umbrella of Project Air 7000, but the transition needs to be carefully managed to ensure no shortfall in maritime ISR capability. Premium
Under JP 3021’s first phase Defence plans to acquire a mobile threat emitter system to provide aircrew with EW training and mission rehearsal exercises against ground-based air defence (GBAD) systems. So far Australian aircrew have had to rely on the use of overseas EW ranges on an ad-hoc basis during Red Flag and similar exercises. Premium
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The Land Warfare 2014 edition of ADM's magazine covers a wide range of land related articles including the challenges facing Land 400, DMMA and ATK, Hawkei nearing RFT and much more.
Also, ADM’s Phillip Smart speaks with Boeing Australia and South Pacific president Ian Thomas about the issues that face Boeing Australia.