Additional Pike upgrades include the ability to fire it from platform-mounted launchers on small boats, all-terrain vehicles and small unmanned aircraft systems. Credit: Raytheon

Miniature guided rocket for infantry makes debut

A new miniature laser-guided missile adapted for infantry and special forces use has appeared at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington DC.

US Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Kidd flys the stars and stripes in the South China Sea. Credit: USN by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Declan Barnes.

South China Sea: US Navy to exercise freedom of navigation

Elements of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet look set to exercise the right to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as China completes two lighthouses in the region and the US and its allies including Australia appear to lose strategic control.
The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, with Darren Chester, Assistant Minister for Defence, officially open the new Physical Fitness Training Facility at RAAF Base East Sale. Credit: Defence

RAAF Base East Sale redevelopment officially opens

The Assistant Minister for Defence and Darren Chester and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies have officially opened the RAAF Base East Sale Redevelopment.
A Japanese Soryu class submarine, upon which the Japanese bid will be based.

Japan makes announcement on Future Submarines

Japan has publicly revealed the details of its bid for the Sea 1000 Future Submarine Program indicating that they could build all submarines in Australia, but only after a mock-up boat (referred to as boat 0) was completed first.
Hawkei undergoing water fording testing. LAND 121 Phase 4 will provide the protected mobility vehicle – light (PMV-L) Hawkei for command, liaison, utility and reconnaissance roles. The PMV-L will provide an optimum balance of the requirements for survivability, mobility, payload, communications, useability and sustainability. Credit: Defence

Australian built Hawkei gets the nod for $1.3 billion contract

The Australian Government will purchase 1100 locally built Hawkei protected vehicles and over 1000 trailers to strengthen the ADF under a $1.3 billion agreement.
An RAN ScanEagle trial looks set to occur in 2016. Credit: USN

Kestrel on board for RAN ScanEagle trial

The software is designed to be incorporated into a purpose built ViDAR payload that can be modularly applied to the existing Block D Scan Eagle currently being flown by the Navy as part of wider UAS trial program.

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It's been a manic few days at Pacific 2015 International Maritime Expo in Sydney with plenty of annoucements, agreements, presentations and awards and both industry and government all putting on a great show. more »

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    Land Warfare: Tracking integration with ADF legacy systems

    Credit: Defence

    As armies continue to modernise in the 21st century, effective Situational Awareness (SA) for commanders of troops, vehicles and equipment is a challenge for every military force, especially with the requirement for leaner and more agile forces in an age of rapid, asymmetric international operations.


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      Simulation and Training: Army

      Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Davide Sargeant, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, views the PD-100 Nano air vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. Credit: Defence

      In the lead up to Army’s second Innovation Day, scheduled for October 19 at Canberra’s ADFA campus, ADM spoke to the coordinator of last year’s event to understand what this Army initiative is about. Premium

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        Defence Business: What we learned at the Cyber Security Summit

        Lynwen Connick from PM&C Credit: ADM David Jones

        This year was a tough year for cyber security. In May the US Government suffered a major breach of the records of its Office of Personnel Management. Premium

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          Defence Business - Growler

          Officials from both the US and Australia attended the official roll-out ceremony. Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

          The RAAF's first EA-18G Growler has been handed over in a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facility. Destined for 6 Squadron, the aircraft is the first of 12 Growlers to complement 24 Super Hornets already in service. All 12 aircraft are due to be in country by the end of 2017.


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            Defence Business: Triton

            Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

            With the Triton due to hit an important milestone at the end of the year, it was heartening to see the platform in the flesh at Pax River working steadily towards that goal. Premium

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              Defence Business: View from Canberra

              When it comes to various modelling scenarios about how the JSF will perform against potential threats, the results are usually not great. But recent experience might well be turning that tide.

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                More than the sum of its parts

                Sustainment, along with infrastructure and ICT, are the trio of Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FICs) that are the unsexy side of Defence.

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                  SeaPower 2015 and Defence in the North

                  Look forward the leading article Setting the SeaPower scene written jointly by ASPI’s Mark Thomson and Andrew Davies. Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr follows with a look at shipbuilding and applying the lessons learned from past experience and editor Katherine Ziesing writes on the Aegis evolution.

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