Joint Project JP2030 has for several years refined, enhanced and upgraded the Australian Defence Forces Command and Control System Support capability. Despite the cancellation of one increment due to budget pressures, the current phase will continue this evolution through until at least 2016.

The CTD Extension Program (CTDEP) was announced in the Defence and Industry Policy Statement 2007, and was established to support the transition of successful CTD projects into Australian Defence Force (ADF) service.

In October last year Defence sought tenders for the Phase 2B requirements of JP2072’s Battlespace Communications System (Land). ADM understands there were four respondents, presumably each quietly hoping that this project does not lie stranded on the high altar of Budget Surplus.

The final phase of JP2060, a project established 16 years ago to deliver a deployable health capability for the prevention, treatment and evacuation of ADF casualties incurred in joint operations, is unlikely to go to tender until the final quarter of 2014.

If there is anyone qualified to comment on the New Zealand Army’s health services it is surely Lieutenant Colonel Chris Mitchell, Chief Staff Officer Health.

Joint Project 3011, Joint Non-Lethal Capability, has a fairly significant provenance, including longstanding DSTO and service interest, a formal needs analysis, an RPDE study and finally inclusion in the 2009 Defence White Paper. But little seems to be happening…

The AEW&C is now providing the ADF with an insight into its ability to operate as an important part of the future networked battlespace.

The reported willingness of terrorists and rogue states to embrace Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear means of warfare have concerned the militaries of the world for some time and ongoing Australian deployments overseas has focussed local attention on defence against such threats.

The air defence target system to be acquired under JP66 aims to exercise this country’s current and future air defence weapons against a range of air threats. But if Klub-killers and similar are not on the menu for SEA 4000 then engagement only in low level hostilities should be the order of the day for the RAN.

The ADF has talked about ‘Jointness’ for years, but has sometimes struggled to convince others (and even itself) that it is truly a Joint force. Those days are gone: Jointness is now, officially, the ADF’s core business.

The essential context for amphibious warfare was described in Elizabethan times by Sir Francis Bacon: “He that commands the sea is at great liberty, and may take as much and as little of the war as he will.”

With the release of the RFT for Phase 2B of JP 2072, Defence is embarking on one of its most significant communications acquisition programs for a new Battlefield Telecommunications Network.

Defence has released an RFT for a new MOTS Special Operations Vehicle – Commando under JP 2097 Ph.1B.

Pratt & Whitney and Levett Engineering have signed an agreement that will see the Adelaide-based SME manufacture engine components for the F135 engine program.

Raytheon Australia has signed a $69 million contract with the DMO for the provision of Enhanced Position Location Reporting System and MicroLight radios and associated support under Phase 1 of JP2072.