Exercise Hamel 2018 was held in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in June and July, representing the ADF’s major collective training activity for the year.

The debate over the role, utility and importance of the tank capability in the ADF is often speculative and pejorative.

The RLD Group of companies is better known as the sum of its parts; LightForce, NightForce, Paroo Pastoral Company, EuroOptic Australia, Horus Vision Reticle Systems and the soon to be launched ForceOrdnance businesses.

Risk mitigation activities (RMA) undertaken by Raytheon Australia for Project Land 19 Phase 7B are set to be completed this month on time and on budget.

The Australian Army fields a diverse range of infantry weaponry, which will be progressively refreshed, enhanced or replaced and new capability acquired under a pair of new projects, Land 159 and Land 4108.

Sig Sauer and Melbourne-based Aquaterro have announced an agreement to manufacture, assemble, upgrade, and support small arms platforms and capability systems for the duration of the capability life cycle.

The government has officially signed the contract with Rheinmetall for the delivery of 211 armoured combat reconnaissance vehicles.

News that the final phase of Land 121 has been announced is very welcome.

The ADF’s land capabilities are set for a significant upgrade with the purchase of 1044 additional new-generation medium and heavy trucks, 872 modules and 812 trailers, worth $1.4 billion.

The selection of the Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) to equip Army’s future fleet of Rheinmetall Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles (CVRs) will provide a potent capability developed over nearly four decades of operational service.

Withdrawing from Germany would impact US forces and Washington’s national security interests by significantly reducing its ability to project power.

Army announced the completion of the latest phase of its Black Hornet Nano unmanned aerial systems capability introduction in late May, following on from successful trials in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

Danish company MyDefence has launched Pitbull, a wearable Counter UAS solution that utilizes smart jamming to defeat enemy drones.

Around 35 registered representatives from industry attended CASG’s Land 53 Phase 1BR Tranche 2 (Emerging Night Fighting Technology) briefing in Melbourne on June 19.

Defence is seeking input from Australian industry on the proposed tender timeline for LAND 400 Phase 3.