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.

L3 Micreo has successfully delivered the first batch of the new Silvershield vehicle-mounted counter-improvised explosive device (IED) force protection systems to Defence.

Army has moved forward on current and future small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) under Land 129 Phase 4, with contracts signed with XTEK and SYPAQ.

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of M795 155mm high explosive projectiles for an estimated cost of $148 million.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that they will re-join the Boxer program via the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation, or OCCAR.

The ADF will soon be taking delivery of various projectile types from the Rheinmetall Assegai family under the Land 17 Phase 1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition project.

Silvershield is an advanced vehicle mounted system which will provide additional protection against mobile phone IED threats for Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces.

Following the announcement, major dummy spits were issued in the form of no less than 10 similar and strongly worded press releases.

As separate entities, the Amulet and the Talon are proven and known capabilities.

It appears the superior protection offered by the heavier Boxer won out in the end, with Army sources known to have favoured the German vehicle.

WFEL will complete final delivery of the ADF’s bridges by September 2018.