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COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES COMMENCE TRIALS

AUSTRALIA: The AMV-35 and Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles have commenced competitive Risk Reduction Activity testing in Australia and Europe.

VALIANT FOR TRUTH

BOOK REVIEW: Niel McDonalds's Valiant For Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

INDONESIA SUSPENDS/REINSTATES MILITARY COOPERATION

INDONESIA: The Indonesian Chief of the Combined Staff unilaterally suspended TNI Military Cooperation with Australiabefore being over ruled by the Indonesian Defence Minister 36 hours later.

RAAF F-35A DROPS FIRST GBU AFTER SOFTWARE UPDATE

ARIZONA USA: The RAAF has commenced live ordnance delivery of a GBU-10 Paveway II with its F-35A Lightning II after a software upgrade to Block 3i.

NORTH WEST SHELF RESOURCE AREA MSO

NORTH WEST SHELF WA: SLIDESHOW - 11 images of the upgraded Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat patroling through gas and oil platforms in the Indian Ocean off the Pilbara.

USAF TO ROTATE F-22A RAPTOR THROUGH AUSTRALIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The US Air Force will rotate the F-22A Raptor through RAAF Northern Territory bases beginning later this year.

SOCOMD-A COMBAT SHOOTER COURSE

MAJURA ACT: NCOs from 3rd Brigade underwent advanced instruction at the prototype Combat Shooter Course which employs SASR techniques and advanced range technology.

SASR ADRHIB PARACHUTE LOAD FOLLOW

RAAF PEARCE WA: Slideshow imagery of the SASR conducting a Parachute Load Follow water insertion with F470 Inflatable Assault Boats and Air Drop Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats.

RAAF CONSIDERS SIXTH GENERATION AIRCRAFT

CANBERRA: The RAAF's will explore the possibility of future Sixth Generation Combat Aircraft before opting for a final tranche of 28 F-35A Lightning II.

ARDU COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT ON THE CLASSIC HORNET

RAAF EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's Aircraft Research & Development Unit transferred its F/A-18 Classic Hornets back to Air Combat Group after completing the final Hornet research projects finalising work that went for 24 years.

LAV FIRE SUPPORT VEHICLE TRIALS

MT BUNDEY TA NT: In 1998 while the Army was in the early phase of ASLAV operations, two very interesting LAV variants were trialed by 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

USAF B-1A BOMBERS TO ROTATE THROUGH RAAF BASES

RAAF TINDAL NT: The US Air Force will substantially increase its activities in Australia from 2017 under its Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative which is part of the larger Force Posture Initiative.

SIX NEW M-88A2 HERCULES VEHICLES DELIVERED

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army was taken delivery of six new M-88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles allowing it to raise a third Armoured Cavalry Regiment in 7th Brigade.

F/A-18F SPIRAL UPGRADES

CANBERRA: The RAAF’s F/A-18F Rhino fleet will be significantly more capable if the US Navy’s Super Hornet Spiral Upgrade Program ‘F/A-18E/F Flight Plan’ spiral capability development is adopted.

6 SQUADRON FINAL RHINO FLIGHT

RAAF AMBERLEY SEQ: RAAF No 6 Squadron has ceased operating the F/A-18F Rhino as it prepares to commence conversion to the EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) aircraft in the USA.

UNSUCCESSFUL MOUNTED COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES

CANBERRA: We explore the unsuccessful Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability contenders - the Team Sentinel Sentinel II and General Dynamics Land Systems Australia LAV CRV.

INDONESIAN EX-RAAF C-130H FATAL CRASH

PAPUA PROVINCE INDONESIA: A former RAAF C-130H that was gifted to Indonesia has been destroyed in a fatal crash in Papua Province.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP - IRAQ

IRAQ: The 80-strong 2nd Commando Regiment (2Cdo) led Special Operations Task Group – Iraq (SOTG-Iraq) is preparing Iraq's Counter Terrorist Service for war with Islamic State.

TASK GROUP TAJI FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY

TAJI IRAQ: The C Company 7RAR TGT Force Protection Company rotated in place with the incoming Task Group Taji 4 Force Protection Company crewed by C Coy 5RAR.

AUSTRALIAN AIR TASK GROUP INTERDICTION OF ISLAMIC STATE

IRAQ & SYRIA: The RAAF’s Air Task Group (ATG) is the only Australian force element tasked with direct combat operations against Islamic State under Operation Okra.

LEASED CAPE CLASS PATROL BOATS LAUNCHED

HENDERSON WA: Sea trials for the RAN’s two new build Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPB) will commence in January with two vessels soon in RAN service.

TOWNSVILLE TA & SHOALWATER BAY TA EXPANSION

QUEENSLAND: The Townsville Training Area (TTA) and Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) are to be upgraded by the Singaporean Defence Force.

FORMER SOTG VIII OPERATOR TAKES LEGAL ACTION

VICTORIA: A former SOTG Operator has taken out a legal action for malicious prosecution against the Army.

AUSTRALIA US MARINE CORPS COST SHARING AGREEMENT

AUSTRALIA: The Australian and US Governments have successfully concluded cost sharing arrangements for the USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and USAF and USN use of ADF bases.

TASK GROUP TAJI BUILD PARTNER CAPACITY MISSION

TAJI IRAQ: Task Group Taji is currently in its fourth rotation (TGT4), with the 5RAR led Task Group Taji 4 operating from CJTF-OIR's Build Partner Capacity Centre at Taji Military Complex.

ANAO REPORT SAVAGES ARH TIGER HELICOPTER

CANBERRA: The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released an extremely critical report on the failures of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter acquisition project on September 1.

NEXT GEN NIGHT FIGHTING SYSTEMS

CANBERRA: The ADF has finalised its next generation of weapon night aiming/illumination systems; laser range finding/targeting systems, night vision goggles and helmet attachment devices.

RAN MIDDLE EAST MARITIME SECURITY OPS

ARABIAN & AFRICAN WATERS: HMAS Perth's Maritime Security Operations within Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East and East Africa continues the RAN's long commitment.

USAF PARARESCUE COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE

TOWNSVILLE QLD: The United States Air Force’s legendary Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) capability was demonstrated at ADF training areas around Townsville.

FIRST RAAF P-8A POSEIDON DELIVERED

EDINBURGH SA: The first Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol and Response Aircraft has entered service with 11 Squadron which will conduct P-8A Entry in to Service.

NEXT GENERATION 40MM HIGH VELOCITY GRENADES

CANBERRA:The ADF's new L-40-2 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launcher employs sophisticated very accurate 'smart' High Velocity 40 x 53mm grenades.

TRAIN ADVISE & ASSIST COMMAND - AIR AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: ADF personnel embedded with CJTF - Operation Resolute Support's Train Advise & Assist Command - Air participated in an Afghan Air Force aerial rocket live fire activity.

RAN UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS TAKE FLIGHT

CHRISTMAS ISLAND: CHRISTMAS ISLAND: The Royal Australian Navy completed an operational surveillance employment of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System from Christmas Island.

SUB CONTRACTS SIGNED AFTER DCNS SECRET DATA LEAKED

CANBERRA: The Australian Government has signed initial development contracts for the next generation submarine in the wake of the DCNS sub secrets leak.

EF-88 ENHANCED AUSTEYR MWS ENTERS SERVICE

TOWNSVILLE: Broad scale issue of the ADF’s next generation individual weapon - the Thales EF-88M Enhanced Austeyr has commenced in North Queensland.

FORCE PROTECTION ELEMENT AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: Australian operations in Afghanistan are secured by the Operation Highroad Force Protection Element (currently 7RAR led Force Protection Element 6).

RAAF F-35A FLEET UNDER THREAT FROM COSTS AND TRUMP

USA: The RAAF's acquisition of the F-35A Lightning II has been complicated by President Elect Trump's warning that the program is too expensive and running too late.

KIWI NZSAS TO ACQUIRE SUPACAT SOV-MH

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army is acquiring the Supacat Extenda 2 Special Operations Vehicle - Mobility Heavy, (SOV-MH).

MK 47/L40-2 LAGLS ENTERS SERVICE

PORT WAKEFIELD SA: The Australian Army has commenced full scale issue of its new General Dynamics 40x53mm Mk 47 Mod 1 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launching System (LAGLS).

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER HOBART SEA TRIALS

MELBOURNE: The Royal Australian Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) acquisition has progressed with Contractor Sea Trials on the lead vessel

AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY OFFICER ACADEMY OPS

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Instructor Mentors play a major role in developing the Afghan National Army at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy at Qargha near Kabul.

(ADF Video) ANAOA INSTRUCTOR MENTORING

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Army Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Officers are demonstrating by practical example the Australian way of developing future leaders of the ANA.

(ADF Video) ANAOA INSTRUCTOR MENTORING

AFGHANISTAN: ADF members provide mentoring and force protection to advise and assist the Academy’s Afghan instructors as part of a five-nation, British-led task force operating from nearby Camp Qargha.

POTENTIAL ARH TIGER HELICOPTER REPLACEMENTS

CANBERRA: The ADF is looking for a next generation aerial fire support and target acquisition platform to replace the Tiger ARH.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE SHORT LIST

CANBERRA: Army’s new Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability has moved forward with the down selection of BAE Systems Australia AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Landsystem Gmbh Boxer CRV.

TIGER ARH TO BE RETIRED EARLY

CANBERRA: The Australian Army’s AS665 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) will be withdrawn from service in seven years under an upgrade for the Australian Army Aviation Corps.

RENDER SAFE 2016

SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Australian Defence Force’s annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) activity Exercise Render Safe 2016 returned to the Solomon Islands in September.

EXERCISE PITCH BLACK 2016

TOP END NT: Exercise Pitch Black 2016 saw more than 2500 personnel from ten countries concentrate in the Northern Territory for a high intensity air warfare training exercise.

CANBERRA CLASS LHDS DEFENCE SYSTEMS UPGRADED

SYDNEY: The RAN’s Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ships will have their self defence capability upgraded with the installation of additional missile defence guns.

RAN & RAAF C-27J SPARTAN ACQUISITION BEHIND SCHEDULE

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has certified Initial Operating Capabilty for the Spartan C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter fleet and taken delivery of the fifth aircraft.

RAN ACQUIRES SM2 BLOCK IIIB SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES

SYDNEY: The Royal Australian Navy is acquiring stocks of the Raytheon RIM-66M-09 SM 2 Block IIIB Standard Missile as its next generation Surface to Air Missile.

RAN & RNZN ORDER NEW UNDERWAY OILERS

CANBERRA: The Royal Australian Navy will upgrade its Underway Oiler Replenishment capability with the acquisition of two Navantia designed AORs.

ADF EXPLORING NEXT GEN GROUND BASED AIR DEFENCE

CANBERRA: The Australian Army will replace its long serving Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) System with a new flexible mission air defence system.

EF-88 ACCESSORIES AND OPTICS

TOWNSVILLE: The full schedule of EF-88 on rifle Sighting Systems and Sighting System Enhancers issue has commenced to 3rd Brigade units in Townsville.

CH-47F CHINOOK FLEET EXPANDED TO TEN HELICOPTERS

TOWNSVILLE: The three additional CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Australian Army announced in January were delivered in June bring the fleet to 10 Chinooks.

CANBERRA CLASS AAS CERTIFY MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

HAWAII: The RAN’s Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ships are completing certifications to operate with different helicopters, landing craft and vehicles.

PROJECT OVERLANDER TRUCKS ENTER SERVICE

BRISBANE: The Army has accepted the first of almost 2700 Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) heavy and medium trucks to be acquired under Project Overlander.

RAAF GBU-39B SMALL DIAMETER BOMB ORDER

USA: The Royal Australian Air Force will acquire substantial stocks of the Boeing Integrated Defence Systems GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb to arm its F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft.

HELICOPTER AIRCREW TRAINING SYSTEM

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Defence Force’s new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) is evolving at the RAN’s Naval Air Station Nowra - HMAS Albatross, NSW.

AIM-120D AMRAAM FOR RAAF F-35, F/A-18F and EA-18G

USA: The RAAF is acquiring the next generation Raytheon Missile Systems AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) for its combat fleet.

SECOND ARMOURED CAVALRY REGIMENT ESTABLISHED

TOWNSVILLE: The Army is activating its second full strength Armoured Cavalry Regiment under the Plan Beersheba Order of Battle.

ARMY RIVERINE COMBAT CAPABILITY TO BE RESTORED

CANBERRA: The Defence White Paper 2016 announced the reactivation of an Army based Riverine Operations capability which had been lost for decades.

WHITEPAPER: FUTURE LONG RANGE ROCKET ARTILLERY

CANBERRA: The Defence White Paper 2016 details a requirment for a new long-range rocket system in the mid 2020s to defeat threats to our personnel at ranges up to 300km.”

ADF TO ACQUIRE LAND BASED ANTI SHIP MISSILES

CANBERRA: The Defence White Paper 2016 announced that Australia would acquire a mobile land based Anti Ship Missile (ASM) capability.

DCNS FUTURE SUBMARINE PLANS

CANBERRA: The Australian Government has revealed some details of the DCNS Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A SSG that will replace the RAN's six Collins class submarines.

(ADF Video) BUSHMASTER PROTECTED MOBILITY VEHICLES

AFGHANISTAN:The Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMVs) and crew provide transportation and protection to Australian troops travelling within Kabul, Afghanistan.

(ADF Video) ANAOA GRADUATION

AFGHANISTAN: Graduation of the 342 officer cadets, including nine women, of 1st Kandak (battalion) from the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA).

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