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Knights Armaments Company Master Key 12 gauge system

TAG-EAST KAC MASTER KEY BREACHER

AUSTRALIA: One of the less conventional TAG Close Quarter Battle weapons is the KAC Master Key breaching shotgun.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

ADF STRAIT OF HORMUZ DEPLOYMENT

CANBERRA: The ADF deployment to support the international escort force in the Strait of Hormuz has been announced.

Cape class patrol boat ADV Cape Fourcroy

RAN EXTENDS CAPE PB LEASE

AUSTRALIA: The RAN has extended its Cape class patrol boat lease to meet its high tempo border protection operational requirements.

Talisman Sabre 19 amphibious landing drone video

TS19 BOWEN AMPHIB DRONE FOOTAGE

BOWEN: VIDEO Outstanding extended drone video of the combined TS19 amphibious assault at Kings Beach Bowen on July 22.

M107A1 50BMG in Aussie SOF service

M107A1 50BMG SNIPER RIFLE IN SERVICE

AUSTRALIA: A Prime Ministerial PR photo confirms that the Barrett M107A1 .50 cal is operational with Special Operations Command.

D-Day New Guinea: The Battle for Lae by Phillip Bradley

D DAY NEW GUINEA

BOOK REVIEW: The excellent history of the overwhelming Australian victory at Lae in 1943 which forced the Japanese to flee without a fight.

2 Commando Regt operating a Bale RTV during Talisman Sabre 19 Special Operations activities.

TALISMAN SABRE SPECIAL OPERATIONS

NORTH QUEENSLAND: PHOTO FEATURE. The Talisman Sabre Special Operations task element activities including air mobile, vehicle ops and direct action counter terrorist raids.

US infantry in Australia

US ARMY EXTENDED DEPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIA

HAWAII: The US Army is planning an extended deployment of forces to Australia next year under its Pacific Pathways 2.0 program.

Hobart class AWD HMAS Brisbane

BRISBANE SAILS FOR CSSQT IN USA

PACIFIC OCEAN: HMAS Brisbane is underway to the USA with a full suite of live missiles for the destroyer's Combat Systems Ships Qualification Trials.

German Tiger UHT aerial fire support helicopter

MORE TIGER ISSUES

GERMANY: Airbus Helicopters has released a safety notification for Tiger helicopters that is serious enough for the German Army ground its entire fleet.

AN/ALQ-249 Increment 1 Next Generation Jammer

AN/ALQ-249 NEXT GEN JAMMER TRIALS

USA: The RAAF's near future acquisition of the Next Generation Jammer for it Growlers took a step forward with US Navy user trials of the formidable new AEA system.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Strait of Hormuz

ADF HORMUZ ESCORT OPTIONS

AUSTRALIA: The ADF has a broad spectrum of useful options for any naval escort force in the Straits of Hormuz if the Government chooses to participate.

US Marine Force Recon Ex Talisman Sabre

TS19 MARINE FORCE RECON SOF

CENTRAL QLD: SLIDESHOW - USMC Marine Force Recon specialists conducted 'Key Hole' Special Reconnaissance and 'Sting Ray' Direct Action exercises during TS19.

HMAS Hobart MH-60R Romeo trials

UPGRADED DDG MH-60R FLIGHT TRIALS

NSW WATERS: The RAN is conducting Romeo flight trials on HMAS Hobart's upgraded configuration to establish final Ship Helicopter Operating Limits.

M1A1 Abrams LCM-1 Landing Craft sea trials

LCM-1E UPGRADED TO DEPLOY ABRAMS

TOWNSVILLE: The RAN has successfully trialled an upgraded LCM-1E Landing Craft to transport the Army's M1A1 Abrams and other heavy vehicles.

Japan 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

JAPANESE TS19 AMPHIBIOUS GROUP

CENTRAL QLD: SLIDESHOW The Japanese Self Defence Force deployment during Talisman Sabre 2019 demonstrated that nation's growing amphibious capability.

Supacat Special Operations Vehicle Commando SOV

2RAR TS19 SUPACAT SOV-CDO

SHOALWATER BAY: The US DoD has accidently confirmed 2RAR (Amphib) use of ex SF Supacat Special Operations Vehicles (SOV-Cdo) during Talisman Sabre 2019.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

FOUR MORE P-8As INBOUND

RAAF EDINBURGH: The last four P-8A Poseidons have rolled off the Boeing production line and will arrive in Australia by January with the first due in August.

SASR operators with KOPASSUS

SASR WORKING WITH KOPASSUS IN INDONESIA

INDONESIA: Rare imagery of high level Counter Terrorism training activities between Special Operations Command Australia and Indonesia's KOPASSUS has emerged.

NSW based F-35A pilot training underway

LOCAL F-35 OP CON FLIGHTS COMMENCE

RAAF WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's first two pilots to conduct Operational Conversion to the F-35A in Australia have completed their first solo flights.

MARINE MRF-D AT FULL STRENGTH

AUSTRALIA: The arrival of the 3rd Bn 3rd Marines has brought Marine Rotational Force - Darwin to a full MAGTF strength of 2500 for the first time since deployment began in 2012.

TS19 ADF/US SPEC OP HALO JUMP

QUEENSLAND: SLIDESHOW US and Australian Special Operations Forces conduct a HALO parachute insertion into Talisman Sabre to conduct Special Reconnaissance ahead of the big landing.

TS19 USAF SoF COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE

QUEENSLAND: USAF Airforce Special Operations PJ pararescuemen have been active in Queensland conducting Combat Search and Rescue in support of Ex Talisman Sabre.

A USMC Zulu Cobra

AH-64E & AH-1Z CONFIRMED TENDERS

AUSTRALIA: Boeing and Bell have confirmed they will be offering their cutting edge AH-64E Guardian and AH-1Z Zulu Cobra attack helos to replace the Tiger ARH.

ADF OPERATES IN GULF OF OMAN FLASHPOINTS

GULF OF OMAN: Australian military aircraft and warships routinely operate in the areas where the US, UK, GCC and Iran are shooting down each others aircraft and Iran is threatening shipping.

TS19 BEACH ASSAULT VIDEO

STANAGE BAY: VIDEO The official video of the combined amphibious assault on Stanage Bay during Exercise Talisman Sabre.

COMMANDO COUNTER TERRORISM

AUSTRALIA: PHOTO FEATURE SOCOMD-Australia has released a very rare photo essay of 2nd Commando Regt conducting Special Recovery and Counter Terrorist training.

TS19 MEGA OVER THE BEACH ASSAULT

STANAGE BAY: PHOTO FEATURE The largest ever amphibious exercise since WW2 was conducted by Australian, New Zealand, British, American and Japanese forces for Exercise Talisman Sabre.

An NZSAS Bushmaster PMV

NZ WANTS MORE BUSHMASTER PMV-M

NEW ZEALAND: The NZ Government has commenced negotiations for a significant quantity of Bushmaster PMVs to harden up its expeditionary forces.

ADF COY ON PROTECTED MOBILE FIRES

CANBERRA: Defence won't confirm any platform as the 'Self Propelling Howitzers' announced by the PM during the Election but confirms Tactical Rocket Artillery and the M-777A2.

TS19 ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS

CORAL SEA: An elite team of Royal Marine Commandos have been integrated within 2RAR (Amphibious) for Talisman Sabre's Pre Landing Force operations prior to the Amphibious emplacement at Shoalwater Bay.

TIGER REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY

CANBERRA: The long awaited program to replace the Army's troubled Tiger ARH helos is underway with a healthy budget for new gunships approved and an RFI released.

AIM-120D AMRAAM ALREADY IN RAAF SERVICE

AMBERLEY: AIM-120D AMRAAM Captive Air Training Missiles are being employed by RAAF F/A-18Fs during Talisman Sabre and have been in service for 'a few years'.

RAPTORS FLY IN FOR TS19

AMBERLEY: The USAF has entered Talisman Sabre with its usual style and a contingent spearheaded by the Pacific Air Force's F-22A Raptors from Alaska.

HiMARS RAIN FIRE AT SWBTA

SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow - US Army and USMC M142 HiMARS systems opened Talisman Sabre with a Hi RAIN bombardement of M270 rockets.

HiMARS LAUNCH TALISMAN SABRE

SHOALWATER BAY: US M142 HiMARS, AH-64E Guardians and F-35B Lightnings will kick off Talisman Sabre 2019 with a major live fire demonstration.

RAAF INTRODUCES GBU-39/B SDB

WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF'S F-35A Integrated Training Centre is employing its high tech training simulators to introduce the cutting edge GBU-39/B Increment 1 Small Diameter Bomb.

CHINA FIRES MISSILES FROM SPRATLYS

SOUTH CHINA SEA: The ADF has cautiously responded to China's launch of multiple Anti Ship Missiles from its unrecognised Spratly Islands' military bases.

FIRST AH-64E OPS IN AUSTRALIA

CENTRAL QLD: The US Army is conducting the first known military flights of the AH-64E in Australia for Talisman Sabre. First pics by Jason at J.M Photography

TALISMAN SABRE CONCENTRATION

CENTRAL QLD: Contingents from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Japan have commenced integration activities for Talisman Sabre 2019.

ANZAC SURFACE COMBATANT FLEET CONTRACTS

AUSTRALIA: The combined Australian and NZ surface combatant fleet will be temporarily reduced to seven fully certified warships due to decommissioning, upgrades and delays.

MASSIVE AMPHBIOUS FORCE ASSEMBLES FOR TS19

CORAL SEA: The largest Amphibious fleet to operate from Australian territory since the Pacific War is assembling for Talisman Sabre 2019.

RAN SEIZES MASSIVE AMMUNITION HAUL

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Ballarat has seized a massive haul of smuggled ammunition and HME explosives precursers bound for Yemen.

EX ARAFURA WARRIOR

TIMOR LESTE: 1 Brigade deployed a Combined Arms training team to Timor as part of Australia's expanding regional military engagement.

NZ's HOT & HEAVY 5.56 ROUND

NEW ZEALAND: The NZDF has introduced a heavy 5.56mm round usually used by US Special Operations Forces for its Gucci new LMT MARS-L rifles.

ABRAMS TUSK SUSPENSION UPGRADE

BANDIANA: Australian M1A1 AIM SA Abrams MBTs have almost completed a full suspension upgrade to accommodate the full TUSK survivability systems integration.

D-DAY NEW GUINEA

BOOK REVIEW: Phillip Bradley's thorough history of the stunning Australian airborne and amphibious victory at Lae in 1943.

ARMY CUTS RECRUIT FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

KAPOOKA: Army has ended fitness testing requirements at 1RTB to accommodate females and lower unacceptable injury rates amongst 'unconditioned' recruits.

GULF OF OMAN ATTACK

GULF OF OMAN: The US Navy UAS shot down by Iran was a precurser to the MQ-4C Triton ordered by the RAAF not a Global Hawk as reported.

155mm ASSEGAI BALLISTIC DATA CAPTURE

PORT WAKEFIELD SA: Australia is developing the digital ballistic data files for the M-777A2 155mm gun and the next generation RDM Assegai munitions for AFATDS.

US & JAPANESE ARRIVE FOR TALISMAN SABRE

AUSTRALIA: US Navy and Japanese JMSDF flat tops are massing in Australia ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

MRH-90 SUSTAINMENT PAIN

AUSTRALIA: The ADF's fleet of MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters cost more to fly per hour than the much more capable Chinook or much more sophisticated Romeo.

RAN WARSHIPS TO DECOMMISSION

SYDNEY: The RAN is about to decommission two of its most deployed warships with a third due to follow later in the year as Navy transitions to new vessels.

TWO RAAF F-35As DIVERTED FROM AUSSIE CONVERSION OPS

USA: The RAAF's two newest F-35A Lightning IIs have been diverted away from the Operational Conversion to type program after a US request.

AUSSIE GBAD IN ARCTIC CIRCLE

FINLAND: Australian Ground Based Air Defence Systems deployed to Finland as part of the international effort to deter Russian aggression into the Nordic areas.

ARUNTA REJOINS FLEET AFTER UPGRADE

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: HMAS Arunta has returned to Fleet Base West ahead of the resumption of sea operations after completing the AMCAP upgrade.

C-130J-30 HERCULES FOR RNZAF

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has selected the C-130J-30 Hercules airlifter as the replacement for its inservice C-130H Hercules fleet.

TIGER ARH FORCED LANDING

OAKEY QLD: A Tiger ARH helicopter has conducted a forced landing after hitting power lines during a training flight near the AAAvnTC at Oakey SEQ.

END OF AUSSIE IRAQ OPS

NEW ZEALAND: The announcement of NZ's withdrawal from Iraq has probably put a date on the long planned Australian end of ground forces' mission against Islamic State.

BALLARAT'S HASH HIGHWAY SEIZURES SKYROCKET

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Ballarat has pulled off four more major narcotics interdictions along the Hash Highway out of Pakistan with 5800 kilograms of hashish seized.

HIGH COST OF AEA SUSTAINMENT

AUSTRALIA: According to budget documents, the RAAF's most expensive airframe to operate is NOT the much maligned F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

TIGER COSTS MORE THAN ARMY AMMO

AUSTRALIA: Keeping the under performing Tiger ARH helicopter flying costs more than the Army's yearly ammunition expenditure costs.

ROYAL THAI ARMY EX IN FNQ

TOWNSVILLE: Slideshow - 1RAR hosted a detachment of Royal Thai Army infantry for cooperative combat training and mutual confidence building.

KC-30A TANKER RETURNS TO IRAQ

MIDDLE EAST: An RAAF KC-30A MRTT tanker has returned to the Middle East to resume support for CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve against Islamic State remnants.

SOUTHERN JACKAROO 2019

SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow - Australian, Japanese and US Marine troops concentrated at Shoalwater Bay for Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2019.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 106

AUSTRALIA: Issue No 106 is now out, available in print and electronic formats here!

INDEPENDENCE CLASS LCS FOR RAN?

AUSTRALIA: The US Navy is using the Australian designed Independence class LCS as its Mine Countermeasures platform will the RAN follow?

NAVY QUIETLY SOLD OFF TWO MINE HUNTERS

SYDNEY: The RAN quietly sold off two of its six Huon class Mine Hunter Coastal vessels late last year reducing its fleet to four operational boats.

A VERY UN-AUSTRALIAN BLAME GAME

EDITORIAL: Our Head Brass and upper echelons are off hunting scalps from the lower ranks in order to signal their virtue and cement their positions in the new era of social justice focused politics.

BALLARAT SEIZES ANOTHER 3000KG OF NARCOTICS

SOUTH CHINA SEA: VIDEO - HMAS Ballarat has successfully conducted another enormous narcotics seizure bringing her combined total interdictions to over $1 billion.

SOUTH CHINA SEA LASER ATTACKS

SOUTH CHINA SEA: Australian helicopter crews were 'blinded' by lasers eminating from Chinese flagged vessels off Vietnam in the South China Sea during Indo Pacific Endeavour.

AIR WARFARE THREAT SIMULATION

NT: The RAAF is employing a broad range of sophisticated airborne and ground based threat simulators to make training realistic.

FIRST US/JAPAN/ROK/RAN WARFIGHTING EX

GUAM: Warships from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the USA have concentrated at Guam for a high level maritime warfare exercise Ex Pacific Vanguard 19.

M107A1 ENTERS RNZIR SERVICE

NEW ZEALAND: The new Barrett M107A1 50 cal Long Range Sniper Rifle is entering service with the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

IRAQ SECURITY DETERIORATES

IRAQ: The Iranian threat to Australian and New Zealand forces in Iraq has worsened with some CJTF-OIR contingents suspending support operations altogether.

R400S MK2 PWS ENTERS SERVICE

GLOBAL: The Australian Army's new R400S Mk 2 Protected Weapons Station has been integrated onto Bushmasters operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and Australia.

M1A2C ABRAMS ENTERS SERVICE

USA: The Australian Army's next generation tank acquisition under Project Land 907 Phase 2 is firming with the M1A2C entry into US Army service.

BALLARAT EX WITH FRENCH CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

MIDDLE EAST: VIDEO - HMAS Ballarat has conducted exercises with the French Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group and Coalition warships in the MER.

PROTECTED MOBILE FIRES

AUSTRALIA: The re election of the Morrison Government has turned the announcement of the acquistion of a fleet of 'Self Propelled Howitzers' from election promise to exciting reality.

NEW M252A1 MORTAR OP CONVERSION

AUSTRALIA: The Army is hard at work introducing the M252A1 81mm Mortar System which will replace the long serving F2 in Army and Army Reserve mortar teams.

BALLARAT DRUG SEIZURES

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Ballarat has celebrated a return to CTF-150 operations with two huge narcotics interdictions on the 'Hash Highway' out of Pakistan's Makran Coast worth $170 million.

TGT8 LIVE WEAPONS TRAINING

IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji 8 train Iraqi 55th Brigade jundies on the M2QCB and M19 AGL at Besmaya near Baghdad.

THE MIGHTY KRAIT

BOOK REVIEW: A historical account of the famous Australian Special Operation against Singapore Harbour in 1943 and the little ship that made the mission happen.

RNZN MODERNISATION

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy's next generation AOR Aotearoa will transform the Kiwi's maritime reach and operational endurance.

ASSAULT BREACHING & BRIDGING

USA: The Army is energetically exploring the capabilities available for its new Under Armour Assault Breaching and Bridging equipment including robotics.

RAAF F-35 LIVE WEAPONS TESTS

WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's new F-35A Lightnings have been flying in exercises and are about to fire their weapons systems for the first time in Australia.

AUSSIE COMMANDOS IN PHILIPPINES

PHILIPPINES: Australian Special Operations experts are working with their Philippine NAVSOG and Scout Ranger counterparts at Fort Magsaysay under Balikatan 19.

GROWLER FLEET ACHIEVES IOC

AMBERLEY: The RAAF's EA-18G Growler based Airborne Electronic Attack capability has reached Initial Operational Capability on schedule.

3RAR MALAYSIA VIDEO

MALAYSIA: VIDEO 3RAR infantrymen conduct live firing and jungle training activities with the Malaysian Army during Indo Pacific Endeavour.

C-130J HERC SATCOMM UPGRADE EXPANDED

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF is expanding its upgrade of Hercules satellite communications systems to include half the C-130J-30 fleet.

ADF PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is seeking an armoured amphibious vehicle to broaden the scale and scope of its amphibious capability.

TIGER ARH WITHDRAWAL CONFIRMED

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters near future retirement has finally been confirmed.

MRH-90 MINIGUN & OPERATIONAL MODIFICATIONS

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters have been upgunned and given uprated winches for combat operations.

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN 2019

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The eighth rotation of US Marines has deployed into Darwin ahead of six months of training with the Australian Defence Force.

KIWIS INTRODUCE NEW FC530 ASSAULT BOAT

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army is introducing new FC530 Zodiac inflatable assault boats during an OT&E activities at 2 Engineer Regiment.

RAAF ACQUIRES 11 HISTORIC WARBIRDS

TEMORA: The RAAF has acquired 11 flying historic warbirds to ensure their preservation by funding their upkeep at the Temora Aviation Museum.

7RAR ERMG SHOOT SLIDESHOW

CULTANA: A multi image slideshow of the 7RAR DFSW Basic Course culminating Extended Range Machine Gun live fire event at Cultana Training Area in SA.

AIR 6000/3 TOWED MISSILE DECOYS

AUSTRALIA: The Government has confirmed funding for the RAAF's next generation towed missile decoys for its Rhino, Growler and F-35A Lightning fleets.

FEW CLUES FOR RAAF AFTER JAPANESE JSF LOSS

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF has little to go on in the wake of the loss of the Japanese F-35A on Tuesday until the flight data recorders and wreckage is recovered.

AUSTRALIAN M113A1 FAMILY OF VEHICLES

BOOK REVIEW: The Military Briefs latest publication is a forensic exploration of Aussie Army M113A1 APCs in service between 1972 and 2013.

ARMY UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLES

GREENBANK QLD: The Army is currently conducting analysis on the Australian made MAPS autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle in a series of trials.

TASK GROUP TAJI IX

BRISBANE: Task Group Taji IX has completed its mission preparation training ahead of deploying to Iraq to continue the Build Partner Capacity mission.

POSEIDON 08 MODIFICATIONS COMPLETE

USA: The RAAF's eighth P-8A Posiedon has entered validation and verification flight testing after being modified with airframe monitoring sensors and the software upgrade package.

TWO MORE F-35As ARRIVE

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's fleet of F-35A Lightnings in Australia has doubled to four with two additional Lightnings flying in to RAAF Williamtown.

SUPACAT SOV COMMANDO OPERATIONAL SOON

HOLSWORTHY: Special Operations Command Australia's Supacat SOV-Commando vehicles are undergoing a final upgrade and should enter service within weeks.

FIRST BOXER INBOUND

GERMANY: The first Block 1 European production Boxer armoured vehicle is about to be delivered to the Australian Army after rolling off the production line.

ENGINE MAKER BANKRUPTCY THREATENS HAWKEI

AUSTRALIA: The Hawkei PMV-L's engine manufacturer has entered bankruptcy creating uncertainty as the Aussie vehicle is about to enter full rate production.

RAN TRIALS NEW MULTICAM UNIFORM

CORAL SEA: The RAN has commenced trials of a new Maritime Multicam Pattern Uniform ahead of an intended replacement of the inservice Disruptive Pattern Naval Uniform.

BUDGET POINTS TO END OF IRAQ AFGHAN OPS

CANBERRA: The 2019/20 Defence budget allocations deliver more dollars, but point to major reductions in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

FALCON 7X INBOUND FOR RAAF

CANBERRA: The first RAAF Falcon 7X VIP transport aircraft will enter service with 34 Squadron mid year after completing its fitout.

EF-88C CARBINE & AN/PEQ-16B MIMPIM

GLOBAL: The EF-88C 'Commander' short barrel Enhanced Austeyr and the AN/PEQ-16B MIMPIM night aiming device are now in service on Operations Okra and Highroad.

AASAM19 COMBAT SHOOTING COMP

PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: Twenty two Australian and international combat shooting teams are winding up competition in the 2019 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM).

SMArt 155 SENSOR FUSED MUNITION ENTERS SERVICE

SHOALWATER BAY: The Army has introduced the Rheinmetall Deihl SMArt 155 Sensor Fused Munition for precision anti armour strikes.

HMAS BRISBANE READINESS EVALUATION

SYDNEY: HMAS Brisbane, the RAN's second Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyer is about to start readiness evaluations ahead of operations.

SECOND MQ-4C TRITON UAS CONTRACTED

AUSTRALIA: The Dept of Defence has signed up for the second of at least six MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS.

PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE ACQUISITION

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is looking for a Protected Amphibious Vehicle to convey combat elements ashore from the RAN's Amphibious Assault Ships.

BOXER CRV ACQUISTION UNDERWAY

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is putting all the pieces in place ahead of the arrival of the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in April 2019.

ARMY SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES CONFIRMED

CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed the acquistion of the Raytheon/Kongsberg/CEA Technologies Enhanced National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

BRITS BUY E-7 WEDGETAIL

UNITED KINGDOM: The RAF will acquire the E-7 Wedgetail in similar configuration to the Australian AEW&:C system fitout with Australian industrial support.

MANUS ISLAND NAVAL BASE UPGRADE

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Australia will upgrade the PNGDF's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island under a $5 million bilateral agreement with PNG.

TE MANA ENTERS UPGRADE IN CANADA

CANADA: The second New Zealand Anzac class Guided Missile Frigate has commenced its upgrade at a Canadian specialist shipyard.

RAAF MC-55A PEREGRINE ACQUISITION CONFIRMED

CANBERRA: The Government has disclosed an acquisition of high end Electronic Warfare aircraft to augment ADF digital domain dominance.

1AR UAS & UAS ISR EXPERIMENTS

CULTANA SA: The 1st Armoured Regiment is experimenting with a SRV mounted ISR screen ahead of main force MBT elements during Predator's Walk.

IRAQ MISSION TO CONTINUE

TAJI IRAQ: The Australian Government has confirmed that the Build Partner Capacity mission in Iraq will continue in the wake of the defeat of Islamic State.

AMRAAM FOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY

USA: The US Government has approved a large acquisition of AMRAAM missiles for the Australian Army's future NASAMS2 missile system.

WEST PAPUA INSURGENCY REVIVES

INDONESIAN PAPUA: The Free Papua Movement insurgency against Indonesia has reappeared with a series of successful attacks against the TNI.

BALLARAT SEIZES MORE HASH

GULF OF OMAN: HMAS Ballarat has completed a sixth narcotics interdiction in the Middle East Region bringing her total drug haul to $750 million.

TIME TO RECOGNISE COALITION ROLE IN ISLAMIC STATE'S DEFEAT

EDITORIAL: It is way beyond time time to recognise the overwhelming role played by the US led CJTF-OIR, including our own modern Anzacs, in ridding the earth of Abu Bakr Baghdadi's barbarism.

US ARMY EMBEDS WITH 2/1RNZIR

NEW ZEALAND: The US Army has partnered 2/1RNZIR in a series of bilateral training activities in the South Island designed to improve interoperability.

DATE ENDS MUSORIAN THREAT

AUSTRALIA: The Army has adopted the Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) to reformat enemy forces for a multi domain combat environment which is goodbye to Musorians.

RAN BELL 429 RETIREMENT

AVALON VIC: The RAN is on the verge of retiring its final leased Bell 429 helicopter now that the HATS training program has matured.

 

FRENCH SUBMARINE CONTRACT SIGNED

CANBERRA: Despite withering criticism, the Australian Government has signed off on the contracts for the far future diesel electric Attack class concept submarine.

UPGRADED P-8A POSEIDONS FOR RAAF & RNZAF

EDINBURGH: The RAAF and RNZAF will both receive Increment III Block I spec P-8A Poseidons with the RAAF's first upgraded MMMA due soon.

A&NZD 105 PRINT IS LATE

AUSTRALIA: Our March edition Australian & NZ Defender print edition is late. We expect it to hit the shelves late next week (March 8). We have changed distributor and have experienced a few issues.

AUSTRALIA JOINS BOEING BATS UCAV PROJECT

AVALON VIC: Australia is funding the development of a stealthy fast jet UCAV to fly in swarms on combat missions with our piloted combat aircraft.

MQ-9 REAPER OUTBACK CONSORTIUM FINALISED

AVALON VIC: Team Reaper Australia have announced the finalised consortium that will deliver the RAAF's near future Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft fleet.

1BDE EF-88 ROLLOUT

NT & SA: 1 Brigade is almost fully rearmed with the next generation EF-88M Modular Weapon System after commencing the transition in October.

RAAF DEPLOYS BIG PACKAGE TO GUAM

GUAM: The RAAF has deployed a large package of aircraft to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for Ex Cope North 19 with the USAF, US Navy and Japanese JASDF.

FIRST TWO HORNETS TO CANADA

CANADA: The RAAF has successfully transferred the first two of its retiring F/A-18HUG 'classic' Hornets to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

RAAF ENDS WEDGETAIL MISSIONS AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

MIDDLE EAST: The RAAF has flown its final E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control operations in the air war against Islamic State after almost four and a half years of intense Offensive Air Operations.

ISLAMIC STATE CALIPHATE ENDS

SYRIA MERV: The psychopathic Islamic State 'caliphate' is over with the last square kilometer of the mad dream about to fall to Coalition backed Syrian militias.

ADF ATTEMPTS TO COVER UP RADICAL AGENDA

CANBERRA: The Australian newspaper is reporting that the ADF has classified a feminist cultural advisor's report in an attempted COVER UP of the CDF's wholesale adoption of radical gender and identity theory.

FIRST GUARDIAN PB IN SERVICE

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: The first of 21 new Guardian class Patrol Boats to be gifted by Australia to the Pacific Islands has entered service with the PNGDF .

NO STOPPING FRENCH SUBMARINES NOW

CANBERRA: The RAN's scarily expensive next generation submarine is now unstoppable after the Government signed the last contractual arrangement with France.

CANADA HORNET TRANSFER APPROACHES

WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF is preparing to transfer the first of 25 HUG Hornets to Canada after all the paperwork has finally been approved and the contract signed.

ADVANCED F-35 TRAINING PROGRAMS

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF is working up the F-35 Integrated Training Centre at Williamtown which will employ the most advanced simulators and simulated training programs available.

MRH-90s REPLACE SPECIAL OPS BLACK HAWKS

HOLSWORTHY NSW: Special Operations Command has replaced some Black Hawks with MRH-90 helicopters after years of resisting the new European helicopters.

HMAS ARUNTA AMCAP TRIALS

HENDERSON: HMAS Arunta has commenced the work up to sea trials to validate the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program sensor, communications and habitability upgrades.

US ARMY ANALYSIS

WEST POINT: A very sobering analysis from the Modern War Institute at West Point detailing the dangers of the Western World's dismissal of artillery in favour of airpower.

BALLARAT SEIZES MORE NARCOTICS

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Ballarat has continued her run of successful counter narcotics operations with another massive seizure of heroin and hash in the Arabian Sea.

RAAF MOSUL AIRSTRIKE CLAIMS

CANBERRA: The ADF has confirmed that an RAAF F/A-18F did drop a PGM in Mosul but did so exactly where the Iraqis demanded and at a different time to the claimed civilian deaths.

ARMY IMPROVES PROTECTED VEHICLE ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES

WOOMERA: The Army is working at improving the survivability and networking integration of its protected vehicle fleets under the PMICA program.

HUG HORNETS AT NELLIS

LAS VEGAS: The RAAF has returned to Nellis AFB near Las Vegas for Exercise Red Flag 19-01 after last years deployment and subsequent EA-18G Growler loss.

USAF AQM-37D LAUNCHES SAVED AWD CSSQT

CALIFORNIA: A short notice intervention by the USAF to fire supersonic target drones allowed HMAS Hobart to successfully complete her CSSQT sea trials in December.

SPARTANS REHOMED AT AMBERLEY

AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF's fleet of C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifters are now flying from their new home at RAAF Base Amberley in southeastern Queensland.

RNZN TO ACQUIRE SEAEYE ROV

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN has acquired the SAAB Seaeye Cougar XT Remotely Operated Vehicle to equip its next gen Hydrographic and Diving Support Vessel.

LIGHTNING II FLIGHT OPS COMMENCE

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has commenced flight operations with its two new F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters out of RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle.

AUTONOMOUS UNMANNED SUBMARINE WARFARE

USA: Artificial intelligence, autonomous operations and new naval drones are set to revolutionise Sub Surface Warfare long before the first of the RAN's next generation submarines is launched.

FUTURE VERTICAL LIFT

USA: The program to replace modern combat helicopters has commenced in earnest with the US Army funding two sensational next gen demonstrator aircraft.

READY TO STRIKE

BOOK REVIEW: An information packed history of the only Aussie Spitfire Squadron in the air over the Normandy beaches on D Day.

ARABIAN GULF EXERCISE

ARABIAN GULF: HMAS Ballarat participated in a major naval warfare exercise with the US Navy's Carrier Strike Group III and the French Marine Nationale in between MSO operations with CMF.

SECOND NZSAS CT VIDEO

NEW ZEALAND: VIDEO - The 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment has released an extended version of its earlier video over the Xmas/New Year Holidays.

HMAS HOBART CSST WEAPONS FIRINGS

CALIFORNIA USA: VIDEO - Video imagery of HMAS Hobart firing RIM-66 SM2, RIM-162 ESSM missiles and Mk 45 127mm gun during Combat Systems Sea Trials.

THIRD DRUG SEIZURE FOR BALLARAT

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Ballarat has seized over $400 million worth of narcotics from terrorism affiliated smugglers in the Middle East in three weeks.

2OCU CELEBRATES FINAL HORNET OPS

WILLIAMTOWN: 2 Operational Conversion Unit has painted one of its twin stick 'classic' Hornets in tiger stripes to honour its final year flying the F/A-18.

RETIRED KIOWA HELO AUCTION

AVALON VIC: The last of the ADF's long serving B206B Kiowa Light Observation Helicopters will be auctioned off in February with online bids closing in early March.

RESERVE DIGGERS TRAIN IN BRUNEI

BRUNEI: Diggers from the Qld based 11th Brigade and the WA based 13th Brigade have deployed to Brunei for Ex Mallee Bull while deployed with Rifle Company Butterworth.

FPE10 SECURITY OPS AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: VIDEO. 6RAR Force Protection Element 10 Diggers conduct security operations in Kabul and Qargha.

KILCULLEN ANALYSES SYRIA WITHDRAWAL

ANALYSIS: Senior Australian Counter Insurgency expert David Kilcullen has published an expanded analysis on the shock US withdrawal from Syria announcement.

SYRIAN WITHDRAWAL ADF IMPLICATIONS

OPINION: The US President's shock announcement of a withdrawal of all ground combat elements from Syria has disrupted the CJTF-OIR partnership against Islamic State.

BALLARAT COMMENCES MER OPS

ARABIAN GULF: The Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed her first patrol with Combined Maritime Forces CTF-152 in the North Arabian Gulf.

RAN NAMES SEA 1000 SUBMARINES

CANBERRA: The RAN has announced the naming of its next generation submarines before the final contractual arrangements have been settled, further undermining the financial and technical negotiations.

FIRST F-35A LIGHTNINGS ARRIVE

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The first two of an eventual 72 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have arrived in Australia to begin the RAAF's 5th Generation conversion in earnest.

TASK GROUP TAJI VIII COMMENCES OPS

TAJI IRAQ: The eighth rotation of the Anzac Build Partner Capacity element deployed to Iraq has commenced training Iraqi Federal Security Forces under Op Okra.

ANAO JSF REPORT REVEALS UNKNOWN COSTS

CANBERRA: The Australian National Audit Office has released its Joint Strike Fighter - Introduction into Service and Sustainment report which reveals a few surprises.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER ISSUE NO 104

The Summer edition of Australian & NZ Defender magazine is now available.

AFP TARGETS COMBAT VETS

CANBERRA: The Australian Federal Police have officially opened a criminal investigation into Australian combat veterans accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.

ADF RECRUITING DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AUSTRALIANS

AUSTRALIA: The ADF's recruiting process has been completely corrupted by diversity and gender activists, deliberately discriminating against the type of Australians who made the ADF legendary.

AOR NUSHIP SUPPLY LAUNCHED

SPAIN: The first of two RAN next generation Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment tankers has been launched in Spain.

NZDF MARS-L NOW STANDARD ISSUE RIFLE

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has recognised its new MARS-L Assault Rifle as the standard issue small arm after the roll out reached critical mass.

FOR VALOUR

BOOK REVIEW: FOR VALOUR - Australians Awarded the Victoria Cross, a compilation of all 100 Australian VC winners from the Boer War’s Captain Neville Howse in 1900 through to Commando Cam Baird in Afghanistan in 2013.

RAAF AIR DEFENCE OF APEC

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Photo feature. The RAAF delivered an integrated air defence including armed F/A-18Fs for the APEC Leaders Summit in Port Moresby PNG.

ARMY UPGRADES .338LM SNIPER RIFLES

AUSTRALIA: The Army is upgrading its 8.58 x 70mm Sniper Systems using advanced new Australian developed and manufactured ballistic techologies.

C-130J EXTERNAL FUEL TANK TRIAL

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has upgraded a C-130J Hercules with external fuel tanks ahead of a major trial to test the new configuration's effectiveness.

RAAF REAPER BUY IMMINENT

CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed the acquisition of a fleet of MQ-9 'Reaper' armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft for the RAAF.

USAF KC-135R TANKER DAMAGED IN SYDNEY

SYDNEY: A USAF KC-135R aerial refuelling tanker was damaged during a ground movement at Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport on Tuesday.

TGT7 FPC INTEGRATED INTO BASE DEFENCE

IRAQ: Photo feature. Task Group Taji's 6RAR led Force Protection Company is part of the Taji Military Complex's integrated security plan.

1AR ABRAMS IRON FIST

CULTANA SA: Photo feature of 1st Armoured Regiment M1A1 SA Abrams Main Battle Tanks prowling the Cultana Training Area in South Australia.

RAAF F/A-18F's FORWARD DEPLOY FOR APEC

TOWNSVILLE: RAAF F/A-18F Rhinos have forward deployed to north Qld to provide armed air defence of Port Moresby during APEC 18 Leader's Summit.

THE LOST BATTALIONS

BOOK REVIEW: Tom Gilling's sobering history of the 2nd AIF battalions thrown into Java to help save the Dutch from the Japanese and their own incompetance.

ADF IN PORT MORESBY FOR APEC

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: The ADF's Joint Task Force 658 is deploying into Port Moresby to assist the PNG led Joint Security Task Force during the APEC Leader's Meeting.

HOBART DEMONSTRATES FIRST EVER SYSTEMS FUSION WITH USN

CALIFORNIA: The new AWD HMAS Hobart has successfully demonstrated the first ever sensor shooter systems fusion between a US Navy and allied warship.

MASSIVE AUSTAL CYBER HACK

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Australian advanced warship builder Austal has suffered a massive data theft from a criminal group seeking ransom.

HMAS BRISBANE COMMENCES WORK UP

SYDNEY: The RAN's second Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Brisbane has commenced its work up towards operational employment.

JSF DIVISION HEAD STATEMENT

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF officer in charge of the F-35A JSF Division has released a statement ahead of the arrival of the type in Australia.

SASR TRAIN PNGDF FOR APEC

TOWNSVILLE: The SASR has trained PNG Defence Force elements in Counter Terrorist response tactics at Townsville ahead of the APEC meeting in Port Moresby.

NEW M-252A1 81mm MORTAR

AUSTRALIA: The Army is about to commence the introduction into service of the next generation M-252A1 81mm Mortar System.

TASK GROUP TAJI 7 MORTAR VIDEO

IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji 7 Training Team Diggers fire M120 120mm and M224 60mm mortars during training for the Iraqi Army.

KC-30A MRTT CERTIFIED TO REFUEL F-22A RAPTOR

CALIFORNIA USA: The RAAF's KC-30A MRTT tankers have been approved to refuel the USAF's top of the line F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighters.

MAYBE ONLY 8 NOT 12 NEXT GEN SUBS

AUSTRALIA: The senior RAN Future Submarine Program officer sheds light on some surprising facts after problems during the painful contractual negotiations with the French.

CV90 Mk IV INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE

AUSTRALIA: While BAE Systems Australia has not officially tendered for Land 400 Phase 3 yet, any offering would likely be based on the CV90 Mark IV.

POSEIDON FLEET EXPANDS AND ASSUMES ASW MISSION

EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's P-8A Poseidon MMA fleet has expanded and is about to take on the Anti Submarine Warfare mission from the AP-3C Orion.

NAVY STANDS UP MTUAS SQUADRON

NOWRA NSW: The RAN has commissioned a new Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System Squadron to pioneer the introduction of the capability.

F-35A INTRODUCTION SCHEDULE

ARIZONA USA: EXCLUSIVE FEATURE - The RAAF's planned F-35A Lightning II introduction into service schedule with new release in flight imagery.

TIGER ARH FOCFT MOMENTUM

ARAFURA SEA: Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters have conducted a seven week First of Class Flight Trial on HMAS Canberra.

1OTH F-35A LIGHTNING II IN SERVICE

ARIZONA USA: The tenth RAAF F-35A Lightning II is flying at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona with the 61st Fighter Squadron.

MRF-D18 MARINES RETURN HOME

DARWIN: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2018 has completed its six month deployment to Australia and returned to its home bases.

BALLARAT NEXT ON MANITOU

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: HMAS Ballarat will deploy to the Middle East Region late this month under Op Manitou renewing RAN MSO in the area.

KEOGH REORG COMPLETE

AUSTRALIA: FEATURE - The Plan Keogh reorg is just about complete with three additional ASLAV Squadrons and vehicle transfers to the motorised and mechanised infantry battalions.

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SPIES

BOOK REVIEW: John Fahey's Australia's First Spies tells a previously untold story of Australian covert intelligence operations in the World Wars.

MELBOURNE JOINS OP ARGOS

EAST CHINA SEA: HMAS Melbourne has joined North Korea sanctions evasion monitoring operations augmenting the two AP-3C Orions already tasked .

ALL F-35 FLIGHT OPS SUSPENDED

USA: Global F-35 Lightning II operations have been suspended while every aircraft is inspected to the wake of the first in flight loss of the aircraft.

RNZAF T-6C TEXAN CRASH

NEW ZEALAND: An RNZAF T-6C Texan has been extensively damaged during a training mission mechanical failure at RNZAF O'hakea.

IDF ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: The ADF has confirmed two indirect fire attacks on the Qargha base near Kabul after media claims of Ministerial misinformation about the attacks.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS HELICOPTER ACQUISTION

CANBERRA: Special Operations Command - Australia's requirement for a Special Operations Aviation Support light helicopter is moving forward with an offical RFI release.

ANZAC FRIGATE AMCAP UPGRADE

HENDERSON WA: The Royal Australian Navy has commenced the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade for its FFH Guided Missile Frigates.

REGIONAL FORCE SURVEILLANCE GROUP OPERATIONAL

DARWIN: All three of the Army's specialist Regional Force Surveillance Units have been formally amalgamated within the new Regional Force Surveillance Group.

FUTURE SUBMARINE PROJECT PROBLEMS

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's Future Submarine Project faces extreme issues as the French delay on technology transfer and the pump jet propulsion is now in doubt.

NZSASR CT VIDEO

NEW ZEALAND: VIDEO - An NZ Special Operations Group video of 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regt operators running Special Recovery drills at Ardmore Battle Training Facility.

HERCULES TO ABRAMS REFUEL

PORT AUGUSTA SA: The ADF has successfully used a C-130J Hercules to refuel a 1st Armoured Regiment M1A1 Abrams in an unconventional trial.

TGT7 FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY LIVE FIRE

TAJI IRAQ: Pictorial of a Task Group Taji VII Force Protection Company combined live fire event with the US Army's Bandit Troop 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Taji MC.

HMAS HOBART ON WAY TO USA

HAWAII USA: The RAN's first Air Warfare Destroyer is steaming to California to complete combat systems trials ahead of IOC declaration.

NZ EX SARI BAIR

WAIOURU NZ: The combat manoeuvre elements of the 1st New Zealand Brigade is busy conducting Exercise Sari Bair at Waiouru Military Training Area.

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING DEVELOPMENTS

ARIZONA USA: The RAAF's fleet of F-35A Lightning Joint Strike Fighters is expanding with nine aircraft flying amidst delays and flight testing suspensions.

ADF EXPANDS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS

PACIFIC ISLANDS: The Australia is negotiating to build a joint base in PNG and will fund a HADR base in Fiji under ambitious regional engagement policies.

.338 LWMMG MACHINE GUN

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force has been offered the next generation 8.6 x 63.3mm Light Weight Medium Machine Gun with sensational hitting power.

HAWKEI PMV-L ANAO REPORT

CANBERRA: The Australian National Audit Office has released a mixed report into the acquisition of the Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light.

TWO NEW LAND 121 HX TRUCKS ENTER SERVICE

PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: The Army School of Transport has commenced training on the HX42M and HX81 RMMV HX Series 2 High Mobility Logistics System trucks.

AWD2 BRISBANE ARRIVES AT FLEET BASE EAST

SYDNEY: Nuship Brisbane, the second of the RAN's new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers has arrived at Fleet Base East in Sydney Harbour ahead of her commissioning.

MEPHISTO

BOOK REVIEW: The superb new history book on the Qld Museum's prized Great War A7V Panzer Mephisto is one of the best recent Anzac publication.

ARMY ORDERS CARL GUSTAV M4 MRWS

SWEDEN: Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB has disclosed that the Australian Army has ordered the new 84mm Carl Gustaf M4 Multi Role Weapons System.

COMBINED NZ EEZ COMPLIANCE OPS

SOUTH PACIFIC: The RNZN and the US Coast Guard have conducted a wide ranging fisheries compliance operation in New Zealand EEZ waters.

AJAX IFV TENDER FOR LAND 400-3

AUSTRALIA: General Dynamics Land Systems - Australia is offering an evolution of the Ajax IFV for the Land 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender.

KOREAN REDBACK IFV TENDER

AUSTRALIA: The AS21 Redback IFV, a variant of the K21 KNIFV, will be offered for Land 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender by South Korea's Hanwha Defense Systems.

NZ BEGINS SAS HUNTING INQUIRY

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has commenced its own witch hunt of Afghanistan Special Operations veterans arising from activist allegations

THE ADF BRASS FIDDLES WHILE CHINA'S COLD WINDS BLOW OUR WAY

A&NZD Spring issue Editorial.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER ISSUE No. 103

A&NZ Defender Spring Issue now on sale through the news agents or order your copy directly from us.

TWO KF41 LYNX IFVs DELIVERED

AUSTRALIA: Two Rheinmetall KF-41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicles have been airlifted in Adelaide in the direct wake of the Land 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender

EOS R400S Mk 2 RWS FOR BOXER CRV

AUSTRALIA: The Australian made EOS R400S Mark 2 Remote Weapon Station will be fitted to the Land 400 Phase 2 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.

NEW ASSEGAI ARTY AMMO ARRIVES

BRISBANE: The first shipment of the new Rheinmetall Denel Munitions Assegai range of 155mm artillery projectiles has arrived ahead of integration trials.

RNZN ACQUIRES NEW VESSEL

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy is acquiring a new Dive and Hydrographic Support Vessel to replace its decommissioned Manawanui.

LAND 400 PHASE 3 IFV RFT

AUSTRALIA: The Government has officially released the Request for Tender for the next generation Infantry Fighting Vehicles under Project Land 400 Phase 3.

DETAILS ON ADF SHOTGUN ATTACHMENT

AUSTRALIA: Some details on the ADF funded Modular Shotgun System Attachment being developed in Australia have emerged from DefendTex.

6RAR REPLACES 3RAR IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: 6RAR Diggers deployed with Force Protection Element 10 have assumed responsibility for Australian security in Afghanistan from Charlie Coy 3RAR.

TIGER TRIALS RECOMMENCE ON AAS AMPHIBS

SYDNEY: Three 1st Aviation Regiment Tiger ARH helicopters have embarked on HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East for First of Class Flight Trials.

6RAR TAKES DOG CUP 2018

SINGLETON: 6RAR has won the 2018 Duke of Gloucester Cup in a competion marked by outstanding teams from all seven RAR battalions.

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