USA: Russia's invasion of Ukraine looks set to complicate the Australian Army's transition to next gen Abrams MBTs.
NEW CALEDONIA: Photostory. 6RAR and 1RNZIR train with the French RIMaP Marines in Nouvelle Caledonie.
UKRAINE: Australia is donating more PMVs and some upgraded APCs to support Ukraine's fight against the Russian invasion.
NELLIS: Australian F-35A Lightning IIs are involved with the USAF's cutting edge and secretive Exercise Black Flag 2022-1 underway outside Las Vegas.
UKRAINE: Ex Australian Army Bushmaster PMV-Ms and 155mm artillery guns are in action against the Russian invasion on Ukraine's eastern front.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has announced a major increase in funding for the MQ-28A combat drone and the first batch of operational airframes.
INDIAN OCEAN: Another Chinese intelligence gathering warship is conducting an aggressive mission close to classified ADF installations.
TEXAS USA: The first of 15 new RAAF LRIP14 Lightning IIs have been photographed flying out of Lockheed Martin in Texas.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN is involved in three separate very high tech Autonomous Undersea Vehicle development programs.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's next generation landing craft will be armed with the EOS R400-Marine Naval Remote Weapons Station.
AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian Navy will modify a decommissioned ACPB to conduct autonomous and remotely piloted surface warship technology trials.
TINDAL NT: The US Navy is building a tactical fuel storage facility at RAAF Tindal.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The first armed Chinese security personnel are now active in Honiara with approval of the Sogavare government.
CANBERRA: The PM's reconfirmation of the AH-64Ev6 Apache and additional MH-60R Romeo acquisitions also announced the replacement of the helo lost in 2021.
GEORGIA USA: One of the RAAF's highly classified MC-55A Peregrine's has been photographed by Plane Spotters in the USA. Pic Aaron Perlupe
AUSTRALIA: The RAN has introduced the ultra advanced new ESSM2 into service.
UKRAINE: The last of the Australian donated Bushmaster PMV-Ms and M777A2 guns are in Ukrainian hands.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's next generation Hunter class Future Frigates will be armed with multiple Israeli Typhoon gun systems.
NEVADA USA: RAAF fighters and an AEW&C are quietly operating out of Nellis AFB near Las Vegas.
AUSTRALIA: Two and a half years of back to back pandemic and disaster relief ops, the IGADF exodus and politicisation has resulted in serious Army skill qualification shortcomings.
DARWIN NT: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2022 has commenced small unit and skills training in the Northern Territory.
FLEET BASE WEST: The RAN has quietly validated its ability to rearm US Navy nuclear submarines during an Ex in WA.
TORRES STRAIT: The new Regional Support Craft has entered service with 51RNQR to conduct patrols from Thursday Island.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN will acquire a large fleet of new VTOL Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems under Project Sea 129.
DARWIN NT: The RAN has decommissioned its second Armidale class Patrol Boat at a ceremony in Darwin Harbour.
UKRAINE: The first imagery of Ukrainian soldiers training on the Bushmaster PMV has emerged from the warzone.
AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF has airlifted gifted Australian Army 155mm artillery guns to Poland for Ukraine.
BRIZE NORTON UK: An RNZAF C-130H Herc is flying intra-theatre airlift support missions in support of Ukraine across Europe.
AMBERLEY QLD: Australia's gifted Bushmaster PMVs are mostly already in theatre and some are surprisingly tooled up.
ROCKINGHAM WA: A US Navy nuclear powered submarine has returned to Fleet Base West for the first time since the pandemic commenced.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand has sold off 20 percent of its modern armoured fighting vehicle fleet to the Chilean Marine Corps.
USA: Preliminary personnel qualification ahead of the RAAF's introduction of the game changing Next Generation Jammer for the Growler fleet has commenced.
AUSTRALIA: In a first, the US Marine Corps will deploy a contingent of F-35B Lightnings to the Northern Territory for Exercise Pitch Black 22.
HENDERSON WA: HMAS Toowoomba has completed the dry dock phase of her AMCAP upgrade and is set to commence sea and harbour trials.
USA: The US Army has announced the selection of its Next Generation Squad Weapons to replace the M4 and M249 SAW.
PHILIPPINES: Photostory - Australian Special Operations Forces and US Navy SEALs in Direct Action missions in ultra stealthy SEAL assault craft.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Australian Strategic Policy Insitute has detailed the potential risk to Australia of the Solomon's alliance with China's totalitarian regime.
HENDERSON WA: The RAN will acquire two new build Patrol Boats for its expanded sovereignty enforcement fleet.
DARWIN NT: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2022's Air Combat Element is operational in support of Northern Territory based US and Australian elements.
AUSTRALIA: The Army's new sniper rifles, pistols, ultra compacts, PDWs, shotguns and combat knives have been approved but not publicly revealed.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's next gen long range missiles will transform Australia's ability to smash an opponent from a distance.
PHILIPPINES: Video: Elite 2 Commando Regiment specialists team up with US Navy SEALs and Philippine Navy SOG for a combined M4 and pistol shoot. OPEN ACCESS
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand has commenced funding weapons and is deploying an airlifter and ground teams to NATO to support Ukraine.
PHILIPINNES: Photofeature - Australian Special Operations Forces with Philippine Navy SOG and US Navy SEALs.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is rolling out a new baseball style AMCU camouflage cap as an alternative field dress head wear.
AMBERLEY QLD: The first C-17A load of Bushmaster PMV-Ms for Ukraine is airborne and bound for eastern Europe.
AUSTRALIA: A look at the new Medium Clearance Knife from Halfbreed Blades.OPEN ACCESS
CANARY ISLANDS: The Department of Defence has acquired an advanced Offshore Support Ship as the Pacific Support Vessel.
AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF Super Hornet fleet is back to full strength after the crashed aircraft was repaired.
CANBERRA: Mainstream media is reporting rumours that Army's premier armoured vehicle upgrade program is facing cuts and rescheduling.
BRISBANE: The first Bushmaster PMV-Ms bound for Ukraine have been repainted and shipped to Amberley for airlift to the battlefront.
CANBERRA: The ADF is tooling up fast, with expedited long range stand off air and sea launched missiles and advanced smart mines.
CANBERRA: An EA-18G Growler is being acquired to restore the RAAF's Growler based Airborne Electronic Attack capability.
CANBERRA: The RAAF's impending acquisition of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Reaper derivitive armed drone has been cancelled.
CANBERRA: Australia will airlift Bushmaster PMVs to Poland after a direct request from the Ukranian President for the combat proven armour.
CANBERRA: Australia will provide a third military aid package to Ukraine to assist in its defence against the Russian invasion.
DARWIN: The US Army contingent deploying to Darwin will pack some serious firepower.
POLAND: The RAAF airlift of military aid to Ukraine continues and will soon include New Zealand military supplies.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Chinese paramilitary police are already active teaching population control techniques to the RSIPF.
TOKYO: A RAAF KC-30A has deployed to Japan to conduct inflight refuelling trials with the Japanese JASDF.
USA: The US Navy has resumed MQ-4C Triton requests, potentially stabilising the RAAF's acquisition of the HALE surveillance drone.
GEELONG VIC: VIDEO Hanwha Defense Australia has released a video showing the AS21 Redback's case to win Project Land 400 Phase 3.
CANADA: Canada has resellected the F-35 Lightning II seven years and over a billion dollars after cancelling its original requirement for advanced 5th gen aircraft.
USA: The US Army is seeking options to rechamber its existing 7.62mm machine guns to the next gen round. Could it be goodbye to 5.56 and 7.62mm.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The anti Australian government of the Solomon Islands has finalised a military entry agreement with Communist China.
WILLIAMTOWN/AMBERLEY: Pictorial of outstanding images from Diamond Shield captured by aviation photographers at Williamtown and Amberley. Pic Caelan McDougall.
POLAND: The RAAF has completed another airlift of military aid and weapons for Ukraine to Poland.
AUSTRALIA: An advanced USAF Stealth Bomber and a very high level US commander has flown into an RAAF base.
HENDERSON WA: The RAN has accepted its first Evolved Cape class Patrol Boat from builder Austal.
FAIRBAIRN ACT: The RAAF's Defence Space Command commenced operations today, managing Australia's exo atmospheric military operations.
AMBERLEY: The Boeing/RAAF developed Loyal Wingman ATS advanced UCAV has been officially christened with a new common name and systems designation identifier.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: HMAS Arunta has participated in a combined transit of the South China Sea with US and Japanese destroyers.
USA: New Zealand's acquisition of the P-8A Poseidon is gaining momentum with two airframes under assembly ahead of entering service next year.
AUSTRALIA: The Government is preparing a second, larger, weapons and military aid package for Ukraine.
HIGH SEAS: Deliveries of ADF munitions and weapons system have been compromised by the sanctions on Russia which includes bans on Russian seafarers.
ROCKINGHAM WA: The RAN is expanding a major base to support allied nuclear submarines.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand is selling two of its problematic Lake class Inshore Patrol Vessels after decommissioning them early in 2019.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is acquiring advanced man portable digital multispectral target surveillance and grid reference generation systems for JTACs and JFOs.
POLAND: An RAAF C-17A has completed the third airlift of military supplies and weapons to Poland for the Ukraine Armed Forces.
AMBERLEY QLD: Elite camouflaged F-16C Aggressors are flying out of RAAF Amberley to support the RAAF's air combat training program. Pic Full Throttle Photography
DARWIN: The first elements of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2022 have arrived in Darwin from California with US Army elements to follow.
NORWAY: Contracts for the Australian Army's future Huntsman Self Propelled Artillery System digital command and fire control systems have been finalised.
IRAQ: Iran has attacked the Coalition facility at Erbil Airport, where Australian military personnel are known to operate, with ballistic missiles.
CANBERRA: Army has announced the replacement to its combat proven RQ-7B Shadow 200 TUAS drone.
CANBERRA: The announcement of which AFV has won the Land 400/3 contract is imminent with one mainstream media outlet claiming it has inside info and has named a 'winner'.
UKRAINE: The RAAF has delivered a second shipment of Australian funded military equipment for Ukraine to a forward NATO airbase.
CANBERRA: The Australian Defence Force will undergo the largest personnel expansion in almost 60 years as the security situation deteriorates.
CANBERRA: Forget the rumours, the Australian Army's next gen M1A2 will be all but identical to the latest US tanks.
CANADA: New Zealand's second Anzac frigate HMNZS Te Mana is completely upgraded and undergoing final trials before sailing for home.
TOWNSVILLE: 3 Brigade headquarters, signals and joint fires specialists have been trained on the new Interim - Battle Management System.
CANBERRA: The Government has announced a shortlist of three locations for a new major Royal Australian Navy base to support surface fleet and submarine operations.
HENDERSON WA: Another Evolved Cape class Patrol Boat for the RAN has been launched in WA.
BENDIGO VIC: Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light entry into service across the Australian Army has been delayed again by a minor safety issue.
AUSTRALIA: Kongsberg has developed the Bushmaster mounted Naval Strike Missile mobile launcher for the Aussie Army's Project Land 4100.
NATO TERRITORY: The RAAF has completed the first delivery of ADF military stores to Europe to resupply Ukraine's war effort as the Govt with more help inbound.
SE QLD: The Australian Defence Force has deployed to southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales in response to the massive flooding event.
AUSTRALIA: Australia will donate significant sums to the NATO led fund to buy new weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
EDITORIAL: The humiliation of Western military power in Afghanistan enabled the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Editorial by John Hunter Farrell
GUAM: Outstanding aerial imagery of the Australian, US and Japanese contingents over the Philippine Sea and Mariana Islands during Cope North 22.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is acquiring a new advanced lightweight manportable Laser Target Designator for JTACs and JFOs.
USA: The US Government has approved an upgrade of the missile defence systems on RAAF airlifters and tankers to the latest configuration.
GEELONG: The new factory to build the Army's next gen 155mm Self Propelled Howitzers is underway.
ANTARCTICA: Australia will deploy new specialist surveilence assets to Antarctica to monitor hostile incursions into our territory.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF has opted to upgrade its Hawk 127+ Lead In Fighter Trainers rather than replace them with a new fast jet trainer.
ARAFURA/CORAL SEAS: The aggressive Chinese Navy incursion into Australian waters was bigger, more provocative and a lot closer than the public realises.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: New F-35A Lightnings fresh off the assembly line are being delivered to Williamtown for the RAAF fleet.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The ADF is conducting a major emergency airlift of medical supplies and foodstuffs into the Solomons.
AUSTRALIA: The Chief of Air Force's has aggressively rejected claims made in mainstream media about the RAAF F-35A fleet.
AUSTRALIA: Despite all the talk about 'digital war', Russia, Ukraine and NATO have all opted for heavy armour and armoured artillery as their primary provocation/defence/deterrence tools in the face off in Ukraine.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: RAAF P-8A Poseidon operations are watching Chinese military activities in the South China Sea as Russia threatens war in Europe.
TONGA: The pandemic delayed Op Tonga Assist HADR response element is hard at work on the Tongan island of Atata.
ANTARCTICA: The Royal New Zealand Navy has conducted its first resupply voyage to Antarctica for 50 years.
AUSTRALIA: Hanwha Defense Australia will play a direct role in support of the Oshkosh/Hanwha bid aimed at the US Army.
OSBORNE SA: The Hunter class Future Frigate Systems has progressed with a major design review complete and the next phase underway.
USA: The USAF is following in the RAAF's footsteps and has formally released an RFI which is likely to result in an urgent E-7 Wedgetail acquisition.
AUSTRALIA: The final components of the ADF's joint Pilot Training System have achieved formal acceptance by the Dept of Defence.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's F-35A fleet is expanding with new capabilities added now that it has assumed the Australian air defence mission. Pic Adams Aero Pix
TONGA: Australian Defence personnel and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade crisis response team members are ashore in Tonga.
GUAM: Australian RAAF and US Air Force security ground combat elements are conducting an expert subject matter exchange bilateral training event.
USA: The USMC has completed trials of the new missile intended to replace the long serving Hellfire II.
AUSTRALIA: A profile of the new role dedicated Medium Infantry Knife, the MIK-02 from Halfbreed Blades.
GUAM: The annual combined US, Japan and Australian air exercise in the Mariana islands is underway.
USA: Finally some positive outcomes in the RAAF'S MQ-4C Triton drone saga from the US Navy.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN's first warship of 2022 has departed for the Indo Pacific to continue regional presence operations.
TONGA: The ADF has launched an emergency recovery operation for HMAS Adelaide after onboard power failures.
OSBORNE SA: Troubling issues in the design and engineering of the Future Frigates have been confirmed and are worse than expected.
WOODSIDE SA: Army's introduction of advanced surface to air missiles remains on track despite pandemic complications.
TONGA: The distribution of aid and the deployment of the recovery team aboard HMAS Adelaide has been complicated by the pandemic.
TONGA: Disaster relief operations in Tonga are gaining momentum with an major airlift underway and the arrival of HMAS Adelaide.
INDONESIA: Indonesia has confirmed it has signed contracts for a fleet of new fighters but is waiting on finance approval.
USA: The RAAF is a key participant in this year's exclusive US, British and Australian Ex Red Flag 2022-1 at Nellis AFB Las Vegas.
TONGA: Slideshow - ADF and NZDF Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief operations are in full swing in volcano and tsunami damaged Tonga.
LITHGOW NSW: Construction of the new high tech Lithgow Arms factory able to produce the ADF's advanced future small arms is about to commence.
TONGA: CH-47F Chinook helicopter have embarked on HMAS Adelaide as the first RAAF C-17A's touch down in Nuku'alofa with emergency aid and communications gear.
TONGA: The RAAF's Litening Pod augmented C-130J Hercules completed its first official overseas operational mission in support of the Tonga volcano HADR.
GERMANY: The German Bundeswehr has tabled another scathing report on its versions of the Tiger ARH and NH-90 (MRH-90) helicopters.
DARWIN: Work on the USAF's massive strategic bulk fuel storage facility at East Arm io Darwin's fringe has commenced.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF is prepositioning ships and aircraft to respond to any Tongan requests for assistance in the wake of the volcanic eruption.
TONGA: The RAAF is conducting a reconnaissance mission to assess the volcano eruption and tsunami damage to the Kingdom of Tonga.
EDINBURGH SA: A significant proportion of the RAAF's advanced P-8A fleet was damaged in a severe storm last year.
RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF is undertaking a block upgrade of its C-130J Hercules fleet with the first aircraft upgrade already complete.
CANBERRA: UPDATED The Department of Defence withdrew and then almost immediately reissued its program to replace the Australian Army's venerable war worn LCM8 Landing Craft.
USA: The US Army has selected the Next Generation Squad Weapon sighting system ahead of its selection of the M-4A1 carbine and M249 SAW replacement combat weapons with advanced 6.8mm small arms.
SWEDEN: The next gen HE448 expanded lethality multi purpose programmable round for the 84mm M4 Multi Role Weapons System has been operationally certified.
AMBERLEY: The RAAF's fleet of C-27J Spartans are aiming at a mid year FMR and FOC after being reroled as lower tier Light Tactical Fixed Wing airlifters.
CANBERRA: The Department of Defence is conducting a 'fundamental review' of the already underway MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance acquisition due to US Navy repositioning.
CANBERRA: Australia and Japan have formalised the Reciprocal Access Agreement that allows both nations military access to each other's facilities.
HENDERSON WA: HMAS Ballarat has entered the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade in Western Australia.
USA: The Army's next generation 'latest version' Black Hawks are a far more sophisticated platform than the now retired S-70As that hauled our Diggers around Timor Leste back in the day.
CANADA: The RNZN's HMNZS Te Mana is still stuck in Canada due to pandemic and contractual disputes months after her upgrade engineering was completed.
USA: The USAF has employed the cutting edge GBU-53/B accellerating the RAAF's introduction of the advanced Precision Guided Munition.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: A large percentage of the Australian Defence Force personnel in the Solomon Islands have been returned to Australia after completing their mission.
FRANCE: Senior French Airbus executives are directly contradicting the Australian Defence Minister, claiming that no decision to replace the disastrous MRH-90 with the UH-60M Black Hawk has been made.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Chinese influenced Sogavare Government has approved a deployment of Chinese paramilitaries and crowd control equipment in the wake of the Australian led restoration of law and order in Honiara.
HENDERSON WA: The first of the RAN's interim Evolved Cape class Patrol Boats is currently undergoing contractor sea trials off Perth.
CANBERRA: The Australian Army and RAN's doomed MRH-90 helicopters Final Material Release and Final Operational Capability are delayed again.
USA: The US Government has approved a very large quantity of the latest Hellfire II laser guided missiles for the Australian Army's helicopters.
CANBERRA: Contracts for new Huntsman Self Propelled Howitzers and approvals for new M1A2C Abrams, M1150 Armoured Breacher Vehicles, M1074 Joint Assault Bridges and additional M88A2 Hercules are paving the way for the new South Australian based heavy combat brigade.
ROCKINGHAM WA: The RAN's massive underway oiler HMAS Sirius will be withdrawn from service tomorrow after 15 years supporting the fleet.
OSBORNE SA: The RAN has officially launched Nuship Arafura, the first of class OPVs at a ceremony at Osborne, South Australia.
OSBORNE SA: The RAN has cancelled the original prime gun system for the Arafura class OPVs and is seeking a more capable alternative.
CANBERRA: Lockheed Martin Australia has been appointed primary agent for the upgrade of the Hobart DDGs to Aegis Baseline 9 capability.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Royal New Zealand Navy is operating beside the Royal Australian Navy in Iron Bottom Sound off Honiara.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Slideshow. Former Aussie Digger now awarded photojournalist Gary Ramage's outstanding imagery from the early intervention in the Solomons. Including multiple new Australian Army and AFP Tactical Response Team weapons and weapon accessories operational debuts.
MELBOURNE: The Australian Army has finalised the contract for its next generation Hanwha tracked artillery guns and armoured vehicles.
HOLSWORTHY: The Australian Army has quietly retired its inservice S-70A Black Hawks on the same day the new Black Hawk acquisition was announced.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Slideshow. The New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police are supporting stabilisation operations in the Solomon Islands.
CANBERRA: The Australian Army will acquire a large fleet of new UH-60 Black Hawks to replace the problematic MRH90 TTH.
CORAL SEA: Navy has conducted tropical First of Class Flight Trials on its Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment off North Queensland.
TINDAL NT: The Department of Defence has revealed a few details of the F-35A Lightning IIs assumption of the key northern air defence mission.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: Video: The Land 400 Phase 3 trials confirmed both the Redback and Lynx AFVs were compatible with the RAN's amphibious ships and landing craft.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has revealed the timeline for its transition from the old Tiger ARH to the advanced AH-64Ev6 Apache Guardian gunship helo.
BENALLA VIC: Local production of the 155mm M795 high explosive fragmentation artillery shell will commence early next year.
FLEET BASE WEST WA: The RAN's underway oiler HMAS Sirius has returned to base for the last time after completing her final mission.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has introduced the new Aussie made 217kg BLU-111 (Aus) B/B G.P. Bomb Unit into service on its combat aircraft.
TINDAL NT: 75 Squadron is re equipping with the cutting edge F-35A Lightning II after the retirement of the final F/A-18HUG 'classic' Hornets.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Australian Defence Force's Joint Task Group 637.4 expands its support for the Australian Federal Police led stablisation operations as Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand deploy forces.
AUSTRALIA: Army Aviation Command has assumed administrative and capability delivery responsibility for all of Army's helicopters and Tactical UAVs.
NEW ZEALAND: The first US Navy warship to visit NZ's capital Wellington in 38 years has received a warm joint NZDF welcome.
FLEET BASE WEST WA: HMAS Perth has returned to RAN control after an extraordinary five year dry docking due to crewing issues and the AMCAP upgrade.
WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF has officially retired its long serving and combat proven F/A-18 'classic' Hornet fleet with a small ceremony at RAAF Williamtown.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The deployment of a compact Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Force joint task group has suppressed anti government riots in the Solomon Island's capital.
UNITED KINGDOM: Reports that the RAAF is negotiating for a much larger new build Hercules fleet have emerged from well placed sources.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The AFP advance force mission element was airlifted into Honiara last night in response to broadscale rioting.
CANBERRA: Australia is deploying a security assistance force to the Solomon Islands after communal unrest has seen widespread arson and rioting in Honiara.
JAVA: Australian SASR and SOER specialists have trained with Indonesian KOPASSUS personnel in Indonesia's Banten region in Java. Pic Twitter
PHILIPPINE SEA: Photostory - The RAN has teamed up with the US Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and German Deutsches Marine for the Japanese led Annual Exercise 2021.
AVALON VIC: Photostory 2 Commando Company parachute training into the fields around Avalon airport at Geelong in Victoria during Ex Star Leopard.
AUSTRALIA: The last of autonomous 20 M-113AS4 Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicles has been delivered to the Australian Army for its robotics trials.
WESTERN PACIFIC: The RAAF contributed two C-17As which flew a 9000km round mission with their USAF counterparts during Ex Global Dexterity.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: New RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have flown in from the USA with more expected very soon. Pic Jeff De Ath
AUSTRALIA: Halfbreed Blades have released their new Tanto style Compact Clearance Knife, the CCK-02. OPEN ACCESS
INDONESIA: Indonesia has ordered a small fleet of the huge Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter to augment its air transport capacity.
AUSTRALIA: No foreign design Pacific Support Ship would be half as impressive to our Pacific Island neighbours as an all Aussie sovereign Expeditionary Fast Transport.
JAPAN: A Japanese warship has 'protected' an Australian warship during the first formal activation of the Australia - Japan Asset Protection Mission.
BRISBANE: The Australian Army is acquiring a fleet of Aussie made GaardTech Jaeger-C AI driven Autonomous Ground Combat Robots to trial long range/long endurance hunter killer missions.
LITHGOW: The Australian Army and Thales Lithgow Arms are developing an all Aussie next generation advanced 6.8mm combat rifle that fires an unconventional high lethality round.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand's elite Special Tactics Group has been busy conducting counter terrorism training with RNZAF NH-90 helicopters.
GERMANY: The German military has confirmed it will deploy a significant air element to Australia next year.
ROCKINGHAM WA: The RAN's second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Stalwart will be officially commissioned into service on November 13.
CANBERRA: Aussie evolved weapons maker EOS Defence Systems has integrated a High Energy Laser Counter UAS/Counter Loitering Munition self defence system to its advanced T2000 turret.
WILLIAMTOWN: Aviation photographer Glen Greathead has captured an F-35A IRCM flare deployment, possibly the first time that an Aussie Lightning has been snapped using its advanced survivability systems.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's pandemic delayed migration from its legacy F2 to the new M252A1 81mm Mortar System is finally getting serious.
DARWIN: USAF B-1B Lancers have been active over the Northern Territory again with support from RAAF KC-30A tankers. Pictorial.
JAPAN: Another Kiwi P-3K2 has deployed to Japan to fly surveillance missions targeting North Korean sanctions evasion operations.
FRANCE: The Australian Army's wisdom in deciding to retire its problematic Tiger helos in favour of new Apaches has been validated with the French led 'next gen' Tiger upgrade faltering.
TINDAL NT: The RAAF has revealed its plans for RAAF Tindal and the primary northern air defence mission after it retires its Top End based classic Hornets.
ROCKINGHAM WA: Aussie and US Navy Mine Countermeasures specialists have completed Exercise Dugong 2021 in waters off Fleet Base West.
WOOMERA: Video: The RAAF and Boeing have two BATS Loyal Wingman flying trials missions out of RAAF Woomera in the central desert as the program gains speed.
CANBERRA: A final decision on which helicopter will fulfill SOCAust's Light Special Operations Aviation Capability requirement should be announced soon if the program schedule is to be maintained.
JAPAN: The RAN has airlifted a replacement MH-60R Romeo for HMAS Brisbane into Japan to allow the advanced destroyer to complete her mission.
CANBERRA: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is calling for urgent redirection of Defence efforts to build more warships rapidly.
FISHERMANS BEND VIC: Boeing Australia is moving rapidly through the production of the RAAF Loyal Wingman fleet at its advanced facility in Melbourne.
CANBERRA: The Department of Defence revealed a few of its preferences for the future nuclear submarine for the RAN in recent Senate hearings.
FLEET BASE WEST WA: An unidentified British Royal Navy Astute class nuclear hunter killer submarine is having a brief holiday in Western Australia.
SHOALWATER BAY QLD: The Singapore Armed Forces have successfully completed Ex Wallaby 2021, resuming major Australian based training after the pandemic closures.
EAST/YELLOW SEA: HMAS Warramunga has joined UN sanctions monitoring of North Korea violations under Operation Argos.
AUSTRALIA: Video: Defence has developed an integrated system that allows one driver to control multiple HX logistics vehicles on missions
CANBERRA: The Government has expedited its acquisition of a Pacific Support Vessel, hinting that it could enter service next year.
REVIEW: Phillip Bradley's excellent history of the Australian 7th Division's clearance of the Ramu Valley and extermination of the Japanese in the Finisterre Mountains of New Guinea in 43/44.
USA: The US Government is exploring the relocation of some next generation PrSM Precision Strike Missile flight tests to Australia to maintain secrecy of the cooperative US Army/Australian Army program.
TOWNSVILLE: Army's leased AW139 helicopters are being kept busy flying missions that should have been filled by the problematic MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter.
TIMOR/ARAFURA SEA: The Royal Australian Navy and the Indonesian TNI-Angkatan Laut have completed their 11th combined security patrol of the two nations' shared maritime border.
CALIFORNIA: Video: Australian Army 1Avn Tiger ARH helicopters in live fire exercise with USMC Vipers and Ospreys in California for Ex Griffin Eagle.
BRISBANE: Manufacture of the final configuration Australian Army Boxer Block 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle has commenced at Rheinmetall's MILVEHCOE in Qld.
AUSTRALIA: Australia's Defence Science and Technology Group is playing a key role in the scientific support of the F-35A weapons certification efforts.
AT SEA: The Royal New Zealand Navy's new look naval task group has been active in the South China Sea with upgraded Anzac frigates and the new underway oiler.
DARWIN NT: The US Marines of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2021 are heading home after completing their six month deployment to Australia.
PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group has completed its competitive trials of the Hanwha AS21 Redback and Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx Armoured Fighting Vehicles.
HENDERSON WA: The first of six new Evolved Cape class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy was quietly launched by builder Austal last month.
BRISBANE: Rheinmetall has unveiled its new Lynx Combat Support Vehicle, the basis of at least four of the ten Land 400/3 AFV variants required if the company wins the contract.
BRISBANE: Defence is funding the continued development of a cutting edge tracked Combat-UGS that uses Artificial Intelligence and weapons from mini guns through to Javelin missiles to fight semi autonomously beside infantry platoons.
USA: The US Army is in the final stage of trials for its next generation light tank, the first new tank to enter service since the prototype M1 Abrams in the late 1970s.
TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army's new Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear protective systems include advanced casualty evacuation and decontamination systems.
PHILIPPINE SEA: An RAN MH-60R Romeo helicopter has been lost after making a forced landing at sea during routine night operations.
OSBORNE SA: Sub components of the first prototype Hunter class frigate modules to validate the shipbuilding skills at the Osborne Naval Shipyard have been completed.
SINGAPORE: The RAN will lose an exceptional bulk fuel resupply capacity when it retires the underway oiler HMAS Sirius in December, a capacity that would be critical if push comes to shove with the CCP.
KARRAKATTA WA: The 10th Light Horse Regiment re raising parade revealed some very modern new weapons systems on the new Hawkeis entering service with the next gen Army Reserve/regular formation.
BRADSHAW NT: Marine MRF-D21 fired the FIM-92 Stinger Surface to Air Missile for the first time in Australia during a SAM shoot with 16RAA.
USA: An upgraded payload for the Australian made Mk 234 Nulka Active Missile Decoy is entering production for the US Navy and Royal Australian Navy.
USA: A major Australian acquistion of more advanced MH-60R Romeo naval combat helicopters for the RAN's Fleet Air Arm is underway.
DARWIN NT: The RAN has commenced issuing its new Maritime Multicam Pattern Uniform to sailors based at Cairns FNQ and Coonawarra NT.
TOWNSVILLE: Video: Excellent Army video on the progress in the Boxer CRV as it replaces the ASLAV in Australian Army service.
TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army's new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles were deployed north to Townsville for Diamond Dagger and a live shoot with obscurants for added effect.
PHILIPPINE SEA: The RNZN's HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Aotearoa participated in the massive four carrier strike group concentration in the Philippine Sea.
TOWNSVILLE: The new AMCU patterned Land 2110 CBRN Personal Protective Ensemble is rolling out across Army's combat manoeuvre brigades.
TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army's 7th Brigade is trialling very quiet, dust plume suppressed battery powered E-Bikes to equip its Recon Scouts.
USA: The US Air Force is lobbying hard for the acquisition of the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail to replace its E-3G Sentry AWACs after borrowing a RAAF aircraft for three weeks and verifying its outstanding capability.
SHOALWATER BAY: Singapore has resumed its Exercise Wallaby training manoeuvres in Queensland with a small contingent after cancelling last year's activities due to the pandemic.
USA: The US State Department has approved an additional EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft to replace the one lost in 2018.
DARWIN: Pictorial - Marine Rotational Force - Darwin shipped out its tiltrotors and gunship helicopters after completing the 2021 deployment.
AUSTRALIA: Australia is seeking to buy advanced Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence missiles capable of destroying enemy aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.
FREMANTLE: A German Navy frigate has docked in Western Australia during the first Deutsche Marine extended Indian Ocean operation since WW2.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF has retired the first of its P-3K2 Orion MPAs as it prepares to introduce its new P-8A Poseidons.
LITHGOW NSW: The turreted Boxer 'Guncar' 30mm Mauser/Rheinmetall cannon will be built at Thales Australia Lithgow from Aussie made parts.
DARWIN: Another Japanese warship has resupplied in Darwin under the Japan Australia Reciprocal Access Agreement.
USA: The USAF's Pacific Air Force's commander has revealed plans for a major expansion of his aircraft into and out of Australian bases under the AUKUS partnership.
PORT MACQUARIE: The ADF has ordered a second tranche of Aussie made Bale Defence Death Adder RTVs for specialist combat elements.
TOOWOOMBA: Boeing Australia has announced it will build the Loyal Wingman autonomous UCAV in Toowoomba when the RAAF acquisition commences in 2025/26.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: New F-35As flew into Australia last week as the RAAF closes in on the completion of the transition from the F/A-18HUG 'classic' Hornet.
USA: Trials of the Rapid Dragon containerised missile system that turns airlifters into long range strikers holds great promise for the RAAF.
CANBERRA: Army has separated out its helicopters and drones into a new dedicated Command separate from the manoeuvre elements of Forces Command.
DARWIN: A Japanese naval task element has arrived in Darwin as part of new reciprocal access arrangements between the ADF and JSDF.
CANBERRA: Australia is seeking an 'interim' leased nuclear fast attack submarine capability for the RAN in the immediate future.
US & UK: The latest generation of US Navy and UK Royal Navy fast attack submarines are exponentially more capable than the RAN's planned diesel powered SSG.
CANBERRA: The RAAF is acquiring long range stealthy cruise missiles that can penetrate advanced air defence systems and smash key enemy targets.
CANBERRA: Australia will arm its Hobart class destroyers with the latest variant Tomahawk Block V long range surface strike cruise missile.
WASHINGTON DC: Australia will be given access to US nuclear submarine technology under a new strategic aggreement.
KARRAKATTA WA: The Perth based 10th Light Horse has its first new Hawkei PMV-Ls for its new ISR Squadron ahead of its reestablishment as a full light cavalry regiment.
NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy is acquiring Tasmanian built Littoral Manoeuvre Craft for its Mine Countermeasures and Naval Special Warfare missions.
USA: Lockheed Martin has signed new sustainment contracts with the F-35 Joint Project Office which will see already decreasing support costs fall dramatically in the next year.
SOUTH KOREA: Australia and South Korea are negotiating expanded military to military links and possible infantry exercises.
PACIFIC OCEAN: New Zealand has deployed a frigate and a tanker to Southeast Asia in that nation's sovereign regional presence activity.
AUSTRALIA: Halfbreed Blades have just released another Medium Infantry Knife to complement their range - the partially serrated, drop point MIK-03.OPEN ACCESS
INDONESIA: Australia and Indonesia are negotiating a new agreement that will see a major expansion of TNI training in Australia and attendance at Australian military colleges.
ROCKINGHAM WA: The Royal Australian Navy has officially accepted its new Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship Stalwart.
DARWIN HARBOUR: Pictorial - the RAN's Darwin based Armidale patrol boats have conducted combined exercises to maintain skills across the fleet.
ARAFURA SEA: Pictorial - the Indian and Royal Australian Navies are conducting a bilateral maritime warfare training exercise in waters off Darwin.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: A new F-35A flew into Williamtown on Saturday with more to follow as the RAAF rolls towards two operational combat squadrons of Lightning IIs. Pic Jeff De Ath/Williamtown Plane Spotters
BRADSHAW NT: Pictorial - more great pix from the USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and Australian Army 1st Brigade's EABO tactical ex in the Top End.
FAIRBANKS ALASKA: Pictorial - the RAAF expeditionary air element for Red Flag Alaska was the first overseas training trip for our Williamtown based F-35As.
PHILIPPINE SEA: Pictorial - the combined US Navy, Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and Royal Australian Navy sea wargames off Guam.
TOP END NT: Pictorial - Marine Rotational Force - Darwin has integrated with 1 Brigade to conduct Exercise Koolendong 2021 at Bradshaw FTA in the Top End.
KABUL: 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment operators played a critical role in the short Kiwi airlift of its citizens and approved Afghans out of Kabul.
TOWNSVILLE: Two 7th Brigade personnel have been killed in a truck accident during Ex Diamond Dagger 21.
AFGHANISTAN: The final US military airlifter has flown away and the Taliban are in complete control of HKIA.
CAIRNS: The RAN's two oldest commissioned vessels have completed their final operational tasking and returned to base to decommission.
AFGHANISTAN: The Australian Defence Force's emergency Noncombatant Evacuation Operation into Kabul has ended with the last Diggers flown out to AMAB.
AFGHANISTAN: Pictorial The Australian armed security elements in Kabul including 1RAR, Airfield Defence Guards, Special Operations Command. Photostory from August 24.
GUAM: The RAN's HMAS Warramunga is operating beside US Navy, Indian Navy and Japanese warships in the Philippine Sea for Ex Malabar 2021.
USA: The US Government has approved Australian production of RIM-174 SM6 and SM2 Block IIIC Standard naval missiles for the Royal Australian Navy and export.
AFGHANISTAN: The Australian airlift out of Kabul has gained momentum with a doubling of flights and evacuations, and the New Zealanders have joined the effort.
ALASKA USA: An RAAF multi type offensive air operations element is participating in the bilateral Red Flag Alaska 21-3 with high end USAF Pacific units.
ROCKINGHAM WA: HMAS Ballarat has returned to her home port Fleet Base West in WA after a very busy four month deployment of operations and exercises.
AL MINHAD: Photostory - RAAF C-17A Globemasters have conducted their first evacuation airlift flights out of Kabul's HKIA airport as the Taliban expand their control.
NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy will integrate a new digital communications suite into its upgraded Anzac class guided missile frigates.
EDITORIAL: Trying to live with the awful reality of the Coalition's unnecessary and deliberate defeat in Afghanistan. Editorial by John Hunter Farrell - Open Source
AL MINHAD: Two RAAF C-17A Globemasters have joined the RAAF C-130J and KC-30A at Al Minhad Air Base near Dubai to support the airlift of Australians and Afghans with Australian links out of Taliban controlled Kabul.
HAWAII: The USMC has successfully demonstrated its high tech robotic Anti Ship Missile System by destroying a decommissioned frigate at sea during EABO exercise trials last week.
AFGHANISTAN: The RAAF has successfully completed the first evacution of Australians and Afghan employees out of Kabul today.
JAPAN: The RAAF has deployed another P-8A Poseidon to Japan to support surveillance operations on North Korean regime sanctions evasions.
AFGHANISTAN: Reports of an Aussie Special Operations Task Group 632 contingent in Kabul to facilitate the evacuation of Australians is circulating in the international media.
AMBERLEY: The first contingent of ADF personnel has departed Amberley for the United Arab Emirates to support the emergency evacuation from Kabul after the catastrophic collapse of Afghanistan.
AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian Navy has formally declared Final Operating Capability for its advanced fleet of Hobart class destroyers.
BENDIGO: The first of the New Zealand Army's new Bushmaster 5.5 combat vehicles are rolling down the assembly line at Thales Australia in Victoria.
PACIFIC OCEAN: The RAN's new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) HMAS Supply has successfully refuelled her first warship at sea and is progressing towards operational tasking.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is a paid up partner in the US Army's advanced long range Precision Strike Missile Increment 1 program with a view to kick start local production and entry into service.
AUSTRALIA: Rheinmetall has confirmed A&NZD's reports that the primary cannon is limited to one top end expensive round and has very serious turret weapons and systems integration issues that will be resolved at Australian expense.
CORAL SEA: The integrated Australian, US and Japanese warships in the Coral Sea have completed their Combined Joint Battle Problem manoeuvres with live fires and aviation operations.
CORAL SEA: Talisman Sabre saw some cutting edge weapons systems in action, but in our (biased) view the coolest of them all was the USMC's Spec Ops super old school M45A1 CQBP evolution of the epic but Colt 1911 'forty five'.
CORAL SEA: Australian, US and Japanese warships and amphibious ground combat elements are operating together within the Combined Joint Battle Problem manoeuvres at sea off Queensland.
AUSTRALIA: Victorian advanced military systems developer DefendTex has upgraded its revolutionary 40mm RPG40 rocket propelled grenade with laser guidance and integrated it on its Drone155 for very low cost precision aerial attack missions.
TALISMAN SABRE: Video. USAF DAGRE team special forces operations in northern Australia during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.
EDITORIAL: The ADF's official response to the IGADF's public Afghan warcrimes allegations is a artful exercise in linguistic avoidance all about the sins of the little people and no mention of senior commander responsibilities. By John Hunter FarrellOPEN ACCESS
PUCKAPUNYAL: Video. CASG has released the first video of Redback & Lynx AFVs conducting live fire with mechanised infantry dismounts during the Land 400/3 trials.
NORTHERN AUSTRALIA: Pictorial: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 has wound up, but we couldn't help ourselves with one final dig into their photofile.
CORAL SEA: The RAAF was busy flying active missions gleaning electronic intelligence from the Chinese intelligence ships trying to spy on Talisman Sabre 2021. Pic Sid Mitchell
TOWNSVILLE: Confirmation of at least two VIP transport missions and multiple undisclosed flights from bases on online flight trackers indicate that the MRH-90 grounding may at least be partially lifted.
INGHAM NTH QLD: Pictorial: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 culminated with a combined USMC, Japanese, Brit Royal Marine Commando and Australian over the beach assault at Ingham.
CANBERRA: The Minister of Defence has confirmed that the RAN's Future Frigate program is already off the rails and faces a significant delay in entering service.
TALISMAN SABRE: Pictorial: The Royal Australian Air Force, US Air Force, US Marine Corps and US Navy all contributed jets to Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.
TOWNSVILLE FTA: Pictorial: Aussie CH-47F Chinooks redeploy US Army 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment airborne elements into Townsville Training Area for ground manoeuvre exercises with Australian elements during TS21.
TINDAL: Pictorial: The USAF's 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron's Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element (DAGRE) delivers ground combat capability to MC-130J Commando II operations during TS21.
TINDAL NT: The RAAF's 75 Squadron has repainted one of its F/A-18 classic Hornets in glossy magpie black and white to commemorate its final six months flying the battle proven fighters.
CHARTERS TOWERS: Pictorial: The US Army's elite 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) parachuted from RAAF C-17A Globemasters directly into Talisman Sabre.
TINDAL NT: Video: Australian Commandos and US Green Berets fast rope from 160th SOAR Nightstalkers MH-60s during Talisman Sabre in the Top End.
CORAL SEA: Pictorial: The US Navy's USS America refuels the Australian Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat in the Coral Sea to reconfirm the ability of the US Navy to support the RAN anywhere on the high seas.
TOWNSVILLE: Video: An outstanding ADF clip of 3 Brigade's Battle Group Eagle conducting a combined arms assault with armour at Townsville Training Area during TS21.
DELAMERE: The RAAF has validated the deployment of the GBU-12 Paveway II LGB from the Hawk 127 LIFT with target designation by Tiger ARH helos.
BOWEN NTH QLD: Pictorial: Japanese amphibious infantry are embedded with 3RAR during the security exercise activities in Bowen within TS21.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand will abandon its NZDF modernisation after budget cuts and refocus the NZDF towards ideological goals of the Ardern government.
TALISMAN SABRE: Pictorial: The RAAF's C-17A Globemasters have been airlifting the USMC's M142 HiMARS rocket artillery systems around southern Qld in simulated HIRAIN rocket bombardments within TS21.
TALISMAN SABRE: Pictorial: Talisman Sabre hits its stride with major field manoeuvres at Townsville Field Traing Area and at the Whitsunday's town of Bowen.
ALASKA: An element of 3 Squadron is at Eielson AFB in Alaska for Ex Red Flag Alaska with a flight of brand new F-35As directly off the Lockheed Martin assembly line.
TINDAL NT: Pictorial. Australian Commandos fast rope from elite American 160th SOAR Nightstalkers Black Hawks at RAAF Tindal in the Top End within the TS21 CJSOTF.
TINDAL NT: Pictorial. The US Army Special Forces Command's elite 160th SOAR Nightstalkers flying out of RAAF Tindal in the Top End within the TS21 CJSOTF.
CORAL SEA: The Royal Australian Navy has deployed one of its interim MTUAS drones to operate off a frigate within TS21.
CORAL SEA: Pictorial. A 15 warship naval element composed of Royal Australian Navy, US Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japanese and South Korean warships is training in the Coral Sea within TS21.
TOP END NT: Pictorial. First images of the Talisman Sabre Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - MC-130Js HALO jumps and Night Stalker helos.
AUSTRALIA: The Department of Defence has listed the Army's Tiger ARH helicopters for sale in its 2021 arms sale catalogue.
TALISMAN SABRE: Pictorial. A torrent of excellent images is emerging out of Ex Talisman Sabre 2021 as the exercise picks up momentum.
MIDDLE EAST REGION: The Royal New Zealand Navy has assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 conducting Counter Narcotics and Counter Terrorism operations in Arabian waters.
CORAL SEA: Slideshow: US 31MEU Marine Force Recon and Rubber Raiding Craft crews in the Coral Sea during Talisman Sabre 2021.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian and US governments are in the final stages of negotiation over extended US Army deployments operating from Australian bases.
SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow: Australian, US Navy and Japanese warships bombard SWBTA from gunline in the Coral Sea during Talisman Sabre 2021.
SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow: A closeup pictorial of the joint USMC and US Army M142 HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems participating in Ex Talisman Sabre 2021.
TALISMAN SABRE WIDE: Special Operations Command Australia and United States Special Operations Command have raised a very low profile integrated Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) which is already active in Talisman Sabre.
SHOALWATER BAY: The Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and RAAF teamed up with the US Navy, USMC and US Army to conduct a naval, air, helicopter, artillery and missile barrage at SWBTA.
SHOALWATER BAY: Video: The US Army's 38th Air Defence Artillery Brigade's successful launch of an MIM-104D PAC 2 GEM Patriot Surface to Air Missile during Talisman Sabre 21.
SOLOMON SEA: The US Navy's USS America Expeditionary Strike Group and its embarked airwing are inbound for the Coral Sea off Queensland and Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.
SHOALWATER BAY: Ex Talisman Sabre 2021 will kick off with the first ever US Army advanced Surface to Air Missile launch in Australia.
BOOK REVIEW: An Aussie Army Reservist's stunning analysis of the most widely followed Anglo American military strategic theories and doctrines may well rewrite the way the US led alliance approaches combat campaigns.
WIDE BAY QLD: Lighthorsemen have successfully completed the first unit level turreted Boxer CRV 30mm live fire event.
FLORIDA USA: The Royal New Zealand Air Force's transition to the P-8A Poseidon is gaining momentum as entry into service approaches.
AMBERLEY: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 has kicked off with an opening ceremony at RAAF Amberley and a Chinese Navy surveillance ship heading towards the Torres Strait.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has introduced a new EF-88 Airsoft conversion kit to augment its reality based dismounted Close Quarter Combat training programs.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has dumped its brigade based deployable combined arms battle group generation cycle in favour of ad hoc arrangements, less exercises and more barracks level basic skills and simulator training.
AFGHANISTAN: Photostory - The ADF has finally bothered to release the imagery of the final moments of our long and brutal war in Afghanistan almost a month after the last Anzacs were withdrawn in secrecy.
TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army has revalidated its Manned Unmanned Teaming fire support capability using the RQ-7B Shadow 200 TUAS to designate targets.
CANBERRA: The RAAF has abandoned its efforts to certify the C-27J Spartan's Electronic Warfare Self Protection suite seriously limiting its wartime utility.
TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army has accepted two new CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helos with two more new helicopters inbound next year.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN led international warship surface action group is assembling and working up ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.
PUCKAPUNYAL: The most recent crop of young mechanised infantry, combat reconnaissance and main battle tank platoon and troop commanders were tested in the field under realistic live fire conditions during Ex Gauntlet Strike in June.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has commenced its replacement of its old 1970s era L16 mortars with a new Austrian made 81mm mortar system and digital ballistics system.
HENDERSON WA: HMAS Perth, a few years ago considered the most advanced frigate on earth, is finally back in the water after a ridiculously long dry dock period before her eventual AMCAP upgrade.
HOLSWORTHY NSW: Special Operations Command - Australia has introduced the SIG MCX into service, rumoured to be chambered in .300 AAC Blackout.
TOWNSVILLE: 3 Brigade's 2 Cavalry Regiment is conducting ASLAV-S based field trials of the advanced Aussie DroneShield RfOne MkII UAS detection and tracking system.
AFGHANISTAN: The Australian Defence Force has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of the US final deadline of September 11, in a regrettable end to our longest war.
SOUTH KOREA: The Republic of Korea Army will trial the AS21 Redback IFV prototype IFVs after the Australian Army's Mounted Close Combat Capability trials are finished.
USA: The joint US Navy/RAAF funded project to field the Next Generation Jammer - Mid Band on their EA-18G Growlers has moved forward with low rate production approved.
MT BUNDEY NT: Slideshow - Snipers from Australia, Japan and the US Marine Corps got together for a cooperative shoot in the Northern Territory during Exercise Southern Jackaroo in June.
MT BUNDEY NT: Slideshow - Australian, Japanese and US Marine Corps ground forces conduct live fire and field training manoeuvres in the Northern Territory.
EXMOUTH WA: The RAAF Space Division is working up its personnel and technology to brings its new WA based advanced exo-atmospheric surveillance systems to fully operational status.
FLEET BASE WEST: The third RAN frigate to emerge from the AMCAP upgrade program in WA was scheduled to return to general RAN tasking this month.
BRISBANE: Army Operational Conversion training on the new turreted Boxer CRV Block 1 Lance turret is underway at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.
AUSTRALIA: Australia has agreed to a Papua New Guinea government request to arm the new patrol boats we are gifting the Pacific Island nation.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's 41st F-35A is flying in Texas and its second squadron is close to completing its initial Operational Conversion Course on the new strike fighter. Pic Tim Wurth
RICHMOND NSW: A mission package of advanced USAF MC-130J Commando II special operations airlifters have quietly flown into RAAF Richmond as international military contingents head into Australia for the primary exercise period. Pic Glen Greathead
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has named its four JTAC support PC-21s in honour of the service's four historical Victoria Cross heroes.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN has ordered a next generation Autonomous - Unmanned Underwater Vehicle for its mine countermeasures and hydrographic survey operations.
OPINION: A British special operations analyst points out serious threats to modern Special Warfare operators in the social media and digital biometric software age.
FLEET BASE WEST: The RAN's second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment has arrived in Western Australia ahead of her final systems integration and commissioning into RAN service.
AUSTRALIA: An Australian Army infantry NCO has been decorated for his leadership during the mass casualty rocket attack on the Coalition facility at Taji near Baghdad in March 2020.
SHOALWATER BAY: Photostory - Sappers from the Brisbane based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment breach wire obstacles with explosives during Ex Diamond Walk 21.
FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND: Photostory - 2RAR Amphib and 40 Commando Royal Marines conducted an air mobile assault in Chinooks to clear and secure the Mourilyan sugar terminal at the culmination of Ex Sea Explorer.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF's entire fleet of MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters are grounded again, right in the middle of the ADF's intense covid training rebound.
AUSTRALA: The cutting edge Aussie made DroneShield Counter - Small UAS (C-SUAS) systems are being snapped up by international countries, including major NATO and Five Eyes partners.
FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND: Royal Marines from the elite 40 Commando are back in Australia attached to 2RAR (Amphib) after a pandemic related absence.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Japanese infantry, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and the NT based 1st Brigade have commenced Ex Southern Jackaroo 2021, the event returning after missing 2020 due to the pandemic.
COWLEY BEACH FNQ: Photostory - The 3RAR combined arms battle group's amphibious extraction from Cowley Beach back to HMAS Canberra and HMAS Choules.
AUSTRALA: A&NZD has identified the vague 'cutting edge fused night vision goggle system' announced by the Minister in February and agree it will revolutionise ground combat as we know it.
AUSTRALA: Halfbreed Blade's new Spec Op's specialist designed Close Quarter Combat blade.
NT TOP END: Photostory: More outstanding imagery from the RAAF's expeditionary air wing deployment to the Top End and Tindal's home based 75 Squadron during Ex Arnhem Thunder.
COWLEY BEACH FNQ: Photostory The ADF's Amphibious Ready Group is exercising its over the beach force emplacement capacity in Far North Queensland.
CANBERRA: The Government has approved an expanded and expedited systems upgrade and lethality improvement to the RAN's inservice Collins class submarines to hedge against the failure of the Attack class SSG build.
SPAIN: Airbus Military has successfully completed Automated Air to Air Refuelling (A3R) flight trials approving the amazing new capability to enter service in RAAF KC-30A MRTT tankers.
AUSTRALIA: The Knights Armaments Company are offering a custom Semi Automatic Sniper System evolution of the inservice M110 to fulfill the Land 159 Medium Range Anti Personnel Sniper Rifle requirement.
SHOALWATER BAY: Photostory The Brisbane based 7 Brigade is supporting 6RAR (Mech) with Abrams, Boxers and artillery during the three week Exercise Diamond Walk.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has declared IOC after accepting a Hawkei PMV-L fix developed by Thales Australia and subcontractors which should allow all offroad and rough track restrictions to be lifted.
AUSTRALIA: Adelaide based Force Ordnance's advanced 'take down' QTD1 sniper rifle is a stunning example of local 'sovereign' defence industrial excellence but is blocked from Army's next gen sniper rifle trials due to petty bureaucratic issues.
AUSTRALIA: Delays caused by systems integration issues in the Boxer's new Lance turret and problems with its main cannon jamming have been revealed in Senate estimates hearings.
USA: A close analysis of the US Govt approval of the Australian Army's AH-64Ev6 Apache buy reveals a combat helicopter chock full of the most advanced avionics, sensors and weapons systems.
CANBERRA: Chief of Defence Force General Angus Campbell's credibility and honesty over his claims to have known 'nothing' of Afghan SOTG inquiry claims have been seriously called into question in Senate hearings.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Slideshow of the RAAF's new F-35A Lightnings during their first fully loaded training activity in the NT's Top End. Outstanding RAAF pix.
AUSTRALIA: High tech materials are set to revolutionise military uniforms and introduce low observable 'stealth' technology to the ground combat elements.
AUSTRALIA: SA's Force Ordnance is tendering LMT Defense's compact for the Australian Defence Force's Low Profile and Personal Defence Weapon requirement.
BRISBANE: Weapon's companies are revealing their solutions for the ADF's next gen subguns with some very gucci gear like the Maxim range of PDWs tendered by Precision Technic Defence.
USA: The US Navy has extended its 'freeze' on MQ-4C Triton drone acquisitions, further destabilising the RAAF's already contracted buy of the advanced maritime surveillance system.
PACIFIC OCEAN: The RAN's new AOR HMAS Supply has left Fleet Base East in Sydney Harbour on her first training task since commissioning in April.
SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Air Force's new upgraded CH-47F Chinook helicopters will be long term based in Australia.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The RAN's Armidale class Patrol Boat has completed a two week operational deployment to support the Solomon Islands' border security and fisheries protection.
AUSTRALIA: Israeli advanced weapons developer IAI is offering its advanced suicide UAS and a local Australian owned sovereign manufacturing capacity to the Australian Army for its Loitering Munitions requirement.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: HMAS Parramatta has embedded within the French Jeanne D'Arc 21 Task Group to transit the South China Sea in defiance of Chinese claims.
CANBERRA: The US Government has proposed building an equipment and munitions 'war stores' pre positioning facility in the Northern Territory amongst other military cooperation initiatives.
SHOALWATER BAY: Video: 2/14 Light Horse Regiment has deployed some of its new Boxer MRVs to SWBTA for Exercise Diamond Walk with 6RAR and M1A1 Abrams MBTs.
KAPOOKA NSW: The Australian Defence Force's next generation Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear personnel protection equipment has entered service.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Adelaide has entered dry dock for a major refit and replacement of her problematic Azimuth Thruster propulsion drive.
BRISBANE: Army has declined to comment, but the first turreted Boxer Block 1 CRVs are scheduled to enter service with 2/14LHR in Brisbane 'mid year'.
SPAIN: The RAN's second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment is Western Australia bound on her maiden voyage after completing her build in Fene Ferrol in northern Spain.
USA: The RAAF is closely watching the US Navy's AGM-88G Advanced Anti Radiation Guided Missile - Extended Range trials which promises to revolutionise SEAD/DEAD operations.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's next generation E-NASAMS Ground Based Air Defence missile system is shaping up for entry into service in the near future under Project Land 19 Phase 7B.
DARWIN: The RAAF's new F-35A Lightning IIs have been bombed up in beast mode for the first time within Ex Arnhem Thunder in the NT Top End.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force will stand up a Space Division Headquarters within the RAAF to command and control all extra atmospheric military support systems.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force is introducing additional elements of its modern secure Project Currawong communications and networking technologies.
OPINION: Former general and Iraq War veteran Senator Jim Molan defends the Australian Army's upgrade of its heavy armour upgrade program and slaps down opinionated 'defence' commentators in The Australian
JAPAN: The RAN's HMAS Ballarat has deployed to Japan under Op Argos to support United Nations monitoring of North Korean sanctions avoidance activities.
NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN: HMAS Sydney is conducting Anti Submarine Warfare systems trials off Canada after completing her CSSQT off Southern California.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Department of Defence has issued an RFI for an ice strengthened armed Offshore Patrol Vessel to defend NZ's Southern Ocean, Ross Sea and Antarctic sovereignty.
TEMORA NSW: SOCAust's 2nd Commando Regiment has conducted parachute insertion training in the lead up to multinational Special Operations during Ex Talisman Sabre 21 in Queensland next month.
TOWNSVILLE: Army's 5 Aviation Regt is operating the first of a rumoured three leased Leonardo AW109 helicopters to make good MRH-90 TTH lack of availability.
CANADA: The Royal Canadian Air Force has taken delivery of the last of the retired RAAF F/A-18HUG Hornets it intends to fly in combat squadrons.
IRAQ: While wound down from their 2017/18 high, Australian operations in Iraq continue with Special Operations and Combat Support personnel still active.
BELGIUM: Euro small arms ground breaker FN Herstal has revealed its new EVOLYS ultralite GSMG -successor to the legendary MAG-58 and Minimi family of combat automatics in service with the ADF
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN: A sharp eyed aviation photographer has snapped the first image of an RAAF F-35A Lightning II flying with all six external weapons pylons affixed. Photos by Glen Greathead
ARABIAN SEA: The Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary has broken the Middle East heroin seizure record set by the Aussie frigate HMAS Darwin way back in 2014.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The RAN has deployed an Armidale class Patrol Boat to the Solomon Islands to support the nation's border security during the pandemic.
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's F-35A fleet has expanded to over half strength with four new Lightning IIs arriving at RAAF Williamtown, including three for the working up 77 Squadron. Photos by Glen Greathead
SOUTH CHINA SEA: The RAN has completed another transit of the South China Sea in defiance of Chinese claims, this time with four warships.
CANBERRA: Reports that the Department of Defence is planning on expediting a major upgrade to the Collins class submarines are emerging from Canberra.
USA: The US Marine Corps is looking for a light, lethal, smart and aware Advanced Recon Vehicle to replace its inservice LAVs.
UNITED KINGDOM: Video. Brit Royal Marine Commandos employ a radical new technology jet suit in Ship Underway Recovery training.
NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy's Frigate Combat Systems Upgrade program is moving ahead, with one warship returning to service and the other near completion of its upgrade in Canada.
WASHINGTON DC: The Royal Australian Engineers' next generation heavy armour assault vehicles were also approved by the US DSCA during the clearance publications.
HAWAII: The RAAF has very quietly integrated its E-7A Wedgetail with the USAF's top shelf F-22A Raptor in interoperability exercises to develop the ultimate air combat partnership.
WASHINGTON DC: The US Government has approved a request to sell additional Chinook helicopters to the Australian Army.
WASHINGTON DC: The US Government has approved a request for an expanded fleet of the latest M1A2C Abrams for the Australian Army.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand has decorated 2/1RNZIR infantrymen and medics for their actions in response to the mass casualty rocket attack on Taji in Iraq in March 2020.
SOUTH AFRICA: The M1156 Precision Guidance Kit is being integrated onto the long range rocket assisted Assegai 155mm rounds entering service with the Australian Army.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Australian Army's major field and close training areas in the Northern Territory will undergo major upgrades to facilitate multi domain combat training.
INDONESIA: Imagery of the lost Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala taken in October 2020 and published by A&NZD last December reveals a heavily encrusted hull and control surfaces in dire need of maintenance.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF will introduce the advanced GBU-58 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb to arm its future MQ-9B Skyguardian fleet.
USA: The US State Department has approved a sale for up to 12 MQ-9B Skyguardians and a large weapons package for the RAAF.
AUSTRALIA: Australia has redirected HMAS Ballarat and Sirius from their current Regional Presence deployments to join the multi-national search for Indonesia's missing submarine.
AUSTRALIA: Lockheed Martin and Thales Australia have teamed up to produce the stealthy and tactically adept AGM-158 LRASM-Surface Launch in Australia for the RAN and the Army's requirements.
AUSTRALIA: Aussie advanced encapsulated munitions developer DefendTex has developed a lethal long range rocket propelled grenade which is launched from standard inservice 40mm GLAs.
NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand is deploying a P-3K2 Orion to Japan to fly surveillance missions to monitor North Korea sanctions violations in the East Sea and Sea of Japan.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: A package of four Australian and French warships completed a transit of the South China Sea in mid April in defiance of Chinese territorial claims.
AUSTRALIA: Qld's Gaardtech has produced a smart wheeled armoured small UGV able to autonomously hunt and kill hostile armoured vehicles.
AUSTRALIA: The new lighter and more accurate 84mm M4 Multi Role Weapons System has been introduced into service at the SOI ahead of roll out to combat units.
CANBERRA: The new Defence Minister has reversed the General Campbell's group punishment revocation of the SOTG Meritorious Unit Citation and restored the award to SOTG Afghanistn veterans.
DARWIN NT: The USMC has deployed an Air Combat Element (ACE) of Vipers, Venoms and Ospreys into Darwin to support Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2021
EDITORIAL: The US President's unconditional retreat from Afghanistan by September 11, will escalate not 'end these forever wars'. Editorial by John Hunter FarrellOPEN ACCESS
AFGHANISTAN: The Prime Minister's official Afghanistan 'end of mission' statement brings a finality to Australia's longest modern war. Pic John Hunter Farrell
AUSTRALIA: The RAN has deployed a second task group of two warships to the western Pacific in the second phase of its 2021 regional surge.
AUSTRALIA: The US Navy's commencement of the Growler Block II upgrade sets the timeline for the RAAF's Growler enhancement program.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is introducing suppressors for the EF-88 MWS rifle in its Royal Australian Regiment infantry battalions next month.
CANBERRA: The Australian Army's days flying the Black Hawk are numbered with the Dept of Defence seeking buyers interested in the surviving helicopters.
USA: The US Navy has integrated the AN/ALE-55 towed missile decoy onto its P-8A Poseidons using an innovative and low cost solution.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN's new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment will enter service as HMAS Supply after her commissioning service at Fleet Base East tomorrow.
CANBERRA: The RAAF has ditched the old term 'airmen' for its serving personnel, replacing it with 'aviators' as a generic descriptor for RAAFies.
BINDOON WA: Photostory: Slideshow, 11/28RWAR Diggers undergo advanced combat shooting training on the EF-88M rifle and L9A1 pistol.
TEXAS USA: The RAAF has hit a key F-35A milestone with half of the currently ordered fleet having rolled off the production line and in flight.
CANBERRA: A Canberra parliamentary sub committee has recommended Australia raise a Pacific Island Regiment using high pay and easy citizenship to recruit foreign mercenaries instead of Aussie Anzacs.
BAY OF BENGAL: Photostory: The RAN has joined in the French led Ex La Perouse with the Indian, Japanese and US navies to demonstrate united resolve to defend freedom of the seas.
AMBERLEY SEQ: The RAAF will introduce the top shelf AARGM and combat proven HARM anti radar missiles to its Growlers this year - transforming our Airborne Electronic Attack into a lethal DEAD capability.
INDO PACIFIC: Photostory: The RAN's Regional Presence Deployment activity with the US Navy and Japanese in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.
USA: The US Army will introduce the revolutionary IVAS combat vision system which allows high resolution tactical feeds as well as next gen fused Optical/IR feeds to be fed directly into a soldier's eye piece.
YAMBA NSW: The Army's new Regional Support Craft has successfully completed it's manufacturers' sea trials prior to delivery to the Regional Force Surveillance Group in the Torres Strait.
WIDE BAY QLD: Video: C Squadron 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment's M1A1 SA Abrams MBTs cut loose during crew certification.
QUEENSLAND: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 is going ahead in July with some international and a large ADF contingent.
AUSTRALIA: Production of advanced military munitions, missiles, rocket fuels and explosives is expanding exponentially under Government initiatives as China threat grows.
AFGHANISTAN: The final New Zealand Defence Force personnel are home in New Zealand after completing the nation's two decade mission in that country.
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TOWNSVILLE: Australian developed digital combat robotics systems have been demonstrated at Lavarack Barracks to 3 Brigade.
USA: The US Congress has bought another Triton for the US Navy which has stabilised the production run and lowered the risk to the RAAF acquisition of the type.
FAR NORTH QLD: Slideshow: 3RAR's Ready Combat Team conducted a short notice air mobile evacuation operation into Jungle Training Wing Tully in Qld's Wet Tropics rainforest.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has appointed Peter Dutton to replace Linda Reynolds as Defence Minister.
NEW SOUTH WALES: Slideshow: Military HADR operations across the flood zone in eastern NSW are fully engaged in Operation NSW Flood Assist 21-1.
AUSTRALIA: The Brit decision to flog off their heavily accessorised Special Operations capable C-130J-30 fleet should attract the RAAF and Special Operations Command - Australia.
CANBERRA: The Australian Army Research Centre has published its Strategic Assessment Quarter 1 2021. Read it here....
NEW SOUTH WALES: The ADF is responding to the flooding in NSW with an expanding Operation NSW Flood Assist 21-1.
CANBERRA: A small fleet of next generation safety and support mission vessels for the Australian Army will be built in Cairns.
CANBERRA: Northrop Grumman Australia has disclosed it will be offering the advanced Leonardo AWHero V-MTUAS for Sea 129/5.
CANBERRA: Five contenders for the Navy's Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (MTUAS) requirment have been shortlisted for Sea 129 Phase 5.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: The ADF has completed a short operation in the Solomon Islands, deploying a patrol boat and a surveillance aircraft to support Solomons sovereignty and fisheries protection.
BAY OF BISCAY: The RAN second new Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment has commenced contractor sea trials off Spain prior to her delivery to Australia.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN has succesfully replaced the problematic azimuth propulsion pods on its Amphibious Assault Ship Canberra with sea trials 'performing very well'.
USA: The US Army has integrated a missile that quadruples the AH-64Ev6 Apache bought by Australia beyond visual range precision land and sea engagement.
AUSTRALIA: The Army Reserve is about to be stripped of its combat brigade status and its iconic regiments and re organised for domestic 'contingency response' to events like pandemics and natural disasters.
NETHERLANDS: EOS has demonstrated its Aussie made R400S Mk II RWS armed with the lethal 30mm M230LF Cannon on a Dutch Boxer MRV like those entering service in the Australian Army.
CANBERRA: The Australian Government has awarded BAE Systems Australia a number of contracts to further develop and manufacture the Aussie Mk 234 Nulka Active Missile Decoy.
HAWAII: The US Marine corps is disbanding all its Hawaii based helicopter squadrons under its radical new reorganisation including two who deploy to Australia with MRF-Darwin.
ISRAEL: Pic and tech details of the Hanwha AS21 Redback advanced Active Protection System and Spike LR2 missile systems and their integrated suites.
ISRAEL: Video. Hanwha AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle in full Australian specification during Spike LR2 live missile launch and targeting validation. WATCH HERE
USA: The FIM-92J Block 1 has been integrated as an alternate munition for the FGM-148 Javelin missile system turning the type into a flexible ground/air engagement system.
USA: The US Navy has withdrawn AN/ALQ-249 Increment 2 Next Generation Jammer - Low Band development contracts almost certainly delaying the RAAF's acquisition of the Airborne Electronic Attack suite.
CANBERRA: The Army has conducted an official 'unveilling' ceremony for the public and press of both Project Land 400 Phase 3 candidates currently under trial.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN's new Hobart class destroyer HMAS Sydney is enroute to California to undergo her Combat Systems Sea Qualification Trials.
CANBERRA: The RAAF will establish a new operating base at Cocos Keeling Airport deep in the north east Indian Ocean to conduct surveillance operations over Australia's sea based trade.
MIDDLE EAST: Photostory - The RAAF's C-17A Globemaster and C-130J Hercules airlift operations across the Middle East under Op Accordion.
OPINION: Michael Shoebridge argues the case for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUWS) within the RAN's submarine acquisition strategy in ASPI's The Strategist.
TEXAS USA: The first Australian F-35A Lightning II wearing 77 Squadron tail art has been revealed during its first flight in Texas.
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's F-35A Lightning II entry into service is gaining momentum with the first new pilots undergoing OpCon at the F-35 Integrated Training Centre.
GERMANY: Rheinmetall has developed an Air Defence Boxer turret optimised for the latest battlefield threats from UAS and Precision Guided Munitions that will be very attractive to the Australian Army.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has commenced the search for its Bushmaster PMV-M replacement with a view to the new capability entering service in seven to eight years.
USA: The Australian designed and built Boeing/RAAF BATS Loyal Wingman UCAV is being trialled by the USAF Skyborg program and will fly in the highly classified Ex Orange Flag.
PACIFIC: Video: The RNZN's new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMNZS Aotearoa refuels the Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart in the Tasman Sea, the first RAS between Aotearoa and the RAN.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force will play a pivotal role in the Covid 19 vaccination program across the nation.
WOOMERA: The RAAF sponsored Boeing BATS Loyal Wingman, the most advanced Australian combat aircraft for 50 years, has successfully taken to the air at Woomera successfully completing its first flight.
INDO PACIFIC: The RAN's recently upgrade warship HMAS Anzac and the underway oiler HMAS Sirius have deployed north into Asia on Regional Presence Deployment 21-1.
DARWIN: The Armidale class Patrol Boat HMAS Pirie will be decommissioned in a few weeks as the RAN transitions to its next gen patrol fleet.
USA: The commander of USAF Pacific Air Forces has publicly stated that he wants E-7 Wedgetails like the RAAFs to augment his aging AWACS.
USA: Production of the RAAF's advanced next generation AGM-158C LRASM Long Range Anti Ship Missile have been awarded to Lockheed Martin by the US Department of Defence.
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF now has two full strength F-35A units after the successful delivery of A35-031/32/33. Slideshow of the 12500km delivery flight.
RAAF AMBERLEY SEQ: RAAF engineers are repairing the Super Hornet damaged during the crew ejection incident in December.
USA: The highly successful US based subsidiary of Western Australian warship builder Austal is under investigation by the US Govt over financial statements to investors.
CANBERRA: The head of Naval Group is scheduled for intense meetings with Government ministers unhappy with the progress of the Attack class submarine build program.
USA: The USAF is trialling 'Collaborative' swarming munitions that talk to each other and use AI to conduct coordinated multi munition attacks.
TASMAN SEA: The RNZN's new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMNZS Aotearoa is inbound to Australia for her first exercises with the Royal Australian Navy.
OPINION: Senator Jim Molan calls for a unified sovereign approach to national security including civil , economic and cyber defence in The Australian...
AFGHANISTAN: The New Zealand Government has officially announced its end of operations in Afghanistan with the final NZDF personnel returning in the next few months.
ENOGGERA QLD: The Army's Bushmaster PMV training simulator has been upgraded to improve full immersion simulated battle spaces to improve training outcomes.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: A 6Avn Black Hawk made an emergency landing at a Sydney Harbour side park after sustaining damage during an SUR counter terrorism exercise. Pic K.H. Media
OPINION: Senior ASPI member Marcus Hellyer analyses the tactical numerics of potential RAN long range land strike missions for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute ...
USA: The US Government's Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is funding the development of an Air Launched Drone that can fly ahead and launch its own Air to Air Missiles.
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PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: The Australian Army has commenced its field and lab trials to select its next generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle under Project Land 400 Phase 3.
AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian Navy will contribute a warship to the UK Royal Navy led Carrier Strike Group 21 when it deploys to the Pacific later this year.
CANBERRA: The Chief of Air Force has hinted that the RAAF may be looking at far more exciting things than more Lightning IIs in the not so far distant future.
WILLIAMTOWN: Retired RAAF F/A-18HUG 'classic' Hornets will be transferred to Canada at higher rates to bolster that nation's miserable air defence capability.
HAWAII: Additional new F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have stopped over in Hawaii on their way to RAAF Williamtown in NSW.
HENDERSON WA: HMAS Perth, the youngest of the RAN's Anzac class frigates will have spent a full one third of her 15 year life in dry dock by the time she emerges from the AMCAP upgrade.
USA: The US Navy has revealed issues with key components in the Super Hornet Block III upgrade which have implications for the RAAF's own fleet upgrade.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2021 is inbound for an extended deployment to Australia in a pandemic mitigation based phased force arrival.
UK: The British Army has acquired the cutting edge Aussie developed Defendtex Drone40 multimission 40mm GLA launched long range precision guided loitering munition.
TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army is introducing advanced simulator based networkable cross platform armoured vehicle training and mission rehearsal capacity.
CANBERRA: The Government has released an RFI seeking a designed and built in Australia, combat capable Amphibious Vehicle to replace the 1960s era LARC-V amphibian.
CANBERRA: L3Harris will provide the ADF's next gen 'Fusion Goggle System' which will introduce advanced capabilities right out of a science fiction film that will revolutionise Close Quarter Battle.
USA: The RAAF's Triton BAMS UAS will be upgraded with a targeting capability care of a USN funded upgrade - first sign since 2020 that the USN is still onboard with the joint USN/RAAF MQ-4C Triton program.
GREENBANK QLD: Slideshow. Excellent imagery of 8/9RAR platoon command elements putting rounds down range using the latest combat shooting techniques.
HAWAII: The US Marine Corps has commenced its major reorganisation for Pacific Archipelagic Ops with the first Marine Littoral Regiment forming in Hawaii which will likely have a major impact on the ADF/NZDF.
BOOK REVIEW: Tom Gilling's exploration of Jock McLaren's escape from the Japs after Singapore and the Anzac role in the Philippine armed insurgency.
USA: The advanced variant of the Apache helicopter ordered by Australia is entering service with a US Army attack/recon unit for the first time.
USA: The US Army's conditional Material Release of the next gen M1074 Joint Assault Bridge clears the way for the Australian Army to acquire the capable vehicle.
AUSTRALIA: Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky is trialling the Australian Kestrel ViDAR technology for integration into the MH-60R Romeo helo ISR suite.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has announced an additional five Arafura evolution mine countermeasures and hydrographic survey ships for a total of eight to replace the Huons, Leeuwins and Palumas.
AUSTRALIA: Navy has repackaged a bunch of programs into a single shopping list for Cruise Missiles, Air/Ballistic Missile Defence, long range sea and land strike, ASMD defence and new torpedoes to expedite their entry into service.
USA: Early phases of the integration of the AGM-158C LRASM Long Range Anti Ship Missile onto the F-35 for the US Navy are underway.
USA: The US Army is about to commence final trials of its Next Generation Squad Weapons prototypes ahead of a type selection and introduction into service as early as next year.
FIJI: The ADF's Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief operation in Fiji is complete with the task force returning home.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF is employing contractor flown tactically adept jet drones to simulate advanced modern threats to validate missile and sensor accuracy and AI assisted commander decision making.
AUSTRALIA: The next generation Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II will be introduced into RAN service next year.
CANBERRA: Well placed reports that the Govt is exploring alternatives to the $90 billion French Attack class submarine design have been leaked.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The new underway oiler replenishment has arrived at her home port Fleet Base East ahead of her commissioning into service as HMAS Supply.
CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed an acquisition of the AH-64Ev6 Apache Guardian to replace the expensive and underperforming Airbus Tiger ARH.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN completed MH-60R Romeo First of Class Flight Trials on the Multi Role Aviation Vessel in December clearing the way for the type to fly off the training ship.
FIJI: Slideshow of the Australian Defence Force's Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief operations in Fiji after Cyclone Yasa.
AUSTRALIA: Video. Hanwha AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle in full Australian specification in motion.
AUSTRALIA: The Hanwha AS21 Redback IFV contender for Land 400/3 has been revealed in full Aussie configuration for the first time. First pics
CANBERRA: Redacted elements of an ANAO report have been declassified, revealing bureaucratic cover up and, surprise surprise, it would have been cheaper to buy US gear.
FLEET BASE WEST WA: The RAN has formally accepted the new AOR Supply from contractor Navantia ahead of her movement to Sydney Harbour where she will enter service.
USA: Using a mix of known Australian acquistion costs and published US Navy figures we have tried to calculate the cost of missile load outs for RAN warships.
USA: The joint US Navy/RAAF funded Next Generation Jammer for the EA-18G Growler is moving forward with Low Band prototyping commencing this month.
INDONESIA: The first Bell 412EPI helicopter has entered Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat service.
HENDERSON WA: Welding of hull components on the fourth next generation Arafura class OPV Gippsland has commenced at Civmec in WA.
USA: The US Government has delayed its approval for F-35 full rate production due to capability validation and technology finalisation delays.
AUSTRALIA: A new foldaway gun mount and minigun is promising to improve if not entirely resolve the MRH-90's vulnerability issues.
OPINION: An experienced British Army officer puts women in ground close combat under scientific analysis with some disturbing military outcomes. Reproduced from the UK military think tank the Wavell Room ...
INDONESIA: The Indonesian Navy's capture of three Chinese UUWS drones very close to its naval bases and strategic shipping lanes has direct and worrying implications for Australia.
FIJI: The ADF disaster response element has arrived in northern Fiji ready to provide assistance to victims of Cyclone Yasa.
CANBERRA: The RAAF will acquire an additional two P-8A Poseidons after Australia exercised its contractual options.
FLEET BASE WEST WA: The RAN's Collins class submarines will be upgraded with new mine detection and situational awareness sonars and electronic warfare detection arrays.
BAHRAIN: The ADF has completed its IMSC Combined Joint Task Force Sentinel security ops in the Strait of Hormuz and Bab El Mandeb.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has certified its F-35A Lightning II units as operational declaring IOC achievement.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has confirmed the AH-64Ev6 Apache will replace the Tiger ARH according to media reports emerging from Canberra.
KOREA: Hanwha Defense has shipped its final AS21 Redback IFV for Australia and the Land 400 Phase 3 RMA field and tech trials that kick off next month.
AUSTRALIA: The Boeing/RAAF codeveloped ATS Loyal Wingman is scheduled to fly in 2021 after a rapid development and build of the prototypes.
AUSTRALIA: Video of the cutting edge, developed in Australia, Boeing Air Teaming System 'Loyal Wingman' prototype fast taxi trials somewhere in central Australia.
FIJI: The Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces have conducted damage assessment reconnaissance flights and delivered emergency aid to Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Yasa.
NEW ZEALAND: An image of Delta Squadron 1NZSAS reveals that some very advanced weaponry and kit has entered service across the ditch.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN's upgraded HMNZS Te Kaha returns to Auckland on Dec 20, late and overbudget but reborn as a very capable modern naval combatant. First decent pics of her new configuration.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Army is planning to radically upgun its WA based conventional forces with more
regular troops, light armour, amphib, recon and artillery elements.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's F-35A Lightning IOC operational certification is looming as the December 2020 deadline approaches.
JAPAN: The Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces have maintained their commitments to the UN sanctions monitoring ops against North Korea while other nations have ceased contributions during the pandemic.
EDITORIAL: The Minister and the Top Brass have legitimised a social media troll war on our Anzacs that is evolving into an all out woke war on the Anzac Spirit. Editorial by John Hunter Farrell
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army's new Bushmaster PMV-Ms will be substantially more capable than the legacy Australian Army Bushies.
HOBART: A famous old Tasmanian infantry battalion will transition into a new Regional Force Surveillance Unit under the Army's new Order of Battle.
PACIFIC OCEAN: All three RAN Hobart class destroyer successfully achieved systems fusion and missile engagements during a first ever three DDG Cooperative Engagement Capability activity off NSW.
AUSTRALIA: The combination of the grounding of the Rhinos and Growlers and operational conversion to the Lightning II has seen the RAAF accidently reduced to one operational combat jet squadron. Pic Sid Mitchell
AUSTRALIA: Army is finalising the number and configurations of the Land 400/3 tracked armoured vehicle it wants to equip its future assault elements with.
AUSTRALIA: Army is acquiring a next gen Fuzed Goggle System that integrates night vision, thermal and augmented reality in the one unit.
PACIFIC OCEAN: All three of the RAN's Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyers are operating together for the first time conducting combined training off NSW. Pic Matthew Montague
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN NSW: Bad weather forecasts have seen the RAAF hedge its bets for the final 77 Sqn Hornet formation flight rescheduling a formation for today with an option to do it again tomorrow.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army will commence its roll out of the next generation 84mm 'Charlie Gutsache' next year.
AMBERLEY: An RAAF F/A-18F Block II+ Super Hornet has been involved in a serious incident on take off from RAAF Amberley with the crew forced to eject. Pic Kieron Ball
AUSTRALIA: The Army's Operational Conversion from the F2 to the M252A1 81mm mortar is progressing despite the pandemic restrictions and some difficult technical complications.
USA: Army is restocking its 155mm M825A1 WP munitions and advanced fuzes as part of its revitalisation of Joint Fires.
SWANBOURNE WA: A large number of serving SASR Operators have resigned from the Australian Army in protest at their treatment after the IGADF report was released.
AUSTRALIA: Army is planning on raising a heavy armoured brigade for high intensity peer to peer warfare operations as part of the objective 2028 Order of Battle.
EDINBURGH SA: The 1st Armoured Regt has been issued a fleet of new Hawkei PMV-L to trial as Combat Reconnaissance platforms.
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NORTH PACIFIC: The new look HMNZS Te Kaha is homeward bound from Canada after completing her comprehensive combat systems upgrade.
INDONESIA: Rare imagery of Komando Pasukan Katak (KOPASKA Underwater Special Unit) divers operating with a TNI-AL Type 209 submarine have emerged
AUSTRALIA: Australia and the USA are codeveloping a next gen hypersonic strike missile system for the RAAF and US military under a rapid development and demonstration program.
BOOK REVIEW by John Hunter Farrell: Daniel Keighran VC's superb, honest biography about growing up hard in the bush before finding himself in Australia's modern wars. Highly recommended
AUSTRALIA: The Dept of Defence is renegotiating the Project Air 7000/1B MQ-4C Triton acquisition agreement in response to concerns arising from the US Navy budget freeze on the platform.
AUSTRALIA: The Chief of Army appears to be backflipping on the revocation of the SOTG Meritorious Unit Citation in the wake of ScoMo's intervention, or is he still just dodging any responsibility?
AUSTRALIA: Army will raise a new new regular Royal Australian Artillery regiment to operate the next gen Hanwha AS9 Huntsman Self Propelled Artillery.
HENDERSON WA: Work has commenced on the third of six Evolved Cape class patrol boats for the RAN at Austral's WA shipyard.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has issued administrative action notices to 13 serving members connected to allegations published in the IG ADF Afghanistan Inquiry Report.
ROCKINGHAM WA: HMAS Arunta has returned home to Fleet Base West after conducting monitoring of North Korean attempts to avoid UN trade sanctions .
AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command Australia will raise a new Commando detachment in Queensland under the upcoming Army reorg and expansion.
AUSTRALIA: Army will concentrate the advanced long range missile systems about to enter service under Land 19/7B, Land 8113 and Sea 4100/2 in a new brigade structure.
AUSTRALIA: Army has plans for a massive OrBat reorganisation that involves new brigades and re-raising RARs, as well as acquiring staggering new capabilities that dwarf the current combat capacity.
AUSTRALIA: Federal Member of Parliament and SOTG Afghanistan veteran Andrew Hastie weighs in on the IGADF Afghanistan Report in The Australian.
RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has upgraded a second C-130J-30 Hercules with high bandwidth inflight satellite communications.
AUSTRALIA: Australia's leading counter insurgency expert David Kilcullen gives context to the IGADF Afghanistan Report disclosures and accusations in The Australian.
CANBERRA: The IGADF Afghanistan Report has absolved all officers of criminal liability with all recommendations for criminal investigation confined specifically to the footsloggers.
CANBERRA: The Chief of Defence Force has released a redacted form of the IGADF report on SOTG Afghanistan Operations with many allegations.
COWLEY BEACH FNQ: Pictorial - Army's new Boxer CRV and operational Hawkei PMV-L have been inserted over the beach for the first time during Ex Sea Wader.
JAPAN: HMAS Arunta has completed her UNSCR North Korea sanctions monitoring operations in the DPRK's maritime approaches.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's future AS9 Huntsman SPH will feature a very advanced Norwegian digital Fire Control System that will interface with Army's digital command and control.
TOKYO: Australia and Japan will sign a reciprocal military access agreement to allow both nations better access to each other's military bases.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The two delayed F-35A Lightnings will fly into RAAF Williamtown today and the 32nd RAAF F-35A has been photographed in flight in Texas. Pic Jacob Metzger
BOOK REVIEW: Harry Moffitt's autobiographical history of his 11 operational deployments with the SASR and the personal price he paid for his service to Australia reviewed by John Hunter Farrell.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has seven more F-35A Lightnings at RAAF Williamtown with two more inbound as the Aussie Joint Strike Fighter age gains momentum. Pic Emil Cooper
BRISBANE: Rheinmetall has revealed its KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle trials prototype in Aussie Land 400/3 configuration for the first time.
CORAL SEA: The RAN has successfully trialled its new Polaris Deployable Geospatial Survey craft from an Amphibious Assault Ship during testing off Townsville.
CANBERRA: ADF boss Gen Angus Campbell is preparing to sack Aussie Special Operations Afghan veterans accused in the IGADF inquiry and strip them of their decorations for valour prior to any charges being laid or soldiers tried and proven guilty.
EDITORIAL: Open Access.
The Australian Army's determined effort to criminalise itself has serious implications for broader national security and our Five Eyes alliance.
MALABAR COAST: Pictorial: HMAS Ballarat is the first RAN warship to participate in Ex Malabar for 13 years.
USA: The US Govt has approved an Australian order of a significant quantity of the latest FGM-148E Javelin missile to restock depleted Australian Army warstores.
AFGHAN & IRAQ: The Australian military withdrawal from the Middle East is gaining momentum with troops and gear heading home and numbers going dramatically down.
HMAS ALBATROSS: The RAN has launched the new laser guided APKWS2 rockets from an 816 Sqn MH-60R Romeo helicopter during recent training.
JAPAN: The RAN's Anzac class frigate HMAS Arunta is in Japan and about to start sanctions monitoring ops against North Korea's evolved sanctions violation activities.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The RAAF's contingent at Al Dhafra in the UAE has returned home marking the end of the Aussie six year air combat campaign against Islamic State .
SYDNEY HARBOUR: Slideshow. Sensational imagery of a TAG-East Ship Underway Recovery operation conducted in Sydney Harbour during the latest Commando HR/CT Ex.
CANBERRA: A multi combat tour veteran RAAF F/A-18HUG Hornet has been transferred to the Australian War Memorial to honour the type's service into perpetuity.
AUSTRALIA: Small footprint Singaporean training has recommenced with Chinooks working with the RAN and RSAF fighters flying out of Darwin.
CANBERRA: Slideshow. The RAN has announced that it has concluded Middle East Region maritime security operations after 30 years and more than 60 warship rotations.
QUEENSLAND: Video. Boeing has released video of the BATS Loyal Wingman prototype conducting its first independent taxing trials.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: The pandemic affected Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 is heading home after completing an abbreviated seasonal deployment to the Top End.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: Slideshow. HMAS Arunta joined US Navy and Japanese warships for two days of naval training activity in Chinese claimed waters off Malaysia.
QUEENSLAND: The RAAF has successfully completed Air to Air Refuelling trials between KC-30A MRTTs and P-8A Poseidons off the Qld coast.
CANBERRA: Aussie Kord Defence has won funds to develop its tech that enables a soldier to shuttle through comms nets and weapon accessory modes via a wireless pistol grip mounted unit.
ARIZONA: Slideshow. Spectacular aerial images of Aussie F-35As flying over American icons in honour of the final flight of the combined USAF/RAAF 61st Fighter Squadron.
NEW ZEALAND: An RNZAF P-3K2 Orion will return to Japan to conduct surveillance missions against North Korean sanctions evasion at sea.
OSBORNE SA: The first Local Manufacturing Package RFI for the future Attack class submarines has been released as early work on the boats shifts from France to Adelaide.
FRANCE: Airbus Helicopters
has revealed its Spec Ops upgrade for the NH-90 TTH that it hopes to sell to Australia to improve our MRH90s.
AUSTRALIA: The first Australianised Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx AFV prototype has been airlifted into Australia ahead of the Land 400 Phase 3 trials. Pics and analysis. Pic D Malyasov
AFGHANISTAN: Australian operations at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy at Qargha outside Kabul have ended after seven years of deployments.
SPAIN: Airbus Military has been contracted with the next tranche of KC-30A digital upgrades to allow the aircraft to fully network with RAAF's latest C4I and with 5th gen aircraft.
ARIZONA USA: The RAAF's operational conversion element at Luke AFB in Arizona flew its final mission on Friday ending five years of US based Lightning II OpCon.
QUEENSLAND: Video. Rheinmetall has released a video of the first turreted DFHSL Boxer CRV Block 1 assembled in Queensland which will enter service in 2021.
BOOK REVIEW: Ben McKelvey's excellent study into Australia's role in the apocalyptic battle to liberate the ancient city of Mosul from the barbaric Islamic State.
AUSTRALIA: A bizarre media campaign to halt the replacement of the Army's ultra expensive and barely operational Tiger ARH is gaining traction just as an announcement of new gunships is imminent.
MIDDLE EAST REGION: The RAAF's near future IRST21 stealth tracker sensor for its F/A-18Fs has been flown in combat for the first time by the US Navy.
PACIFIC: Video: HMAS Hobart's activities during the Regional Presence Deployment including RIMPAC missile launches and Naval Gun Support.
AUSTRALIA: With less than 11 months to go before a final decision, Army has reduced its M1A1 Abrams replacement options to two possibilities.
Halfbreed Blades have just released their new Medium Infantry Knife and it comes in a choice of two blade formats. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
TOWNSVILLE: Reports have emerged indicating the Australian Army is seeking to lease additional helicopters to augment capacity at 5th Aviation Regiment.
FLEET BASE WEST: The first of the RAN's two new Supply class AORs is safely berthed at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia after her voyage from Spain.
WIDE BAY QLD: Photostory. Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle operational conversion is well underway in Qld as the acquisition gains momentum.
HENDERSON WA: HMAS Warramunga is back in the water after completing the dry dock phase of her AMCAP upgrade at Henderson WA.
AUSTRALIA: The global pandemic has caused an unavoidable delay to the start of the Land 400 Phase 3 AFV field trials between the German KF41 Lynx and Korean AS21 Redback.
CANBERRA: The RAN has deliberately downgraded the Arafura class OPVs under construction to make them too weak to land all inservice and planned ADF helicopters.
CANBERRA: The Government has finalised the contract to equip Army's Bushmaster and Hawkei PMVs with the advanced Aussie made R400S Mk2 HD Remote Weapon Station.
SINGLETON: The Army is conducting live fire trials of the advanced FCS13 sighting system for Direct Fire Support Weapons.
LORD HOWE IS: The RAN's Clearance Divers have completed a clearance of unexploded ordnance from protected reefs around Lord Howe Island.
JAPAN: The RAAF is deploying another P-8A to conduct surveillance operations against North Korean sanctions avoidance operations.
JERVIS BAY: Slideshow- Brilliant photographic sequence of an RAN MH-60R deploying a Mk 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo off Jervis Bay.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's next generation Hunter frigate program has been affected by virus restrictions that have delayed important work and now threatened UK ship reductions could leave the RAN a near orphan FFG operator.
AUSTRALIA: The new Regional Support Craft being built for 51FNQR will substantially improve Army's Torres Strait rough water mobility and response.
USA: The RAAF has accepted its 30th F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at its US acceptance area in Arizona USA.
USA: The USAF has successfully used C-17As to drop palletised JDAM Precision Guided Munitions in trials that have major relevance to the RAAF.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is successfully completing its pandemic abbreviated deployment to Darwin as Australian/USA military cooperation expands across the board.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: The RAN and Japanese JMSDF are conducting bilateral naval operations in international waters claimed by China.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN has funded the development of autonomous Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle launch and recovery to allow true 'unmanned' mine clearance operations.
USA: General Atomics has revealed its concept of a stealthy MQ-9A Reaper replacement which has implications for the RAAF's plans to buy the old school MQ-9B SkyGuardian.
HUNGARY: Why has Army estimated it will cost taxpayers three to four times what Hungary paid for the Lynx AFV with the same Australian made turret.
QUEENSLAND: Video. Boeing has released video of the BATS Loyal Wingman prototype conducting its first ground engine testing.
MT BUNDEY NT: Exercise Koolendong, the major field exercise between Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and the ADF has been completed.
PHILIPPINE SEA: The RAN's HMAS Stuart and Arunta are part of a four-nation combined show of force heading for Guam.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Republic of Singapore Air Force is returning to the NT to conduct a major air exercise after completing quarantine.
QUEENSLAND: Boeing's Phantom Works International has demonstrated Aussie developed 'cognitive' AI driven UAS machine learning and tactical decision making in flight trials.
IRAQ SYRIA: RAAF E-7A Wedgetails and KC-30A MRTTs have flown their last CJTF-OIR missions against Islamic State remnants.
CANADA: The new look HMNZS Te Kaha has commenced post upgrade sea trials off Victoria in Canada after completing the Frigate Systems Upgrade work.
GERMANY: The Lance 2 turret on the soon to arrive in Australia Lynx AFV prototypes are more advanced than the Lance 1 turrets seen on the Boxer CRV.
AUSTRALIA: Army's next gen Boxer CRV is limited to expensive 30mm munitions due to German Army failure to fully certify more ammunition types.
WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's 3 Squadron is conducting high tempo operations aiming towards IOC certification scheduled for December.
CANBERRA: Defence has invited Hanwha Defence Australia only to tender its AS9 Huntsman for Project Land 8116 Mobile Protected Fires.
BALLARAT: The Australian Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light has been approved for full rate production of the large fleet.
ISRAEL: An Elbit Systems video has revealed an operational Hanwha AS21 Redback with an almost complete T2000 turret integrated ahead of the Australian Army trials.
HAWAII: Slideshow - The Royal Australian Navy has played a central role in RIMPAC 2020's culminating live missile fire ship sinking exercise.
SPAIN: The RAN's first new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Nuship Supply is taking on final provisions for her maiden voyage ahead of sailing for Australia.
AMBERLEY: The RAAF has introduced high tech systems that allow US experts unable to travel due to the Pandemic to advise C-17A work conducted in Australia.
BRISBANE: Aussie firms have developed an ultra smart armed UGCV that uses advanced AI to autonomously navigate the battlefield, and detect and destroy hostile forces.
SYDNEY: HMAS Sydney has successfully demonstrated systems fusion using her advanced Cooperative Engagement Capability with sister ship HMAS Brisbane.
GEAR: Special Operations Engineer tool now available to the public. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
HAWAII: HMAS Arunta has fired an ESSM using her advanced new Australian radar during a combined air and missile defence training serial at RIMPAC 2020.
TIMOR: FEATURE & PHOTO ESSAY We remember the 20th anniversary of the 2000 Timor Dry Season Offensive where the 6RAR and 2/1RNZIR Battle Groups eliminated the Indonesian sponsored insurgency along the Timor/Indonesia border. By John Hunter Farrell
EVANS HEAD: Video of 2 OCU F-35A Lightnings deploying inert GBU-12 Paveway IIs onto Evans Head Air Weapons Range.
IRAQ: CJTF-OIR has handed all Coalition Taji Military Complex facilities back to the Iraqi Army and redeployed from the base.
USA: Artificial Intelligence program has smashed a top gun USAF fighter pilot in every dogfight in the latest DARPA simulator based machine learning trials.
IRAQ: RAAF exchange officers are conducting lethal combat missions against Islamic State remnants 'flying' British MQ-9A Reapers.
HAWAII: Slideshow of the early multinational naval training activities being conducted off Hawaii for RIMPAC 20.
TOWNSVILLE: The 3rd Brigade is training hard towards Ready Brigade certification after their normal readying exercise program was disrupted by the pandemic.
BOOK REVIEW: Bram Connolly's personal improvement roadmap is also a great soldier's story from Somalia, Timor, TAG and Afghanistan.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's Hobart class DDGs will soon commence their upgrade to the latest Aegis Baseline 9 with missile defence and true fused sea/air/land battlespace capability.
HAWAII: The Australian and New Zealand contingents have commenced RIMPAC 2020 activities in an exercise reduced due to Pandemic restrictions.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is seeking to upgrade its inservice 2007 vintage 155mm M892 Excalibur with Excalibur Block III 'smart and discriminating' APGMs.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN will replace the MRH-90 TTH helicopter with a new type for its resupply and fleet support misison.
EDITORIAL: August 15 is the 75th anniversary of Japan's surrender in 1945 and a good time to remember the sacrifice and loss suffered to ensure our national survival against a depraved and energetic enemy..
BRISBANE: Army has introduced a Combat Rescue Operator specialist employment category to conduct personnel rescue from vehicles, aircraft and dangerous locations.
PACIFIC: Video of the 2RAR (Amphib) Pre Landing Team at work aboard HMAS Canberra during the Regional Presence Deployment.
USA: The RAAF's expanded Next Generation Jammer - Mid Band took a step closer with the first flight of a prototype system on a Growler in the USA only two days after new contracts were signed.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army will introduce a Riverine Patrol Craft capability as part of its pivot to Archipelagic Operations doctrines to augment its ability to operate effectively in the tropics.
AUSTRALIA: The Prime Minister has agreed to retrospectively award a Victoria Cross to RAN sailor Teddy Sheean KIA for his extraordinary valour and sacrifice for his mates in 1942.
USA: Australia has injected funds into the development of the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer program which will exponentially expand our Electronic Attack capability.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: The USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 is complete and training after the final Marines were released from pandemic quarantine.
AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command - Australia has trialled four legged combat support robots in Close Quarter Battle and Special Recovery training scenarios.
AUSTRALIA: The Army will expand its autonomous armoured vehicle fleet 400 percent to expedite unmanned combat trials and has funded more robotic combat support research.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN is acquiring an advanced underwater target system that accurately simulates hostile submarines and torpedoes producing ultra realistic training.
SPAIN: The RAN's next gen Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment nuship Supply has commenced sea trials in Spain ahead of sailing to Australia.
CAPE YORK: Army RQ-7B TUAVs have been deployed to Torres Strait to protect Australia's northern approaches during the pandemic emergency.
AUSTRALIA: The entire Australian Army Bushmaster PMV fleet will be progressively rebaselined to a new 'Common Configuration' which incorporates all the latest upgrades.
PACIFIC OCEAN: After repeated ministerial and departmental statements that HMAS Canberra was RIMPAC bound, the huge Amphibious Assault Ship is returning home.
TEXAS USA: The first RAAF F-35A Lightning featuring the tail art of the elite NT based 75 Squadron has flown for the first time. Pic by Texasafterburner.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army is rolling out its new multicam uniform to its soldiers in volume after successful user trials and positive feedback.
BOOK REVIEW: The story of an RAAF navigator's multi tour airwar with Bomber Command against Nazi Germany flying Wellingtons and Lancasters.
MIDDLE EAST REGION: RAAF teams at Al Dhafra and Al Udied in the Arabian Gulf were subject to an Iranian missile provocation on July 28.
TASMAN SEA: Video of HMAS Ballarat mission readiness work ups including RIM-162B Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launching from Mk41 VLS.
AUSTRALIA: Photo story - RAAF 4 Squadron Combat Controllers maintain their parachute insertion capability currency during jumps over Wagga Wagga.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN's new Polar class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMNZS Aotearoa has been commissioned into service in Auckland.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's anti submarine and anti torpedo capability has been vastly improved with a new Aussie designed sonar processing unit.
SOUTH KOREA: Hanwha Defence has revealed its first two AS21 Redback Armoured Fighting Vehicle prototypes for the Australian Army's Project Land 400 Phase 3.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: Australia quietly conducted a large warship Freedom of Navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea in open defiance of Chinese threats just prior to our UN rejection of the Chinese annexation.
GUAM: The RAAF has deployed a large expeditionary combat force to Guam as part of the ADF's Regional Presence Deployment to recommence integrated training with the US.
TOWNSVILLE: Force Protection Element 14 is about to rotate into Afghanistan to replace 5RAR who are completing their six month tour.
SINGAPORE: RAAF Electronic Warfare aircraft have been photographed flying out of Singapore on long daily ops as China ramps up South China Sea seizure. Pic by Eric Kuan
PACIFIC OCEAN: 1 Avn Regt Tigers are embarked with the RAN surface action group bound for Hawaii and Exercise RIMPAC 2020.
AUSTRALIA: The US Army's roll out of the next gen M1A2C Abrams paves the way for Australia's planned acquisition of the type for our Armoured Cavalry Regiments.
PHILIPPINE SEA: An RAN expeditionary surface group has concentrated with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and a Japanese destroyer in a show of force in western Pacific waters.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's M-777A2 required immediate repairs after issues with the system were identified by the US and Canadian Armies.
INDONESIA: Indonesia has put in a formal offer for Austria's corruption tainted Eurofighter Typhoon fleet which is set to be retired due to internal politics.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN is conducting VTOL Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System flight trials off an Anzac frigate at sea off NSW.
AUSTRALIA: The 2020 Force Structure Plan reveals that the Aussie Loyal Wingman UCAV concept has morphed from advanced research project to hard capability requirement with a huge budget.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has kicked off its Small Arms Replacement program with new Sniper Rifles, pistols, shotties, SMGs and Compact SDW/ARs being acquired first.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is partnering the US military in a classified project to develop an ultra lethal precision 81mm mortar round.
SPAIN: Nuship Supply, the first of two new AORs, will be delivered to Australia soon after being delayed by pandemic shutdowns at Spanish shipyards.
AUSTRALIA: A recently released RAAF document has ended speculation over which unit will operate the new MQ-4C BAMS fleet.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has funded the manufacture of 8500 additional EF-88s to complete re equipping the Army Reserve 2nd Division.
GEAR: Halfbreed Blades have followed up the success of their Large Bush Knife with a folding counterpart, the LBF-01.OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has signed up for a second tranche of improved RQ-12A Wasp AE SUAS drones for its combat manoeuvre units.
HENDERSON WA: The fifth of the RAN's eight Anzac class frigates is being prepared for its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade in WA.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has received its first tranche of Polaris MRZR military All Terrain Vehicles for its combat manoeuvre elements.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is seeking networked wireless smart Anti Tank 'mine' dispensors that use onboard sensor arrays that can identify hostile armour from friendlies and civilians and are fired by a soldier in a remote location after ID of the target.
NEW ZEALAND: The NZ Government has approved the purchase of a decent sized fleet of late model Australian made Bushmaster PMV-Ms to enter service in two years.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF will equip all combat and combat support armour and protected trucks and even landing craft with advanced 'hard kill' Active Protection Systems that shoot down missiles, rockets and shells.
INDONESIA: The US State Department has approved an Indonesian request for MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the TNI - Angkatan Darat.
AUSTRALIA: The 2020 Force Structure Plan has revealed that the Additional Air Combat Capability budget is in train with a healthy budget. Pic Mathieu Macey
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's next generation AGM-158C LRASM is extremely stealthy, sneaky, smart and dangerous and will exponentially improve Australia's sea denial capacity.
IRAQ: CJTF-Op Inherent Resolve in Iraq has officially transitioned to Military Advisory ops in the wake of the end of the Anzac Build Partner Capacity mission at Taji in June.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is introducing the M224A1 to 2RAR (Amphib), the first time the system has been issued outside Special Operations.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is involved in the development of the US Army's next generation PrSM and will soon acquire long range hitting power.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has just signed its largest ever Remote Weapons Station contract with Aussie systems leader Electro Optical Systems.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's Joint Fires are set to exponentially expand with two regts of self propelled guns and the M-777A2s uprated to ultra long range or replaced with next gen arty systems alone.
EDITORIAL: The surprise release of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update signals a new era of robust defence of our interests, a reinvigorated ADF and an Australia prepared to fight for its survival. Analysis by John Hunter FarrellOPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
BELGIUM: Another military user is reducing its exposure to the NH/MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter - with future ramifications for the ADF and NZDF.
HENDERSON WA: HMAS Warramunga's new Sea 1448 Radar Mast has been integrated by BAE Systems Australia within the AMCAP upgrade process.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF and Lockheed Martin Australia have conducted the first ever F-35 Full Mission Simulator upgrade using local technicians.
NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy's new Polar class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Aotearoa has arrived at home in Auckland.
AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian Artillery has introduced a labour saving automated barrel cleaning system for the 155mm M-777A2 LTH.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's three Multirole Combat Brigades have spent the month rebuilding capacity as pandemic mitigation measures have been relaxed.
USA: The F-35 Joint Program Office has released an advisory to limit F-35A flying in certain weather conditions which will affect the RAAF fleet.
USA: The RAAF's eagerly anticipated Next Generation Jammer suite for the EA-18G Growler continues to progress towards operational release with both low and mid band pods in trials.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Defence Force will centre its RIMPAC 2020 contribution on the Diving Support Ship HMNZS Manawanui.
AUSTRALIA: The Navy's latest gen Mk 15 Block 1B Baseline 2 Close In Weapons System has achieved Initial Operating Capabililty.
MIDDLE EAST: HMAS Toowoomba is returning to Australia after completing a six month deployment conducting Maritime Security Ops in the Middle East Region.
AUSTRALIA: The Dept of Defence has confirmed the acquisition of a third MQ-4C Triton UAS, originally revealed in US Government disclosures in April.
BOOK REVIEW: Former Australian Army major David Kilcullen's erudite analysis of new multi dimension hostilities and how they are used against the Western democracies.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN has returned to sea in force, recommencing warfighting training as pandemic mitigation restrictions ease.
AUSTRALIA: The design of the RAN's next gen Attack class submarines is running late with another key component incomplete.
JAMAICA: The Jamaica Defence Force has put in another order for Australian Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle - Mediums. Pic Loop
NEW ZEALAND: An RAAF/UNSW developed research micro satellite was launched into space by Rocket Labs from New Zealand.
AUSTRALIA: The Government is looking at two not three additional KC-30A MRTT tankers to expand its inflight refuelling capacity.
USA: Problems with the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II could impact the RAAF's transition to the F-35A Lightning II.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's first F-35A Lightning II squadron is approaching a full complement of jets and working towards operational status in December. Pic by Stephen Baldwin
EDINBURGH: The RAAF has successfully trialled remote operation and video upload from a UAS to an airborne C-130J using SATCOMM.
AFGHANISTAN: Video of SOTG Commando Nexus counter narcotics op extraction in late August 2012. Helmet cam from Commando Merv McDonald KIA via twitter.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is progressively resuming its training program as pandemic mitigation restrictions are eased in northern and western states.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF has commenced the search for a next generation Lead In Fighter Trainer more suitable for training modern combat aircrew.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF will get five C-130J-30 Hercs fitted with the most advanced self defence, satellite communications and surveillance systems in operations globally.
GERMANY: The German Deutsches Heer is participating in the development of the final spec turreted Australian Boxer CRV and will also introduce the type into service.
IRAQ: The combined Anzac Task Group Taji has completed its five year/ten rotation Build Partner Capacity mission in Iraq.
USA: The US Government Accountability Office has identified some technical issues with the Next Generation Jammer under development for the US Navy and the RAAF.
AMBERLEY: The RAAF's trial of F/A-18F Super Hornet operational conversion training at RAAF Amberley is progressing smoothly.
DARWIN: The first contingent of Marine Rotation Force - Darwin 2020 has flown into the Northern Territory and commenced a 14 day quarantine period.
SYRIA/IRAQ: RAAF combat aircrew are still directly fighting Islamic State, only now they fight from the cockpits of US fighterbombers.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has contracted Meggitt Training Systems for more digital BlueFire EF88 simulated weapons for its high resolution WTSS combat shooting training simulators.
AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command Australia's expedited light assault helo acquisition program will soon be shortlisted for tenders.
USA: The US Air Force Special Operations Command's CLEAVER is aiming to turn airlifters into low cost massive airborne cruise missile carriers with implications for the RAAF.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is upgrading over half of its standard (tactical long barrel) F-89A1 Light Support Weapons to F-89A2 specification following on from the short barrel 'Para' upgrade.
CANBERRA: The future Australian Abrams upgrade will closely leverage the two next generation M1A2 upgrades currently being validated by the US Army.
DARWIN: The RAN is employing multiple strategies to ensure the Patrol Boat fleet maintains border protection operations during the pandemic restrictions.
BOOK REVIEW: James Phelp's Great War history of the RAN's capture of German codebooks and the intelligence bonanza the Royal Navy ignored until the disaster at Coronel before recognising it and getting revenge.
NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Engineers have introduced their new FC530 Combat Engineer Watercraft inflatable boats.
OKINAWA: Marine Rotation Force - Darwin 2020 has commenced a 14 day quarantine in Japan ahead of deployment to the Northern Territory.
FLORIDA USA: The first US built F-35A Lightning with the same specification as the RAAF's Lightning IIs has been lost during flight ops.
EDITORIAL: If we are seeking accountability for war crimes why not start with Julia Gillard and Stephen Smith, the Prime Minister and Minister for Defence in May 2012, rather than persecuting junior soldiers and NCOs for the sins of the battlefield.OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
TASMAN SEA: The RAN's third and final Hobart class destroyer was commissioned at sea after stringent pandemic control measures saw her entry into service delayed.
AUSTRALIA: Specialist blade maker Halfbreed Blades reinterprets an old classic into a new Infantry blade design. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
USA: PODCAST: A brilliant US military thinktank analytic podcast about urban close combat against Islamic State in 2016 interviewing Australian veteran Major Gen Roger Noble on his time as CJTF-OIR ground 2IC during the assault on Fallujah and Mosul.
USA: The US President has stated he plans to return F-35 Joint Strike Fighter component production back to the USA threatening Australian aerospace participation in the JSF Program.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces has cancelled its planned training deployments to Queensland as part of its pandemic mitigation efforts.
AUSTRALIA: Four advanced US, Israeli and European Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems are under evaluation to replace the inservice RQ-7Bv1 'eye in the sky'.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The pandemic safe commissioning ceremony for the new destroyer Sydney V may be the first RAN 'underway' commissioning at sea since the Second World War.
AUSTRALIA: Mandatory pandemic mitigation measures and state border closures have forced Army to adjust its ready brigade rotation certification program.
BOOK REVIEW: David W. Cameron's excellent new history of the brutal struggle by Victorian conscripts and Papuan infantry as they fought for the vital strip at Kokoda against the rampaging Japanese in July/August 1942.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's fleet of E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft have quietly become the most requested and respected ADF asset by our Coalition partners.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF continues to keep the option of participating in RIMPAC 2020 in Hawaiian waters open, continuing to assess any pandemic risks to force elements.
AUSTRALIA: The USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 is back on, with the Marines Top End bound later this Dry Season.
OSBORNE SA: The RAN's next gen Arafura class OPV first of class has reached hull module consolidation at the ASC's South Australian shipyard.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is seeking training simulators for M1A2 Abrams tanks - signalling the beginning of the replacement of our inservice M1A1 SA Abrams MBTs.
AUSTRALIA: The first of three prototypes of the Australian designed and built RAAF sponsored Boeing Airpower Teaming System (BATS) unmanned combat aircraft is complete with test flights due later this year.
AUSTRALIA: The depreciation of the Australian dollar has seen the cost of Attack class submarine build blow out to almost $90 billion.
USA: The RAAF's plans to upgrade its F/A-18F to fight against 'lo vis' stealthy aircraft move ahead with IRST21 acquisition contracts finalised.
CANBERRA: Six additional Cape Class Patrol Boats will be built for the RAN to augment the future Arafura class OPV fleet on border protection operations.
BENALLA: The first shipment of Australian made BLU-111 'insensitive' bomb units has been accepted by the RAAF for its combat aircraft fleets.
USA: More than a third of the RAAF's contracted fleet of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have rolled off the assembly line and are flying.
BENDIGO: The Netherland's Koninklijke Landmacht is back for another tranche of Aussie made Bushmaster PMV- Mediums for high risk operations.
INDO PACIFIC: The USA's new Dynamic Force Employment strategy places Australia and the ADF in a central role within regional security initiatives to deter potential aggressors.
USA: The US Army has begun seeking prototype 'smart sights' for its Next Generation Squad Weapons that exponentially improve soldier 'first round hit' probabilities.
EXMOUTH: The RAAF/US Space Force operated Space Surveillance Telescope in WA has taken its first images during systems trials.
SYDNEY: Former RAN Adelaide class frigates Newcastle and Melbourne were quietly commissioned into the Armada de Chile last week.
CORAL SEA: Personnel portraiture imagery has revealed the RAN has introduced a gucci coyote coloured para stocked MAXIMI 7.62mm light machine gun into service.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: HMAS Parramatta is embedded within a US strike group operating in close proximity to the provocative Chinese incursion into Malaysian waters.
SEA OF JAPAN: The Royal New Zealand Navy's next gen Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Aotearoa is sailing through sea trials off South Korea.
ARABIAN GULF: HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH-60R Romeo is helping keep the crew isolated from Wuhan Virus with 'no contact' resupply missions.
SPAIN: The RAAF's KC-30As will soon be flying robotic servos refuelling on demand thanks to successful autonomous air to air refuelling tests over Spain.
USA: US Government information releases reveal another MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance drone under contract.
AUSTRALIA: VIDEO RAAF Warfare Center's new video detailing the scope of multi domain combined joint operations and the RAAF's efforts to perfect them.
AUSTRALIA: A new technical analysis has confirmed A&NZD's calculations that buying modern US gunships is exponentially cheaper than retaining the inservice but barely operational Tiger ARH.
CANBERRA: The RAAF has confirmed that its future MC-55A Peregrine Special Electronic Missions Aircraft are advancing through production.
GLOBAL: Australian military deployments to UN peacekeeping missions will be adjusted after the UN has frozen international movements to reduce Wuhan Virus spread.
AFGHANISTAN: Afghan ANSF and Coalition SoF have delivered some crushing blows against Islamic State in Nangarhar, the last area where Australian SOF have been documented in combat.
CANBERRA: The Government has expressly recommitted to maintaining the Defence budget in the wake of the Wuhan Virus emergency and the pressures on Commonwealth revenue it has induced.
BRISBANE: The first squadron has commenced Operational Conversion training for the next generation Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.
SYDNEY: HMAS Brisbane is in dry dock undergoing an upgrade program to bring her up to final Hobart class destroyer specification.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Signals Directorate has begun offensive cyber ops to block hostile nation states and attack cyber criminal networks using the Pandemic to camouflage malicious activites.
JERVIS BAY: MH-60R Romeo helicopter First of Class Flight Trials are underway on HMAS Adelaide.
CANADA: A third retired RAAF F/A-18HUG 'Classic' Hornet has been quietly delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
USA: Production of the RNZAF's next generation P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft will commence shortly under a US Navy contract.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has packaged its Wuhan Virus pandemic limitation support ops as Operation Covid-19 Assist.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: This year's deployment of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is another casualty of global pandemic controll measures.
TAJI IRAQ: The entire New Zealand Defence Force contingent in Iraq has withdrawn early citing pandemic risk reduction measures.
GULF OF ADEN: HMAS Toowoomba has seized a major shipment of smuggled narcotics in the Middle East waters.
AUSTRALIA: Army Reservists have commenced providing non enforcement support to Police mandatory Wuhan virus quarantine operations.
BOOK REVIEW: The detailed biography of the almost forgotten British General who built the New Zealand Army and later led Kiwi and Aussie Anzacs at Gallipoli, Flanders and the Somme.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: Nuship Sydney, the final RAN Hobart class destroyer has arrived at Fleet Base East in Sydney Harbour ahead of her commissioning into service.
BENALLA: Nioa is seeking to produce advanced 25x137mm munitions for the RAAF's F-35As and for export from the Government's ammo factory at Benalla.
TOWNSVILLE: 1RAR has accepted the first Aussie made LRIP Hawkei PMV-L armoured vehicles as the lead unit in the Hawkei introduction into service.
USA: The US DoD has contracted Raytheon Missile Systems to produce evolved next gen Sidewinder missiles for the RAAF under the FMS system.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's future Airborne Electronic Attack capacity is shaping up with the completion of AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer -Mid Band testing.
IRAQ & Afghanistan: The ADF is relocating personnel out of Iraq and Afghanistan to reduce the Wuhan virus threat in operational areas.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has activated teams of experts to assist medical and health workers fight to disrupt the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Wuhan virus.
IRAQ: Anzac Task Group Taji X has quietly transferred command of Camp Taji to the US Army while the Brits withdraw from Iraq citing virus spread reduction justifications.
CANBERRA: The ASPI think tank has published a concept of how the ADF could respond to the Government's call for the ADF to give greater priority to humanitarian and disaster relief.
GREENBANK QLD: 1RAR has scooped up the honours at AASAM 20, taking ADF and Army top shot and AASAM team trophies back to Townsville.
AUSTRALIA: The Army is seeking advanced TUAS drones and expanding its TUAS Squadrons by 50 percent to keep up digital development.
AUSTRALIA: The Department of Defence is offering the RAN's only inservice underway oiler HMAS Sirius for sale in its new Australian Defence Sales Catalogue.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF not only has to face the health affects of SARS-CoV-2, but cancellation of major training programs, delays in equipment acquisition and likely savage future budget cuts.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has revealed its new Islamic uniform for female soldiers.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has introduced a broad range of measures to manage Covid19 infection of personnel and the wider community including cancelling the AASAM international events.
IRAQ: Kaitab Hezbollah has conducted a second serious rocket barrage of the Australian operating base at Taji near Baghdad in three days.
IRAQ: The US has retaliated against Kaitab Hezbollah after the lethal rocket attack on the Australian operating base at Taji near Baghdad.
NOWRA NSW: New heavy fuel compliant Vertical Take Off and Landing UAS have been accepted by the RAN after completing comprehensive trials.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: HMAS Arunta has launched missiles and fired her main gun for the first time since emerging from the AMCAP upgrade.
IRAQ: Mass casualties including CJTF-OIR KIA have been sustained in Taji after a serious rocket barrage on the Anzac base overnight.
AFGHANISTAN: Australian operations in Afghanistan continue unchanged as high level ceasefire negotiations look to end our longest military engagement.
NEW ZEALAND: 2nd/1st Bn Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment has taken the honours at the New Zealand Army's premier combat skills competition.
EDITORIAL by John Hunter Farrell: The best US military minds have come up with some very interesting strategies to counter totalitarian expansionism in the Indo Pacific.
AUSTRALIA: Specialist blade maker Halfbreed Blades' Compact Clearance Knife designed for Spec Ops and Law Enforcement. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
CANBERRA: Northrop Grumman has offered the RAAF the Triton production slots made available by US budget cuts at lower pricing.
CANBERRA: The Harpoon Block II Plus Extended Range is the first publicly revealed response to Sea 4100/1 Request for Information.
CANBERRA: All of the RAAF's remaining unsold classic Hornets will go to a US airborne adversary training contractor after being withdrawn from service.
CALIFORNIA: The US Navy is deperming the RAN's new Hobart class destroyers as Navy moves to reduce Australia's vulnerability to mine warfare.
CANBERRA: The Australian Army has been presented with the Theatre Honour East Timor 1999-2003 in a ceremony held in Canberra.
USA: The US Navy's suspension of Triton BAMS's orders and the USAF's cancellation of Reaper acquisitions has profound implications for the RAAF.
OSBORNE SA: The RAN has accepted the last of its new Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyers from AWD Alliance in South Australia ahead of commissioning the warship into service in a few months.
SPAIN: The Spanish Army is retiring a quarter of its Tiger attack helicopter fleet which will be cannibalised as spare parts.
IRAQ: A genuine Australian made F-88A1 Austeyr rifle is being offered privately for sale on an Iraqi internet site. Pic @AnalystMick
GUAM: VIDEO RAAF Airfield Defence Guards train with USAF and Japanese airfield defence units during Cope North 20 on Guam.
USA: A highly classified facility in Florida that will allow Australia to develop customised software will allow our F-35's artificial intelligence to clearly see and understand our neighbourhood weapons systems.
IRAQ: VIDEO US military video of Task Group Taji X range practice with EF-88 and 9mm Browning pistol.
IRAQ: Slideshow 5RAR and RNZIR Task Group Taji X QRF activities with US 82nd Airborne at Taji Military Complex in Iraq in response to Iranian and militia threat.
USA: The US Marines are exploring a revolutionary Australian amphibious vessel design that is turbocharging over the beach emplacement and forging new pathways in regional power projection and HADR response.
AUSTRALIA: The MRH-90 is being upgunned and fitted with new insertion and extraction gear in a high priority race to make it suitable for Special Ops before the Black Hawk is retired.
GUAM: The RAAF is in Guam for intense trilateral air warfare training with Japan and the United States under Cope North 20.
USA: The US Government has finalised arrangements for the RAAF's second MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN's new Hydrographic and Diving Support Ship HMNZS Manawanui has completed her naval upgrade and commenced sea trials.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF is about to deploy its first 2020 rotation P-8A Poseidon to Japan for sanctions enforcement against North Korea.
AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command Australia has released new Tactical Assault Group - East pics.
HENDERSON WA: The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Anzac frigates going through the AMCAP upgrade are progressing with HMAS Anzac approaching sea trials in the near future.
AUSTRALIA: The new Australian built Hawkei PMV-L armoured vehicle is about to recommence its entry into service program in Townsville after a year's delay.
STRAIT OF HORMUZ: HMAS Toowoomba has commenced operations with CJTF Sentinel in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran.
SOUTH KOREA: The RNZN's impressive new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment will soon sail for home after final sea trials are completed off South Korea.
SINGAPORE: The Singaporeans are taking the lead in Multi Role Tanker Transport development sparing the RAAF from another potential Airbus R&D nightmare.
PITTWATER NSW: The RAN is introducing a new range of autonomous underwater mine detection systems within a very deployable small footprint Mine Countermeasures capability.
IRAQ & SYRIA: The RAAF's E-7A Wedgetails have just flown their 500th mission against Islamic State over Iraq and Syria.
BRISBANE: The cutting edge Loyal Wingman Unmanned Combat Aviation Vehicle prototype is under construction at Boeing in Brisbane in the most advanced Australian based military aviation program since the 1950s.
NEVADA USA: The RAAF is quietly participating in the combined USAF, USN, RAF and RAAF offensive AirEx Red Flag 20-1 in Las Vegas deploying a significant tactical air package.
ARABIAN GULF: HMAS Toowoomba has commenced Maritime Security Ops in the Middle East which will include Op Sentinel missions in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran.
USA: The US Department of Defence has approved a large order of advanced stealthy anti ship missiles for the RAAF's F/A-18F Rhinos.
USA: The RAAF will benefit from the US Navy's decision to exponentially expand the P-8A Poseidon's combat capability with a new suite of precision munitions.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF has fitted one of its C-130J airlifters with the AN/AAQ-28 (V) Litening Pod during trials to see if the system can improve aircrew and embarked mission elements' situational awareness.
AUSTRALIA: Australian Army infantry and cavalry units will soon be equipped with a fire and forget, AI aided long range precision missile system capable of defeating all known armour.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is upgrading its inservice F-89A1P Para Minimi Light Support Weapons to F-89A2 specifications.
USA: The US Dept of Defence has released a report into the F-35 program which reveals significant issues and some structural blockages to the type reaching its air combat potential.
AUSTRALIA: Feature profiling Australian and New Zealand 7.62x51mm automatic Precision Rifle Systems in service as Marksman Weapon Systems/Designated Marksman Weapons/secondary sniper systems.
AFGHANISTAN: Australia has reduced its Afghanistan force element significantly and ended operations of a number of Advisory and Mentoring Teams.
AUSTRALIA: The new Picatinny Arsenal M252A1 81mm Mortar System has been certified operational at one SOCAust and one RAR battalion ahead of broad scale roll out.
GUAM: The US Navy has deployed the advanced MQ-4C Triton to Guam to commence Pacific Broad Area Maritime Ops which will be coordinated with RAAF MQ-4Cs when they enter service in 2023/24.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's Australian based F-35A Lightning II fleet is set to more than double this year and triple by mid next year as the F-35A replaces the F/A-18HUG.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's Joint Terminal Attack Controller training program has re equipped with the new PC-21 aircraft after withdrawing the long serving PC-9A(F).
NEW ZEALAND: The US Government has contracted a NZ rocket company to launch a top secret surveillance payload into orbit.
EDITORIAL: Senior leadership damaged the ADF's reputation with their initial limited and delayed response to the bushfire disaster in Nov - Dec before finally launching Op Bushfire Assist on Jan 1. Comment by John Hunter Farrell
AUSTRALIA: Boeing has rejected French claims its AH-64E Apache is too expensive, tabling evidence that the Echo model has lower costs than its competitors while delivering exponentially more combat power to the ADF.
USA: The US Congress has approved a massive RAN systems acquisition request for top shelf equipment for its Hunter class Future Frigates and the upcoming Hobart class destroyer upgrade.
AUSTRALIA: Flight Trials of the RAAF/Boeing codeveloped Loyal Wingman autonomous Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle are scheduled to commence at an undisclosed location this year.
USA: US Special Operations Command has introduced the modern 338 Norma Magnum cartridge into limited service acquiring both the Light Weight Medium Machine Gun and Sniper systems in the new round.
ARIZONA: The RAAF's F-35A Lightning fleet will soon be all relocated home to Australia with the end of USAF led operational conversion at Luke AFB in Arizona and the RAAF Williamtown NSW based training will kick off in earnest.
CANBERRA: Contrary to the Top Brass's denials, a close reading of the ANAO Future Submarine Report reveals a project already coming off the rails with cascading costs and a French military industrial complex thumbing its nose at Australia on contract conditions.
IRAQ: The Australian and New Zealand military base north of Baghdad in central Iraq has been struck for the second time by multiple militant rockets possibly under Iranian orders.
BOOK REVIEW: The stunning retelling of the Anzac's brutal last ditch defence of Crete against Hitler's elite airborne Fallschirmjagers and Gebirgsjager mountain troops in 1941.
USA: The first Block III Super Hornet/Rhino is about to be delivered to the US Navy allowing the operational test and evalution program to commence with RAAF fleet upgrade of elements to follow.
USA: A second tranche of upgraded digital systems has been contracted with Northrop Grumman within the RAAF's cutting edge Airborne Electronic Attack upgrade program.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The RAN Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Toowoomba will deploy for operations in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday to protect shipping from Iranian sponsored attacks.
IRAQ: Commercial satellite imagery has revealed a pinpoint missile strike on Al Asad hitting vital CJTF OIR aviation support infrastructure.
IRAQ: The NZ Government has confirmed that no Iranian missiles hit the Taji Military Complex where Australian and New Zealand military personnel are in lock down due to the Iranian attack on CJTF Op Inherent Resolve bases.
GERMANY: The German Deutsches Heer is experiencing low availability rates and major issues with its fleets of Airbus Helicopters Tiger and NH90 (Taipans) helos that make the Australian Army and RNZAF's problems seem minor.
IRAQ: Australian and New Zealand military operations in Iraq have been halted as part of a CJTF-Op Inherent Resolve operational suspension due to threats from Iranian sponsored militias.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Government has overruled state and military authorities to activate the Army Reserve and deploy a much larger military support echelon to assist firefighting operations in NSW and Vic.
AUSTRALIA: The ADF has deployed warships and helicopters and activated two Army Reserve Joint Task Forces in response to the dangerous bushfires in NSW and Vic.
IRAQ: Anzac forces at Taji near Baghdad have been subjected to 122mm rocket bombardments launched by Iranian sponsored Kataib Hezbollah which has turned on the Coalition now that Islamic State has been subdued.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL PHOTO FEATURE: The horrific mass casualty suicide bomber attack on SECDET 6 on Route Irish in Baghdad in January 2005 that left three ASLAVs and ten Diggers down. Feature with 20 historical images.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL PHOTO FEATURE: RAN Clearance Divers conducting combined Riverine Special Operations with the US Navy in South Vietnam's infamous Mekong Delta in 1970. 20 rare pics and a good read.
CANBERRA: Contracts for the manufacture of the next gen Aussie made EOS R400S Mark II D-HD 3X Remote Weapons Stations for the Boxer CRV have been signed.
WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's local F-35 Integrated Training Centre is ready to commence full operational conversion to type in January 2020 with Lightning IIs and a suite of simulators in place.
AFGHANISTAN: An emboldened Taliban and Islamic State in Khourisan offensive has seen near record airstrikes and casualties in Afghanstan in 2019.
AUSTRALIA: Specialist blade maker Halfbreed Blades commences their entry into the Australian market with the release of their new LBK-01. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE
AUSTRALIA: The Reserve Bank's deliberate devaluation of the Australian dollar has seen ADF acquisition costs explode threatening Army's vital modernisation programs.
SYDNEY: HMAS Brisbane has returned to Fleet Base East in Sydney after her successful completion of live missile firings in California for her CSSQT.
AUSTRALIA: Naval Group has signed agreements with Australian companies to produce the CANTO Torpedo Countermeasures Decoy munition for the future Attack class submarines.
EDITORIAL: Important influencers are arguing hard to retain Army's troubled Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter instead of buying a new combat proven airframe.
EDINBURGH: The RAAF's twelfth P-8A Poseidon MMMA has flown into RAAF Edinburgh ahead of schedule. Pic Nathan Rundle Photography
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: Seven additional F-35A Lightning IIs have flown into RAAF Williamtown more than doubling the Australian based fleet of Joint Strike Fighters.
AUSTRALIA: A new Aussie designed heavy 5.56mm round for the New Zealand Army's advanced new MARS-L rifles will replace the F1A1 green tip in NZDF service.
AUSTRALIA: After failing spectacularly in the 2000s, Army is searching for a replacement for its 50 year old LCM8 landing craft for the second time.
AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command - Australia's quest for a new light helicopter is approaching the request for tender - where shortlisted consortiums will be invited to make hard offers.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF complete fleet of the new Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainer aircraft has entered service.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's last ever F/A-18HUG Hornet Operational Conversion Course has been completed with the last new classic Hornet pilots qualified.
BOOK REVIEW: Michael Veith's exploration of the vicious defence of Milne Bay against elite Japanese marines during the invasion in 1942.
RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF's C-130J Hercules LAIRCM anti heat seeking missile self defence suites have reached Full Operating Capability.
TOWNSVILLE: We look at the the 2nd Battalion (Amphibious) and the Joint Pre Landing Forces it contributes to the Amphibious Ready Group.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF has three primary options to replace the capability lost in the EA-18G Growler A46-311 engine fire at Nellis AFB in 2018.
BAHRAIN: The Royal Australian Navy is about to assume command of Combined Maritime Force's Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East for the eighth time.
IRAQ: The 5RAR led Task Group Taji X is rotating in place with 2/14 LHR led Task Group Taji IX to conduct the new mentoring phase of the military assistance mission in Iraq.
CANBERRA: The RAAF's future MQ-9B Sky Guardian is a far more capable platform than the inservice MQ-9A Reaper made famous in the GWOT.
EDITORIAL: Editor John Hunter Farrell honours the passing of our print magazine with an emotional tribute to the Modern Anzac memories from his 26 years with A&NZD.
AUSTRALIA: Issue No 108 is now out, available in print and electronic formats here.
USA: The delivery price of RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters has fallen dramatically according to the latest US Government contractual costing release.
SOUTH AFRICA: An evolution of the Australian Army's new RDM Assegai 155mm Precision Guided Munitions has broken world 155mm range records during firings in South Africa.
SEA OF JAPAN: HMAS Hobart and Parramatta have participated in the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force's major AnnualEx activity in the Sea of Japan.
UAE: The RAAF P-8A Poseidon conducting surveillance of the Strait of Hormuz has returned to Australia after completing its MER mission.
USA: The Australian Army will acquire the Northrop Grumman Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electroni
c Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) System.
USA: The US Congress has approved New Zealand's request for five extremely high specification C-130J-30 Hercules to replace the inservice C-130H fleet.
JAPAN: Japanese military deployments to Australia and ADF deployments in Japan will grow under the new Special Strategic Partnership.
INDONESIA: An Australian Army Combat Team is in East Java conducted combined training with KOSTRAD under Ex Wirra Jaya 19.
IRAQ: The Anzac Task Group Taji 9 Advise Assist & Enable team has achieved its mission with the Iraqi School of Infantry training team certified Full Operating Capability.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Slideshow - Combined Australian and New Zealand Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operations targeting Explosive Remnants of War in the Solomon Islands.
FLEET BASE WEST: The international submarine crew rescue exercise Ex Pacific Reach has successfully conducted underwater personnel transfer from RAN and Korean submarines.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has substantially upgraded military to military relationship with the Philippines with an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Program.
AUSTRALIA: Contracts for advanced Aussie CEA Technologies AESAR radars for the Army's NASAMS Surface to Air Missile system have been signed.
AUSTRALIA: ADF bushfire response operations escalate as bushfires threaten homes and wildlife in New South Wales and Queensland.
BOOK REVIEW: The new history detailing the RAAF's top secret aerial mining operations targeting the Japanese during 1943 -45.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's two Canberra class Amphibious Assault Ships have achieved Full Operating Capability certification.
PERTH: Indonesian Kopassus Special Operations elements have been conducting high level training with the SASR in Perth as part of ongoing Australian cooperation policies.
OSBORNE SA: The final RAN Hobart class destroyer has successfully completed her sea trials in South Australia ahead of her acceptance by the RAN next year.
GUAM: Slideshow. The RNZN's Maritime EOD specialists team up with US Navy, USMC, Australian and Canadian Naval Special Clearance/Special Operations elements in Guam for Hydracrab 19.
USA: Three evolved 6.8mm infantry weapon designs are competing for the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapons to replace the M-4 and M-249.
TAJI IRAQ: Task Group Taji is contracting, with the soon to deploy Task Group Taji 10 widely rumoured to be the final Op Okra BPC mission contingent to deploy to Iraq.
UNITED KINGDOM: A British newspaper is reporting what they claim is the inside story on the US elimination of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
WOOMERA: The ADF has hosted NATO's premier Counter-IED expert subject matter exchange exercise at its Woomera Protected Area electronic support measures test range.
WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's Aussie based F-35A fleet will double in the next six weeks as the JSF operational conversion gains hard momentum.
SOUTH KOREA: Hanwha has unveiled a scale model of the KAAV2, the system from which its Next Generation Australian Amphibious Assault Vehicle will evolve.
AUSTRALIA: The RAAF is acquiring a suite of next generation systems that will exponentially expand the F/A-18F's combat capability and digital integration.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has disposed of its entire fleet of expensive DOK-ING MV-10 Mine Flail robots after less than five years service with Combat Engineer Regiments.
NEW ZEALAND: The NZDF has released images of its Special Operations Forces' maritime parachute insertion capability certification exercises.
AUSTRALIA: The decommissioning of HMAS Melbourne marks the end of 39 years of RAN Adelaide class FFG7 ops and the long term reduction of the Surface Force to 11 warships in 2020.
UNITED STATES: Their are multiple reports that Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed in a US attack in eastern Syria.
WILLIAMTOWN: 2 Operational Conversion Unit dropped the last 'bomb' from a 'classic' F/A-18B last week as the unit winds up Hornet training and progresses on to the F-35A.
NORTH PACIFIC: HMAS Parramatta will conduct North Korean sanctions compliance monitoring operations under Operation Argos in the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan.
UNITED KINGDOM: Eight 2RAR Amphibious specialists were awarded Silver medals at the British Army's Cambrian Patrol competition held in the Welsh Brecon Beacons.
AUSTRALIA: VIDEO SOCAust has released a new video to commemorate 2 Commando Regiment's 10th birthday. 2019 Hostage Recovery/Counter Terrorism sequences.
DARWIN: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 19 has successfully completed its deployment in Australia and returned to the USA.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The RAAF has commenced P-8A Poseidon MMMA surveillance flights over the Strait of Homuz.
CANADA: The RNZN's new look Anzac class frigates have been revealed with HMNZS Te Kaha with an integrated new superstructure bristling with new sensors.
SOUTH KOREA: First Pic! Hanwha Defense has revealed a pre production prototype of the AS21 Redback AFV competing for the Australian Army's APC replacement.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's future Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels will be equipped with three Finnish made Boomeranger Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats.
NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF is conducting its second operational deployment of a P-3K2 Orion MPA to fly sanctions monitoring against North Korea.
AUSTRALIA: KMW's 155mm Artillery Gun Module could be integrated onto inservice Army Boxers, HX trucks or the Land 400/3 IFV to fulfill the Protected Mobile Fires requirement.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN's search for a Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System capability under Project Sea 129 Phase 5 is about to heat up.
SYRIA: One of Australia's most respected military advisors sheds some light on the Turkish incursion into Kurdish held areas in northern Syria.
NEW ZEALAND: NZ Special Operations Forces have released images of a Hostage Recovery exercise with operators wearing the next gen NZMTP multicam combat fatigues.
AUSTRALIA: Former RAN CDT operators have developed a high tech naval special operations watercraft specifically to suit ADF water operations.
CANBERRA: The head of the Future Submarine Project has described the Attack class as an all new 'bespoke' design with 'references' from the French nuke Barracuda.
USA: Gunship helicopter founder Bell has released an image and a few details of its next generation 360 Invictus Attack Recon helicopter.
NORTH QUEENSLAND: Photo feature: 2 Commando Regt led Direct Action raid and Sensitive Site Exploitation ex within Talisman Sabre including sensational colour night viz pics.
AUSTRALIA: Rheinmetall and Hanwha have 12 months to deliver three prototype armoured vehicles ahead of the Land 400/3 RMA trials which will begin next year.
UNITED STATES: If the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapons program is successful we will be saying goodbye to the long serving 5.56 and 7.62mm cartridges in the next decade and a half.
INDONESIAN EAST TIMOR: Photo feature: INTERFET September 25 to October 1 1999 - INTERFET's hard yards begin as it moves to stabilise Dili and expand into the regions after the TNI withdrawal. Photo report by John Hunter Farrell.
SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN ended 39 years of Adelaide clss FFG operations on September 27 when HMAS Melbourne returned to base for the last time.
EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's tenth P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft has entered service with 11 Squadron in Australia.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has confirmed that the Hawkei PMV - Light program has been delayed but maintains the vehicle will reach FOC on schedule.
INDONESIAN EAST TIMOR: Photo feature: INTERFET September 24 1999 - the final TNI elements withdraw and INTERFET goes on the offensive. Photo report by John Hunter Farrell.
ENOGGERA QLD: The Army has revealed its first Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Block 1 at a ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks Brisbane.
INDONESIAN EAST TIMOR: Photo feature: INTERFET's early ops in Dili on September 22/23 1999 - careful steps to protect the people and avoid all out war. Photo report by John Hunter Farrell.
WASHINGTON STATE USA: An RAAF C-17A is the first to be repaired by the USAF under the new reciprocal repair arrangement between the two air forces.
WASHINGTON DC: The RAAF's dual role VIP transport/tanker KC-30A A39-007 has conducted its first known Prime Ministerial transport op.
FLEET BASE WEST: The RAN and USN have validated their ability to re arm an Australian Collins class submarine from a US Navy submarine tender.
AUSTRALIA: The introduction into service of the advanced Australian made EOS R400S Mk 2 Remote Weapons Station brings the possibility of employing the Apache gunship's lethal 30 x113mm cannon capability.
INDONESIAN EAST TIMOR: Photo feature: INTERFET's dramatic entry into Dili on September 20/21 1999 and the liberation of East Timor. Photo commemoration by John Hunter Farrell.
CANBERRA: We examine the downselected Hanwha Defence Australia option for Project Land 400 Phase 3 - the AS21 Redback Family of Armoured Vehicles.
CANBERRA: We take a closer look at the Rheinmetall Defence Australia proposal for Project Land 400 Phase 3 - the KF41 Lynx Family of Vehicles.
CANBERRA: The Department of Defence has announced that the two successful downselected tenders for Land 400/3 are Hanwha and Rheinmetall.
ADELAIDE: The RAN's third Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyer Nuship Sydney has commenced Sea Trials ahead of handover to Navy.
MIDDLE EAST: The RAAF has redeployed an E-7A Wedgetail to support the fight against Islamic State in Iraq only seven months after announcing the type's end of Iraq mission.
CANBERRA: The Australian Defence Force is set to rename every defence facility and downgrade the primacy of the Australian flag to shared ensign status under Campbell's radical new reconciliation policy.
CURTIN WA: The RAAF and Army have successfully demonstrated the new Joint Precision Air Drop System to accurately deliver air resupply packages from medium altitude.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The fifth and sixth RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have flown into Williamtown bringing the local 3 Squadron's nose count to six airframes.
AUSTRALIA: Up to six international attack reconnaissance helicopters have been put forward as a potential replacement for the Tiger ARH with Leonardo and Denel showing interest.
WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's PC-9A(F) Forward Air Control aircraft are being replaced with the new PC-21 FAC rolling off the Pilatus line in Switzerland.
JAPAN: The RAAF is deploying F/A-18HUG Hornets to Hokkaido in Japan to fly with Japanese F-15J Eagles under Exercise Bushido Guardian.
NORTH AMERICA: HMAS Brisbane has crossed the Pacific to conduct her Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials visiting Pearl Harbour and Canada on the voyage.
FRANCE: Sea trials of the French Navy's nuclear submarine Suffren which is the base design for Australia's future submarine are scheduled for 2020.
SHOALWATER BAY: The US Army deployed the M1277 MATV to Australia during Talisman Sabre, believed to be the first deployment of the type.
AFGHANISTAN: VIDEO Australian operations at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy are a major part of the successful RSM program.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: 3RAR and 3CER are spearheading Exercise Wantok Warrior with the PNGDF in Papua New Guinea.
CANBERRA: The Government has announced another P-8A deployment to Japan for North Korea sanctions enforcement.
SPAIN: The RAN's second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Stalwart III was launched in Spain after a rapid nine month build.
AUSTRALIA: Issue No 107 is now out, available in print and electronic formats here.
AUSTRALIA: The next generation long range ThermoSight HISS-XLR Thermal Weapons Sights has entered service with Special Operations Command - Australia and the School of Infantry sniper cell.
EDITORIAL: We honour INTERFET, the Australian intervention that created the independent nation of Timor Leste.
GUAM: PHOTOSTORY Aussie Special Operations Engineer Regt and Clearance Divers are in Guam for a major EOD exercise with USMC and USN specials.
AUSTRALIA: The announcement of which two armoured vehicles will enter competitive trials to replace the M113AS4 is imminent.
AUSTRALIA: One of the less conventional TAG Close Quarter Battle weapons is the KAC Master Key breaching shotgun.
CANBERRA: The ADF deployment to support the international escort force in the Strait of Hormuz has been announced.
AUSTRALIA: The RAN has extended its Cape class patrol boat lease to meet its high tempo border protection operational requirements.
BOWEN: VIDEO Outstanding extended drone video of the combined TS19 amphibious assault at Kings Beach Bowen on July 22.
AUSTRALIA: A Prime Ministerial PR photo confirms that the Barrett M107A1 .50 cal is operational with Special Operations Command.
BOOK REVIEW: The excellent history of the overwhelming Australian victory at Lae in 1943 which forced the Japanese to flee without a fight.
NORTH QUEENSLAND: PHOTO FEATURE. The Talisman Sabre Special Operations task element activities including air mobile, vehicle ops and direct action counter terrorist raids.
HAWAII: The US Army is planning an extended deployment of forces to Australia next year under its Pacific Pathways 2.0 program.
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.
GERMANY: Airbus Helicopters has released a safety notification for Tiger helicopters that is serious enough for the German Army ground its entire fleet.
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.
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.
CENTRAL QLD: SLIDESHOW - USMC Marine Force Recon specialists conducted 'Key Hole' Special Reconnaissance and 'Sting Ray' Direct Action exercises during TS19.
NSW WATERS: The RAN is conducting Romeo flight trials on HMAS Hobart's upgraded configuration to establish final Ship Helicopter Operating Limits.
TOWNSVILLE: The RAN has successfully trialled an upgraded LCM-1E Landing Craft to transport the Army's M1A1 Abrams and other heavy vehicles.
CENTRAL QLD: SLIDESHOW The Japanese Self Defence Force deployment during Talisman Sabre 2019 demonstrated that nation's growing amphibious capability.
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 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.
INDONESIA: Rare imagery of high level Counter Terrorism training activities between Special Operations Command Australia and Indonesia's KOPASSUS has emerged.
RAAF WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's first two pilots to conduct Operational Conversion to the F-35A in Australia have completed their first solo flights.
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.
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.
QUEENSLAND: USAF Airforce Special Operations PJ pararescuemen have been active in Queensland conducting Combat Search and Rescue in support of Ex Talisman Sabre.
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.
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.
STANAGE BAY: VIDEO The official video of the combined amphibious assault on Stanage Bay during Exercise Talisman Sabre.
AUSTRALIA: PHOTO FEATURE SOCOMD-Australia has released a very rare photo essay of 2nd Commando Regt conducting Special Recovery and Counter Terrorist training.
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.
NEW ZEALAND: The NZ Government has commenced negotiations for a significant quantity of Bushmaster PMVs to harden up its expeditionary forces.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow - US Army and USMC M142 HiMARS systems opened Talisman Sabre with a Hi RAIN bombardement of M270 rockets.
SHOALWATER BAY: US M142 HiMARS, AH-64E Guardians and F-35B Lightnings will kick off Talisman Sabre 2019 with a major live fire demonstration.
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.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: The ADF has cautiously responded to China's launch of multiple Anti Ship Missiles from its unrecognised Spratly Islands' military bases.
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
CENTRAL QLD: Contingents from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Japan have commenced integration activities for Talisman Sabre 2019.
AUSTRALIA: The combined Australian and NZ surface combatant fleet will be temporarily reduced to seven fully certified warships due to decommissioning, upgrades and delays.
CORAL SEA: The largest Amphibious fleet to operate from Australian territory since the Pacific War is assembling for Talisman Sabre 2019.
ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Ballarat has seized a massive haul of smuggled ammunition and HME explosives precursers bound for Yemen.
TIMOR LESTE: 1 Brigade deployed a Combined Arms training team to Timor as part of Australia's expanding regional military engagement.
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.
BANDIANA: Australian M1A1 AIM SA Abrams MBTs have almost completed a full suspension upgrade to accommodate the full TUSK survivability systems integration.
BOOK REVIEW: Phillip Bradley's thorough history of the stunning Australian airborne and amphibious victory at Lae in 1943.
KAPOOKA: Army has ended fitness testing requirements at 1RTB to accommodate females and lower unacceptable injury rates amongst 'unconditioned' recruits.
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.
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.
AUSTRALIA: US Navy and Japanese JMSDF flat tops are massing in Australia ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.
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.
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.
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.
FINLAND: Australian Ground Based Air Defence Systems deployed to Finland as part of the international effort to deter Russian aggression into the Nordic areas.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: HMAS Arunta has returned to Fleet Base West ahead of the resumption of sea operations after completing the AMCAP upgrade.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has selected the C-130J-30 Hercules airlifter as the replacement for its inservice C-130H Hercules fleet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AUSTRALIA: Keeping the under performing Tiger ARH helicopter flying costs more than the Army's yearly ammunition expenditure costs.
TOWNSVILLE: Slideshow - 1RAR hosted a detachment of Royal Thai Army infantry for cooperative combat training and mutual confidence building.
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.
SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow - Australian, Japanese and US Marine troops concentrated at Shoalwater Bay for Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2019.
AUSTRALIA: Issue No 106 is now out, available in print and electronic formats here!
AUSTRALIA: The US Navy is using the Australian designed Independence class LCS as its Mine Countermeasures platform will the RAN follow?
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.
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.
MIDDLE EAST: VIDEO - HMAS Ballarat has successfully conducted another enormous narcotics seizure bringing her combined total interdictions to over $1 billion.
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.
NT: The RAAF is employing a broad range of sophisticated airborne and ground based threat simulators to make training realistic.
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.
NEW ZEALAND: The new Barrett M107A1 50 cal Long Range Sniper Rifle is entering service with the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
IRAQ: The Iranian threat to Australian and New Zealand forces in Iraq has worsened with some CJTF-OIR contingents suspending support operations altogether.
GLOBAL: The Australian Army's new R400S Mk 2 Protected Weapons Station has been integrated onto Bushmasters operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and Australia.
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.
MIDDLE EAST: VIDEO - HMAS Ballarat has conducted exercises with the French Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group and Coalition warships in the MER.
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.
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.
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.
IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji 8 train Iraqi 55th Brigade jundies on the M2QCB and M19 AGL at Besmaya near Baghdad.
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.
NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy's next generation AOR Aotearoa will transform the Kiwi's maritime reach and operational endurance.
USA: The Army is energetically exploring the capabilities available for its new Under Armour Assault Breaching and Bridging equipment including robotics.
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.
PHILIPPINES: Australian Special Operations experts are working with their Philippine NAVSOG and Scout Ranger counterparts at Fort Magsaysay under Balikatan 19.
AMBERLEY: The RAAF's EA-18G Growler based Airborne Electronic Attack capability has reached Initial Operational Capability on schedule.
MALAYSIA: VIDEO 3RAR infantrymen conduct live firing and jungle training activities with the Malaysian Army during Indo Pacific Endeavour.
RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF is expanding its upgrade of Hercules satellite communications systems to include half the C-130J-30 fleet.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is seeking an armoured amphibious vehicle to broaden the scale and scope of its amphibious capability.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters near future retirement has finally been confirmed.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters have been upgunned and given uprated winches for combat operations.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: The eighth rotation of US Marines has deployed into Darwin ahead of six months of training with the Australian Defence Force.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army is introducing new FC530 Zodiac inflatable assault boats during an OT&E activities at 2 Engineer Regiment.
TEMORA: The RAAF has acquired 11 flying historic warbirds to ensure their preservation by funding their upkeep at the Temora Aviation Museum.
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.
AUSTRALIA: The Government has confirmed funding for the RAAF's next generation towed missile decoys for its Rhino, Growler and F-35A Lightning fleets.
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.
BOOK REVIEW: The Military Briefs latest publication is a forensic exploration of Aussie Army M113A1 APCs in service between 1972 and 2013.
GREENBANK QLD: The Army is currently conducting analysis on the Australian made MAPS autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle in a series of trials.
BRISBANE: Task Group Taji IX has completed its mission preparation training ahead of deploying to Iraq to continue the Build Partner Capacity mission.
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.
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.
HOLSWORTHY: Special Operations Command Australia's Supacat SOV-Commando vehicles are undergoing a final upgrade and should enter service within weeks.
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.
AUSTRALIA: The Hawkei PMV-L's engine manufacturer has entered bankruptcy creating uncertainty as the Aussie vehicle is about to enter full rate production.
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.
CANBERRA: The 2019/20 Defence budget allocations deliver more dollars, but point to major reductions in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CANBERRA: The first RAAF Falcon 7X VIP transport aircraft will enter service with 34 Squadron mid year after completing its fitout.
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.
PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: Twenty two Australian and international combat shooting teams are winding up competition in the 2019 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM).
SHOALWATER BAY: The Army has introduced the Rheinmetall Deihl SMArt 155 Sensor Fused Munition for precision anti armour strikes.
SYDNEY: HMAS Brisbane, the RAN's second Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyer is about to start readiness evaluations ahead of operations.
AUSTRALIA: The Dept of Defence has signed up for the second of at least six MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is looking for a Protected Amphibious Vehicle to convey combat elements ashore from the RAN's Amphibious Assault Ships.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is putting all the pieces in place ahead of the arrival of the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in April 2019.
CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed the acquistion of the Raytheon/Kongsberg/CEA Technologies Enhanced National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).
UNITED KINGDOM: The RAF will acquire the E-7 Wedgetail in similar configuration to the Australian AEW&:C system fitout with Australian industrial support.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Australia will upgrade the PNGDF's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island under a $5 million bilateral agreement with PNG.
CANADA: The second New Zealand Anzac class Guided Missile Frigate has commenced its upgrade at a Canadian specialist shipyard.
CANBERRA: The Government has disclosed an acquisition of high end Electronic Warfare aircraft to augment ADF digital domain dominance.
CULTANA SA: The 1st Armoured Regiment is experimenting with a SRV mounted ISR screen ahead of main force MBT elements during Predator's Walk.
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.
USA: The US Government has approved a large acquisition of AMRAAM missiles for the Australian Army's future NASAMS2 missile system.
INDONESIAN PAPUA: The Free Papua Movement insurgency against Indonesia has reappeared with a series of successful attacks against the TNI.
GULF OF OMAN: HMAS Ballarat has completed a sixth narcotics interdiction in the Middle East Region bringing her total drug haul to $750 million.
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.
NEW ZEALAND: The US Army has partnered 2/1RNZIR in a series of bilateral training activities in the South Island designed to improve interoperability.
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.
AVALON VIC: The RAN is on the verge of retiring its final leased Bell 429 helicopter now that the HATS training program has matured.
CANBERRA: Despite withering criticism, the Australian Government has signed off on the contracts for the far future diesel electric Attack class concept submarine.
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.
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.
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.
AVALON VIC: Team Reaper Australia have announced the finalised consortium that will deliver the RAAF's near future Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft fleet.
NT & SA: 1 Brigade is almost fully rearmed with the next generation EF-88M Modular Weapon System after commencing the transition in October.
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.
CANADA: The RAAF has successfully transferred the first two of its retiring F/A-18HUG 'classic' Hornets to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
CANBERRA: The RAN's scarily expensive next generation submarine is now unstoppable after the Government signed the last contractual arrangement with France.
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.
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.
WAIOURU NZ: The combat manoeuvre elements of the 1st New Zealand Brigade is busy conducting Exercise Sari Bair at Waiouru Military Training Area.
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.
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.
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.
SWEDEN: Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB has disclosed that the Australian Army has ordered the new 84mm Carl Gustaf M4 Multi Role Weapons System.