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Lynx Combat Support Vehicle CSV Rheinmetall Defence Australia

AUSTRALIAN MADE LYNX COMBAT SUPPORT VEHICLE

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.

Cyborg Dynamics Engineering Warfighter Combat Unmanned Ground System

CYBORG DYNAMICS ENGINEERING COMBAT-UGS

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.

GDLS Griffin II Mobile Protected Firepower US Army

US ARMY MOBILE PROTECTED FIREPOWER

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.

Land 2110 Contaminated Casualty Handling System 2CER

CONTAMINATED CASUALTY HANDLING SYSTEM

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army's new Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear protective systems include advanced casualty evacuation and decontamination systems.

RAN MH-60R Romeo N48-016 Nomad crash

RAN MH-60R ROMEO LOST

PHILIPPINE SEA: An RAN MH-60R Romeo helicopter has been lost after making a forced landing at sea during routine night operations.

RAN Hunter class Future Frigate

HUNTER FFG PROTOTYPING PROGRESS

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.

HMAS Sirius refuels HMAS Canberra South China Sea September 2021

HMAS SIRIUS APPROACHES RETIREMENT

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.

L40-2 Mark 47 Mod 1 40x53mm HV LWAGL 10th Light Horse Regiment Hawkei PMV-L

TOOLED UP 10LHR HAWKEI PMV-Ls

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.

MRF-Darwin 2021 FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS Low Altitude Air Defence Australian Army

USMC & 16RAA SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE SHOOT

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.

Mk234 Mod 1 Nulka ADAP Active Missile Decoy

NEXT GEN NULKA DECOY PAYLOAD ACQUISITION

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.

additional RAN MH-60R Romeo helicopter

MORE MH-60R ROMEOS FOR RAN

USA: A major Australian acquistion of more advanced MH-60R Romeo naval combat helicopters for the RAN's Fleet Air Arm is underway.

RAN Maritime Multicam Pattern Uniform

RAN ROLLING OUT ITS NEW MMPU UNIFORM

DARWIN NT: The RAN has commenced issuing its new Maritime Multicam Pattern Uniform to sailors based at Cairns FNQ and Coonawarra NT.

Boxer CRV Australian Army information video

BOXER CRV INTRO INTO SERVICE

TOWNSVILLE: Video: Excellent Army video on the progress in the Boxer CRV as it replaces the ASLAV in Australian Army service.

Boxer CRV 76mm Multi Spectral Obscurant munitions Australian Army

BOXER LIVE FIRE - 30mm + MSO SMOKE

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.

HMNZS Te Kaha HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group 21

RNZN EMBEDS IN MASSIVE CARRIER CONCENTRATION

PHILIPPINE SEA: The RNZN's HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Aotearoa participated in the massive four carrier strike group concentration in the Philippine Sea.

Project Land 2110 Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Personal Protective Ensemble 6RAR 2CER

LAND 2110 CBRN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE ENSEMBLE IN SERVICE

TOWNSVILLE: The new AMCU patterned Land 2110 CBRN Personal Protective Ensemble is rolling out across Army's combat manoeuvre brigades.

Australian Army Stealth Reconnaissance E-Bike

AUSTRALIAN ARMY STEALTH RECONNAISSANCE E-BIKE

 

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army's 7th Brigade is trialling very quiet, dust plume suppressed battery powered E-Bikes to equip its Recon Scouts.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C USAF

USAF ASKS FOR WEDGETAIL AFTER FLYING WITH RAAF

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.

Singapore Army personnel Shoalwater Bay Training Area Australia Exercise Wallaby 2021

SINGAPORE EX WALLABY UNDERWAY

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.

RAAF 6 Squadron EA-18G Growler and KC-30A MRRT tanker . Australia

ADDITIONAL EA-18G GROWLER FOR RAAF

USA: The US State Department has approved an additional EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft to replace the one lost in 2018.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2021 AH-1Z Viper, UH-1Y Venon, MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor Australia

MRF-D 21 AIR COMBAT ELEMENT SHIPS OUT

DARWIN: Pictorial - Marine Rotational Force - Darwin shipped out its tiltrotors and gunship helicopters after completing the 2021 deployment.

US Army MIM-104F PAC-3 Patriot Missile. Australia

AUSTRALIA IS SHOPPING FOR ADVANCED SAMS

AUSTRALIA: Australia is seeking to buy advanced Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence missiles capable of destroying enemy aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.

FGS Bayern Fremantle Australia Indian Ocean

GERMAN WARSHIP DOCKS IN WA

FREMANTLE: A German Navy frigate has docked in Western Australia during the first Deutsche Marine extended Indian Ocean operation since WW2.

RNZAF P-3K2 Orion NZ4203 retires RNZAF Woodbourne RNZAF Auckland

FIRST RNZAF P-3K2 ORION MPA RETIRED

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF has retired the first of its P-3K2 Orion MPAs as it prepares to introduce its new P-8A Poseidons.

Boxer CRV Mark 30 Mod 2 Air Burst Munition cannon Australian Army

LITHGOW BUILD FOR 30x173mm MK30-2/ABM

LITHGOW NSW: The turreted Boxer 'Guncar' 30mm Mauser/Rheinmetall cannon will be built at Thales Australia Lithgow from Aussie made parts.

JS Shiranui Australia Darwin Harbour Reciprocal Access Agreement

2ND JAPANESE NAVAL RESUPPLY IN DARWIN

DARWIN: Another Japanese warship has resupplied in Darwin under the Japan Australia Reciprocal Access Agreement.

USAF F-22A Raptor Australia

EXPANDING USAF PRESENCE IN AUSTRALIA

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.

Bale Defence Death Adder Rough Terrain Vehicle RTV 2 Commando Regiment

40 MORE DEATH ADDER RTVs

PORT MACQUARIE: The ADF has ordered a second tranche of Aussie made Bale Defence Death Adder RTVs for specialist combat elements.

Boeing Australia Air Teaming System Loyal Wingman UCAV

LOYAL WINGMAN FACTORY SITE ANNOUNCED

TOOWOOMBA: Boeing Australia has announced it will build the Loyal Wingman autonomous UCAV in Toowoomba when the RAAF acquisition commences in 2025/26.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II A35-041 at RAAF Williamtown

NEW F-35A LIGHTNING IIs ARRIVE

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.

Rapid Dragon long range strike system RAAF

RAPID DRAGON AIRLIFTER STRIKE CAPABILITY

USA: Trials of the Rapid Dragon containerised missile system that turns airlifters into long range strikers holds great promise for the RAAF.

Australian C Squadron 5th Aviation Regiment CH-47F Chinook Ex Talisman Sabre 21

ARMY AVIATION COMMAND

CANBERRA: Army has separated out its helicopters and drones into a new dedicated Command separate from the manoeuvre elements of Forces Command.

JS Kaga Australia Darwin Harbour Reciprocal Access Agreement

JAPANESE WARSHIPS DEPLOY INTO NT

DARWIN: A Japanese naval task element has arrived in Darwin as part of new reciprocal access arrangements between the ADF and JSDF.

Australian interim nuclear powered submarine US Navy Los Angeles class SSN and UK Royal Navy Trafalgar class SSN

INTERIM SSN LEASE UNDER INVESTIGATION

CANBERRA: Australia is seeking an 'interim' leased nuclear fast attack submarine capability for the RAN in the immediate future.

US Navy Virginia class Block V SSN and UK Royal Navy Astute class SSN

US & UK NUCLEAR FAST ATTACK SUB OPTIONS

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.

RAAF AGM-158B JASSM-ER Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range

AGM-158B JASSM-EXTENDED RANGE FOR RAAF

CANBERRA: The RAAF is acquiring long range stealthy cruise missiles that can penetrate advanced air defence systems and smash key enemy targets.

RGM-109E Tomahawk TLAM Australia RAN Hobart class

RGM-109E TOMAHAWK FOR HOBART DDGs

CANBERRA: Australia will arm its Hobart class destroyers with the latest variant Tomahawk Block V long range surface strike cruise missile.

Australian nuclear submarines

NUCLEAR SUBMARINES FOR AUSTRALIA

WASHINGTON DC: Australia will be given access to US nuclear submarine technology under a new strategic aggreement.

10th Light Horse Hawkei PMV-L XLH

10TH LIGHT HORSE HAWKEI PMV-Ls

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.

Sentinel Littoral Manoeuvre Craft RNZN

AUSSIE MADE SENTINEL LMC FOR RNZN

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy is acquiring Tasmanian built Littoral Manoeuvre Craft for its Mine Countermeasures and Naval Special Warfare missions.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

F-35 SUSTAINMENT COSTS FALL DRAMATICALLY

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.

RNZN HMNZS Aotearoa HMNZS Te Kaha Bersama Gold 2021 South China Sea

AUSTRALIA EXPANDS SOUTH KOREA MILITARY LINKS

SOUTH KOREA: Australia and South Korea are negotiating expanded military to military links and possible infantry exercises.

RNZN HMNZS Aotearoa HMNZS Te Kaha Bersama Gold 2021 South China Sea

RNZN DEPLOYS TO SOUTHEAST ASIA

PACIFIC OCEAN: New Zealand has deployed a frigate and a tanker to Southeast Asia in that nation's sovereign regional presence activity.

Tantara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat TNI-AD 5RAR Exercise Wirra Jaya

HALFBREED BLADES NEW MEDIUM INFANTRY KNIFE

AUSTRALIA: Halfbreed Blades have just released another Medium Infantry Knife to complement their range - the partially serrated, drop point MIK-03.
OPEN ACCESS

Tantara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat TNI-AD 5RAR Exercise Wirra Jaya

ADF TO EXPAND LINKS WITH INDONESIA

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.

HMAS Stalwart Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

RAN ACCEPTS AOR STALWART

ROCKINGHAM WA: The Royal Australian Navy has officially accepted its new Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship Stalwart.

RAN Armidale class Patrol Boats HMAS Wollongong, HMAS Launceston

PATROL BOAT CONCENTRATION PERIOD

DARWIN HARBOUR: Pictorial - the RAN's Darwin based Armidale patrol boats have conducted combined exercises to maintain skills across the fleet.

AusIndEx 2021 Indian Navy and RAN in Arafura Sea Australia

BILATERAL TRAINING WITH INDIAN NAVY

ARAFURA SEA: Pictorial - the Indian and Royal Australian Navies are conducting a bilateral maritime warfare training exercise in waters off Darwin.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II A35-038 at RAAF Williamtown

AUSSIE BASED F-35A LIGHTNING FLEET GROWS

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

Exercise Koolendong 2021, 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Brigade Australian Army

EXERCISE KOOLENDONG 2021

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.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II Eielson Air Base, Red Flag Alaska -21-3

EXERCISE RED FLAG ALASKA 21-3

FAIRBANKS ALASKA: Pictorial - the RAAF expeditionary air element for Red Flag Alaska was the first overseas training trip for our Williamtown based F-35As.

JS Kaga and HMAS Warramunga Ex Malabar 2021

EXERCISE MALABAR 2021

PHILIPPINE SEA: Pictorial - the combined US Navy, Indian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and Royal Australian Navy sea wargames off Guam.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Exercise Koolendong Northern Territory Australia

EXERCISE KOOLENDONG 2021

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.

1NZSAS NZ Special Operations Forces team Kabul evacuation flights

NZSAS EVACUATION OPS

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.

Two dead in truck accident in Townsville

TWO DIGGERS KILLED IN TRUCK INCIDENT

TOWNSVILLE: Two 7th Brigade personnel have been killed in a truck accident during Ex Diamond Dagger 21.

Defeat complete in Afghanistan

US DESERTS KABUL

AFGHANISTAN: The final US military airlifter has flown away and the Taliban are in complete control of HKIA.

HMAS Paluma and HMAS Mermaid final mission

HMAS PALUMA & MERMAID FINAL MISSION COMPLETE

CAIRNS: The RAN's two oldest commissioned vessels have completed their final operational tasking and returned to base to decommission.

Australian armed security Kabul, 1RAR, Airfield Defence Guards, Special Operations

AFGHANISTAN EVACUATION ENDS

AFGHANISTAN: The Australian Defence Force's emergency Noncombatant Evacuation Operation into Kabul has ended with the last Diggers flown out to AMAB.

Australian armed security Kabul, 1RAR, Airfield Defence Guards, Special Operations

1RAR, SPEC OPS, ADGs IN KABUL

AFGHANISTAN: Pictorial The Australian armed security elements in Kabul including 1RAR, Airfield Defence Guards, Special Operations Command. Photostory from August 24.

Exercise Malabar Guam HMAS Warramunga 127mm Mark 45 Mod 4 gun system

EXERCISE MALABAR 2021

GUAM: The RAN's HMAS Warramunga is operating beside US Navy, Indian Navy and Japanese warships in the Philippine Sea for Ex Malabar 2021.

RIM-174 SM6 and SM2 Block IIIC missile production Australia

RIM-174 & SM2 IIIC APPROVAL

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.

RNZAF C-130H 1NZSAS Kabul airport evacuation

KABUL AIRLIFT EXPANDS

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.

USAF 355th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II Red Flag Alaska 21-2

EX RED FLAG ALASKA 21-3

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.

HMAS Ballarat returns to Australia Fleet Base West Rockingham WA

BALLARAT BACK AT FLEET BASE WEST

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.

RAAF C-17A Globemasters  Kabul evacuation

RAAF C-17A KABUL EVACUATION

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.

HMNZS Te Mana in Canada

RNZN ANZAC COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy will integrate a new digital communications suite into its upgraded Anzac class guided missile frigates.

Editorial by John Hunter Farrell

AGONY OF UNNECESSARY DEFEAT

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

RAAF C-17A Globemasters Al Minhad Air Base Dubai for Kabul evacuation

RAAF EVAC FLEET AT AMAB

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.

USMC NMESIS and Expeditionary Advance Base Operations Naval Strike Missile EABO

USMC TESTS NMESIS MISSILE SYSTEM

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.

RAAF C-130J Hercules and Air Security Operations Team Kabul evacuation

FIRST RAAF EVAC OUT OF KABUL

AFGHANISTAN: The RAAF has successfully completed the first evacution of Australians and Afghan employees out of Kabul today.

Operation Argos North Korea Sanctions RAAF P-8A Poseidon

P-8A NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS SURVEILLANCE

JAPAN: The RAAF has deployed another P-8A Poseidon to Japan to support surveillance operations on North Korean regime sanctions evasions.

Afghanistan emergency evacuation

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP 632 IN KABUL

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.

Emergency  evacuation fall of Kabul

ADF DEPLOYS TO AL MINHAD TO SUPPORT KABUL EVAC

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.

HMAS Hobart, HMAS Sydney, HMAS Brisbane, DDG Hobart class guided missile destroyers

HOBART DDGs CERTIFIED FOC

AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian Navy has formally declared Final Operating Capability for its advanced fleet of Hobart class destroyers.

New Zealand Army Bushmaster PMV-M vehicle

NZ BUSHMASTER PRODUCTION UNDERWAY

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.

RAN HMAS Supply Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

HMAS SUPPLY COMPLETES FIRST REFUELLING

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.

Precision Strike Missile Australian Army

AUSTRALIA JOINS PrSM MISSILE PROJECT

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.

Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Mk30/2 ABM cannon Lance Turret

BOXER AMMO, GUN, TURRET ISSUES CONFIRMED

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.

HMAS Canberra, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, USS America, Coral Sea CJBP

CJBP FLEET FIRES & X-DECKING

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.

M45A1 MEUSOC Close Quarter Battle Pistol USMC Marine Special Operations Command

MARSOC M45A1 MEUSOC CQBP PISTOL

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'.

HMAS Canberra, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, USS America, Coral Sea CJBP

COMBINED JOINT BATTLE PROBLEM

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.

DefendTex Drone155 RPG40 Trajectory Corrected Munition

DEFENDTEX RPG-40G LASER GUIDED PGM

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.

USAF Special Operations Command Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element DAGRE special forces Talisman Sabre 2021

USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS DAGRE TEAM VIDEO

TALISMAN SABRE: Video. USAF DAGRE team special forces operations in northern Australia during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.

ADF institutional response to IGADF warcrimes allegations

CDF's AFGHAN INQUIRY SMOKESCREEN

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 Farrell
OPEN ACCESS

Project Land 400 Phase 3 KF41 Lynx and AS-21 Redback AFVs live fire video

LYNX & REDBACK LIVE FIRE VIDEO

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.

M1A1 Abrams 2 Cavalry Regiment Australia Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 FINAL PHOTOS

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA: Pictorial: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 has wound up, but we couldn't help ourselves with one final dig into their photofile.

RAAF AP-3C(EW) Orion electronic warfare Chinese general intelligence ships

RAAF AP-3C(EW)s TARGETED CHINESE SPY SHIPS

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

MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter grounding Talisman Sabre 2021

MRH-90 TTH FLIGHTS MYSTERY

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.

USMC Marines 1/7Marines Forrest Beach Ingham Australia Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT

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.

Hunter class Future Frigate Type 26 Global Combat Ship

HUNTER FUTURE FRIGATE BUILD DELAY

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.

RAAF EA-18G KC-30A MRTT F-35A USMC F-35B B-52H USAF Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 FAST AIR

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.

3rd Battalion 509th Infantry Regiment 3/509 Australian CH-47F  Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 509PIR AIR MOBILE INSERTION

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.

353rd Special Operations Support Squadron DAGRE  Talisman Sabre 2021

USAF AFSOC DAGRE TEAMS

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.

75 Squadron 'Magpie' Hornet A21-018 in glossy black and white

75 SQN 'MAGPIE' HORNET

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.

3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Talisman Sabre 2021

509th JUMP INTO TS21

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.

Commando SASR Green Berets 160 SOAR Nightstalkers CJSOTF Talisman Sabre class=

TS21 COMMANDO + NIGHTSTALKERS FAST ROPE

TINDAL NT: Video: Australian Commandos and US Green Berets fast rope from 160th SOAR Nightstalkers MH-60s during Talisman Sabre in the Top End.

USS America Amphibious Ready Group HMAS Ballarat Coral Sea Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 REPLENISHMENT AT SEA

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.

1RAR 3RAR 2 Cavalry Regiment Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 BG EAGLE COMBINED ARMS ASSAULT

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.

RAAF Hawk 127 LIFT GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb

RAAF HAWK PAVEWAY II/TIGER TEAMING

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.

Talisman Sabre 2021 JGSDF 50 Regiment 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade Bowen Qld

TS21 JAPANESE GROUND FORCES

BOWEN NTH QLD: Pictorial: Japanese amphibious infantry are embedded with 3RAR during the security exercise activities in Bowen within TS21.

New Zealand Defence Force budget cuts

NEW ZEALAND TO CUT DEFENCE REFOCUS NZDF

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 2021 RAAF C-17A USMC 3/12 Marines M142 HiMARS HIRAIN

RAAF FLIES USMC HIRAIN INSERTIONS

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 2021

TS21 FIELD MANOEUVRE

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.

3 Squadron RAAF Ex Red Flag Alaska 21-3 F-35A Lightning II

NEW RAAF F-35As IN ALASKA

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.

2 Commando Regiment 160 SOAR MH-60 Black Hawk Australia Talisman Sabre 2021 CJSOTF

TS21 COMMANDO FAST ROPE

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.

160 SOAR MH-60 Black Hawk Australia Talisman Sabre 2021 CJSOTF

TS21 160th SOAR NIGHTSTALKERS

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.

Talisman Sabre 2021 Scheibel S100 Camcopter VTOL MTUAS

TS21 S100(S2) VTOL MTUAS

CORAL SEA: The Royal Australian Navy has deployed one of its interim MTUAS drones to operate off a frigate within TS21.

Talisman Sabre 2021 navy RAN, US Navy, RCN, JMSDF, ROKN

TALISMAN SABRE 21 FLEET

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.

CJSOTF SASR 2 Commando Regt, 160th SOAR MH-60 US SOC Green Berets USAF Special Reconnaissance Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES HALO

TOP END NT: Pictorial. First images of the Talisman Sabre Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - MC-130Js HALO jumps and Night Stalker helos.

Australian Army 1st Aviation Regiment EC665 Tiger ARH RIMPAC 2020

DEFENCE PUTS TIGER ARH UP FOR SALE

AUSTRALIA: The Department of Defence has listed the Army's Tiger ARH helicopters for sale in its 2021 arms sale catalogue.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021

TALISMAN SABRE 21 SLIDESHOW

TALISMAN SABRE: Pictorial. A torrent of excellent images is emerging out of Ex Talisman Sabre 2021 as the exercise picks up momentum.

Combined Task Force 150 Counter Narcotics Operations

RNZN ASSUMES COMMAND OF CTF150

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.

31MEU Marine Force Reconnaissance Talisman Sabre 2021

TS21 31MEU MARINE FORCE RECON

CORAL SEA: Slideshow: US 31MEU Marine Force Recon and Rubber Raiding Craft crews in the Coral Sea during Talisman Sabre 2021.

US Army extended Australian deployments

US ARMY EXTENDED DEPLOYMENTS

AUSTRALIA: The Australian and US governments are in the final stages of negotiation over extended US Army deployments operating from Australian bases.

USS Rafael Peralta Talisman Sabre 2021 127mm gun Australia HMAS Ballarat

TS21 NAVAL GUNFIRE SUPPORT

SHOALWATER BAY: Slideshow: Australian, US Navy and Japanese warships bombard SWBTA from gunline in the Coral Sea during Talisman Sabre 2021.

M142 HIMARS Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 Australia Shoalwater Bay 3/12 Marines 12th Field Artillery Brigade

TS21 M142 HIMARS BARRAGE

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.

Combined Joint Special Operations Command Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 Australia SAS SASR SEAL Special Forces Group USAF Pararescuemen

TS21 SPECIAL OPERATIONS

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.

AH-1Z Viper helicopter USS America Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 Australiae

TS21 FIREPOWER DEMONSTRATION

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.

First MIM-104 Patriot Missile Launch in Australia. Ex Talisman Sabre 2021 38th Air Defence Artillery Brigade

TS21 PATRIOT SAM LAUNCH VIDEO

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.

Medium Infantry Knife Halfbreed Blades

NEW MEDIUM INFANTRY KNIFE FROM HALFBREED BLADES

A new Medium Infantry Knife for specialist combat and LE/Security operators from Halfbreed Blades in both plain edged and partially serrated formats.
OPEN ACCESS

USS America Expeditionary Strike Group Talisman Sabre 2021 Australia

USS AMERICA EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP INBOUND

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.

MIM-104 F PAC3 Patriot 38th Air Defence Artillery Brigade Talisman Sabre 2021 Australia

TS21 OPENS WITH US ARMY SAM LAUNCH

SHOALWATER BAY: Ex Talisman Sabre 2021 will kick off with the first ever US Army advanced Surface to Air Missile launch in Australia.

The Blind Strategist by Stephen Robinson

THE BLIND STRATEGIST

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.

Australian Army Boxer CRV Lance turret live fire

TURRETED BOXER CRV BLK 1 OPCON

WIDE BAY QLD: Lighthorsemen have successfully completed the first unit level turreted Boxer CRV 30mm live fire event.

RNZAF P-8A Poseidon

RNZAF P-8A POSEIDON OPERATIONAL CONVERSION

FLORIDA USA: The Royal New Zealand Air Force's transition to the P-8A Poseidon is gaining momentum as entry into service approaches.

Chinese Navy Electronic Warfare Surveillance vessel Tianguanxing Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021

TALISMAN SABRE 21 KICKS OFF

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.

EF-88 Airsoft conversion kit Australian Army

ARMY AIRSOFT EF-88 TRAINING WEAPONS

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has introduced a new EF-88 Airsoft conversion kit to augment its reality based dismounted Close Quarter Combat training programs.

Australian Army abandons combat force generation cycle

ARMY DUMPS COMBAT FORCE GENERATION CYCLE

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.

Australian withdrawal from Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN ENDS

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.

Australian Army RQ-7B Shadow 200 TUAS

RQ-7B TUAS MANNED UNMANNED TEAMING

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army has revalidated its Manned Unmanned Teaming fire support capability using the RQ-7B Shadow 200 TUAS to designate targets.

RAAF C-27J Spartan 35 Squadron

C-27J SPARTAN EWSP MTC TERMINATED

CANBERRA: The RAAF has abandoned its efforts to certify the C-27J Spartan's Electronic Warfare Self Protection suite seriously limiting its wartime utility.

Two new CH-47F Chinooks 5 C Squadron Aviation Regiment Australian Army

TWO NEW CHINOOKS DELIVERED

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army has accepted two new CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helos with two more new helicopters inbound next year.

Talisman Sabre warships

TALISMAN SABRE SURFACE ACTION GROUP

AUSTRALIA: The RAN led international warship surface action group is assembling and working up ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.

Abrams Main Battle Tank Puckapunyal Australian Army

EX GAUNTLET STRIKE 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 Army HDT M8R 81MM Mortar

NZ ARMY INTRODUCES NEW HDT 81mm MORTAR

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.

2nd Commando Regiment SIG MCX Rattler 300 AAC Blackout

HMAS PERTH FINALLY BACK IN THE WATER

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.

2nd Commando Regiment SIG MCX Rattler 300 AAC Blackout

SOC-AUST USING SIG MCX

HOLSWORTHY NSW: Special Operations Command - Australia has introduced the SIG MCX into service, rumoured to be chambered in .300 AAC Blackout.

ASLAV-S Counter sUAS trials 2 Cavalry Regiment DroneShield RfOne MkII

ARMY COUNTER sUAS TRIALS

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.

ADF Operation Highroad Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL

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.

AS21 Redback IFV ROK Army trials

SOUTH KOREA TO TRIAL AS21 REDBACK AFV

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.

RAAF AN/ALQ-249 Increment 1 Next Generation Jammer - Mid Band production approval

RAAF AN/ALQ-249 MID BAND PRODUCTION APPROVAL

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.

Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021 5RAR MRF-D21 JGSDF Australia

SOUTHERN JACKAROO SNIPERS

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.

Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021 5RAR MRF-D21 JGSDF Australia

EX SOUTHERN JACKAROO

MT BUNDEY NT: Slideshow - Australian, Japanese and US Marine Corps ground forces conduct live fire and field training manoeuvres in the Northern Territory.

RAAF Space Surveillance Telescope Exmouth WA

SPACE SURVEILLANCE TELESCOPE WORKING UP

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.

HMAS Warramunga after AMCAP upgrade

WARRAMUNGA RETURN TO SERVICE DUE

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.

Boxer CRV Lance Block 1 Turret training

TURRETED BOXER CRV OPCON UNDERWAY

BRISBANE: Army Operational Conversion training on the new turreted Boxer CRV Block 1 Lance turret is underway at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.

HMPNGS Ted Diro Guardian class Patrol Boat

AUSTRALIA TO ARM PNGDF MINOR WARSHIPS

AUSTRALIA: Australia has agreed to a Papua New Guinea government request to arm the new patrol boats we are gifting the Pacific Island nation.

RAAF F-35A A35-041. Pic Tim Wurth

RAAF LIGHTNING II MOMENTUM

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

USAF MC-130J Commando II RAAF Richmond Photo by Glen Greathead

USAF MC-130J COMMANDO IIs FLY IN

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

A Flight 4 Squadron RAAF PC-21 JTAC Victoria Cross VC

RAAF HONOURS ITS VC HEROES

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has named its four JTAC support PC-21s in honour of the service's four historical Victoria Cross heroes.

RNZN HII REMUS 300 AUV

RNZN TO ACQUIRE HII REMUS 300 AUV

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN has ordered a next generation Autonomous - Unmanned Underwater Vehicle for its mine countermeasures and hydrographic survey operations.

Modern War Institute at West Point

OLD HABITS DIE HARD

OPINION: A British special operations analyst points out serious threats to modern Special Warfare operators in the social media and digital biometric software age.

HMAS Stalwart Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

AOR STALWART ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

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.

Australian 5RAR and 2/1RNZIR Quick Reaction Platoon, rocket attack, Taji Military Complex 2020 Op Okra Op Manawa CJTF Operation Inherent Resolve, Islamic State

NCO DECORATED FOR TAJI ROCKET ATTACK RESPONSE

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.

2nd Combat Engineer Regiment 2CER M1A2 bangalore torpedo

2CER WIRE OBSTACLE EXPLOSIVE BREACHING

SHOALWATER BAY: Photostory - Sappers from the Brisbane based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment breach wire obstacles with explosives during Ex Diamond Walk 21.

40 Commando Royal Marines 2RAR (Amphib) Air Assault operation Mourilyan Harbour Australia

MOURILYAN HARBOUR AIR ASSAULT

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.

MRH-90 TTH grounded 2021

ENTIRE MRH-90 FLEET GROUNDED

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.

DroneShield DroneGun Tactical counter small UAS C-SUAS C-UAS soft kill jamming system

AUSSIE DRONESHIELD C-UAS SYSTEMS SUCCESS

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.

40 Commando Royal Marines in Australia

40 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES RETURN

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND: Royal Marines from the elite 40 Commando are back in Australia attached to 2RAR (Amphib) after a pandemic related absence.

Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021 Australia

EX SOUTHERN JACKAROO 21

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.

2 Cavalry Regt M1A1 SA Abrams amphibious extraction Ex Sea Explorer 21

AMPHIBIOUS BATTLE GROUP EXTRACTION

COWLEY BEACH FNQ: Photostory - The 3RAR combined arms battle group's amphibious extraction from Cowley Beach back to HMAS Canberra and HMAS Choules.

Australian Army L3Harris ENVG-B Enhanced Night Vision Goggle - Binocular

'GAME CHANGER' GOGGLE INBOUND

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.

Halfbreed Blades CCK-03 Tuhon Raptor Knife

TUHON RAPTOR CQC KNIFE

AUSTRALA: Halfbreed Blade's new Spec Op's specialist designed Close Quarter Combat blade.

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet Rhino Exercise Arnhem Thunder 2021

EXERCISE ARNHEM THUNDER

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.

Exercise Diamond Walk 2021

EX SEA EXPLORER AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT

COWLEY BEACH FNQ: Photostory The ADF's Amphibious Ready Group is exercising its over the beach force emplacement capacity in Far North Queensland.

HMAS Waller Collins class upgrade Life of Type Extension

URGENT COLLINS CLASS SUB UPGRADE

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.

RAAF KC-30A MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport Automated Air to Air Refuelling (A3R)

MRTT AUTOMATED REFUELLING TRIALS SUCCESSFUL

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.

Knights Armaments Company M110K3 Semi Automatic Sniper System Australia Land 159 Tranche 1

KAC OFFERING CUSTOM SASS FOR AUST ARMY

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.

Hawkei PMV-L IOC declared and safety restrictions will be lifted after software patch

EXERCISE DIAMOND WALK

SHOALWATER BAY: Photostory The Brisbane based 7 Brigade is supporting 6RAR (Mech) with Abrams, Boxers and artillery during the three week Exercise Diamond Walk.

Hawkei PMV-L IOC declared and safety restrictions will be lifted after software patch

HAWKEI PMV-L IOC DECLARED & RESTRICTIONS LIFTING

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.

Force Ordnance APRS QTD1 .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle

AUSTRALIAN PRECISION SNIPER RIFLE

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.

Australian Army Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle CRV

BOXER 30mm CANNON JAMMING 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.

Australian Army AH-64E Version 6 Apache Guardian helicopter

AUSSIE APACHE WILL BE TOP SHELF

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.

Chief of Defence Force General Angus Campbell

CDF CAMPBELL'S AFGHAN SOTG CREDIBILITY BLASTED

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.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II Beast Mode

RAAF LIGHTNINGS COMPLETE ARNHEM THUNDER

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.

FibroTex Multi Spectral Combat Uniforms

NEXT GEN GROUND COMBAT STEALTH

AUSTRALIA: High tech materials are set to revolutionise military uniforms and introduce low observable 'stealth' technology to the ground combat elements.

LMT Defense MARS-LA Personal Defence Weapon

LMT PERSONAL DEFENCE WEAPONS

AUSTRALIA: SA's Force Ordnance is tendering LMT Defense's compact for the Australian Defence Force's Low Profile and Personal Defence Weapon requirement.

Maxim PDX505 Personal Defence Weapon

MAXIM PERSONAL DEFENCE WEAPONS

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.

US Navy MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance drone

US NAVY ZERO MQ-4C BUDGET FOR 2021/22

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.

HMAS Supply AOR Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

HMAS SUPPLY DEPARTS ON FIRST TASK

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 CH-47F Chinook

RSAF CH-47F CHINOOKS QLD BOUND

SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Air Force's new upgraded CH-47F Chinook helicopters will be long term based in Australia.

HMAS Larrakia Solomon Islands

RAN SOLOMON ISLANDS OPERATIONS

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.

IAI Green Dragon Compact Loitering Munition System

IAI OFFERING ADVANCED LOITERING MUNITIONS TO ADF

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.

HMAS Parramatta French Marine Nationale Jeanne d'Arc 21 Task Group

2ND FRENCH AUSTRALIAN SOUTH CHINA SEA OP

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.

USAF B-2 Spirit RAAF Tindal Northern Territory

US SEEKS TO EXPAND AUSSIE FOOTPRINT

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.

2/14 Light Horse Regiment Boxer MRV Ex Diamond Walk Shoalwater Bay

BOXER MRVs FIRST FIELD EX

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.

Australian Defence Force CBRN Personal Protective Ensemble

NEW CBRN KIT ENTERS SERVICE

KAPOOKA NSW: The Australian Defence Force's next generation Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear personnel protection equipment has entered service.

HMAS Adelaide Captain Cook Graving Dock Fleet Base East Sydney Harbour

HMAS ADELAIDE REFIT & PROPULSION UPGRADE

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.

Rheinmetall Australian Army Boxer Block 1 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle CRV Introduction into Service 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment Gallipoli Barracks

BOXER BLOCK 1 GUNCAR IIS?

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'.

HMAS Stalwart AOR Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

AOR STALWART INBOUND

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.

AGM-88G Advanced Anti Radiation Guided Missile - Extended Range AARGM-ER

AGM-88G AARGM-ER TRIALS

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.

Australian Army Hawkei High Mobility Launcher E-NASAMS

ENHANCED NASAMS GBAD DEVELOPMENTS

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.

 3 Squadron F-35A's Exercise Arnhem Thunder 2021

F-35A's TOOL UP IN TOP END AIR EX

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.

Australian Defence Force Space Division RAAF

ADF TO RAISE SPACE DIVISION HQ WITHIN RAAF

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.

Project Currawong Medium SATCOM Terminal

'CURRAWONG' COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES ROLL OUT

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force is introducing additional elements of its modern secure Project Currawong communications and networking technologies.

2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment M1A1 SA Abrams MBT

MOLAN DEFENDS ABRAMS UPGRADE

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

HMAS Ballarat South China Sea Op Okra DPRK

BALLARAT ON NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS OPS

JAPAN: The RAN's HMAS Ballarat has deployed to Japan under Op Argos to support United Nations monitoring of North Korean sanctions avoidance activities.

HMAS Sydney RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile CSSQT Southern California Exercise Area

HMAS SYDNEY IN CANADA AFTER CSSQT IN CALIFORNIA

NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN: HMAS Sydney is conducting Anti Submarine Warfare systems trials off Canada after completing her CSSQT off Southern California.

HMNZS Wellington New Zealand Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel

RNZN SEEKS ANTARCTIC PATROL VESSEL

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.

2nd Commando Regiment 2Cdo Temora parachute insertion Ex Titan Pegasus

EXERCISE TITAN PEGASUS 21

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.

Army leased Leonardo AW139  utility helicopter

5 AVN LEASED AW109 HELO

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.

Ex RAAF Hornets in RCAF Canadian service

FINAL RAAF 'FLYING' HORNET IN CANADA

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.

Australian Iraq Operation Okra activities 2021 CJTF Operation Inherent Resolve

ONGOING AUSTRALIAN IRAQ OPERATIONS

IRAQ: While wound down from their 2017/18 high, Australian operations in Iraq continue with Special Operations and Combat Support personnel still active.

FN Herstal EVOLYS 7.62mm ultralite machine gun

FN REVEALS MAG-58 SUCCESSOR

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 F-35A Lightning II A35-022 in Beast Mode with six external underwing weapons pylons. Pic Glen Greathead

BEAST MODE PYLONS ON 3 SQN F-35A

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

HMCS Calgary record Middle East heroin seizure

RCN BREAKS AUSSIE HEROIN SEIZURE RECORD

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.

HMAS Larrakia Solomon Islands mission

RAN PATROL BOAT DEPLOYS TO SOLOMONS

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 F-35A Lightning II A35-036 77 Squadron

77 SQUADRON F-35A LIGHTNINGS ARRIVE

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

Australian warships South China Sea RAN FONOPS

SOUTH CHINA SEA FONOP

SOUTH CHINA SEA: The RAN has completed another transit of the South China Sea in defiance of Chinese claims, this time with four warships.

HMAS Rankin MH-60R transfer

URGENT COLLINS CLASS SUB UPGRADE

CANBERRA: Reports that the Department of Defence is planning on expediting a major upgrade to the Collins class submarines are emerging from Canberra.

Textron Cottonmouth Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle

USMC ADVANCED RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE

USA: The US Marine Corps is looking for a light, lethal, smart and aware Advanced Recon Vehicle to replace its inservice LAVs.

Royal Marine Commando jet suit Ship Underway Recovery training

ROYAL MARINE JET SUIT VIDEO

UNITED KINGDOM: Video. Brit Royal Marine Commandos employ a radical new technology jet suit in Ship Underway Recovery training.

HMNZS Te Kaha in Haze Grey

RNZN FRIGATE UPGRADE GAINS MOMENTUM

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.

M1150 Armoured Breacher Vehicle M1074 Joint Assault Bridge Australian Army

ARMOURED ENGINEER ASSAULT SUPPORT

WASHINGTON DC: The Royal Australian Engineers' next generation heavy armour assault vehicles were also approved by the US DSCA during the clearance publications.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail F-22A Raptor Ex Pacific Edge 2021 Hawaii

RAPTOR & WEDGETAIL INTEGRATION IN HAWAII

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.

Australian Army CH-47F Chinook

MORE CHINOOKS FOR ARMY

WASHINGTON DC: The US Government has approved a request to sell additional Chinook helicopters to the Australian Army.

M1A2C M1A2 SEPv3 Australian Army

M1A2C ABRAMS FOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY

WASHINGTON DC: The US Government has approved a request for an expanded fleet of the latest M1A2C Abrams for the Australian Army.

Task Group Taji X 2/1RNZIR rocket attack decorations

NZ DECORATES TAJI ROCKET ATTACK RESPONDERS

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.

M1156 Precision Guidance Kit Australian Army

M1156 PGK INTEGRATED ON ASSEGAI ARTY ROUND

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 field training area upgrade

TOP END TRAINING AREAS UPGRADE

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.

KRI Nanggala heavily encrusted with marine growth

HEAVILY ENCRUSTED KRI NANGGALA PIX

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.

RAAF GBU-58 Paveway II MQ-9B Skyguardian armed remotely piloted aircraft

RAAF GBU-58 PAVEWAY II LASER GUIDED BOMBS

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF will introduce the advanced GBU-58 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb to arm its future MQ-9B Skyguardian fleet.

RAAF MQ-9B Skyguardian armed remotely piloted aircraft

US APPROVES 12 MQ-9B RPAS FOR RAAF

USA: The US State Department has approved a sale for up to 12 MQ-9B Skyguardians and a large weapons package for the RAAF.

HMAS Ballarat Indonesian submarine search

AUSTRALIA JOINS SEARCH FOR MISSING SUB

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.

AGM-158C LRASM-Surface Launch with rocket booster

LOCAL LRASM-SURFACE LAUNCH CONSORTIUM

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.

DefendTex RPG-40 rocket propelled grenade

AUSSIE ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE

AUSTRALIA: Aussie advanced encapsulated munitions developer DefendTex has developed a lethal long range rocket propelled grenade which is launched from standard inservice 40mm GLAs.

RNZAF P-3K2 Orion North Korea sanctions Kadina AFB Japan

RNZAF P-3K2 ON NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS OPS

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.

Australian and French warships South China Sea transit 16/4/21 Op Jeanne D'Arc 2021

COMBINED AUSTRALIAN/FRENCH SOUTH CHINA SEA NAVAL TRANSIT

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.

Gaardtech Jaeger-C Anti Armour Unmanned Ground Vehicle

JAEGER-C UGV AUTONOMOUS SMART MUNITION

AUSTRALIA: Qld's Gaardtech has produced a smart wheeled armoured small UGV able to autonomously hunt and kill hostile armoured vehicles.

Australian Army 84mm M4 Multi Role Weapons System

84mm M4 MRWS ENTERS SERVICE

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.

Afghanistan Special Operations Task Group Meritorious Unit Citation

AFGHAN SOTG MUC REVOCATION REVERSED

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.

HMLA-367 UH-1Y Venom RAAF Darwin Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2021

MRF-D 21 ACE FLYING IN TOP END

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 comment by John Hunter Farrell

US RAISES THE WHITE FLAG IN AFGHANISTAN

EDITORIAL: The US President's unconditional retreat from Afghanistan by September 11, will escalate not 'end these forever wars'. Editorial by John Hunter Farrell
OPEN ACCESS

8/9RAR Char Cheneh Afghanistan 2012 Helmand River Tinsley Shahid e Hassas

AUSTRALIAN END OF AFGHAN MISSION TIMELINE

AFGHANISTAN: The Prime Minister's official Afghanistan 'end of mission' statement brings a finality to Australia's longest modern war. Pic John Hunter Farrell

HMAS Ballarat departs Fleet Base West for Regional Presence Deployment 2021-2

REGIONAL PRESENCE DEPLOYMENT 2021 -2

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.

AN/ALQ-249 Increment 1 Next Generation Jammer Mid Band RAAF EA-18G Growler

GROWLER BLOCK II UPGRADE

AUSTRALIA: The US Navy's commencement of the Growler Block II upgrade sets the timeline for the RAAF's Growler enhancement program.

Oceania Defence 5.56 Ratchet Lock Inconel Suppressor for EF-88

EF-88 SUPPRESSOR FOR RAR BATTALIONS

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is introducing suppressors for the EF-88 MWS rifle in its Royal Australian Regiment infantry battalions next month.

Australian Army S-70A-9 Black Hawk Special Operations Aviation 2 Commando Regiment 171 Squadron 6 Aviation Regiment

GOVT ADVERTISES BLACK HAWKS FOR SALE

CANBERRA: The Australian Army's days flying the Black Hawk are numbered with the Dept of Defence seeking buyers interested in the surviving helicopters.

AN/ALE-55 towed missile decoy deployed from P-8A Poseidon

ALE-55 DECOY INTEGRATED ON P-8A

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.

HMAS Supply AOR Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

AOR SUPPLY COMMISSIONING

SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN's new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment will enter service as HMAS Supply after her commissioning service at Fleet Base East tomorrow.

RAAF Armament Tech load an F/A-18F with GBU-38v4 JDAMs at Al Dhafra during Op Inherent Resolve against Islamic State

RAAFIES RENAMED 'AVIATORS'

CANBERRA: The RAAF has ditched the old term 'airmen' for its serving personnel, replacing it with 'aviators' as a generic descriptor for RAAFies.

11/28 RWAR Royal Western Australia Regiment combat shooting

11/28RWAR COMBAT SHOOTING PROGRAM

BINDOON WA: Photostory: Slideshow, 11/28RWAR Diggers undergo advanced combat shooting training on the EF-88M rifle and L9A1 pistol.

RAAF F-35A Lightning A35-036

HALF OF RAAF F-35A FLEET BUILT & FLYING

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.

Australian Pacific Island Regiment

POLLIES WANT A PACIFIC ISLAND REGT

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.

Exercise La Perouse Bay of Bengal

EXERCISE LA PEROUSE

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.

RAAF EA-18G Growler DEAD SEAD HARM AARGM AGM-88E

RAAF TO ARM GROWLER WITH AARGM & HARM

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.

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System Capability Set 3

RPD21-1 INDO PACIFIC NAVAL OPERATIONS

INDO PACIFIC: Photostory: The RAN's Regional Presence Deployment activity with the US Navy and Japanese in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System Capability Set 3

US ARMY ACQUIRES IVAS SMART GOGGLE

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.

YWE Regional Support Craft Whiskey Project Group Regional Force Surveillance Units

REGIONAL SUPPORT CRAFT COMPLETES SEA TRIALS

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.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 beach landing

EX HOWLING WOLF

WIDE BAY QLD: Video: C Squadron 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment's M1A1 SA Abrams MBTs cut loose during crew certification.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 beach landing

EX TALISMAN SABRE 21 GOING AHEAD

QUEENSLAND: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 is going ahead in July with some international and a large ADF contingent.

Australian RIM-66M SM2 missile launch from HMAS Hobart

LOCAL SMART MUNITION PRODUCTION SURGE

AUSTRALIA: Production of advanced military munitions, missiles, rocket fuels and explosives is expanding exponentially under Government initiatives as China threat grows.

NZDF flag lowering ceremony NATO Resolute Support Mission Headquarters Kabul Afghanistan

LAST KIWIS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: The final New Zealand Defence Force personnel are home in New Zealand after completing the nation's two decade mission in that country.

Halfbreed Blades Rhino

LARGE FORMAT RESCUE AXE by HALFBREED BLADES

The latest release from Halfbreed Blades, the Large Rescue Axe perfect for MOE.
OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

BIA5 Warfighter UGS with EOS R150 Remote Weapons Station

AUSTRALIAN COMBAT ROBOTICS DEMO

TOWNSVILLE: Australian developed digital combat robotics systems have been demonstrated at Lavarack Barracks to 3 Brigade.

RAAF MQ-4C Triton HALE BAMS UAS

MQ-4C TRITON PRODUCTION STABLISED

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.

3RAR Ready Combat Team Jungle Training Wing Tully

3RAR EX JUNGLE TRAINING WING TULLY

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.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton

DEFENCE MINISTER REPLACED

AUSTRALIA: The Government has appointed Peter Dutton to replace Linda Reynolds as Defence Minister.

Operation NSW Flood Assist 21-1

OP NSW FLOOD ASSIST UNDERWAY

NEW SOUTH WALES: Slideshow: Military HADR operations across the flood zone in eastern NSW are fully engaged in Operation NSW Flood Assist 21-1.

British RAF Hercules C4 C-130J-30

BRIT HERC SALE COULD INTEREST RAAF

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.

Australian Army Strategic Assessment Q1 2021

AUSTRALIAN ARMY STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT Q1 2021

CANBERRA: The Australian Army Research Centre has published its Strategic Assessment Quarter 1 2021. Read it here....

Operation NSW Flood Assist 21-1

OPERATION NSW FLOOD ASSIST

NEW SOUTH WALES: The ADF is responding to the flooding in NSW with an expanding Operation NSW Flood Assist 21-1.

CTMD 7.5 metre Multi Purpose Vessel Australian Army

NEW MULTI PURPOSE VESSELS

CANBERRA: A small fleet of next generation safety and support mission vessels for the Australian Army will be built in Cairns.

Leonardo AWHero Vertical Take Off and Land Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System MTUAS

AWHERO V-MTUAS IN SEA 129/5 RACE

CANBERRA: Northrop Grumman Australia has disclosed it will be offering the advanced Leonardo AWHero V-MTUAS for Sea 129/5.

Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack MTUAS

RAN MTUAS CONTENDERS SHORTLISTED

CANBERRA: Five contenders for the Navy's Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (MTUAS) requirment have been shortlisted for Sea 129 Phase 5.

HMAS Maitland USCGC Kimball Iron Bottom Sound Guadalcanal Solomon Islands

ADF COMPLETES SHORT SOLOMONS OPS

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.

future HMAS Stalwart Navantia Bay of Biscay Spain

RAN's 2ND NEW AOR SEA TRIALS

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.

HMAS Canberra azimuth propulsion pod replacement Amphibious Assault Ship

RAN FIXES CANBERRA CLASS DRIVE

SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN has succesfully replaced the problematic azimuth propulsion pods on its Amphibious Assault Ship Canberra with sea trials 'performing very well'.

AH-64E Apache Spike NLOS long range missile

LONG RANGE APACHE MISSILE CAPABILITY

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.

Army Reserve reorganisation under Army Objective Force 2028

END OF THE ARMY RESERVE AS WE KNOW IT

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.

Boxer MRV EOS R400S Mk2 30x113mm M-230LF

30x113mm CANNON & EOS RWS INTEGRATED ON BOXER

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.

Mk 234 Nulka Active Missile Decoy

NEW MK 234 NULKA PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

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.

AH-1Z and AH-1Y Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367

USMC TO CEASE ALL HAWAII HELO OPS

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.

AS21 Redback Spike LR II missile Iron Fist Light Decoupled EOS T2000 Turret

AS21 REDBACK IRON FIST APS & SPIKE LR2 VALIDATED

ISRAEL: Pic and tech details of the Hanwha AS21 Redback advanced Active Protection System and Spike LR2 missile systems and their integrated suites.

Hanwha Defence Australian config AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle launching Spike LR II missile

AS21 REDBACK MISSILE LAUNCH VIDEO

ISRAEL: Video. Hanwha AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle in full Australian specification during Spike LR2 live missile launch and targeting validation. WATCH HERE

FIM-92 J Block 1 Stinger integrated on FGM-148 Javelin

JAVELIN SURFACE TO AIR CAPABILITY

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.

AN/ALQ-249 Increment 2 Next Generation Jammer - Low Band trials L3Harris'

NEXT GEN JAMMER LOW BAND FREEZE

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.

Project Land 400 Phase 3 competing vehicle 'unveil'ceremony Canberra

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF LAND 400 PHASE 3 RMI

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.

HMAS Sydney departs Fleet Base East bound for Naval Base San Diego California

HMAS SYDNEY ENROUTE TO CALIFORNIA FOR CSSQT

SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN's new Hobart class destroyer HMAS Sydney is enroute to California to undergo her Combat Systems Sea Qualification Trials.

RAAF base to be built at Cocos Keeling Airport in Indian Ocean

COCOS KEELING RAAF FACILITY

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.

RAAF Air Mobility Task Element SECFOR ADG and C-130J-30 CJTF-OIR Erbil Iraq

RAAF MIDDLE EAST AIRLIFT OPS

MIDDLE EAST: Photostory - The RAAF's C-17A Globemaster and C-130J Hercules airlift operations across the Middle East under Op Accordion.

Australian Strategic Policy Insititue

AUSTRALIA SHOULD DO MORE THAN WAIT FOR ATTACK CLASS SUBMARINES

OPINION: Michael Shoebridge argues the case for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUWS) within the RAN's submarine acquisition strategy in ASPI's The Strategist.

77 Squadron RAAF F-35A Lightning II

FIRST 77 SQUADRON F-35A FLIES

TEXAS USA: The first Australian F-35A Lightning II wearing 77 Squadron tail art has been revealed during its first flight in Texas.

F-35 Integrated Training Centre RAAF Williamtown Operational Conversion

RAAF F-35A OPCON GAINS PACE

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.

Boxer Skyranger 30/1 Air Defence turret

BOXER AIR DEFENCE OPTION

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.

Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle - Medium PMV-M Project Land 4107

BUSHMASTER REPLACEMENT PROJECT

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.

RAAF Loyal Wingman Boeing Air Teaming System USAF AFRL Skyborg Vanguard Ex Orange Flag

USAF TRIALS FOR AUSSIE LOYAL WINGMAN UCAV

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.

HMNZS Aotearoa refuels HMAS Hobart video

HMNZS AOTEAROA REFUELS HMAS HOBART

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.

Vaccine distribution by ADF

ADF TO SUPPORT VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force will play a pivotal role in the Covid 19 vaccination program across the nation.

RAAF Loyal Wingman first flight at Woomera Boeing Air Teaming System

LOYAL WINGMAN FIRST FLIGHT

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.

HMAS Anzac Regional Presence Deployment 2020-1

ANZAC & SIRIUS REGIONAL PRESENCE OP

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.

HMAS Pirie RAN Armidale class patrol boat

HMAS PIRIE TO DECOMMISSION

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.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C over Iraq Op Okra

USAF PACIFIC ASKS FOR WEDGETAILS

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.

AGM-158C LRASM Long Range Anti Ship Missile launch testing by US Navy

RAAF LRASM PRODUCTION

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 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter landing at RAAF Williamtown

EX LIGHTNING FERRY 21-1

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 F/A-18F Block II+ Super Hornet A44-223 after crash

DAMAGED F/A-18F UNDERGOING REPAIR

RAAF AMBERLEY SEQ: RAAF engineers are repairing the Super Hornet damaged during the crew ejection incident in December.

Austal USA Independence class Littoral Combat Ship

AUSTAL INVESTIGATED BY US GOVT

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.

digital impression of Attack class diesel electric SSG submarine

NAVAL GROUP CEO TALKS

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.

GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment I Golden Horde Cooperative Small Diameter Bomb

COLLABORATIVE SWARMING MUNITIONS

USA: The USAF is trialling 'Collaborative' swarming munitions that talk to each other and use AI to conduct coordinated multi munition attacks.

HMNZS Aotearoa RNZN AOR

HMNZS AOTEAROA INBOUND TO AUSTRALIA

TASMAN SEA: The RNZN's new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMNZS Aotearoa is inbound to Australia for her first exercises with the Royal Australian Navy.

Army CH-47F Chinook crews evacuate the elderly during Op Bushfire Assist 2019/20

NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK WITHOUT UNITY ON THREAT PREPARATION

OPINION: Senator Jim Molan calls for a unified sovereign approach to national security including civil , economic and cyber defence in The Australian...

New Zealand Army LAV NZ Bamiyan Afghanistan 2013 NZ PRT

NZ GOVT ANNOUNCES END OF AFGHAN OPS

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.

Protected Mobility Tactical Training System

BUSHMASTER VR SIM UPGRADED

ENOGGERA QLD: The Army's Bushmaster PMV training simulator has been upgraded to improve full immersion simulated battle spaces to improve training outcomes.

171 Sqn S-70A9 Black Hawk emergency landing Sydney Harbour

TAG BLACK HAWK EMERGENCY LANDING

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

BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile launch from Arleigh Burke DDG

DOES THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY NEED TOMAHAWK MISSILES?

OPINION: Senior ASPI member Marcus Hellyer analyses the tactical numerics of potential RAN long range land strike missions for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute ...

DARPA LongShot air to air capable UAS

DARPA's LONGSHOT CONCEPT

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.

Halfbreed Blades Rhino

NEW COMBAT RESCUE AXE by HALFBREED BLADES

Halfbreed Blades have just released a new very compact, Combat Rescue Axe, perfect for MOE, CQB, ER and Survivalist roles.
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Hanwha Defense Australia AS21 Redback IFV

LAND 400 PHASE 3 TRIALS UNDERWAY

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.

HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group 21

RAN WILL TAKE PART IN BRIT SE ASIA OPS

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.

USAF research laboratory digital image of a 'future' 6th Gen combat aircraft.

RAAF HINTS AT 6TH GEN CAPABILITIES

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.

RAAF F/A-18HUG Hornet A21-55 flying in Canadian RCAF colours

RETIRED RAAF HORNETS CANADA BOUND

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.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II A35-032

MORE F-35As INBOUND TO WILLIAMTOWN

HAWAII: Additional new F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have stopped over in Hawaii on their way to RAAF Williamtown in NSW.

HMAS Perth Counter Narcotics Ops western Indian Ocean Op Manitou 2016

HMAS PERTH's LONG DRY DOCK

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.

F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet

F/A-18F BLOCK III UPGRADE ISSUES

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.

US Marines MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor

MRFD-21 MARINES INBOUND

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2021 is inbound for an extended deployment to Australia in a pandemic mitigation based phased force arrival.

Defendtex Drone40 40mm precision guided loitering munition

BRIT ARMY ADOPTS DEFENDTEX DRONE40

UK: The British Army has acquired the cutting edge Aussie developed Defendtex Drone40 multimission 40mm GLA launched long range precision guided loitering munition.

Australian Army Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle

NETWORKED DIGITAL ARMOUR SIMULATOR TRAINING

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Army is introducing advanced simulator based networkable cross platform armoured vehicle training and mission rehearsal capacity.

Australian Army LARC-V amphibious vehicle

LARC-V REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

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.

L3Harris Enhanced Night Vision Goggle - Binocular

ADF NEXT GEN L3HARRIS GOGGLE

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.

US Navy MQ-4C Triton BAMS at Andersen Air Base in Guam

MQ-4C TRITON COMBAT CAPABILITY

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.

Exercise First Shot

EX FIRST SHOT

GREENBANK QLD: Slideshow. Excellent imagery of 8/9RAR platoon command elements putting rounds down range using the latest combat shooting techniques.

US Marine Corps Marine Littoral Regiment Archepelegic Operations

USMC COMMENCES RADICAL PACIFIC REORG

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.

Bastard Behind the Lines

BASTARD BEHIND THE LINES

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.

AH-64Ev6 Version 6 Apache Guardian

AH-64Ev6 ENTERS US ARMY SERVICE

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.

M1074 Joint Assault Bridge Australian Army

M1074 JOINT ASSAULT BRIDGE RELEASED

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.

RAN MH-60R Romeo combat helicopter Sentient Vision Systems Kestrel ViDAR

SIKORSKY TRIALS ViDAR TECH

AUSTRALIA: Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky is trialling the Australian Kestrel ViDAR technology for integration into the MH-60R Romeo helo ISR suite.

The new Sea 1905 Phase 1 MCM and Hydro vessels will be an evolution of the Arafura/Lurssen OPV80

NEW MINE COUNTERMEASURES AND HYDROGRAPHIC SHIPS

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.

HMAS Brisbane RIM-66M-09 SM2 Block IIIB launch

RAN CRUISE, STRIKE, AIR & MISSILE DEFENCE SHOPPING SPREE

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.

F-35 armed with AGM-158C LRASM Long Range Anti Ship Missile

LRASM F-35 INTEGRATION

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.

RM277 Next Generation Squad Weapon - Rifle

US ARMY'S NGSW FINAL TRIALS

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.

Operation Fiji Assist

FIJI HADR COMPLETE

FIJI: The ADF's Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief operation in Fiji is complete with the task force returning home.

Phoenix Aerial Target Systems

ADF EMPLOYS ADEPT TACTICAL TARGETS

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.

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile BLOCK II ESSM2

ESSM BLOCK 2 NEXT YEAR

AUSTRALIA: The next generation Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II will be introduced into RAN service next year.

SAAB Kockums A26 diesel electric submarine. The Australian government is reporting to be seeking alternatives to the French Naval Group design.

GOVT EXPLORES SUBMARINE ALTERNATIVES

CANBERRA: Well placed reports that the Govt is exploring alternatives to the $90 billion French Attack class submarine design have been leaked.

HMAS Supply Fleet Base East

SUPPLY DEPLOYS TO FLEET BASE EAST

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.

AH-64Ev6 Apache Guardians for Australian Army

AH-64Ev6 APACHE GUARDIAN INBOUND

CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed an acquisition of the AH-64Ev6 Apache Guardian to replace the expensive and underperforming Airbus Tiger ARH.

MH-60R First of Class Flight Trials FOCFT MV Sycamore

MH-60R MV SYCAMORE TRIALS

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.

Operation Fiji Assist

OPERATION FIJI ASSIST

FIJI: Slideshow of the Australian Defence Force's Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief operations in Fiji after Cyclone Yasa.

Hanwha Defence Australia AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle

AS21 REDBACK VIDEO

AUSTRALIA: Video. Hanwha AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle in full Australian specification in motion.

Hanwha AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle Project Land 400 Phase 3

AS21 REDBACK LAND 400/3 IFV REVEALED

AUSTRALIA: The Hanwha AS21 Redback IFV contender for Land 400/3 has been revealed in full Aussie configuration for the first time. First pics

Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light PMV-L

ANAO HAWKIE REDACTIONS REVEALED

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.

RAN future HMAS Supply Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

AOR SUPPLY ACCEPTED

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.

HMAS Hobart launching a RIM-66M-09 SM2 Block IIIB Standard Missile

NAVAL MISSILE COSTS

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.

AN/ALQ-249 Block/Increment 2 Next Generation Jammer - Low Band NGJ-LB

NEXT GEN JAMMER LOW BAND FUNDING

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.

TNI-AD Bell 412EPI Indonesia

BELL 412EPI ENTERS INDON ARMY SERVICE

INDONESIA: The first Bell 412EPI helicopter has entered Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat service.

Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessel

OPV GIPPSLAND BUILD BEGINS

HENDERSON WA: Welding of hull components on the fourth next generation Arafura class OPV Gippsland has commenced at Civmec in WA.

Lockheed Martin F-35 production line in Texas

F-35 FULL RATE PRODUCTION DELAYED

USA: The US Government has delayed its approval for F-35 full rate production due to capability validation and technology finalisation delays.

M-134D-H MRH-90 Multi Weapon Gun Mount

THIRD MRH-90 GUN MOUNT

AUSTRALIA: A new foldaway gun mount and minigun is promising to improve if not entirely resolve the MRH-90's vulnerability issues.

opinion: women in ground close combat

RETHINKING WOMEN IN GROUND CLOSE COMBAT

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 ...

Sea Wing UUS captured near Indonesian bases

HOSTILE DRONES CAPTURED NEAR INDON BASES

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.

HMAS Adelaide 6ESR Op Fiji Assist Cyclone Yasa

ADF FIJI HADR

FIJI: The ADF disaster response element has arrived in northern Fiji ready to provide assistance to victims of Cyclone Yasa.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft

TWO MORE P-8A POSEIDONS FOR RAAF

CANBERRA: The RAAF will acquire an additional two P-8A Poseidons after Australia exercised its contractual options.

RAN Collins class submarines

SSG SONAR UPGRADE

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.

HMAS Toowoomba escorts tankers through the Strait of Hormuz in June 2020 during IMSC Combined Joint Task Force Sentinel ops

ADF COMPLETES IMSC OPS

BAHRAIN: The ADF has completed its IMSC Combined Joint Task Force Sentinel security ops in the Strait of Hormuz and Bab El Mandeb.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II 3 Squadron 2 Operational Conversion Unit IOC Initial Operating Capability

RAAF DECLARES F-35A OPERATIONAL

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF has certified its F-35A Lightning II units as operational declaring IOC achievement.

Boeing AH-64Ev6 Apache Australian Army

ADF CONFIRMS AH-64Ev6 'LIKELY'

AUSTRALIA: The ADF has confirmed the AH-64Ev6 Apache will replace the Tiger ARH according to media reports emerging from Canberra.

Hanwha Defense Australia AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle

FINAL AS21 REDBACK INBOUND

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.

RAAF Boeing Air Teaming System Loyal Wingman

LOYAL WINGMAN WILL FLY IN 2021

AUSTRALIA: The Boeing/RAAF codeveloped ATS Loyal Wingman is scheduled to fly in 2021 after a rapid development and build of the prototypes.

Boeing Air Teaming System Loyal Wingman

LOYAL WINGMAN FAST TAXI VIDEO

AUSTRALIA: Video of the cutting edge, developed in Australia, Boeing Air Teaming System 'Loyal Wingman' prototype fast taxi trials somewhere in central Australia.

Fiji HADR Cyclone Yasa

ADF LAUNCHES FIJI CYCLONE RESPONSE

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.

Delta Squadron 1NZSAS LMT Defense LMK MWS

GUCCI NZSAS GEAR

NEW ZEALAND: An image of Delta Squadron 1NZSAS reveals that some very advanced weaponry and kit has entered service across the ditch.

HMNZS Te Kaha in full Frigate Combat Systems Upgrade configuration

HMNZS TE KAHA HOME TOMORROW

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.

2RAR Amphib. WA forces to be upgraded with arty, light armour and amphib elements

MAJOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA ARMY EXPANSION

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Army is planning to radically upgun its WA based conventional forces with more regular troops, light armour, amphib, recon and artillery elements.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter IOC Initial Operating Capability

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING IOC

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF's F-35A Lightning IOC operational certification is looming as the December 2020 deadline approaches.

UN North Korea sanctions monitoring DPRK RNZAF ADF NZDF.

ADF & NZDF MAINTAIN NORTH KOREA OPS

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.

John Hunter Farrell Managing Editor

WOKE WAR ON THE ANZAC SPIRIT

OPEN SOURCE 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 Army Bushmaster 5.5 PMV-Medium

KIWI BUSHMASTER 5.5 DETAILS

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army's new Bushmaster PMV-Ms will be substantially more capable than the legacy Australian Army Bushies.

Regional Force Surveillance Unit Reconnaissance & Surveillance Vehicle. 12/40RTR Royal Tasmanian Regiment

NEW TASMANIAN REGIONAL FORCE SURVEILLANCE UNIT

HOBART: A famous old Tasmanian infantry battalion will transition into a new Regional Force Surveillance Unit under the Army's new Order of Battle.

HMAS Hobart (DDG39) HMAS Brisbane (DDG41) and HMAS Sydney (DDG42) during AN/USG-7B Cooperative Engagement Capability exercises

THREE HOBART CEC SYSTEMS FUSION

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.

RAAF 75 Squadron F/A-18HUG Hornets launch from RAAF Tindal. Groundings and retirements have reduced the RAAF temporarily to one operational combat jet squadron

ONLY ONE OPERATIONAL RAAF FIGHTER SQN

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

Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx Armoured Mortar Vehicle Land 400 Phase 3

LAND 400/3 VARIANT RATIONALISATION

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.

2RAR (Amphibious) Fused Goggle System acquisition

FUZED NITE VISION BINOCULAR

AUSTRALIA: Army is acquiring a next gen Fuzed Goggle System that integrates night vision, thermal and augmented reality in the one unit.

RAN Hobart class guided missile destroyers

THREE SHIP HOBART DDG EX

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

77 Squadron RAAF F/A-18 HUG 'classic' Hornet

FINAL WILLIAMTOWN HORNET OPS

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.

M4 MRWS 84mm Carl Gustav

NEXT GEN M4 MRWS INBOUND

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army will commence its roll out of the next generation 84mm 'Charlie Gutsache' next year.

RAAF F/A-18F A44-223

RAAF F/A-18F INCIDENT

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

6RAR fire an F2 81mm mortar from an M113AS4 Mortar Carrier

81mm MORTAR OPCON

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.

8/12RAA fire the 155mm M777A2 at Cultana

ARMY RESTOCKS M825A1 WP

USA: Army is restocking its 155mm M825A1 WP munitions and advanced fuzes as part of its revitalisation of Joint Fires.

2 Squadron SASR SOTG operators airlifting into the Battle of Shah Wali Kot in 2010.

MASS SASR RESIGNATIONS/ REFUSALS TO PARADE

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.

M1150 Assault Breacher to enter service with RAE Project Land 8160

PLANNED HEAVY ARMOURED BRIGADE

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.

1st Armoured Regiment Hawkei PMV-L

1AR TRIALS HAWKEI COMBAT RECON

EDINBURGH SA: The 1st Armoured Regt has been issued a fleet of new Hawkei PMV-L to trial as Combat Reconnaissance platforms.

Halfbreed Blades Rhino

COMPACT CLEARANCE UTILITY KNIFE FROM HBB

A new release from Halfbreed Blades, the CCK-05 has plenty of grunt and bridges the gap between full length fixed blades and folders.
OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

HMNZS Te Kaha departs Esquimalt Canada for home

HMNZS TE KAHA COMPLETES UPGRADE

NORTH PACIFIC: The new look HMNZS Te Kaha is homeward bound from Canada after completing her comprehensive combat systems upgrade.

KOPASKA - Komando Pasukan Katak Satkopaska Koarmada

RARE INDONESIAN NAVAL SOF PICS

INDONESIA: Rare imagery of Komando Pasukan Katak (KOPASKA Underwater Special Unit) divers operating with a TNI-AL Type 209 submarine have emerged

HIFiRE 8 lift vehicle SCIFiRE

AUS/US HYPERSONIC MISSILE DEVELOPMENT

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.

Courage Under Fire Daniel Keighran VC

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

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

RAAF MQ-4C Triton BAMS RPA

RAAF 'RE-BASELINE TRITON BUY'

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.

Chief of Army General Angus Campbell

CAMPBELL BACK FLIPS ON SOTG AFGHAN MUC

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?

155/L52 AS9 Huntsman Self Propelled Howitzer

NEW REGT TO OPERATE HUNTSMAN SPH

AUSTRALIA: Army will raise a new new regular Royal Australian Artillery regiment to operate the next gen Hanwha AS9 Huntsman Self Propelled Artillery.

Evolved Cape class Patrol Boat

3RD RAN CAPE CLASS PB BUILD

HENDERSON WA: Work has commenced on the third of six Evolved Cape class patrol boats for the RAN at Austral's WA shipyard.

SOTG operators load up in a Task Force No Mercy (101 Combat Aviation Bde) UH-60 at MNB Tarin Kowt in October 2010. Pic DVIDs

ARMY MOVES AGAINST 13 EX SOTG

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has issued administrative action notices to 13 serving members connected to allegations published in the IG ADF Afghanistan Inquiry Report.

HMAS Arunta Op Argos

ARUNTA RETURNS FROM NORTH KOREA OPS

ROCKINGHAM WA: HMAS Arunta has returned home to Fleet Base West after conducting monitoring of North Korean attempts to avoid UN trade sanctions .

1st Commando Regiment operators during Ex Diamond Strike 15

NEW COMMANDO ELEMENT FOR QLD

AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command Australia will raise a new Commando detachment in Queensland under the upcoming Army reorg and expansion.

Precision Strike Missile launching form an M142 HIMARS. 2028 Army Objective Force 8th Fire Brigade will host all of Australian Army's advanced missile systems

PLANNED MISSILE 'FIRES' BRIGADE

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.

2028 Army Objective Force orbat - reorg. 7RAR route march Cultana

MASSIVE ARMY ORBAT EVOLUTION PLANNED

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.

Andrew Hastie in Afghanistan during operations with SOTG XIX

HASTIE RESPONDS TO IGADF REPORT

AUSTRALIA: Federal Member of Parliament and SOTG Afghanistan veteran Andrew Hastie weighs in on the IGADF Afghanistan Report in The Australian.

RAAF C-130J Hercules Honeywell Ka-Band SATCOM

2ND C-130J HERC SATCOM UPGRADE

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has upgraded a second C-130J-30 Hercules with high bandwidth inflight satellite communications.

Australian SASR Operators embark on a targeted operation from Tarin Kowt in 2010

KILCULLEN RESPONDS TO IGADF ACCUSATIONS

AUSTRALIA: Australia's leading counter insurgency expert David Kilcullen gives context to the IGADF Afghanistan Report disclosures and accusations in The Australian.

Chief of Defence Force Gen Angus Campbell IGADF release

WAR CRIMES REPORT ABSOLVES BRASS

CANBERRA: The IGADF Afghanistan Report has absolved all officers of criminal liability with all recommendations for criminal investigation confined specifically to the footsloggers.

Chief of Defence Force Gen Angus Campbell IGADF release

IGADF WAR CRIMES REPORT RELEASE

CANBERRA: The Chief of Defence Force has released a redacted form of the IGADF report on SOTG Afghanistan Operations with many allegations.

Australian Boxer Block 1 CRV amphibious emplacement

BOXER & HAWKEI BEACH LANDINGS

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.

RAN MH-60R monitoring possible North Korean DPRK sanctions violations

ARUNTA ENDS NORTH KOREA MONITORING OP

JAPAN: HMAS Arunta has completed her UNSCR North Korea sanctions monitoring operations in the DPRK's maritime approaches.

Hanwha Defense Australia AS9 Huntsman Self Propelled Howitzer

ODIN FIRE CONTROL FOR HUNTSMAN SPH

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.

HMAS Arunta in Japan under Op Argos

ADF LINKS WITH JAPAN TO EXPAND

TOKYO: Australia and Japan will sign a reciprocal military access agreement to allow both nations better access to each other's military bases.

RAAF F-35A A35-032 takes off from NAS Fort Worth

RAAF LIKELY TO REACH F-35 IOC NUMBERS

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

Eleven Bats by Anthony 'Harry' Moffitt

ELEVEN BATS

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.

RAAF F-35A A35-001 one of nine new arrivals at Williamtown

NINE MORE LIGHTNINGS

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 

Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle in Australian Project Land 400 Phase 3 configuration

LAND 400/ 3 KF41 LYNX IFV REVEALED

BRISBANE: Rheinmetall has revealed its KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle trials prototype in Aussie Land 400/3 configuration for the first time.

RAN Polaris Deployable Geospatial Survey craft

RAN RAPID GEOSPATIAL SURVEY CAPABILITY

CORAL SEA: The RAN has successfully trialled its new Polaris Deployable Geospatial Survey craft from an Amphibious Assault Ship during testing off Townsville.

Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell will strip Afghan SAS of medals

CAMPBELL TO TAKE AFGHAN VETS MEDALS

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.

Warcrimes accusations threaten Five Eyes by John Hunter Farrell

GOODBYE FIVE EYES

EDITORIAL: Open Access. The Australian Army's determined effort to criminalise itself has serious implications for broader national security and our Five Eyes alliance.

HMAS Ballarat Exercise Malabar 2020

RAN RETURNS TO EX MALABAR

MALABAR COAST: Pictorial: HMAS Ballarat is the first RAN warship to participate in Ex Malabar for 13 years.

Australian Army FGM-148 Javelin Missile System 3RAR

ARMY BUYS LATEST JAVELIN MISSILES

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.

RAAF C-17A withdraws Bushmasters and Unimogs from Kabul

MIDDLE EAST MISSION REDUCTIONS

AFGHAN & IRAQ: The Australian military withdrawal from the Middle East is gaining momentum with troops and gear heading home and numbers going dramatically down.

RAN MH-60R AGR-20A APKWS 2

RAN FIRES APKWS2

HMAS ALBATROSS: The RAN has launched the new laser guided APKWS2 rockets from an 816 Sqn MH-60R Romeo helicopter during recent training.

HMAS Arunta Op Argos North Korean sanctions monitoring

HMAS ARUNTA JOINS DPRK SANCTIONS OPS

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.

1 Squadron RAAF F/A-18F loaded with GBU-38v4 JDAM Al Dhafra Air Base for war against Islamic State.

RAAF OPS FROM AL DHAFRA END

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 .

Tactical Assault Group - East TAG-East Counter Terrorism CT Ex

TAG-EAST SHIP UNDERWAY RECOVERY EX

SYDNEY HARBOUR: Slideshow. Sensational imagery of a TAG-East Ship Underway Recovery operation conducted in Sydney Harbour during the latest Commando HR/CT Ex.

RAAF 75 Squadron Hornet A21-22 bound for the Australian War Memorial

CLASSIC HORNET FOR AWM

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.

Singaporean 127 Squadron CH-47D Chinook on HMAS Adelaide

SINGAPORE TRAINING RECOMMENCES

AUSTRALIA: Small footprint Singaporean training has recommenced with Chinooks working with the RAN and RSAF fighters flying out of Darwin.

HMAS Toowoomba Task Force Sentinel Strait of Hormuz June 2020

RAN COMPLETES MIDDLE EAST MISSION

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.

Boeing Air Teaming System Loyal Wingman

LOYAL WINGMAN TAXI TRIAL

QUEENSLAND: Video. Boeing has released video of the BATS Loyal Wingman prototype conducting its first independent taxing trials.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020

USMC MRF-D20 HEADING HOME

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The pandemic affected Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 is heading home after completing an abbreviated seasonal deployment to the Top End.

RAN USN and JMSDF in South China Sea

ARUNTA'S SOUTH CHINA SEA FONOP

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.

RAAF KC-30A MRTT and P-8A Poseidon Air to Air Refuelling AAR

KC-30A TO P-8A AAR

QUEENSLAND: The RAAF has successfully completed Air to Air Refuelling trials between KC-30A MRTTs and P-8A Poseidons off the Qld coast.

Kord Defence RIC/RACU Rifle Input Control/Rifle Accessory Control Unit

KORD AWARDED TECH DEVELOPMENT FUNDS

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.

RAAF & USAF F-35A Grand Canyon flight 61st Fighter Squadron

AUSSIE LIGHTNING GRAND CANYON RUN

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.

RNZAF 5 Squadron P-3K2 Orion MPA

RNZAF DPRK SANCTIONS OPS

NEW ZEALAND: An RNZAF P-3K2 Orion will return to Japan to conduct surveillance missions against North Korean sanctions evasion at sea.

digital art of future HMAS Attack SSG

NEXT GEN SUB RFI REQUESTS

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.

NH90 TFRA Standard 2

FRENCH TTH SPEC OPS UPGRADE

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.

Land 400 Phase 3 KF41 Lynx AFV prototype

KF41 LYNX DELIVERED TO AUSTRALIA

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

ADF Bushmaster PMV ANA Officer Academy Qargha ANAOA

ADF ENDS ANAOA MISSION

AFGHANISTAN: Australian operations at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy at Qargha outside Kabul have ended after seven years of deployments.

RAAF KC-30A MRTT

KC-30A MRTT UPGRADE

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.

RAAF F-35A Luke AFB Arizona 61st Fighter Squadron

RAAF LUKE AFB F-35A OPCON ENDS

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.

Boxer CRV video

DFHSL BOXER CRV REVEAL VIDEO

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.

Mosul by Ben McKelvey

MOSUL

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.

Australian Tiger ARH Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

TIGER LOBBY TRIES TO STOP NEW GUNSHIP

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.

AN/ASG-34(V) IRST21 Infrared Search and Track on US Navy F/A-18F Block II

IRST21 EMPLOYS ON COMBAT OPS

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.

HMAS Hobart Regional Presence Video

HMAS HOBART REGIONAL PRESENCE VIDEO

PACIFIC: Video: HMAS Hobart's activities during the Regional Presence Deployment including RIMPAC missile launches and Naval Gun Support.

US Army M1A2C SEPv3 Abrams MBT

ARMY ABRAMS OPTIONS

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 Rhino

NEW HBB MEDIUM INFANTRY KNIFE

Halfbreed Blades have just released their new Medium Infantry Knife and it comes in a choice of two blade formats.
OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

Army additional helicopter lease. Leonardo AW 139

ARMY SEEKS LEASED HELICOPTERS

TOWNSVILLE: Reports have emerged indicating the Australian Army is seeking to lease additional helicopters to augment capacity at 5th Aviation Regiment.

Nuship Supply AOR

NUSHIP SUPPLY DELIVERED

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.

2/14 Light Horse Regiment Boxer CRV operational conversion

BOXER CRV OPERATIONAL CONVERSION

WIDE BAY QLD: Photostory. Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle operational conversion is well underway in Qld as the acquisition gains momentum.

HMAS Warramunga AMCAP Henderson WA

WARRAMUNGA COMPLETES AMCAP DRYDOCK

HENDERSON WA: HMAS Warramunga is back in the water after completing the dry dock phase of her AMCAP upgrade at Henderson WA.

KF41 Lynx Project Land 400 Phase 3 RMA

VIRUS DELAYS LAND 400 TRIALS

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.

Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessel

RAN DELIBERATELY DOWNGRADING OPV

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.

EOS R400S Mark 2 Heavy Duty Remote Weapons Station

BUSHMASTER & HAWKEI RWS CONTRACT

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.

M4 84mm with Aimpoint FCS13RE Fire Control System

FCS13 DFSW SIGHT TRIALS

SINGLETON: The Army is conducting live fire trials of the advanced FCS13 sighting system for Direct Fire Support Weapons.

RAN Clearance Diving Team 1 CDT1

LORD HOWE UXO CLEARANCE

LORD HOWE IS: The RAN's Clearance Divers have completed a clearance of unexploded ordnance from protected reefs around Lord Howe Island.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon North Korea surveillance Op Argos

OP ARGOS P-8A DEPLOYMENT

JAPAN: The RAAF is deploying another P-8A to conduct surveillance operations against North Korean sanctions avoidance operations.

RAN MH-60R Mk 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo

RAN MK 54 TORPEDO LAUNCH EX

JERVIS BAY: Slideshow- Brilliant photographic sequence of an RAN MH-60R deploying a Mk 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo off Jervis Bay.

Hunter class frigate

HUNTER FRIGATE BUILD ISSUES

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.

YWE 12.5 metre Regional Support Craft 51FNQR

51FNQR NEXT GEN REGIONAL SUPPORT CRAFT

AUSTRALIA: The new Regional Support Craft being built for 51FNQR will substantially improve Army's Torres Strait rough water mobility and response.

RAAF F-35As A35-029 and A35-030

RAAF ACCEPTS 30TH LIGHTNING II

USA: The RAAF has accepted its 30th F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at its US acceptance area in Arizona USA.

RAAF C-17A Globemaster III pic John Hunter Farrell

USAF C-17 BOMBER TRIALS

USA: The USAF has successfully used C-17As to drop palletised JDAM Precision Guided Munitions in trials that have major relevance to the RAAF.

Ex Koolendong 2020 Mt Bundey Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020

MRF-D20 A SUCCESS AMIDST EXPANDING ALLIANCE

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is successfully completing its pandemic abbreviated deployment to Darwin as Australian/USA military cooperation expands across the board.

HMAS Hobart HMAS Sirius JMSDF South China Sea

RAN IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

SOUTH CHINA SEA: The RAN and Japanese JMSDF are conducting bilateral naval operations in international waters claimed by China.

RAN General Dynamics Mission System Bluefin 9 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

RAN MCM DRONE AUTONOMY RESEARCH

AUSTRALIA: The RAN has funded the development of autonomous Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle launch and recovery to allow true 'unmanned' mine clearance operations.

General  Atomics next generation ISR UAV concept

GA-ASI REVEALS MQ-9 REPLACEMENT

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.

KF41 Lynx Armoured Fighting Vehicle

LAND 400 AFV PRICE MYSTERY

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.

Boeing ATS Loyal Wingman engine run video

LOYAL WINGMAN ENGINE RUN VIDEO

QUEENSLAND: Video. Boeing has released video of the BATS Loyal Wingman prototype conducting its first ground engine testing.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 Ex Koolendong

EX KOOLENDONG 2020

MT BUNDEY NT: Exercise Koolendong, the major field exercise between Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and the ADF has been completed.

Multinational Group Sail Philippine Sea

RAN IN MULTINATIONAL FLEET

PHILIPPINE SEA: The RAN's HMAS Stuart and Arunta are part of a four-nation combined show of force heading for Guam.

Singaporean F-15SG Darwin Pitch Black 2018

RSAF RETURNING TO NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Republic of Singapore Air Force is returning to the NT to conduct a major air exercise after completing quarantine.

Boeing cognitive AI driven drone

'COGNITIVE' UAS FLIGHT TRIALS

QUEENSLAND: Boeing's Phantom Works International has demonstrated Aussie developed 'cognitive' AI driven UAS machine learning and tactical decision making in flight trials.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Op Okra Iraq Syria

RAAF ENDS ISLAMIC STATE MISSIONS

IRAQ SYRIA: RAAF E-7A Wedgetails and KC-30A MRTTs have flown their last CJTF-OIR missions against Islamic State remnants.

HMNZS Te Kaha sea trials Canada

HMNZS TE KAHA SEA TRIALS

CANADA: The new look HMNZS Te Kaha has commenced post upgrade sea trials off Victoria in Canada after completing the Frigate Systems Upgrade work.

Lynx AFV with Lance 2 turret

LYNX LANCE 2 TECH DETAILS

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.

Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle DFHSL

CRV EATS EXPENSIVE AMMO

AUSTRALIA: Army's next gen Boxer CRV is limited to expensive 30mm munitions due to German Army failure to fully certify more ammunition types.

RAAF 3 Squadron F-35A Lightning II JSF

3 SQN F-35 IIS ACTIVITY

WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's 3 Squadron is conducting high tempo operations aiming towards IOC certification scheduled for December.

Hanwha Defense K9/AS9 Self Propelled Howitzer

AS9 HUNTSMAN 155 SPH RFT

CANBERRA: Defence has invited Hanwha Defence Australia only to tender its AS9 Huntsman for Project Land 8116 Mobile Protected Fires.

Hawkei PMV-L assembly Bathurst

HAWKEI ENTERS FULL RATE PRODUCTION

BALLARAT: The Australian Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light has been approved for full rate production of the large fleet.

AS21 Redback

TURRETED AS21 REDBACK EMERGES

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.

exUSS Durham takes missile hits at RIMPAC Sinkex

RAN LEADS RIMPAC SINKEX

HAWAII: Slideshow - The Royal Australian Navy has played a central role in RIMPAC 2020's culminating live missile fire ship sinking exercise.

Supply class AOR

NUSHIP SUPPLY INBOUND

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.

RAAF HoloLens remote C-17A maintenance

REMOTE DIGITAL MAINTENANCE SUPPORT

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.

Cyborg Dynamics Warfighter Hero armed UGCV

DEFENCE FUNDS LOCAL ARMED COMBAT BOTS

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.

HMAS Sydney AN/USG-7B Cooperative Engagement Capability

HMAS SYDNEY COOPERATIVE ENGAGEMENT TRIALS

SYDNEY: HMAS Sydney has successfully demonstrated systems fusion using her advanced Cooperative Engagement Capability with sister ship HMAS Brisbane.

Halfbreed Blades Rhino

MULTI-FUNCTION RHINO TOOL

GEAR: Special Operations Engineer tool now available to the public.
OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

RIMPAC RIM-162B ESSM HMAS Arunta

ARUNTA FIRES ESSM AT RIMPAC

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.

2/14LHR 6RAR Timor Dry Season Offensive 2000

TIMOR 2000: ANZAC DRY SEASON VICTORY

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

Task Group Taji X TGT10 Digger Iraq

F-35A GBU DROP VIDEO

EVANS HEAD: Video of 2 OCU F-35A Lightnings deploying inert GBU-12 Paveway IIs onto Evans Head Air Weapons Range.

Task Group Taji X TGT10 Digger Iraq

TAJI HANDED BACK TO IRAQ

IRAQ: CJTF-OIR has handed all Coalition Taji Military Complex facilities back to the Iraqi Army and redeployed from the base.

F-16 Full Mission Flight Simulator

AI SMASHED ACE PILOT IN SIM TRIALS

USA: Artificial Intelligence program has smashed a top gun USAF fighter pilot in every dogfight in the latest DARPA simulator based machine learning trials.

RAF MQ-9A Reaper. RAAF officers are flying Brit combat ops in Iraq

RAAF FLYING BRIT MQ-9 COMBAT OPS

IRAQ: RAAF exchange officers are conducting lethal combat missions against Islamic State remnants 'flying' British MQ-9A Reapers.

HMAS Sirius refuels the Japanese helicopter carrier JS Ise

RIMPAC 2020 ACTIVITY

HAWAII: Slideshow of the early multinational naval training activities being conducted off Hawaii for RIMPAC 20.

3rd Brigade 1 Military Police Battalion Ex Brolga Run 2020

3 BRIGADE WORKING UP

TOWNSVILLE: The 3rd Brigade is training hard towards Ready Brigade certification after their normal readying exercise program was disrupted by the pandemic.

The Commando Way by Bram Connolly

THE COMMANDO WAY

BOOK REVIEW: Bram Connolly's personal improvement roadmap is also a great soldier's story from Somalia, Timor, TAG and Afghanistan.

Aegis Mark 6 Mod 1 Baseline 9

RAN AEGIS BASELINE 9 UPGRADE

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.

RIMPAC 2020 HMAS Hobart and HMNZS Manwanui Oahu

RAN & RNZN IN HAWAII FOR RIMPAC

HAWAII: The Australian and New Zealand contingents have commenced RIMPAC 2020 activities in an exercise reduced due to Pandemic restrictions.

M-777A2 Excalibur M892 Block III

ARMY SEEKS EXCALIBUR BLOCK III

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is seeking to upgrade its inservice 2007 vintage 155mm M892 Excalibur with Excalibur Block III 'smart and discriminating' APGMs.

RAN 808 Squadron MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter

RAN TO REPLACE MRH-90

AUSTRALIA: The RAN will replace the MRH-90 TTH helicopter with a new type for its resupply and fleet support misison.

Australian Matilda tank Bougainville 1945

OUR PACIFIC APOCALYPSE 1941-45

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..

Army Combat Rescue Operator

ARMY COMBAT RESCUE OPERATOR

BRISBANE: Army has introduced a Combat Rescue Operator specialist employment category to conduct personnel rescue from vehicles, aircraft and dangerous locations.

2RAR Amphibious video 2020

2RAR AMPHIB VIDEO

PACIFIC: Video of the 2RAR (Amphib) Pre Landing Team at work aboard HMAS Canberra during the Regional Presence Deployment.

AN/ALQ-249 Increment 1 Next Generation Jammer - Mid Band

NEXT GEN JAMMER - MID BAND FIRST FLIGHT

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.

Special Operations Craft Riverine

ARMY RIVERINE PATROL CRAFT

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.

Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Victoria Cross

RETROSPECTIVE VC FOR TEDDY SHEEAN

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.

AN-ALQ-249 Increment 2 Low Band Jammer - Low Band NGJ-LB

RAAF ACQUIRES AN/ALQ-249 NGJ-LOW BAND

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.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020

MARINE MRF-D 20 AT FULL STRENGTH

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 is complete and training after the final Marines were released from pandemic quarantine.

Australian Tactical Assault Group and GhostRobotics Vision V60 Recon Bot

TAG CQB ROBOT TRIALS

AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command - Australia has trialled four legged combat support robots in Close Quarter Battle and Special Recovery training scenarios.

M-113AS4 Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicle

ARMY TO EXPAND AUTONOMOUS ARMOUR FLEET

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.

SAAB AUV62-AT Intermediate Anti Submarine Warfare Training Target

SUBMARINE TARGET SIMULATOR FOR RAN

AUSTRALIA: The RAN is acquiring an advanced underwater target system that accurately simulates hostile submarines and torpedoes producing ultra realistic training.

Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMAS Supply

NUSHIP SUPPLY COMMENCES SEA TRIALS

SPAIN: The RAN's next gen Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment nuship Supply has commenced sea trials in Spain ahead of sailing to Australia.

RQ-7B TUAS Border Protection Ops

RQ-7B BORDER PROTECTION OPS

CAPE YORK: Army RQ-7B TUAVs have been deployed to Torres Strait to protect Australia's northern approaches during the pandemic emergency.

Bushmaster PMV Upgrade

BUSHMASTER COMMON CONFIGURATION UPGRADE

AUSTRALIA: The entire Australian Army Bushmaster PMV fleet will be progressively rebaselined to a new 'Common Configuration' which incorporates all the latest upgrades.

HMAS Canberra Regional Presence Deployment 2020

CANBERRA RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA

PACIFIC OCEAN: After repeated ministerial and departmental statements that HMAS Canberra was RIMPAC bound, the huge Amphibious Assault Ship is returning home.

RAAF 75 Squadron F-35A A35-029

FIRST 75 SQUADRON F-35A

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.

2RNZIR infantry in new NZ Multi Terrain Pattern NZMTP uniform

NZ ROLLS OUT NEW MULTICAM

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.

The Last Navigator by Paul Goodwin

THE LAST NAVIGATOR

BOOK REVIEW: The story of an RAAF navigator's multi tour airwar with Bomber Command against Nazi Germany flying Wellingtons and Lancasters.

RAAF KC-30A refuels USAF F-35A over Iraq

AL DHAFRA AL UDIED MISSILE ALERT

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.

Ballarat fires a RIM-162 ESSM missile

BALLARAT ESSM LAUNCH VIDEO

TASMAN SEA: Video of HMAS Ballarat mission readiness work ups including RIM-162B Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launching from Mk41 VLS.

4 Sqn RAAF Combat Controller parachute ops

RAAF COMBAT CONTROLLER PARACHUTE EX

AUSTRALIA: Photo story - RAAF 4 Squadron Combat Controllers maintain their parachute insertion capability currency during jumps over Wagga Wagga.

HMNZS Aotearoa

HMNZS AOTEAROA COMMISSIONED

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN's new Polar class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMNZS Aotearoa has been commissioned into service in Auckland.

HMAS Arunta Project Sea 1408

ANZAC FFH SONAR UPGRADE

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's anti submarine and anti torpedo capability has been vastly improved with a new Aussie designed sonar processing unit.

AS21 Redback AFV prototype

1ST AS21 REDBACK PROTOTYPE REVEALED

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.

Regional Presence Task Group South China Sea

RAN SOUTH CHINA SEA FONOP

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.

RAAF KC-30As refuel each other and F/A-18HUG Hornets inbound to Guam

BIG RAAF FORCE IN GUAM

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.

1RAR Force Protection Element 14 Afghanistan

FPE 14 AFGHANISTAN BOUND

TOWNSVILLE: Force Protection Element 14 is about to rotate into Afghanistan to replace 5RAR who are completing their six month tour.

RAAF AP-3C(EW) Orion Electronic Warfare Aircraft. Pic by Eric Kuan

RAAF SOUTH CHINA SEA EW OPS

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

Tiger ARH, HMAS Canberra RIMPAC 2020

TIGER EMBARKED FOR RIMPAC

PACIFIC OCEAN: 1 Avn Regt Tigers are embarked with the RAN surface action group bound for Hawaii and Exercise RIMPAC 2020.

M1A2C Abrams

US ARMY M1A2C OPERATIONAL

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.

US Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Japanese JMSDF Trilat 2020

TRILATERAL SHOW OF FORCE

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.

8/12RAA 155mm M-777A2 Lightweight Towed Howitzer

M-777A2 GUNS REPAIRS

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's M-777A2 required immediate repairs after issues with the system were identified by the US and Canadian Armies.

S100 Camcopter VTOL MTUAS flies off HMAS Ballarat. Pic RAN

INDONESIA SEEKS EUROFIGHTERS

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.

S100 Camcopter VTOL MTUAS flies off HMAS Ballarat. Pic RAN

VTOL MTUAS AT SEA FLIGHT TRIALS

AUSTRALIA: The RAN is conducting VTOL Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System flight trials off an Anzac frigate at sea off NSW.

Boeing Airpower Teaming System BATS Loyal Wingman

LOYAL WINGMAN UCAS ACQUISITION

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.

2RAR Sniper with XTEK Tac2 .338 LM Sniper Rifle

NEW SNIPER RIFLES, PISTOLS, SHOTTIES, SMGs & COMPACT ARs

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.

M-889 81mm Mortar round 9RAA

CLASSIFIED 81mm PGM PROGRAM

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is partnering the US military in a classified project to develop an ultra lethal precision 81mm mortar round.

Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment

AOR SUPPLY DUE SOON

SPAIN: Nuship Supply, the first of two new AORs, will be delivered to Australia soon after being delayed by pandemic shutdowns at Spanish shipyards.

RAAF MQ-4C Triton BAMS UAS

10 SQN TO 'FLY' MQ-4C

AUSTRALIA: A recently released RAAF document has ended speculation over which unit will operate the new MQ-4C BAMS fleet.

EF-88M rifle 2RAR Amphib

8500 ADDITIONAL EF-88 RIFLES

AUSTRALIA: The Government has funded the manufacture of 8500 additional EF-88s to complete re equipping the Army Reserve 2nd Division.

Halfbreed Blades LBF-01

NEW LARGE BUSH FOLDER

GEAR: Halfbreed Blades have followed up the success of their Large Bush Knife with a folding counterpart, the LBF-01.
OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

RQ-12A Wasp AE SUAS

ARMY BUYS MORE RQ-12A SUAS

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has signed up for a second tranche of improved RQ-12A Wasp AE SUAS drones for its combat manoeuvre units.

HMAS Toowoomba IMSC CJTF Sentinel Strait of Hormuz

5TH ANZAC ENTERS AMCAP UPGRADE

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.

Polaris MRZR ATV

NZ ARMY ACCEPTS SIX MRZR

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has received its first tranche of Polaris MRZR military All Terrain Vehicles for its combat manoeuvre elements.

M7 smart mine MCU dispensor

ADF SEEKS 'SMART' AT MINES

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.

NZ Army Bushmaster 5.5 Protected Mobility Vehicle - Medium

NZ ARMY ORDERS BUSHMASTER PMV FLEET

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.

Bushmaster PMVs and RAN landing craft to be defended by Active Protection Systems

MAJOR ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEM ROLL OUT

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.

TNI-AD MV-22 Block C tiltrotor

INDONESIAN MV-22 TILTROTOR BUY

INDONESIA: The US State Department has approved an Indonesian request for MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the TNI - Angkatan Darat.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II

ADDITIONAL AIR COMBAT CAPABILITY

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

RAAF AGM-158C LRASM

RAAF AGM-158C POTENTIAL

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.

Iraqi Special Operations Qwat al Khasah Tier 2

CJTF-OIR IRAQ TRANSITIONS TO ADVISORY OPS

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.

Australian M224A1 60mm mortar

2RAR (AMPHIB) IIS M224A1

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is introducing the M224A1 to 2RAR (Amphib), the first time the system has been issued outside Special Operations.

Precision Strike Missile Australian Army

THEATRE STRIKE FOR ARMY

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.

EOS R400S Mk2 D-HD Remote Weapons Station

LARGEST EVER ADF REMOTE WEAPONS STATION BUY

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has just signed its largest ever Remote Weapons Station contract with Aussie systems leader Electro Optical Systems.

A-9A1 Aussie Thunder digital impression

RAA SET TO DOUBLE

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.

John Hunter Farrell

A CALL TO ARMS

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 Farrell
OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

Belgian NH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter

BELGIUM REDUCES TTH OPS

BELGIUM: Another military user is reducing its exposure to the NH/MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter - with future ramifications for the ADF and NZDF.

HMAS Warramunga AMCAP Sea 1448 Radar Mast

WARRAMUNGA REMASTED UNDER AMCAP

HENDERSON WA: HMAS Warramunga's new Sea 1448 Radar Mast has been integrated by BAE Systems Australia within the AMCAP upgrade process.

RAAF F-35A Full Mission Simulator

LOCAL F-35A FMSim UPGRADE

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The RAAF and Lockheed Martin Australia have conducted the first ever F-35 Full Mission Simulator upgrade using local technicians.

RNZN Aoteroa

AOTEAROA ARRIVES IN NZ

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy's new Polar class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Aotearoa has arrived at home in Auckland.

4RAA M-777A2 Airnesco Barrel Cleaning System

RAA INTRODUCES AUTOMATED BARREL CLEANING

AUSTRALIA: The Royal Australian Artillery has introduced a labour saving automated barrel cleaning system for the 155mm M-777A2 LTH.

2/14 Light Horse Regt ASLAV-25

COMBAT BRIGADE's AT WORK

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's three Multirole Combat Brigades have spent the month rebuilding capacity as pandemic mitigation measures have been relaxed.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II JSF

F-35A VULNERABILITY TO LIGHTNING ISSUE

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.

AN/ALQ-249 Increment 2 Next Generation Jammer - Low Band

NEXT GEN JAMMER - LOW BAND DEVELOPMENT

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.

HMNZS Manawanui RIMPAC

HMNZS MANAWANUI TO RIMPAC 20

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Defence Force will centre its RIMPAC 2020 contribution on the Diving Support Ship HMNZS Manawanui.

Mark 15 Block 1B Baseline 2 CIWS

RAN MK 15 BLOCK 1B/2 CIWS OIC

AUSTRALIA: The Navy's latest gen Mk 15 Block 1B Baseline 2 Close In Weapons System has achieved Initial Operating Capabililty.

HMAS Toowoomba Arabian Gulf CJTF Sentinel

TOOWOOMBA COMPLETES MER OPS

MIDDLE EAST: HMAS Toowoomba is returning to Australia after completing a six month deployment conducting Maritime Security Ops in the Middle East Region.

US Navy MQ-4C Triton RAAF

3RD RAAF TRITON LOCKED IN

AUSTRALIA: The Dept of Defence has confirmed the acquisition of a third MQ-4C Triton UAS, originally revealed in US Government disclosures in April.

The Dragons and the Snakes by David Kilcullen

THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES

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.

RAN warships depart Fleet Base East

RAN FLEET AT SEA

AUSTRALIA: The RAN has returned to sea in force, recommencing warfighting training as pandemic mitigation restrictions ease.

Digital impression of future Attack class SSG

MORE SUB BUILD SCHEDULE DELAYS

AUSTRALIA: The design of the RAN's next gen Attack class submarines is running late with another key component incomplete.

Jamaica Defence Force Bushmaster PMV-M

MORE AUSSIE BUSHMASTERS FOR JAMAICA

JAMAICA: The Jamaica Defence Force has put in another order for Australian Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle - Mediums. Pic Loop

Rocket Labs F12 launch

ADF MICROSAT LAUNCHED IN NZ

NEW ZEALAND: An RAAF/UNSW developed research micro satellite was launched into space by Rocket Labs from New Zealand.

RAAF KC-30A MRTT tanker

ONLY TWO ADDITIONAL KC-30A MRTTs

AUSTRALIA: The Government is looking at two not three additional KC-30A MRTT tankers to expand its inflight refuelling capacity.

Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II

GBU-53/B SMB2 PROBLEMS

USA: Problems with the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II could impact the RAAF's transition to the F-35A Lightning II.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II

3 SQUADRON APPROACHING FULL STRENGTH

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

C-130J based remote UAS operation

C-130J BASED REMOTE UAS RECONNAISSANCE

EDINBURGH: The RAAF has successfully trialled remote operation and video upload from a UAS to an airborne C-130J using SATCOMM.

Aussie SOTG Nexus counter narcotics op Helmand 2012

SOTG HELMAND VIDEO 2012

AFGHANISTAN: Video of SOTG Commando Nexus counter narcotics op extraction in late August 2012. Helmet cam from Commando Merv McDonald KIA via twitter.

8/9RAR resumes training Greenbank TA range

ARMY PROGRESSIVELY RESUMING TRAINING

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is progressively resuming its training program as pandemic mitigation restrictions are eased in northern and western states.

Textron Scorpion

RFI FOR RAAF HAWK REPLACEMENTS

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF has commenced the search for a next generation Lead In Fighter Trainer more suitable for training modern combat aircrew.

digital impression of future RNZAF C-130J-30 Hercules

NZ CONTRACTS FIVE C-130J-30 HERCS

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.

Australian Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle

GERMANS ARE ADOPTING AUSSIE BOXER GUNCAR

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.

Task Group Taji Iraq BPC mission

TASK GROUP TAJI MISSION COMPLETE

IRAQ: The combined Anzac Task Group Taji has completed its five year/ten rotation Build Partner Capacity mission in Iraq.

AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Increment 1 (midband jammer)

NEXT GENERATION JAMMER ISSUES

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.

RAAF F/A-18F Rhino Super Hornet

F/A-18F OPERATIONAL CONVERSION AT AMBERLEY

AMBERLEY: The RAAF's trial of F/A-18F Super Hornet operational conversion training at RAAF Amberley is progressing smoothly.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin M777A2 gun

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN ARRIVE

DARWIN: The first contingent of Marine Rotation Force - Darwin 2020 has flown into the Northern Territory and commenced a 14 day quarantine period.

USAF F-15E Syria with RAAF Weapons Officer

RAAF AIRMEN FLYING OIF STRIKE OPS

SYRIA/IRAQ: RAAF combat aircrew are still directly fighting Islamic State, only now they fight from the cockpits of US fighterbombers.

ADF Weapon Training Simulation System

MORE BLUEFIRE EF88 SIMULATORS

AUSTRALIA: The ADF has contracted Meggitt Training Systems for more digital BlueFire EF88 simulated weapons for its high resolution WTSS combat shooting training simulators.

MD902 Special Operations helicopter

SPEC OPS LIGHT HELO PROGRAM

AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command Australia's expedited light assault helo acquisition program will soon be shortlisted for tenders.

Cargo Launch Expendable Air Vehicles with Extended Range

'CLEAVER' PALLETISED PRECISION STRIKE

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.

F-89A2 Light Support Weapon

STANDARD MINIMI LSW UPGRADE

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.

1st Armoured Regt M1A1 AIM SA MBT

EVOLVED ABRAMS OPTIONS

CANBERRA: The future Australian Abrams upgrade will closely leverage the two next generation M1A2 upgrades currently being validated by the US Army.

HMAS Armidale

RAN MAINTAINING BORDER PROTECTION

DARWIN: The RAN is employing multiple strategies to ensure the Patrol Boat fleet maintains border protection operations during the pandemic restrictions.

Australian Code Breakers

AUSTRALIAN CODE BREAKERS

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.

Royal New Zealand Engineers FC530 Combat Engineer Watercraft

RNZE COMBAT ENGINEER WATERCRAFT

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Engineers have introduced their new FC530 Combat Engineer Watercraft inflatable boats.

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Mk 153 SMAW

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN 20 INBOUND

OKINAWA: Marine Rotation Force - Darwin 2020 has commenced a 14 day quarantine in Japan ahead of deployment to the Northern Territory.

USAF 58th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning IIs

FIRST US MADE F-35A CRASH

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.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Prime Minister Julia Gillard

THE HAND THAT SIGNED THE PAPER

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

HMAS Sydney

HMAS SYDNEY ENTERS SERVICE

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.

Halfbreed Blades LIK01 Large Infantry Knife

NEW AUSTRALIAN DESIGNED INFANTRY BLADE

AUSTRALIA: Specialist blade maker Halfbreed Blades reinterprets an old classic into a new Infantry blade design. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

Maj Gen Roger Noble Urban Close Combat in Mosul podcast

URBAN COMBAT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

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.

Lockheed Martin F-35 production Fort Worth Texas

AUSSIE F-35 PART PRODUCTION THREATENED

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.

Singaporean Army Light Strike Vehicle Mk II

SINGAPORE CANCELS AUSTRALIAN TRAINING

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces has cancelled its planned training deployments to Queensland as part of its pandemic mitigation efforts.

Aeronautics Orbitor 4 TUAS

RQ-7B TUAS REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

AUSTRALIA: Four advanced US, Israeli and European Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems are under evaluation to replace the inservice RQ-7Bv1 'eye in the sky'.

Future HMAS Sydney

UPDATED - SYDNEY COMMISSIONING

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.

7RAR Battle Group Boar Ex Hamel 2019

READINESS CYCLE ADJUSTED - HAMEL 20 CANCELLED

AUSTRALIA: Mandatory pandemic mitigation measures and state border closures have forced Army to adjust its ready brigade rotation certification program.

The Battles for Kokoda Plateau by David W. Cameron

THE BATTLES FOR KOKODA PLATEAU

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.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Iraq Syria April 2020

WEDGETAIL - ADF's MOST REQUESTED CAPABILITY

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.

Combined RAN, RNZN and RCN RIMPAC 2018 contingent

ADF RIMPAC DECISION PENDING

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.

USMC KC-130J tankers refuel MRF-Darwin MV-22B Ospreys

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN TO DEPLOY

AUSTRALIA: The USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2020 is back on, with the Marines Top End bound later this Dry Season.

OPV Arafura hull block consolidation

ARAFURA OPV HULL CONSOLIDATION

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.

Australian 1st Armoured Regiment M1A1 SA Main Battle Tank

ARMY SEEKS M1A2 ABRAMS SIMULATORS

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.

Boeing BATS Loyal Wingman

FIRST LOYAL WINGMAN BATS UCAS

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.

Collins class SSG submarine

ATTACK SUB BUDGET BLOWS OUT

AUSTRALIA: The depreciation of the Australian dollar has seen the cost of Attack class submarine build blow out to almost $90 billion.

RAAF AN/ASG-34v2 IRST21

RAAF RHINO IRST21 BUY FINALISED

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.

ADV Cape Fourcroy Cape class Patrol Boat

SIX MORE CCPB PATROL BOATS

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.

RAAF GBU-54 LJDAM and GBU-38 JDAMs Iraq

LOCAL BLU-111 MUNITIONS DELIVERED

BENALLA: The first shipment of Australian made BLU-111 'insensitive' bomb units has been accepted by the RAAF for its combat aircraft fleets.

RAAF F-35A Lightning A35-025 Pic Keith Bowes

THIRD OF RAAF F-35As FLYING

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.

Bushmaster PMV-M Ambulance

DUTCH ORDER MORE BUSHMASTERS

BENDIGO: The Netherland's Koninklijke Landmacht is back for another tranche of Aussie made Bushmaster PMV- Mediums for high risk operations.

USAF B-1B trains with USAF and Japanese fighters over Japan

NEW US STRATEGY INVOLVES AUSTRALIA

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.

Vortex Optics 1-8x30mm Active Reticle rifle sight

US ARMY DIGITAL RIFLE FIRE CONTROL

USA: The US Army has begun seeking prototype 'smart sights' for its Next Generation Squad Weapons that exponentially improve soldier 'first round hit' probabilities.

Australian based Space Surveillance Telescope

SPACE SURVEILLANCE TELESCOPE FIRST PICS

EXMOUTH: The RAAF/US Space Force operated Space Surveillance Telescope in WA has taken its first images during systems trials.

HMAS Newcastle

CHILE COMMISSIONS EX RAN FFGs

SYDNEY: Former RAN Adelaide class frigates Newcastle and Melbourne were quietly commissioned into the Armada de Chile last week.

RAN MINIMI 7.62 aka MAXIMI

MAXIMI ENTERS RAN SERVICE

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.

HMAS Parramatta South China Sea incident

RAN RESPONSE TO CHINA MALAYSIA STAND OFF

SOUTH CHINA SEA: HMAS Parramatta is embedded within a US strike group operating in close proximity to the provocative Chinese incursion into Malaysian waters.

HMNZS Aotearoa and guided missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal

AOR AOTEAROA SEA TRIALS

SEA OF JAPAN: The Royal New Zealand Navy's next gen Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Aotearoa is sailing through sea trials off South Korea.

RAN MH-60R VertRep Op Manitou Arabian Gulf

VERTREPS KEEP GULF OPS ON STATION

ARABIAN GULF: HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH-60R Romeo is helping keep the crew isolated from Wuhan Virus with 'no contact' resupply missions.

MRTT Automatic Air to Air Refuelling

AUTOMATIC AIR TO AIR REFUELLING SUCCESS

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.

MQ-4C Triton

THIRD RAAF TRITON

USA: US Government information releases reveal another MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance drone under contract.

RAAF Air Warfare Center video

RAAF AIR WARFARE CENTRE VIDEO

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.

US Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper Zulu Cobra

NEW GUNSHIPS FAR CHEAPER THAN KEEPING TIGER

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.

RAAF MC-55A Peregrine Special Electronic Missions Aircraft

MC-55A PEREGRINES UNDER ASSEMBLY

CANBERRA: The RAAF has confirmed that its future MC-55A Peregrine Special Electronic Missions Aircraft are advancing through production.

Australian Army Operation Aslan South Sudan

UN FREEZES PERSONNEL DEPLOYMENTS

GLOBAL: Australian military deployments to UN peacekeeping missions will be adjusted after the UN has frozen international movements to reduce Wuhan Virus spread.

captured Islamic State of Khourisan leader

AFGHAN GAINS ON ISLAMIC STATE

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.

Hunter class Future Frigate

DEFENCE BUDGET TO BE MAINTAINED

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.

Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Block 1

BOXER OPERATIONAL CONVERSION BEGINS

BRISBANE: The first squadron has commenced Operational Conversion training for the next generation Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

HMAS Brisbane in dry dock

HMAS BRISBANE POST DELIVERY UPGRADE

SYDNEY: HMAS Brisbane is in dry dock undergoing an upgrade program to bring her up to final Hobart class destroyer specification.

RAAF cyber warfare training

ASD COMMENCES CYBER OFFENSIVE OPS

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.

RAN MH-60R Romeo and MRH-90 TTH helos on HMAS Adelaide

ADELAIDE COMMENCES MH-60R FOCTL

JERVIS BAY: MH-60R Romeo helicopter First of Class Flight Trials are underway on HMAS Adelaide.

RAAF F/A-18 Hornet unloaded from RCAF CC-177

3RD RAAF HORNET IN CANADA

CANADA: A third retired RAAF F/A-18HUG 'Classic' Hornet has been quietly delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

RNZAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

RNZAF P-8A PRODUCTION TO COMMENCE

USA: Production of the RNZAF's next generation P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft will commence shortly under a US Navy contract.

9RQR Op Covid-19 Assist

ADF LAUNCHES OP COVID-19 ASSIST

AUSTRALIA: The ADF has packaged its Wuhan Virus pandemic limitation support ops as Operation Covid-19 Assist.

Hawaii based AH-1Z Zulu and UH-1Y Venom helos prepare to deploy to Australia before cancellation

MRF-D MARINE DEPLOYMENT CANCELLED

NORTHERN TERRITORY: This year's deployment of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is another casualty of global pandemic controll measures.

NZ Army Task Group Taji X members armed with LMT LMK MWS Sharpshooter II Designated Marksman Weapons

NEW ZEALAND WITHDRAWS FROM IRAQ

TAJI IRAQ: The entire New Zealand Defence Force contingent in Iraq has withdrawn early citing pandemic risk reduction measures.

HMAS Toowoomba Boarding Parties board a drug smuggling dhow in the Gulf of Aden

TOOWOOMBA NARCOTICS SEIZURE

GULF OF ADEN: HMAS Toowoomba has seized a major shipment of smuggled narcotics in the Middle East waters.

9RQR soldiers assist the movement of international arrivals into quarantine at Brisbane

ARES ASSISTS QUARANTINE EFFORT

AUSTRALIA: Army Reservists have commenced providing non enforcement support to Police mandatory Wuhan virus quarantine operations.

Godley: The Man Behind the Myth

GODLEY: THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH

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.

Hobart class AWD DDG Sydney in Sydney Harbour

SYDNEY ARRIVES AT FLEET BASE EAST

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.

F-35A 25x137mm munitions

LOCAL 25x137mm MUNITIONS PRODUCTION

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.

1RAR Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light

HAWKEI PMV-L ISSUED TO 1RAR

TOWNSVILLE: 1RAR has accepted the first Aussie made LRIP Hawkei PMV-L armoured vehicles as the lead unit in the Hawkei introduction into service.

RAAF Op Okra F/A-18F armed with AIM-9X

RAAF AIM-9X-2+ PRODUCTION

USA: The US DoD has contracted Raytheon Missile Systems to produce evolved next gen Sidewinder missiles for the RAAF under the FMS system.

EA-18G with AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer

AN/ALQ-249 NEXT GEN JAMMER TESTING DONE

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.

ADF ANAOA Operation Highroad Afghanistan

ADF DOWNSIZES IN IRAQ & AFGHAN

IRAQ & Afghanistan: The ADF is relocating personnel out of Iraq and Afghanistan to reduce the Wuhan virus threat in operational areas.

SARS-CoV-2 Wuhan Virus

ADF RAMPS UP VIRUS RESPONSE

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.

Task Group Taji X lowers unit flag and transfers command to US Army

ANZAC COMMAND AT TAJI ENDS

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.

9RAA Gunners put out spot fires during Op Bushfire Assist

ADF HADR REORG?

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.

AASAM 2020 Greenbank Training Area

1RAR TAKES AASAM HONOURS

GREENBANK QLD: 1RAR has scooped up the honours at AASAM 20, taking ADF and Army top shot and AASAM team trophies back to Townsville.

RQ-21 Blackjack Tactical UAS

ARMY TUAS ISR EXPANSION

AUSTRALIA: The Army is seeking advanced TUAS drones and expanding its TUAS Squadrons by 50 percent to keep up digital development.

HMAS Sirius refuels HMAS Parramatta

OILER HMAS SIRIUS FOR SALE

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.

RAAF 3 Squadron F-35A Lightning II

PANDEMIC ISSUES FOR ADF

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.

Australian Army hijab

AUSTRALIAN ARMY ISLAMIC UNIFORM

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army has revealed its new Islamic uniform for female soldiers.

10th/27th Royal South Australian Regiment 2020 Australian Army Skill at Arms

ADF PANDEMIC IMPACT REDUCTION RESPONSE

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.

2nd Taji rocket attack

ANOTHER SERIOUS TAJI ROCKET ATTACK

IRAQ: Kaitab Hezbollah has conducted a second serious rocket barrage of the Australian operating base at Taji near Baghdad in three days.

Taji rocket attack retaliation

US RETALIATES AFTER LETHAL TAJI ATTACK

IRAQ: The US has retaliated against Kaitab Hezbollah after the lethal rocket attack on the Australian operating base at Taji near Baghdad.

822X Squadron S-100 Camcopter

RAN ACCEPTS HEAVY FUEL S-100s

NOWRA NSW: New heavy fuel compliant Vertical Take Off and Landing UAS have been accepted by the RAN after completing comprehensive trials.

RIM-162 ESSM HMAS Arunta

ARUNTA GOES LOUD AFTER AMCAP

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: HMAS Arunta has launched missiles and fired her main gun for the first time since emerging from the AMCAP upgrade.

Task Group Taji X casualty evacuation training Iraq

MASS CASUALTY ROCKET ATTACK TAJI

IRAQ: Mass casualties including CJTF-OIR KIA have been sustained in Taji after a serious rocket barrage on the Anzac base overnight.

Force Protection Element 12 Op Highroad Afghanistan

ADF AFGHANISTAN OPS

AFGHANISTAN: Australian operations in Afghanistan continue unchanged as high level ceasefire negotiations look to end our longest military engagement.

2/1 RNZIR

2/1RNZIR WINS NZ BDE SKILL AT ARMS

NEW ZEALAND: 2nd/1st Bn Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment has taken the honours at the New Zealand Army's premier combat skills competition.

Halfbreed Blades Compact Clearance Knife

FUTURE WAR: OF LILY PADS & SHIPPING CONTAINERS

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.

Halfbreed Blades Compact Clearance Knife

AUSTRALIAN SPECIALIST BLADE MAKER

AUSTRALIA: Specialist blade maker Halfbreed Blades' Compact Clearance Knife designed for Spec Ops and Law Enforcement. OPEN ACCESS - CLICK HERE

MQ-4C Triton BAMS

RAAF OFFERED USN TRITONS

CANBERRA: Northrop Grumman has offered the RAAF the Triton production slots made available by US budget cuts at lower pricing.

RGM-84L Harpoon Block II

SEA 4100/1 MARITIME STRIKE RFI

CANBERRA: The Harpoon Block II Plus Extended Range is the first publicly revealed response to Sea 4100/1 Request for Information.

RAAF F/A-18HUG 'classic' Hornet

CLASSIC HORNETS SOLD TO ADVERSARY CONTRACTOR

CANBERRA: All of the RAAF's remaining unsold classic Hornets will go to a US airborne adversary training contractor after being withdrawn from service.

HMAS Brisbane

DDG MAGNETIC DEPERMING IN USA

CALIFORNIA: The US Navy is deperming the RAN's new Hobart class destroyers as Navy moves to reduce Australia's vulnerability to mine warfare.

Theatre Honour East Timor

ARMY EAST TIMOR THEATRE HONOUR

CANBERRA: The Australian Army has been presented with the Theatre Honour East Timor 1999-2003 in a ceremony held in Canberra.

RAAF MQ-4C Triton BAMS

US COMPROMISES RAAF UAS ACQUISITIONS

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.

Nuship Sydney DDG

RAN ACCEPTS FINAL HOBART DDG

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.

Spanish Tigre HAD helicopter

SPAIN RETIRES 1/4 OF ITS TIGERS

SPAIN: The Spanish Army is retiring a quarter of its Tiger attack helicopter fleet which will be cannibalised as spare parts.

For sale one Australian F-88A1 Iraq

F-88A1 AUSTEYR FOR PRIVATE SALE

IRAQ: A genuine Australian made F-88A1 Austeyr rifle is being offered privately for sale on an Iraqi internet site. Pic @AnalystMick

RAAF Airfield Defence Guards Guam

RAAF ADG COPE NORTH VIDEO

GUAM: VIDEO RAAF Airfield Defence Guards train with USAF and Japanese airfield defence units during Cope North 20 on Guam.

RAAF F-35 Mission Data Files

SOVEREIGN RAAF F-35 CODE WRITING CAPABILITY

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.

Task Group Taji X Iraq

TASK GROUP TAJI VIDEO

IRAQ: VIDEO US military video of Task Group Taji X range practice with EF-88 and 9mm Browning pistol.

Task Group Taji X Iraq security ops

TASK GROUP TAJI SECURITY

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.

Sea Transport Solutions 70 metre Stern Landing Vessel

USMC EYES STERN LANDING VESSEL

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.

MRH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopter

UPGUNNED & UPGRADED SOF MRH-90

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.

F-16C Aggressor Cope North 2020 Guam

EX COPE NORTH AIR WARFARE TRAINING

GUAM: The RAAF is in Guam for intense trilateral air warfare training with Japan and the United States under Cope North 20.

RAAF MQ-4C Triton BAMS UAS

2ND RAAF MQ-4C CONTRACTED

USA: The US Government has finalised arrangements for the RAAF's second MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System.

HMNZS Manawanui

HMNZS MANAWANUI UPGRADE COMPLETE

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN's new Hydrographic and Diving Support Ship HMNZS Manawanui has completed her naval upgrade and commenced sea trials.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon

RAAF POSEIDON FOR NORTH KOREA OPS

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF is about to deploy its first 2020 rotation P-8A Poseidon to Japan for sanctions enforcement against North Korea.

Tactical Assault Group - East

NEW TAG-EAST IMAGERY

AUSTRALIA: Special Operations Command Australia has released new Tactical Assault Group - East pics.

HMAS Arunta AMCAP upgrade

ANZAC MIDLIFE CAPABILITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

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.

Hawkei PMV-L Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light

HAWKEI PMV-L IN SERVICE SOON

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.

RAN MH-60R in the Strait of Hormuz

RAN STRAIT OF HORMUZ OPS UNDERWAY

STRAIT OF HORMUZ: HMAS Toowoomba has commenced operations with CJTF Sentinel in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran.

HMNZS Aotearoa

NEW RNZN AOR AOTEAROA

SOUTH KOREA: The RNZN's impressive new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment will soon sail for home after final sea trials are completed off South Korea.

RAAF KC-30A MRTT refuels a RAAF F-35A

A3R -AUTOMATED AIR TO AIR REFUELING

SINGAPORE: The Singaporeans are taking the lead in Multi Role Tanker Transport development sparing the RAAF from another potential Airbus R&D nightmare.

Bluefin 9 AUV and Mine Countermeasures Support Boat

RAN AUTONOMOUS MINE COUNTERMEASURES

PITTWATER NSW: The RAN is introducing a new range of autonomous underwater mine detection systems within a very deployable small footprint Mine Countermeasures capability.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Iraq Syria

500TH WEDGETAIL OP OKRA MISSION

IRAQ & SYRIA: The RAAF's E-7A Wedgetails have just flown their 500th mission against Islamic State over Iraq and Syria.

Loyal Wingman BATS Unmanned Combat Aviation Vehicle

LOYAL WINGMAN FUSELAGE COMPLETE

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.

RAAF F/A-18F Red Flag 20-1

RAAF QUIETLY DEPLOYS TO RED FLAG

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.

HMAS Toowoomba Arabian Gulf

TOOWOOMBA COMMENCES MIDDLE EAST OPS

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.

AGM-158C Long Range Anti Ship Missile

RAAF AGM-158C LRASM ACQUISITION

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.

AGM-158C Long Range Anti Ship Missile

US NAVY UPGUNS P-8A POSEIDONS

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.

RAAF Hercules fitted with AN/AAQ-28 (V) Litening Pod

RAAF TRIALS HERC WITH LITENING POD

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.

Rafael Spike LR II missile system

SPIKE LR II FOR INFANTRY & SOF

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.

F-89A2 Para Minimi with 2RAR Amphib

F-89A2 UPGRADE INSERVICE

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army is upgrading its inservice F-89A1P Para Minimi Light Support Weapons to F-89A2 specifications.

RAAF 3 Squadron F-35A Lightning II

US DOD F-35 REPORT

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.

2RAR Amphib M110

ANZAC 7.62 PRECISION AUTOS

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.

FPE12 5RAR Afghanistan

AUSSIE AFGHAN FORCE REDUCTION

AFGHANISTAN: Australia has reduced its Afghanistan force element significantly and ended operations of a number of Advisory and Mentoring Teams.

Australian Army M252A1 81mm Mortar System

NEW M252A1 ACHIEVES IOC

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.

USN MQ-4C Triton Guam

US NAVY MQ-4C OPS COMMENCE

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.

RAAF F-35A Lightning II

WILLIAMTOWN F-35 TO INCREASE RAPIDLY

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.

A Flight 4 Squadron PC-21

4 SQN PC-21 JTAC TRAINERS ARRIVE

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).

Rocket Labs Electron launch vehicle

NZ LAUNCH OF TOP SECRET US SATELLITE

NEW ZEALAND: The US Government has contracted a NZ rocket company to launch a top secret surveillance payload into orbit.

CDF Gen Angus Campbell and Minister of Defence Linda Reynolds make excuses

LEADERSHIP FAILURES IN BUSHFIRE RESPONSE

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

AH-64Ev4 Apache Guardian

AH-64E IS NOT EXPENSIVE - BOEING

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.

HMAS Brisbane

MASSIVE RAN SYSTEMS BUY APPROVED

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.

Loyal Wingman Boeing Aviation Teaming System

LOYAL WINGMAN FLIGHT TRIALS

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.

SIG Sauer MG338 338 Norma Magnum

338 NORMA MAGNUM

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.

RAAF F-35A A35-019

RAAF ARIZONA F-35 TRAINING COMPLETE

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.

Naval Group submarine rendition

ANAO ATTACK CLASS SUB AUDIT

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.

Task Group Taji X Taji military complex Iraq

ANOTHER ROCKET ATTACK ON TAJI

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.

Battle on 42nd Street Peter Monteath

BATTLE ON 42ND STREET

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.

F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet

FIRST USN RHINO BLOCK 3 DELIVERED

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.

RAAF EA-18G Growler

RAAF AIRBORNE ELECTRONIC ATTACK UPGRADE

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.

HMAS Toowoomba Strait of Hormuz

TOOWOOMBA TO DEPLOY FOR IRAN OPS

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.

Iranian Qaim Short Range Ballistic Missile

IRANIAN AL ASAD MISSILE STRIKE 'PINPOINT'

IRAQ: Commercial satellite imagery has revealed a pinpoint missile strike on Al Asad hitting vital CJTF OIR aviation support infrastructure.

Iranian missile launch from Kerman

NO IRANIAN MISSILE HITS ON TAJI

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.

German Army Tiger UHT by Gunther Feniuk/planespotters

GERMAN AIRBUS HELICOPTERS WOES

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.

Task Group Taji Iraq

IRAQ OPERATIONS HALTED

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.

S-70A Black Hawk during Op Bushfire Assist

ADF BUSHFIRE RESPONSE GETS SERIOUS

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.

808 Squadron MRH-90 emergency evacuation operations

ADF EXPANDS BUSHFIRE RESPONSE

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.

Task Group Taji 10 Iraq

TAJI MULTIPLE ROCKET ATTACK

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.

Aussie SECDET6 ASLAVs after suicide bomber VBIED Baghdad Jan 2005

ROUTE IRISH SUICIDE BOMBING 2005

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.

Australian RAN Clearance Diver Mekong Delta South Vietnam 1970

RAN BROWN WATER SPEC OPS VIETNAM

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.

Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle

BOXER CRV R400S MK2 RWS CONTRACT

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.

2 Operational Conversion Unit F-35A A35-013 at Williamtown

RAAF F35 INTEGRATED TRAINING CENTRE READY

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.

USAF F-16C over Afghanistan Nov 2019.

AIRSTRIKE & CASUALTY SURGE IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: An emboldened Taliban and Islamic State in Khourisan offensive has seen near record airstrikes and casualties in Afghanstan in 2019.

Halfbreed Blades Long Bush Knife

NEW AUSTRALIAN SPECIALIST BLADE MAKER

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

M1150 Armoured Breacher Vehicle

LOW DOLLAR SQUEEZES ARMY MODERNISAITON

AUSTRALIA: The Reserve Bank's deliberate devaluation of the Australian dollar has seen ADF acquisition costs explode threatening Army's vital modernisation programs.

HMAS Brisbane Hobart class destroyer

BRISBANE RETURNS FROM CALIFORNIA

SYDNEY: HMAS Brisbane has returned to Fleet Base East in Sydney after her successful completion of live missile firings in California for her CSSQT.

CANTO Torpedo Countermeasures Decoy

CANTO TORPEDO COUNTERMEASURES DECOY

AUSTRALIA: Naval Group has signed agreements with Australian companies to produce the CANTO Torpedo Countermeasures Decoy munition for the future Attack class submarines.

Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

WILL ARMY REPEAT TIGER FIASCO

EDITORIAL: Important influencers are arguing hard to retain Army's troubled Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter instead of buying a new combat proven airframe.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon A57-012

TWELFTH POSEIDON ENTERS SERVICE

EDINBURGH: The RAAF's twelfth P-8A Poseidon MMMA has flown into RAAF Edinburgh ahead of schedule. Pic Nathan Rundle Photography

RAAF F-35A Lightning IIs A35-013 and A35-014

SEVEN EXTRA F-35s AT WILLIAMTOWN

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: Seven additional F-35A Lightning IIs have flown into RAAF Williamtown more than doubling the Australian based fleet of Joint Strike Fighters.

RNZIR soldier with MARS-L and M-203PI GLA

AUSTRALIAN MADE NZDF HEAVY 5.56

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.

MSV-L Landing craft

LCM8 REPLACEMENT PROJECT

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.

MD530G combat helicopter

SPECIAL OPERATIONS LIGHT HELO

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.

RAAF PC-21 advanced trainer

RAAF PC-21 FLEET COMPLETE

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF complete fleet of the new Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainer aircraft has entered service.

RAAF 2OCU F/A-18 classic Hornets Ex High Sierra 19-2

HUG HORNET OPERATIONAL CONVERSION ENDS

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.

Turning Point by Michael Veitch

TURNING POINT

BOOK REVIEW: Michael Veith's exploration of the vicious defence of Milne Bay against elite Japanese marines during the invasion in 1942.

RAAF C-130J-J Hercules airlifters

C-130J LAIRCM COUNTERMEASURES FOC

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF's C-130J Hercules LAIRCM anti heat seeking missile self defence suites have reached Full Operating Capability.

2RAR (Amphib) Diggers deploy at Cowley Beach

2RAR AMPHIB SLIDESHOW

TOWNSVILLE: We look at the the 2nd Battalion (Amphibious) and the Joint Pre Landing Forces it contributes to the Amphibious Ready Group.

RAAF EA-18G Growler A46-311

LOST GROWLER REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

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.

Iranian small arms seized by HMAS Darwin during CTF-150 ops in Fed 2016.

RAN TO COMMAND CTF-150 FOR 8TH TIME

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.

Task Group Taji IX Besmaya Range Complex Iraq

TASK GROUP TAJI ROTATION

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.

RAAF MQ-9B SkyGuardian Armed UAS

MQ-9B SKY GUARDIAN ACQUISITION CONFIRMED

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.

John Hunter Farrell Managing Editor

A&NZD'S QUARTER CENTURY IN PRINT ENDS

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.

Australian & NZ Defender No 108 Summer 2019 FINAL ISSUE

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 108

AUSTRALIA: Issue No 108 is now out, available in print and electronic formats here.

RAAF F-35A A35-010

RAAF F-35A PRICE DROPS

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.

Australian Army M-777A2 Lightweight Towed Howitzer

ASSEGAI BREAKS 155mm RANGE RECORD

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.

warships in formation during AnnualEx 19.

ANNUALEX SHOW OF FORCE

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.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon  on International Maritime Security Construct Strait of Hormuz missions.

RAAF COMPLETES STRAIT OF HORMUZ OPS

UAE: The RAAF P-8A Poseidon conducting surveillance of the Strait of Hormuz has returned to Australia after completing its MER mission.

Northrop Grumman Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) System

ARMY ACQUIRES JCREW I1B1 C-IED JAMMER

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.

RNZAF C-130J-30 Hercules

US APPROVES NZ C-130J HERC BUY

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.

RAAF and JASDF Ex Bushido Guardian 2019

JAPAN DEFENCE COOPERATION EXPANSION

JAPAN: Japanese military deployments to Australia and ADF deployments in Japan will grow under the new Special Strategic Partnership.

5RAR and KOSTRAD Snipers Wirra Jaya 2019

EX WIRRA JAYA 19 INDONESIA

INDONESIA: An Australian Army Combat Team is in East Java conducted combined training with KOSTRAD under Ex Wirra Jaya 19.

TGT9 soldier during M2 .50 cal practice at Besmaya

TAJI SCHOOL OF INFANTRY FOC

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.

ADF EOD Render Safe 2019

SOLOMONS EROW EOD

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Slideshow - Combined Australian and New Zealand Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operations targeting Explosive Remnants of War in the Solomon Islands.

HMAS Sheean Ex Pacific Reach

INTERNATIONAL SUB RESCUE EX

FLEET BASE WEST: The international submarine crew rescue exercise Ex Pacific Reach has successfully conducted underwater personnel transfer from RAN and Korean submarines.

2RAR trains Philippine soldiers Op Augery

ADF PHILIPPINES TIES UPGRADED

AUSTRALIA: The Government has substantially upgraded military to military relationship with the Philippines with an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Program.

CEA Medusa CEATAC radar system

CEA NASAMS RADAR CONTRACTS

AUSTRALIA: Contracts for advanced Aussie CEA Technologies AESAR radars for the Army's NASAMS Surface to Air Missile system have been signed.

Refuelling NSW Fire Service C-130 at RAAF Williamtown

ADF BUSHFIRE RESPONSE

AUSTRALIA: ADF bushfire response operations escalate as bushfires threaten homes and wildlife in New South Wales and Queensland.

RAAF Black Cats book review

RAAF BLACK CATS

BOOK REVIEW: The new history detailing the RAAF's top secret aerial mining operations targeting the Japanese during 1943 -45.

HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra in formation in the Coral Sea June 2019.

CANBERRA CLASS ACHIEVES FOC

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's two Canberra class Amphibious Assault Ships have achieved Full Operating Capability certification.

Kopassus Det 81 and SASR Ex Dawn Kookaburra

KOPASSUS TRAIN WITH SASR IN WA

PERTH: Indonesian Kopassus Special Operations elements have been conducting high level training with the SASR in Perth as part of ongoing Australian cooperation policies.

Nuship Sydney Hobart class DDG.

SYDNEY COMPLETES SEA TRIALS

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.

RNZN Maritime EOD and Marine Force Recon

RNZN MARITIME EOD GUAM

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.

General Dynamics RM277 Next Generation Squad Weapon.

US ARMY NEXT GEN SMALL ARMS

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.

TGT9 Diggers board a US Army CH-47F in Iraq

TASK GROUP TAJI DRAWDOWN

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.

al Baghdadi compound Syria

DETAIL OF BAGHDADI RAID

UNITED KINGDOM: A British newspaper is reporting what they claim is the inside story on the US elimination of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

British Army Foxhound PPV and Australian Bushmaster PMV. Ex Thor's Hammer 2019

EX THOR'S HAMMER COUNTER-IED

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.

RAAF 3 Squadron F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters over the outback.

AUSSIE BASED JSF FLEET TO DOUBLE

WILLIAMTOWN: The RAAF's Aussie based F-35A fleet will double in the next six weeks as the JSF operational conversion gains hard momentum.

KAAV2 Next Generation Australian Amphibious Assault Vehicle

HANWHA AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT BID

SOUTH KOREA: Hanwha has unveiled a scale model of the KAAV2, the system from which its Next Generation Australian Amphibious Assault Vehicle will evolve.

AN/ASG-34 (V) II IRST21 Block II

MAJOR F/A-18F SYSTEMS UPGRADE

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.

MV-10 Mine Flail

ARMY DISPOSES MV-10 MINE FLAIL

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.

NZSAS Parachute Load Follow

NZSAS PARACHUTE LOAD FOLLOW

NEW ZEALAND: The NZDF has released images of its Special Operations Forces' maritime parachute insertion capability certification exercises.

HMAS Melbourne last Australian FFG

END OF RAN's FFG ERA

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.

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

BAGHDADI STRIKE REPORTS

UNITED STATES: Their are multiple reports that Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed in a US attack in eastern Syria.

2OCU F/A-18B Hornet

2OCU FINAL HORNET ORDNANCE DELIVERY

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.

HMAS Parramatta Op Argos

PARRAMATTA NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS OPS

NORTH PACIFIC: HMAS Parramatta will conduct North Korean sanctions compliance monitoring operations under Operation Argos in the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan.

2RAR Cambrian Patrol Team 2019

2RAR CAMBRIAN PATROL TEAM TAKES SILVER

UNITED KINGDOM: Eight 2RAR Amphibious specialists were awarded Silver medals at the British Army's Cambrian Patrol competition held in the Welsh Brecon Beacons.

2 Commando Regiment Short Notice Counter Terrorism Force

2 COMMANDO 10 YEAR VIDEO

AUSTRALIA: VIDEO SOCAust has released a new video to commemorate 2 Commando Regiment's 10th birthday. 2019 Hostage Recovery/Counter Terrorism sequences.

MRF-Darwin 19 Marines at Mt Bundey Training Area

MARINE MRF-D 19 COMPLETES DEPLOYMENT

DARWIN: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 19 has successfully completed its deployment in Australia and returned to the USA.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon Al Dhafra UAE

RAAF STRAIT OF HORMUZ ISR OPS

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The RAAF has commenced P-8A Poseidon MMMA surveillance flights over the Strait of Homuz.

upgraded HMNZS Te Kaha

NEW LOOK HMNZS TE KAHA

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.

Hanwha AS21 Redback ACV

AS21 REDBACK REVEALED

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.

Boomeranger Special Operations Boat

BOOMERANGER RHIBS FOR ARAFURA OPVS

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's future Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels will be equipped with three Finnish made Boomeranger Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats.

RNZAF P-3K2 Orion

RNZAF DEPLOYS P-3K2 FOR DPRK OPS

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF is conducting its second operational deployment of a P-3K2 Orion MPA to fly sanctions monitoring against North Korea.

A Boxer mounted KMW Remote Control Howitzer 155

KMW 155mm ARTILLERY GUN MODULE

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.

Leonardo's AWHero VTOL MTUAS

MARITIME TACTICAL UAS CAPABILITY

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's search for a Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System capability under Project Sea 129 Phase 5 is about to heat up.

US Special Operations Forces observing Kurds destroy defences in northern Syria prior to Turkish invasion

TURKISH INVASION OF SDF AREAS

SYRIA: One of Australia's most respected military advisors sheds some light on the Turkish incursion into Kurdish held areas in northern Syria.

NZSAS Counter Terrorist Team

NZSAS DEBUT NEW NZMTP UNIFORM

NEW ZEALAND: NZ Special Operations Forces have released images of a Hostage Recovery exercise with operators wearing the next gen NZMTP multicam combat fatigues.

Whiskey Alpha 85 Next Generation Tactical Watercraft

NEXT GENERATION TACTICAL WATERCRAFT

AUSTRALIA: Former RAN CDT operators have developed a high tech naval special operations watercraft specifically to suit ADF water operations.

Future Submarine Project Sea 1000

ATTACK CLASS SUB DESIGN

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.

Bell 360 Invictus Attack Reconnaissance Helicopter

BELL'S NEXT GEN GUNSHIP

USA: Gunship helicopter founder Bell has released an image and a few details of its next generation 360 Invictus Attack Recon helicopter.

2 Commando Regt Sensitive Site Exploitation Exercise

COMMANDO SENSITIVE SITE EXPLOITATION EX

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.

KF41 Lynx Infantry Combat Vehicle

LAND 400 PHASE 3 RMA TRIALS

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.

Textron Systems 6.8 CT case telescoped rounds

US ARMY'S NEXT GEN 6.8mm AMMO

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.

2RAR INTERFET Dili September 1999

LIBERATION & CONSOLIDATION: INTERFET DAY 6-10

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.

Adelaide class FFG HMAS Melbourne

RAN ENDS FFG OPS

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.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

TENTH P-8A POSEIDON

EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's tenth P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft has entered service with 11 Squadron in Australia.

Hawkeye Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light PMV-L

HAWKEI PMV-L DELAY

AUSTRALIA: The Government has confirmed that the Hawkei PMV - Light program has been delayed but maintains the vehicle will reach FOC on schedule.

2 Cavalry Regt ASLAVS INTERFET Dili 24 September 1999

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: INTERFET DAY 5

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.

Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Block 1

FIRST BOXER CRV ENTERS SERVICE

ENOGGERA QLD: The Army has revealed its first Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Block 1 at a ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks Brisbane.

3RAR Paras INTERFET Dili September 1999

AVOIDING ESCALATION: INTERFET DAY 3 & 4

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.

RAAF C-17A Globemaster III

RAAF/USAF C-17A RECIPROCAL REPAIR ARRANGEMENT

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.

KC-30A MRTT A39-007 VIP transport

BUDGET VIP MRTT ENTERS SERVICE

WASHINGTON DC: The RAAF's dual role VIP transport/tanker KC-30A A39-007 has conducted its first known Prime Ministerial transport op.

USS Emory S. Land loads a Mk 48 training torpedo into HMAS Sheean

USN RAN VALIDATE SUB SUSTAINMENT

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.

EOS R400S Mk 2 armed with M230LF 30 x 113mm cannon

GROUND BASED 30 X 113mm

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.

2RAR Diggers detain militiamen captured at Komoro Airport Dili on September 21, 1999

EARLY HOURS: INTERFET ENTRY OPS

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.

digital rendition of AS21 Redback ICV

HANWHA AS21 REDBACK ACV

CANBERRA: We examine the downselected Hanwha Defence Australia option for Project Land 400 Phase 3 - the AS21 Redback Family of Armoured Vehicles.

KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle

RHEINMETALL KF41 LYNX FOV

CANBERRA: We take a closer look at the Rheinmetall Defence Australia proposal for Project Land 400 Phase 3 - the KF41 Lynx Family of Vehicles.

AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle

LAND 400 PHASE 3 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

CANBERRA: The Department of Defence has announced that the two successful downselected tenders for Land 400/3 are Hanwha and Rheinmetall.

Hobart class DDG Nuship Sydney

NUSHIP SYDNEY COMMENCES SEA TRIALS

ADELAIDE: The RAN's third Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyer Nuship Sydney has commenced Sea Trials ahead of handover to Navy.

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Al Dhafra UAE

RAAF WEDGETAIL REDEPLOYED TO IRAQ

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.

RAAF JPADS Joint Precision Air Drop System

ADF DELEGITIMISES FLAG, ANZAC HERITAGE

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.

RAAF JPADS Joint Precision Air Drop System

JOINT PRECISION AIR DROP SYSTEM

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.

F-35A A35-015 and A35-016 arrive at RAAF Williamtown

FIFTH & SIXTH F-35As ARRIVE

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.

Leonardo (Agusta) A129D Mangusta

SIX RFIs FOR TIGER REPLACEMENT

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.

RAAF 4 Squadron PC-9A(F) Forward Air Control aircraft

4 SQN REPLACING PC-9A(F) WITH PC-21

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.

RAAF F/A-18HUG with JASDF F-15J and F-2

RAAF HORNETS TO JAPAN

JAPAN: The RAAF is deploying F/A-18HUG Hornets to Hokkaido in Japan to fly with Japanese F-15J Eagles under Exercise Bushido Guardian.

HMAS Brisbane and USS Preble off Hawaii

HMAS BRISBANE CSSQT TRIALS

NORTH AMERICA: HMAS Brisbane has crossed the Pacific to conduct her Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials visiting Pearl Harbour and Canada on the voyage.

Barracuda class SSGN Suffren

FRENCH NUCLEAR SUB SEA TRIALS IN 2020

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.

M1277 M-ATV

M1277 MATV AT SWBTA

SHOALWATER BAY: The US Army deployed the M1277 MATV to Australia during Talisman Sabre, believed to be the first deployment of the type.

Ex Wantok Warrior 2019

ANA OFFICER ACADEMY

AFGHANISTAN: VIDEO Australian operations at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy are a major part of the successful RSM program.

Ex Wantok Warrior 2019

EX WANTOK WARRIOR 19

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: 3RAR and 3CER are spearheading Exercise Wantok Warrior with the PNGDF in Papua New Guinea.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon

P-8A REJOINS NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS OPS

CANBERRA: The Government has announced another P-8A deployment to Japan for North Korea sanctions enforcement.

future HMAS Stalwart

UNDERWAY OILER STALWART III LAUNCHED

SPAIN: The RAN's second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Stalwart III was launched in Spain after a rapid nine month build.

Australian & NZ Defender No 107 Spring 2019

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 107

AUSTRALIA: Issue No 107 is now out, available in print and electronic formats here.

ThermoSight HISS-XLR thermal weapons sight

SNIPER THERMAL WEAPON SIGHT ACQUISITION

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.

LOOKING BACK 20 YEARS TO OUR INTERVENTION IN EAST TIMOR

EDITORIAL: We honour INTERFET, the Australian intervention that created the independent nation of Timor Leste.

Special Operations Engineer Regiment

SOER & CDTs IN GUAM EOD EX

GUAM: PHOTOSTORY Aussie Special Operations Engineer Regt and Clearance Divers are in Guam for a major EOD exercise with USMC and USN specials.

An GDLS Ajax Scout IFV

LAND 400-3 DOWN SELECT IMMINENT

AUSTRALIA: The announcement of which two armoured vehicles will enter competitive trials to replace the M113AS4 is imminent.

Knights Armaments Company Master Key 12 gauge system

TAG-EAST KAC MASTER KEY BREACHER

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

RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

ADF STRAIT OF HORMUZ DEPLOYMENT

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

Cape class patrol boat ADV Cape Fourcroy

RAN EXTENDS CAPE PB LEASE

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

Talisman Sabre 19 amphibious landing drone video

TS19 BOWEN AMPHIB DRONE FOOTAGE

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

M107A1 50BMG in Aussie SOF service

M107A1 50BMG SNIPER RIFLE IN SERVICE

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

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

D DAY NEW GUINEA

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

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

TALISMAN SABRE SPECIAL OPERATIONS

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

US infantry in Australia

US ARMY EXTENDED DEPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIA

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

Hobart class AWD HMAS Brisbane

BRISBANE SAILS FOR CSSQT IN USA

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

German Tiger UHT aerial fire support helicopter

MORE TIGER ISSUES

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

AN/ALQ-249 Increment 1 Next Generation Jammer

AN/ALQ-249 NEXT GEN JAMMER TRIALS

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

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Strait of Hormuz

ADF HORMUZ ESCORT OPTIONS

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

US Marine Force Recon Ex Talisman Sabre

TS19 MARINE FORCE RECON SOF

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

HMAS Hobart MH-60R Romeo trials

UPGRADED DDG MH-60R FLIGHT TRIALS

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

Australian M1A1 Abrams LCM-1 Landing Craft sea trials

LCM-1E UPGRADED TO DEPLOY ABRAMS

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

Japan 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

JAPANESE TS19 AMPHIBIOUS GROUP

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

Supacat Special Operations Vehicle Commando SOV

2RAR TS19 SUPACAT SOV-CDO

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

RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

FOUR MORE P-8As INBOUND

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

SASR operators with KOPASSUS

SASR WORKING WITH KOPASSUS IN INDONESIA

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

NSW based F-35A pilot training underway

LOCAL F-35 OP CON FLIGHTS COMMENCE

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

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2019 3/3 Marines

MARINE MRF-D AT FULL STRENGTH

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

Australian SOF and US SOF Talisman Sabre 2019

TS19 ADF/US SPEC OP HALO JUMP

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

USAF Pararescue Talisman Sabre 2019

TS19 USAF SoF COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE

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

A USMC Zulu Cobra

AH-64E & AH-1Z CONFIRMED TENDERS

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

RAAF Strait of Hormuz

ADF OPERATES IN GULF OF OMAN FLASHPOINTS

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

Talisman Sabre 2019 Stanage Bay amphibious assault

TS19 BEACH ASSAULT VIDEO

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

Tactical Assault Group - East TAG-E

COMMANDO COUNTER TERRORISM

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

Talisman Sabre 2019 amphibious assault

TS19 MEGA OVER THE BEACH ASSAULT

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

An NZSAS Bushmaster PMV

NZ WANTS MORE BUSHMASTER PMV-M

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

K9 Huntsman 155mm

ADF COY ON PROTECTED MOBILE FIRES

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

Royal Marines Talisman Sabre 2019

TS19 ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS

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

Tiger ARH replacement program

TIGER REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY

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

RAAF AIM-120D AMRAAM

AIM-120D AMRAAM ALREADY IN RAAF SERVICE

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

F-22A Raptor Talisman Sabre 2019 Amberley

RAPTORS FLY IN FOR TS19

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

Ex Talisman Sabre HIMARS

HiMARS RAIN FIRE AT SWBTA

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

Talisman Sabre HIMARS

HiMARS LAUNCH TALISMAN SABRE

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

RAAF GBU-39/B Increment 1 Small Diameter Bomb

RAAF INTRODUCES GBU-39/B SDB

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

South China Sea Spratly Islands

CHINA FIRES MISSILES FROM SPRATLYS

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

US Army AH-64E Guardian Talisman Sabre 2019

FIRST AH-64E OPS IN AUSTRALIA

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

AH-64E Australia

TALISMAN SABRE CONCENTRATION

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

ANZAC SURFACE COMBATANT FLEET CONTRACTS

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

Talisman Sabre 2019 fleet

MASSIVE AMPHBIOUS FORCE ASSEMBLES FOR TS19

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

HMAS Ballarat seizes ammunition haul Arabian Sea 2019

RAN SEIZES MASSIVE AMMUNITION HAUL

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

Ex Arafura Warrior Timor 2019

EX ARAFURA WARRIOR

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

New Zealand 5.56mm round

NZ's HOT & HEAVY 5.56 ROUND

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

Australian Abrams TUSK

ABRAMS TUSK SUSPENSION UPGRADE

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

D-Day New Guinea Phillip Bradley

D-DAY NEW GUINEA

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

Army cuts recruit fitness requirements

ARMY CUTS RECRUIT FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

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

US Navy MQ-4 BAMS shot down by Iran 2019

GULF OF OMAN ATTACK

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

155mm Assegai ballistic data tests

155mm ASSEGAI BALLISTIC DATA CAPTURE

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

Talisman Sabre 2019

US & JAPANESE ARRIVE FOR TALISMAN SABRE

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

MRH-90 sustainment costs

MRH-90 SUSTAINMENT PAIN

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

FFGs to decommission 2019

RAN WARSHIPS TO DECOMMISSION

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

RAAF F-35A chase planes

TWO RAAF F-35As DIVERTED FROM AUSSIE CONVERSION OPS

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

16RAA RBS70 Finland

AUSSIE GBAD IN ARCTIC CIRCLE

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

HMAS Arunta joins fleet

ARUNTA REJOINS FLEET AFTER UPGRADE

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

RNZAF C-130J-30 buy

C-130J-30 HERCULES FOR RNZAF

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

Tiger ARH forced landing Oakey 2019

TIGER ARH FORCED LANDING

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

End of New Zealand Iraq Operations

END OF AUSSIE IRAQ OPS

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

HMAS Ballarat seizes 5800 kilograms of hashish Middle East 2019

BALLARAT'S HASH HIGHWAY SEIZURES SKYROCKET

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

RAAF EA-18G Growler costs

HIGH COST OF AEA SUSTAINMENT

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

Tiger ARH cost of operations

TIGER COSTS MORE THAN ARMY AMMO

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

1RAR and Royal Thai Army

ROYAL THAI ARMY EX IN FNQ

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

RAAF KC-30A Iraq

KC-30A TANKER RETURNS TO IRAQ

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

Exericse Southern Jackaroo 2019

SOUTHERN JACKAROO 2019

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

Australian & NZ Defender No 106

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 106

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

USS independence LCS

INDEPENDENCE CLASS LCS FOR RAN?

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

RAN sells two Huon minehunters

NAVY QUIETLY SOLD OFF TWO MINE HUNTERS

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

Editorial John Hunter Farrell

A VERY UN-AUSTRALIAN BLAME GAME

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

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3000kg narcotics Middle East

BALLARAT SEIZES ANOTHER 3000KG OF NARCOTICS

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

Tiger ARH Chinese laser attack South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA LASER ATTACKS

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

RAAF threat simulators

AIR WARFARE THREAT SIMULATION

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

Ex Pacific Vanguard RAN JMSDF ROKN and USN

FIRST US/JAPAN/ROK/RAN WARFIGHTING EX

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

New Zealand M107A1

M107A1 ENTERS RNZIR SERVICE

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

Task Group Taji Iranian threat

IRAQ SECURITY DETERIORATES

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

EOS  R400S Mk2 RWS

R400S MK2 PWS ENTERS SERVICE

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

Australian M1A2 Abrams Project Land 907 Phase 2

M1A2C ABRAMS ENTERS SERVICE

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

HMAS Ballarat Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group Middle East

BALLARAT EX WITH FRENCH CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

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

Protected Mobile Fires acquisition

PROTECTED MOBILE FIRES

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

Australian Army M252A1 81mm mortar

NEW M252A1 MORTAR OP CONVERSION

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

HMAS Ballarat narcotics seizure Arabian Sea 2019

BALLARAT DRUG SEIZURES

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

Task Group Taji VIII 8 Besmaya Iraq

TGT8 LIVE WEAPONS TRAINING

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

THE MIGHTY KRAIT

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

HMNZS Aotearoa

RNZN MODERNISATION

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

Australian Assault Breacher

ASSAULT BREACHING & BRIDGING

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

RAAF F-35A weapons tests

RAAF F-35 LIVE WEAPONS TESTS

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

Australian Special Operations Philippines Balikatan 19

AUSSIE COMMANDOS IN PHILIPPINES

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

RAAF EA-18G Growler IOC

GROWLER FLEET ACHIEVES IOC

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

3RAR Malaysia

3RAR MALAYSIA VIDEO

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

RAAF C-130J-30 Satcom

C-130J HERC SATCOMM UPGRADE EXPANDED

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

Amphibious Assault Vehicles

ADF PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE

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

Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

TIGER ARH WITHDRAWAL CONFIRMED

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

MRH90 minigun M134D

MRH-90 MINIGUN & OPERATIONAL MODIFICATIONS

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

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2019

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN 2019

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

New Zealand Army FC530 inflatable

KIWIS INTRODUCE NEW FC530 ASSAULT BOAT

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

RAAF ACQUIRES 11 HISTORIC WARBIRDS

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

7RAR Extended Range Machine Gun

7RAR ERMG SHOOT SLIDESHOW

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

Towed Missile Decoys

AIR 6000/3 TOWED MISSILE DECOYS

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

JASDF F-35A crash

FEW CLUES FOR RAAF AFTER JAPANESE JSF LOSS

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

AUSTRALIAN M113A1 FAMILY OF VEHICLES

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

MAPS UGV

ARMY UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLES

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

Task Group Taji IX Iraq

TASK GROUP TAJI IX

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

RAAF P-8A Poseidon

POSEIDON 08 MODIFICATIONS COMPLETE

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

RAAF F-35A

TWO MORE F-35As ARRIVE

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

Supacat SOV Commando

SUPACAT SOV COMMANDO OPERATIONAL SOON

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

Boxer MRV Block 1

FIRST BOXER INBOUND

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

Hawkei PMV-L Steyr Motors

ENGINE MAKER BANKRUPTCY THREATENS HAWKEI

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

RAN Multicam Pattern Uniform

RAN TRIALS NEW MULTICAM UNIFORM

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

BUDGET POINTS TO END OF IRAQ AFGHAN OPS

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

RAAF Falcon 7X

FALCON 7X INBOUND FOR RAAF

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

EF-88C AN/PEQ-16B

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

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

AASAM19 COMBAT SHOOTING COMP

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

SMArt 155 Sensor Fused Munition

SMArt 155 SENSOR FUSED MUNITION ENTERS SERVICE

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

HMAS Brisbane DDG

HMAS BRISBANE READINESS EVALUATION

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

RAAF MQ-4C Triton

SECOND MQ-4C TRITON UAS CONTRACTED

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

Rheinmetall Protected Amphibious Vehicle

PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE ACQUISITION

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

Boxer CRV

BOXER CRV ACQUISTION UNDERWAY

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

NASAMS Australian Army

ARMY SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES CONFIRMED

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

RAF E-7 Wedgetail

BRITS BUY E-7 WEDGETAIL

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

Manus Island Naval Base

MANUS ISLAND NAVAL BASE UPGRADE

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

HMNZS Te Mana upgrade

TE MANA ENTERS UPGRADE IN CANADA

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

MC-55A Peregrine

RAAF MC-55A PEREGRINE ACQUISITION CONFIRMED

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

MB Surveillance & Reconnaissance Vehicle

1AR SRV & UAS ISR EXPERIMENTS

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

Task Group Taji Iraq

IRAQ MISSION TO CONTINUE

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

NASAMS2

AMRAAM FOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY

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

Free Papua Movement

WEST PAPUA INSURGENCY REVIVES

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

HMAS Ballarat narcotics seizure Gulf of Oman

BALLARAT SEIZES MORE HASH

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

John Hunter Farrell Managing Editor

TIME TO RECOGNISE COALITION ROLE IN ISLAMIC STATE'S DEFEAT

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

2/1RNZIR US Army

US ARMY EMBEDS WITH 2/1RNZIR

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

DATE ENDS MUSORIAN THREAT

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

Bell 429 retire

RAN BELL 429 RETIREMENT

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

 

FRENCH SUBMARINE CONTRACT SIGNED

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

UPGRADED P-8A POSEIDONS FOR RAAF & RNZAF

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

A&NZD 105 PRINT IS LATE

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

AUSTRALIA JOINS BOEING BATS UCAV PROJECT

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

RAAF MQ-9 Reaper

MQ-9 REAPER OUTBACK CONSORTIUM FINALISED

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

EF-88M

1BDE EF-88 ROLLOUT

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

Ex Cope North 2019

RAAF DEPLOYS BIG PACKAGE TO GUAM

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

FIRST TWO HORNETS TO CANADA

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

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail CJTF Op Inherent Resolve

RAAF ENDS WEDGETAIL MISSIONS AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

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

ISLAMIC STATE CALIPHATE ENDS

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

ADF ATTEMPTS TO COVER UP RADICAL AGENDA

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

FIRST GUARDIAN PB IN SERVICE

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

NO STOPPING FRENCH SUBMARINES NOW

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

CANADA HORNET TRANSFER APPROACHES

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

Task Group Taji 7

TGT7 FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY LIVE FIRE

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

Ex Sari Bair

NZ EX SARI BAIR

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

RAAF F-35A Lightning II

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING DEVELOPMENTS

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

ADF EXPANDS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS

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

.338 LWMMG Australia

.338 LWMMG MACHINE GUN

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

Carl Gustav M4 MRWS

ARMY ORDERS CARL GUSTAV M4 MRWS

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

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