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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
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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.
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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.

M1A1 Abrams LCM-1 Landing Craft sea trials

LCM-1E UPGRADED TO DEPLOY ABRAMS

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

Japan 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

JAPANESE TS19 AMPHIBIOUS GROUP

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

Supacat Special Operations Vehicle Commando SOV

2RAR TS19 SUPACAT SOV-CDO

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

RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMMA

FOUR MORE P-8As INBOUND

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

SASR operators with KOPASSUS

SASR WORKING WITH KOPASSUS IN INDONESIA

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

NSW based F-35A pilot training underway

LOCAL F-35 OP CON FLIGHTS COMMENCE

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

MARINE MRF-D AT FULL STRENGTH

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

TS19 ADF/US SPEC OP HALO JUMP

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

TS19 USAF SoF COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE

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

A USMC Zulu Cobra

AH-64E & AH-1Z CONFIRMED TENDERS

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

ADF OPERATES IN GULF OF OMAN FLASHPOINTS

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

TS19 BEACH ASSAULT VIDEO

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

COMMANDO COUNTER TERRORISM

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

TS19 MEGA OVER THE BEACH ASSAULT

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

An NZSAS Bushmaster PMV

NZ WANTS MORE BUSHMASTER PMV-M

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

ADF COY ON PROTECTED MOBILE FIRES

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

TS19 ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS

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

TIGER REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY

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

AIM-120D AMRAAM ALREADY IN RAAF SERVICE

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

RAPTORS FLY IN FOR TS19

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

HiMARS RAIN FIRE AT SWBTA

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

HiMARS LAUNCH TALISMAN SABRE

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

RAAF INTRODUCES GBU-39/B SDB

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

CHINA FIRES MISSILES FROM SPRATLYS

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

FIRST AH-64E OPS IN AUSTRALIA

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

TALISMAN SABRE CONCENTRATION

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

ANZAC SURFACE COMBATANT FLEET CONTRACTS

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

MASSIVE AMPHBIOUS FORCE ASSEMBLES FOR TS19

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

RAN SEIZES MASSIVE AMMUNITION HAUL

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

EX ARAFURA WARRIOR

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

NZ's HOT & HEAVY 5.56 ROUND

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

ABRAMS TUSK SUSPENSION UPGRADE

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

D-DAY NEW GUINEA

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

ARMY CUTS RECRUIT FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

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

GULF OF OMAN ATTACK

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

155mm ASSEGAI BALLISTIC DATA CAPTURE

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

US & JAPANESE ARRIVE FOR TALISMAN SABRE

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

MRH-90 SUSTAINMENT PAIN

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

RAN WARSHIPS TO DECOMMISSION

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

TWO RAAF F-35As DIVERTED FROM AUSSIE CONVERSION OPS

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

AUSSIE GBAD IN ARCTIC CIRCLE

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

ARUNTA REJOINS FLEET AFTER UPGRADE

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

C-130J-30 HERCULES FOR RNZAF

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

TIGER ARH FORCED LANDING

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

END OF AUSSIE IRAQ OPS

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

BALLARAT'S HASH HIGHWAY SEIZURES SKYROCKET

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

HIGH COST OF AEA SUSTAINMENT

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

TIGER COSTS MORE THAN ARMY AMMO

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

ROYAL THAI ARMY EX IN FNQ

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

KC-30A TANKER RETURNS TO IRAQ

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

SOUTHERN JACKAROO 2019

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

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 106

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

INDEPENDENCE CLASS LCS FOR RAN?

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

NAVY QUIETLY SOLD OFF TWO MINE HUNTERS

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

A VERY UN-AUSTRALIAN BLAME GAME

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

BALLARAT SEIZES ANOTHER 3000KG OF NARCOTICS

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

SOUTH CHINA SEA LASER ATTACKS

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

AIR WARFARE THREAT SIMULATION

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

FIRST US/JAPAN/ROK/RAN WARFIGHTING EX

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

M107A1 ENTERS RNZIR SERVICE

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

IRAQ SECURITY DETERIORATES

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

R400S MK2 PWS ENTERS SERVICE

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

M1A2C ABRAMS ENTERS SERVICE

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

BALLARAT EX WITH FRENCH CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

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

PROTECTED MOBILE FIRES

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

NEW M252A1 MORTAR OP CONVERSION

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

BALLARAT DRUG SEIZURES

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

TGT8 LIVE WEAPONS TRAINING

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

THE MIGHTY KRAIT

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

RNZN MODERNISATION

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

ASSAULT BREACHING & BRIDGING

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

RAAF F-35 LIVE WEAPONS TESTS

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

AUSSIE COMMANDOS IN PHILIPPINES

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

GROWLER FLEET ACHIEVES IOC

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

3RAR MALAYSIA VIDEO

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

C-130J HERC SATCOMM UPGRADE EXPANDED

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

ADF PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE

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

TIGER ARH WITHDRAWAL CONFIRMED

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

MRH-90 MINIGUN & OPERATIONAL MODIFICATIONS

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

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN 2019

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

KIWIS INTRODUCE NEW FC530 ASSAULT BOAT

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

RAAF ACQUIRES 11 HISTORIC WARBIRDS

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

7RAR ERMG SHOOT SLIDESHOW

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

AIR 6000/3 TOWED MISSILE DECOYS

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

FEW CLUES FOR RAAF AFTER JAPANESE JSF LOSS

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

AUSTRALIAN M113A1 FAMILY OF VEHICLES

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

ARMY UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLES

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

TASK GROUP TAJI IX

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

POSEIDON 08 MODIFICATIONS COMPLETE

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

TWO MORE F-35As ARRIVE

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

SUPACAT SOV COMMANDO OPERATIONAL SOON

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

FIRST BOXER INBOUND

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

ENGINE MAKER BANKRUPTCY THREATENS HAWKEI

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

RAN TRIALS NEW MULTICAM UNIFORM

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

BUDGET POINTS TO END OF IRAQ AFGHAN OPS

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

FALCON 7X INBOUND FOR RAAF

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

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

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

AASAM19 COMBAT SHOOTING COMP

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

SMArt 155 SENSOR FUSED MUNITION ENTERS SERVICE

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

HMAS BRISBANE READINESS EVALUATION

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

SECOND MQ-4C TRITON UAS CONTRACTED

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

PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE ACQUISITION

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

BOXER CRV ACQUISTION UNDERWAY

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

ARMY SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES CONFIRMED

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

BRITS BUY E-7 WEDGETAIL

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

MANUS ISLAND NAVAL BASE UPGRADE

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

TE MANA ENTERS UPGRADE IN CANADA

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

RAAF MC-55A PEREGRINE ACQUISITION CONFIRMED

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

1AR UAS & UAS ISR EXPERIMENTS

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

IRAQ MISSION TO CONTINUE

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

AMRAAM FOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY

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

WEST PAPUA INSURGENCY REVIVES

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

BALLARAT SEIZES MORE HASH

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

TIME TO RECOGNISE COALITION ROLE IN ISLAMIC STATE'S DEFEAT

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

US ARMY EMBEDS WITH 2/1RNZIR

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

DATE ENDS MUSORIAN THREAT

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

RAN BELL 429 RETIREMENT

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

 

FRENCH SUBMARINE CONTRACT SIGNED

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

UPGRADED P-8A POSEIDONS FOR RAAF & RNZAF

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

A&NZD 105 PRINT IS LATE

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

AUSTRALIA JOINS BOEING BATS UCAV PROJECT

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

MQ-9 REAPER OUTBACK CONSORTIUM FINALISED

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

1BDE EF-88 ROLLOUT

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

RAAF DEPLOYS BIG PACKAGE TO GUAM

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

FIRST TWO HORNETS TO CANADA

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

RAAF ENDS WEDGETAIL MISSIONS AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

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

ISLAMIC STATE CALIPHATE ENDS

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

ADF ATTEMPTS TO COVER UP RADICAL AGENDA

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

FIRST GUARDIAN PB IN SERVICE

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

NO STOPPING FRENCH SUBMARINES NOW

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

CANADA HORNET TRANSFER APPROACHES

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

ADVANCED F-35 TRAINING PROGRAMS

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

MRH-90s REPLACE SPECIAL OPS BLACK HAWKS

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

HMAS ARUNTA AMCAP TRIALS

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

US ARMY ANALYSIS

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

BALLARAT SEIZES MORE NARCOTICS

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

RAAF MOSUL AIRSTRIKE CLAIMS

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

ARMY IMPROVES PROTECTED VEHICLE ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES

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

HUG HORNETS AT NELLIS

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

USAF AQM-37D LAUNCHES SAVED AWD CSSQT

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

SPARTANS REHOMED AT AMBERLEY

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

RNZN TO ACQUIRE SEAEYE ROV

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

LIGHTNING II FLIGHT OPS COMMENCE

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

AUTONOMOUS UNMANNED SUBMARINE WARFARE

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

FUTURE VERTICAL LIFT

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

READY TO STRIKE

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

ARABIAN GULF EXERCISE

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

SECOND NZSAS CT VIDEO

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

HMAS HOBART CSST WEAPONS FIRINGS

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

THIRD DRUG SEIZURE FOR BALLARAT

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

2OCU CELEBRATES FINAL HORNET OPS

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

RETIRED KIOWA HELO AUCTION

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

RESERVE DIGGERS TRAIN IN BRUNEI

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

FPE10 SECURITY OPS AFGHANISTAN

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

KILCULLEN ANALYSES SYRIA WITHDRAWAL

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

SYRIAN WITHDRAWAL ADF IMPLICATIONS

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

BALLARAT COMMENCES MER OPS

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

RAN NAMES SEA 1000 SUBMARINES

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

FIRST F-35A LIGHTNINGS ARRIVE

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

TASK GROUP TAJI VIII COMMENCES OPS

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

ANAO JSF REPORT REVEALS UNKNOWN COSTS

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

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER ISSUE NO 104

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

AFP TARGETS COMBAT VETS

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

ADF RECRUITING DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AUSTRALIANS

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

AOR NUSHIP SUPPLY LAUNCHED

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

NZDF MARS-L NOW STANDARD ISSUE RIFLE

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

FOR VALOUR

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

RAAF AIR DEFENCE OF APEC

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

ARMY UPGRADES .338LM SNIPER RIFLES

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

C-130J EXTERNAL FUEL TANK TRIAL

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

RAAF REAPER BUY IMMINENT

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

USAF KC-135R TANKER DAMAGED IN SYDNEY

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

TGT7 FPC INTEGRATED INTO BASE DEFENCE

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

1AR ABRAMS IRON FIST

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

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

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

THE LOST BATTALIONS

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

ADF IN PORT MORESBY FOR APEC

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

HOBART DEMONSTRATES FIRST EVER SYSTEMS FUSION WITH USN

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

MASSIVE AUSTAL CYBER HACK

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

HMAS BRISBANE COMMENCES WORK UP

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

JSF DIVISION HEAD STATEMENT

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

SASR TRAIN PNGDF FOR APEC

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

NEW M-252A1 81mm MORTAR

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

TASK GROUP TAJI 7 MORTAR VIDEO

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

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

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

MAYBE ONLY 8 NOT 12 NEXT GEN SUBS

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

CV90 Mk IV INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE

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

POSEIDON FLEET EXPANDS AND ASSUMES ASW MISSION

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

NAVY STANDS UP MTUAS SQUADRON

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

F-35A INTRODUCTION SCHEDULE

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

TIGER ARH FOCFT MOMENTUM

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

1OTH F-35A LIGHTNING II IN SERVICE

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

MRF-D18 MARINES RETURN HOME

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

BALLARAT NEXT ON MANITOU

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

KEOGH REORG COMPLETE

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

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SPIES

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

MELBOURNE JOINS OP ARGOS

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

ALL F-35 FLIGHT OPS SUSPENDED

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

RNZAF T-6C TEXAN CRASH

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

IDF ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN

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

SPECIAL OPERATIONS HELICOPTER ACQUISTION

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

ANZAC FRIGATE AMCAP UPGRADE

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

REGIONAL FORCE SURVEILLANCE GROUP OPERATIONAL

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

FUTURE SUBMARINE PROJECT PROBLEMS

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

NZSASR CT VIDEO

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

HERCULES TO ABRAMS REFUEL

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

TGT7 FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY LIVE FIRE

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

HMAS HOBART ON WAY TO USA

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

NZ EX SARI BAIR

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

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING DEVELOPMENTS

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

ADF EXPANDS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS

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

.338 LWMMG MACHINE GUN

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

HAWKEI PMV-L ANAO REPORT

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

TWO NEW LAND 121 HX TRUCKS ENTER SERVICE

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

AWD2 BRISBANE ARRIVES AT FLEET BASE EAST

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

MEPHISTO

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

ARMY ORDERS CARL GUSTAV M4 MRWS

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

COMBINED NZ EEZ COMPLIANCE OPS

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

AJAX IFV TENDER FOR LAND 400-3

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

KOREAN REDBACK IFV TENDER

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

NZ BEGINS SAS HUNTING INQUIRY

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

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

A&NZD Spring issue Editorial.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER ISSUE No. 103

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

TWO KF41 LYNX IFVs DELIVERED

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

EOS R400S Mk 2 RWS FOR BOXER CRV

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

NEW ASSEGAI ARTY AMMO ARRIVES

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

RNZN ACQUIRES NEW VESSEL

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

LAND 400 PHASE 3 IFV RFT

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

DETAILS ON ADF SHOTGUN ATTACHMENT

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

6RAR REPLACES 3RAR IN AFGHANISTAN

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

TIGER TRIALS RECOMMENCE ON AAS AMPHIBS

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

6RAR TAKES DOG CUP 2018

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

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