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RAAF GROWLERS ACTIVE IN TS17

AMBERLEY: RAAF 6 Squadron EA-18G Growlers have joined up with US Navy VAQ-132 Growlers to support Talisman Sabre.

TS17 2RAR AND 31MEU AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT

SHOALWATER BAY: 2RAR and the USMC's 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a massive over the beach amphibious assault at SWBTA.

RQ-7B DEMONSTRATES REMOTE TERMINAL TARGETING

MT BUNDEY NT: Australian Army 132 UAV Bty RQ-7B Shadows have terminally guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and conducted 155mm artillery corrections in Australia for the first time.

LEGALITIES OF ADF COUNTER TERRORISM REVISED

CANBERRA: The Government will expand the ADF's role in Counter Terrorism, but has stopped short of authorising the ADF to act in the national interest during attacks.

TS17 CLEARANCE DIVER BEACH RECON VIDEO

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - Talisman Sabre's combined Clearance Diving Team conducts Advance Force Beach Recon for the amphibious Joint Force Entry Operation.

TS17 1RAR AIR ASSAULT

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - 1RAR Air Mobile insertion from HMAS Canberra in 5th Aviation Regiment MRH-90 helicopters into Shoalwater Bay Training Area for Talisman Sabre.

NEXT F/A-18F RHINO UPGRADE APPROVED

USA: The US Government has approved the sale of advanced systems to further upgrade the RAAF's F/A-18F Rhino fleet.

MAJOR ABRAMS 120mm TRAINING AMMO BUY

USA: The Australian Army is restocking its Abrams training ammunition stocks with a major buy of M865 and M1001 training ammunition.

TS17 AUST/US/CANADIAN PARA DROP

KAPYONG DZ QLD: A combined Australian Special Operations, US Army and Canadian Army combat team flew all the way from Alaska to jump into Talisman Sabre.

TS17 ANZAC AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP LANDING

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - Combined Australian and New Zealand Anzac Amphibious Ready Group conducts a massed over the beach amphibious emplacement at SWBTA.

US MARINE AMPHIBIOUS REHEARSALS

COWLEY BEACH QLD: The US Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group conducted rehearsal training at Cowley Beach Training Area for Ex Talisman Sabre 17 on July 8.

TALISMAN SABRE AMPHIBIOUS REHEARSALS

UPSTART BAY QLD: The Anzac Amphibious Ready Group conducted a Rehearsal of Concept Drill amphibious insertion near Ayr on July 8.

HMAS NEWCASTLE REPLACES ARUNTA IN MIDDLE EAST

MIDDLE EAST REGION: The Adelaide class frigate HMAS Newcastle has replaced HMAS Arunta on Op Manitou in the Middle East Region.

ABC ACCUSES SPECIAL FORCES OF CRIMINAL ACTIONS

AUSTRALIA: The ABC has broadcast allegations of official and unofficial criminal actions against Special Operations Command relating to operations in Afghanistan.

12 RAAF EA-18G GROWLERS AT AMBERLEY

RAAF AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF's complete new fleet of 12 EA-18G Growlers have arrived at their permanent base at RAAF Amberley.

NEW YORKERS INBOUND FOR TALISMAN SABRE

QUEENSLAND: An Infantry Battle Group from the New York National Guard is flying Qld to participate in Talisman Sabre 17.

NORTH KOREA ICBM LAUNCH A THREAT TO AUST

AUSTRALIA: The North Korean launch of a possible Intercontinental Ballistic Missile holds extreme dangers for Australia because of old Cold War nuclear strategies.

BEERSHEBA DEAD IN YET ANOTHER REORG

AUSTRALIA: Chief of Army has instituted yet another Army Order of Battle reorganisation which will effectively end the Beersheba permanent force generation rotational cycle.

UPGRADED HAWK TRAINERS CERTIFIED IOC

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's upgraded Hawk 127 Lead In Fighter Trainers have been achieved Initial Operational Capability certification.

RAAF E-7A WEDGETAIL AEW&C TO BE UPGRADED

AUSTRALIA: The Government has announced that the RAAF's fleet of Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft will be upgraded.

3 BRIGADE NOW AUSTRALIAN READY BRIGADE

AUSTRALIA: The Lavarack Barracks Townsville based 3rd (Combat) Brigade commenced its rotation as Australian Army Ready Brigade on July 1.

RAAF EA-18G GROWLER FLEET INBOUND

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's last eight EA-18G Growlers have left NAS Whidbey Island USA inbound for RAAF Amberley where they will join the four delivered in Feb.

TALISMAN SABRE 2017 SLIDE SHOW 1

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Imagery from the Talisman Sabre Field Training Exercise North 17 - the NT based splinter activity run concurrently with the Shoalwater Bay Training Area centric mega ex.

US NAVY VIOLATES CHINESE SOUTH CHINA SEA CLAIMS

SOUTH CHINA SEA: A US Navy warship has conducted a Freedom of Navigation Operation through the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea infuriating China.

FORCE PROTECTION ELEMENT 7 AFGHANISTAN

KABUL: VIDEO - Australian 7RAR Diggers from Force Protection Element 7 conducting security drills and operations in Kabul.

HMNZS TE KAHA JOINS CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 11

GUAM: The Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is operating with the US Navy's Carrier Strike Group 11 in the Western Pacific.

700 STRONG NZDF CONTINGENT FOR TS17

QUEENSLAND: The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed over 700 personnel, NZLAV armour, NH-90 helicopters and the MRV HMNZS Canterbury for Talisman Sabre 17.

NEXT GENERATION ADF CBRN GEAR

CANBERRA: The Government has approved the acquisition of next generation Counter Chemical Biolical Radiological and Nuclear protective equipment .

USMC MV-22B OSPREY FORMATION OVER SYDNEY

SYDNEY: The US Marine Corps conducted a formation flight of four MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotors over Sydney to signal the start of Talisman Sabre 17.

USMC F-35 LIGHTNING II TO FLY AT TS17

QUEENSLAND: The US Marine Corps will deploy its new F-35B Lightning STOVL joint strike fighters to Australia for Talisman Sabre according to US Navy commander.

US ARMY 25 COMBAT AVN BDE ARRIVES FOR TS17

QUEENSLAND: The US Army has deployed 13 AH-64 Apache. UH-60M Black Hawks and HH-60 AME Black Hawks from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to Qld for Talisman Sabre 2017.

ADF BACKED IRAQI UNITS CAPTURE AL NURI

MOSUL IRAQ: ADF & NZDF trained and advised Iraqi Counter Terrorist Service and Iraqi Federal Police have captured al Nuri mosque site - the birthplace of Islamic State's Caliphate.

OPERATION RESOLUTE FATALITY

NORTHERN WATERS: An RAN member has died during Border Protection operations on the new Cape class Patrol Boat ADV Cape Inscription.

HMAS ADELAIDE COMMENCES SEA TRIALS AFTER REPAIRS

SYDNEY: The RAN's Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Adelaide has commenced Sea Trials to validate repairs to her propulsion system.

UP TO FIVE RAAF SPECIAL ELECTRONIC MISSION AIRCRAFT

WASHINGTON DC USA: The US Government has approved the sale of up to five AISREW Special Electronic Mission Aircraft to the RAAF.

SIXTH C-27J SPARTAN DELIVERED TO RAAF

RAAF RICHMOND NSW: The sixth C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter has been delivered to 35 Squadron at RAAF Richmond NSW.

FORCES GATHER FOR TALISMAN SABRE 2017

QLD & NT: Contingents from Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Japan are concentrating at Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Mt Bundey Training Area for Ex Talisman Sabre 2017.

INDIA RAMPS UP NAVAL ENGAGEMENT WITH RAN

WA EXERCISE AREA: The Indian Navy deployed two modern low signature warships to Western Australia to build operational interoperability with the Royal Australian Navy.

RAAF ORIONS TO SUPPORT PHILIPPINE OFFENSIVE

PHILIPPINES: Two RAAF AP-3C Orions will be deployed to the Philippines to support the offensive operations against the Islamist Maute Group on Mindanao.

THE UNSEEN ANZAC

BOOK REVIEW: Jeff Maynards biography of SirGeorge Hubert Wilkens - the man who took Australia's epic World War 1 photos. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

ADF AIRCRAFT SUPPORT PNG ELECTIONS

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: RAAF and Army transport aircraft and helicopters are operating in PNG under Operation Hannah in support of the PNG National Election 2017.

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNINGS GROUNDED IN USA

ARIZONA USA: Both RAAF F-35A Lightning IIs have been grounded with the rest of the international F-35A fleet at Luke AFB USA.

RAAF P-8A POSEIDON COMPLETES OP GATEWAY FLIGHTS

MALAYSIA: An RAAF P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol & Response Aircraft has successfully completed Operation Gateway surveillance operations.

USAF JOINT THREAT EMITTER RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The USAF has redeployed its Joint Threat Emitter system to enrich the RAAF's Exercise Diamond Storm in the NT.

HMAS BALLARAT IN JAPANESE LED SOUTH CHINA SEA PASSAGE EXERCISE

SOUTH CHINA SEA: The Australian Anzac class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Ballarat has participated in a Japanese led naval Passage Exercise with the US and Canada.

5RAR LEADS US ARMY, US MARINES & JAPANESE INFANTRY IN NT TRAINING

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Australian Army has successfully completed high level combat training with the Japanese JGSDF, US Army and USMC in the NT.

ADF ACQUIRED THE WASP AE SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM

CANBERRA: The ADF has selected the Wasp AE Small Unmanned Aerial System to provide its small unit tactical ISR reconnaissance requirement.

THE DANGEROUS FEMINISATION OF THE ADF

AUSTRALIA: The terrifying truth is that diversity not National Security is now the highest priority of the Australian Defence Force.....

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 98

AUSTRALIA: Our Winter edition of Australian & NZ Defender is now available as a HTML5 flipper or PDF download.

NO DETAILS OF ADF AFGHAN EXPANSION

CANBERRA: The Government hasn't yet released any details of its force expansion in Afghanistan beyond the troop number increase announced on Monday.

AUSTRALIAN ARMY SKILL AT ARMS MEETING

PUCKAPUNYAL: VIDEO - Teams from 17 nations are competing at the Australian Army Skill At Arms Meeting at Puckapunyal Victoria.

FRENCH NAVY AMPHIBIOUS GROUP TRAINS WITH RAN

Darwin: The French Marine National Jeanne d'Arc Amphibious Task Group centred on the LHD FS Mistral is training with the RAN off Darwin.

NEW LAWS TO ENHANCE ADF TERRORISM RESPONSE

AUSTRALIA: The Government is drawing up new laws to enable the ADF to respond to terrorist incidents on Australian soil without relying on the States.

SUPER HORNETS RETURN TO IRAQ & SYRIA

MIDDLE EAST REGION: RAAF 1 Squadron F/A-18F Super Hornets have replaced 77 Squadron F/A-18HUG Hornets in the Australian bombing campaign against Islamic State.

JAPANESE JGSDF & US ARMY IN NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Japanese Ground Self Defence Force and US Army have deployed to the NT to train with 5RAR and Marine MRF-Darwin in Ex Southern Jackaroo.

FIRST HX77 FLATRACK RESUPPLY

SHOALWATER BAY: 1CSSB has conducted the Army's first FX77 Series II High Mobility Truck 'flatrack' resupply with 2CER at Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

AN/ALQ-249 NEXT GENERATION JAMMER DEVELOPMENTS

USA: The AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer which will be used to upgrade the RAAF's new EA-18G Growlers is moving ahead.

RAN TESTING LHD DRIVE FIX

SYDNEY: The RAN is conducting at sea testing of an interim fix to the Canberra class Amphibious Assault Ship's drive problems.

HMAS SYDNEY OFF TO SCRAPPING

SYDNEY: Decommissioned FFG7 HMAS Sydney was towed out of Sydney Harbour on May 18 bound for scrapping in Western Australia.

RNZAF C-130H OPERATING IN MIDDLE EAST

MIDDLE EAST REGION: An RNZAF 40 Squadron C-130H Hercules is operating with the Australian Air Movements Task Group in the Middle East Region.

USAF & RAAF WORK TOWARDS RICIPRICAL C-17A MAINTENANCE

RAAF AMBERLEY: RAAF and USAF C-17A maintenance personnel trained together during Ex Pacific Agility to improve interoperability.

THE CRUISER HMAS AUSTRALIA II AND THE PACIFIC WAR ON JAPAN

BOOK REVIEW: Mike Carlton's informative history of HMAS Australia II in the Pacific War. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

ARUNTA HEROIN SEIZURE VIDEO

EAST AFRICA: Video of HMAS Arunta's massive 250kg heroin sizure in the Indian Ocean off East Africa on May 10.

HMAS ARUNTA SIEZES HEROIN OFF AFRICA

EAST AFRICA SEAS: HMAS Arunta's Boarding Parties have seized 250kg of heroin during CMF operations in the Indian Ocean on May 10.

SOLDIER KILLED DURING TRAINING IN NT

MT BUNDEY NT: An Australian soldier has died of wounds sustained during a training activity at Mt Bundey south west of Darwin.

US ARMY TO REPLACE 5.56NATO CARTRIDGE

USA: The US Army is conducting research into a new intermediate cartridge to replace the inservice 5.56 x 45mm (5.56 NATO) round in the next gen service rifle.

PHILIPPINES DOWNGRADES EXERCISE WITH US/ADF

PHILIPPINES: The Philippines has downgraded Exercise Balikatan 2017 with Australia and the USA under orders from pro China President Duterte.

AUSTRALIANS AT THE ANAOA IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: The Australian contingent at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy has facilitated a field evaluation exercise for senior Officer Cadets.

NZ ROLLS OUT MARS-L ASSAULT RIFLE

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has commenced issuing the new 5.56mm Modular Assault Rifle System - Light as its standard issue Individual Weapon.

SOLDIER DIES AT SWBTA DURING TRAINING

SHOALWATER BAY: An Australian soldier was killed accidentally during a field exercise at Shoal Water Bay Training Area in central Qld.

USMC MV-22 OSPREYS ARRIVE IN DARWIN

DARWIN: VIDEO - Marine Rotational Force Darwin's four MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotors have arrived in Dawrwin.

US MARINES RETURN TO HELMAND AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: A US Marine Corps Task Force has redeployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan three years after British Army and USMC forces withdrew.

RAAF ORDERS HARM & AARGM MISSILES FOR GROWLER

USA: The US DSCA has announced approval of a major Australian acquistion of AGM-88B High Speed Anti Radiation Missile (HARM) and the latest AGM-88E Advanced Anti Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).

NEW ZEALAND REQUESTS P-8A POSEIDON

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has requested four new P-8A Poseidon MPRAs to replace the RNZAF's aging P-3K2 fleet.

RAN SCHIEBEL S100 MTUAS CRASH

JERVIS BAY: One of the RAN's two new Schiebel S100 VTOL Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems has crashed at Beecroft Air Weapons Range during contractor controlled training.

RNZAF NH-90 HELOS LIMITED FLIGHT OPS

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF's fleet of NH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters remain on limited flight operations after an inflight engine failure on April 16.

AUGMENTED MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE DARWIN DEPLOYED

DARWIN NT: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2017 has deployed with its AH-1W Super Cobras, UH-1Y Venoms and MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotors.

NEW RAN CAPE CLASS PATROL BOAT

HENDERSON WA: The first of two new Cape Class Patrol Boats ADV Cape Fourcroy has been delivered to Navy.

BALLARAT'S SOUTH EAST ASIA DEPLOYMENT

SOUTHEAST ASIA: HMAS BALLARAT is waving the Australian flag in a our month South East Asia Deployment conducting activities with the Chinese and Canadian Navys as well as regional powers.

SECOND CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DALIAN CHINA: The Chinese Navy is close to launching its first locally made Aircraft Carrier which will bring its Navy to two Flat Tops.

M-777A2 ARTILLERY C-17A COMPATIBILITY TRIALS

RAAF AMBERLEY QLD: The Army and RAAF have conducted compatibility certification for the airlift of the M-777A2 LTH and the C-17A Globemaster III.

INFANTRY GETS ITS BUSHMASTERS BACK

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Bravo Company 5RAR has taken delivery of Bushmaster PMV-Ms from 1CSSB after Army decided to equip one of each Combat Brigade's two infantry battalions with Bushmasters again.

NEW RAN AVIATION TRAINING SHIP SEA TRIALS

VIETNAM: The RAN's new Multi Role Aviation Training Vessel has successfully completed Sea Trials and will be delivered to Sydney in May.

US MARINES TRAIN WITH PNGDF

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: The USMC 1/4 Marines are training with the PNGDF's 1st Battalion Royal Pacific Islands Regiment under the USA PNG Theatre Security Cooperation Agreement.

SECOND P-8A POSEIDON MPRA IN SERVICE

RAAF EDINBURGH: The RAAF's 11 Squadron is now operating two P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol & Response Aircraft after A47-002 was delivered.

AUST SF RESPOND TO MOSUL CHEMICAL ATTACK

MOSUL IRAQ: Australian Commandos from the Special Operations Task Group - Iraq responded to the chemical attack on 1st Iraqi Special Operations Forces Bde troops in Mosul.

ADFA TEAM COMPETES AT WEST POINT ACADEMY

NEW YORK USA: A Team of ADFA Officer Cadets has competed in the US Military Academy West Point's prestigious Sandhurst military skills competition at West Point.

ARUNTA EXTERNAL MAINTENANCE IN BAHRAIN

BAHRAIN: HMAS Arunta's External Maintenance Period in Bahrain has been a success with a fly in team readying the frigate for more MER Operations.

RAAF GROWLERS STILL IN AUSTRALIA

RAAF AMBERLEY: The four new Aussie EA-18G Growlers deployed for Avalon Airshow remain at RAAF Amberley in SE QLD.

RNZN NAMES NEW TANKER HMNZS AOTEAROA

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN has announced that its next generation Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment will be commissioned as HMNZS Aotearoa.

3RAR LED TASK GROUP TAJI 5 READYING FOR IRAQ

TOWNSVILLE: Task Group Taji 5, led by 3RAR with a strong New Zealand Army component, is in the final phase of pre deployment training in Townsville.

AUSSIES NOW COMBAT ADVISORS IN IRAQ

TAJI IRAQ: The Australian Task Group Taji 4 is conducting Advise and Assist ops with the Iraqi North Baghdad Operational Command based at Taji Military Complex.

ADF TO ACQUIRE NASAMS 2 AIR DEFENCE

CANBERRA: The ADF will acquire an Australianised National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System II (NASAMS 2) as its next gen Ground Based Air Defence.

OPERATION QUEENSLAND ASSIST PHOTO FEATURE

QUEENSLAND: The ADF's Operation Queensland Assist 17 emergency response to the Cyclone Debbie disaster in the Whitsundays and Central Qld is winding down.

US STRIKE GROUP CANCELS AUSSIE VISIT

WESTERN PACIFIC: The US Navy's Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group has cancelled its scheduled Aussie port visits to respond to North Korea missile launches and threats.

RAN SHIPS COMPLETE OP QLD ASSIST 17

CORAL SEA: The RAN ships HMAS Choules and HMAS Melville have returned to scheduled duties after completing their role in the Emergency Response to Cyclone Debbie.

US NAVY DESTROYS SYRIAN AIRBASE

SYRIA: The US Navy has launched a 60 BGM-109 missile strike on a Syrian Air Force Base in response to the Syrian Government's use of chemical weapons.

AUSTRALIA EXPANDS JOINT STRIKE MISSILE FUNDING

ADELAIDE: The Australian Goverment is expanding its investment in the Joint Strike Missile which employs the BAE Systems Australia Passive Radio Frequency Sensor.

F/A-18 HYPOXIA NO 1 SAFETY ISSUE - US NAVY

USA: The US Navy has reported to a congressional committee that F/A-18 oxygen supply issues are the number one safety risk to its personnel.

ARMY EMERGENCY RESPONSE NEW TFFF VEHICLE

COMBAT BRIGADES: The Army's three Combat Engineer Regiments have been issued new Oshkosh TFFF tactical Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicles.

AUSTRALIANS IN AL ANBAR IRAQ

AL TAQADDUM IRAQ: An Australian Training Team is conducting a Build Partner Capacity activity at Camp Manion near Falujah in Al Anbar Province Iraq.

CAS LINE UP OVER MOSUL

MOSUL IRAQ: Slideshow of the Coalition Offensive Air campaign in support of the Iraqi ground offensive to expel Islamic State from the ancient city.

REPAIRED C-27J SPARTAN AIRLIFTER AT RICHMOND

RAAF RICHMOND NSW: The C-27J Spartan damaged in a rough landing in Texas in May 2016 has been repaired and delivered to Australia.

OP QUEENSLAND ASSIST 17

WHITSUNDAYS: The ADF has launched Operation Queensland Assist 17 to provide Disaster Relief for the victims of Cyclone Debbie in north Queensland.

CHOULES SAILS FOR QLD CYCLONE ZONE

SYDNEY: HMAS Choules sailed for the Whitsundays on March 27 as Cyclone Pam threaten to cross the coast between Bowen and Shute Harbour.

BOTH CANBERRA AAS DOCKED WITH PROBLEMS

SYDNEY: Both of the RAN's Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships are docked after a fault in their Azimuth Pod propulsion system was detected.

US F/A-18E SUPERS JOIN ADF JTAC COUSE

TOWNSVILLE: No 58 Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course is employing US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets to deliver ordnance for its JTAC students.

HATS H135 HELO CONVERSION FLIGHT BEGIN

NOWRA NSW: The Boeing Defence Australia provided Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) has commenced conversion of its instructors on the new H135 Training Helicopter at HMAS Albatross.

AUSSIE SPEC OPS IN AFRICA VIDEO

NIGER: US Special Operations Command Africa video featuring Australian Special Forces armed with AK-47s conducting Mounted Operations training with Forces Armees Nigeriennes (FAN) troops.

FIJIAN BUSHMASTERS FLOWN TO BEIRUT

LEBANON: Three of ten Bushmaster PMVs acquired from Australia by Fiji have been flown to Beirut by C-17A for Fiji UN Peace Keepers.

TIGER ARH AT SEA FLIGHT TRIALS

CORAL SEA: The RAN is conducting First of Class Flight Trials with the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter from the Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra..

SPACE SURVEILLANCE RADAR OPERATIONAL

EXMOUTH WA: The joint Australian/US C Band Space Surveillance Radar in Western Australia has achieved Full Operational Capability.

ARMOURED ENGINEER ASSAULT ACQUISITION

CANBERRA: The Australian Army will acquire heaviliy armoured Assault Breacher Vehicles, Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridges and Armoured Combat Mobility Vehicles.

ARMY SEEKS 90 UPGRADED ABRAMS

CANBERRA: The Australian Army is seeking a fleet of 90 upgraded Abrams Main Battle Tanks to effectively equip its three Armoured Cavalry Regiments.

KIWI ANZAC FRIGATE UPGRADE BEGINS

DEVONPORT NZ: The RNZN Anzac Frigate Combat Systems Upgrade is gaining momentum with training simulators operational and Te Kaha soon bound for Canada.

LOCKHEED MARTIN DECLARES AWD AEGIS READY

Osborne SA: Lockheed Martin has announced that the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer AEGIS Combat System is ready for service after acceptance trials.

AUSSIE SPECIAL FORCES IN AFRICA

REP OF NIGER: Australian Special Operations Command personnel are assisting Niger's Army fight Islamists in West Africa under the US SOF Africa's Ex Flintlock 2017.

USAF AGGRESSOR F-16Cs FLYING AT WILLIAMTOWN

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The USAF Pacific Air Force's elite 18th Aggressor Squadron is flying out of RAAF Williamtown supporting the RAAF Fighter Combat Instructor course.

USAF F-22A RAPTOR NT AERIAL REFUEL

TINDAL NT: Brilliant pictorial of USAF 90th Fighter Squadron F-22A Raptors refueling from a USAF KC-135 over the wilds of the Australian Northern Territory. Pic DVIDS

FIJI SIGNS BUSHMASTER ACQUISITION CONTRACT

ENOGGERA QLD: The Republic of Fiji Military Forces has officially contracted for ten ex Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to use on UN Ops.

ANZAC ASMD UPGRADE COMPLETE

HENDERSON WA: The RAN Anzac Frigate Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade Project is complete with HMAS Stuart returning to the water for trials.

US MARINES & RANGERS ENTER SYRIA

NORTHERN SYRIA: US Marine Corps force elements with artillery have deployed into north eastern Syria to support the US Special Operations Forces mission with the Kurds. Pic DVIDS

EX OCEAN EXPLORER 17 JOINT TASK GROUP

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The RAN was joined by the RNZN, US Navy, Italian Marina Militare and Espania Armada for Ex Ocean Explorer 2017. Pic RAN.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 97

AUSTRALIA: Our Autumn edition - Australian & NZ Defender magazine No 97 is available for electronic viewing right now.

F-35A A35-001 WALKAROUND AT RAAF AMBERLEY

RAAF AMBERLEY: The RAAF put on a limited viewing of F-35A Lightning II A35-001 at RAAF Amberley for RAAF personnel, contractors and defence media.

AWD HOBART COMPLETES SEA ACCEPTANCE TRIALS

ADELAIDE: Nuship Hobart, the first RAN Air Warfare Destroyer, successfully completed Sea Acceptance Trials on March 6.

ARMY IS ASSESSING AH-64E GUARDIAN APACHE

CANBERRA: The Australian Army will replace its inservice Tiger ARH gunships and is assessing the AH-64E Guardian helicopter.

KC-30A MRTT AUTOMATIC AERIAL REFUELLING

SPAIN: The RAAF and Airbus Military are to jointly develop Automatic Aerial Refuelling capability for the KC-30A MRTT.

ARUNTA SEIZES 800kg OF HASH IN ARABIAN SEA

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Arunta conducted a successful Vessel Boarding Search & Seizure operation which resulted in 800kg of Hashish. Pic ADF.

AUSTRALIAN ANA OFFICER ACADEMY OPS KABUL

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Operations reinforcing the training of the Afghan National Army's next generations of officers at the ANA Officer Academy continue. Pic ADF.

RAAF EA-18G GROWLERS MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT

AVALON VIC: The RAAF's new EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft where publically revealed in Australia on March 1.

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING IIs IN AUSTRALIA

AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF's two F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft arrived in Australia at RAAF Amberley yesterday prior to their pubic debut at the Avalon Air Show.

SPANISH AWD COMMENCES OPERATIONS WITH RAN

FREMANTLE WA: The Spanish Armada's ESPS Christobal Colon has commenced its four month detachment with the Royal Australian Navy.

INDONESIA RESTORES MILITARY COOPERATION

SYDNEY: Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the full restoration of military cooperation with Australia during his official visit on February 26.

FOUR EA-18G GROWLERS ARRIVE AT AMBERLEY

AMBERLEY: Four 6 Squadron RAAF EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Aircraft have arrived at RAAF Base Amberley ahead of their debut at Avalon.

AUSSIE SOTG-IRAQ OPERATING NEAR MOSUL

MOSUL IRAQ: The ADF has confirmed that the Australian Special Operations Task Group - Iraq is forward deployed near Mosul supporting the Iraqi 1st Special Operations Forces Bde. Pic ADF.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE CONVERSION

PUCKAPUNYAL: The Army has commenced Crew Conversion Training on the Land 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability vehicles.

PREPARING JDAMS TO DROP ON ISIS

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: RAAF and USAF Armament Technicians prepare GBU-54 LJDAM Precision Guided Munitions for use against Islamic State. Pic ADF.

US EOD MOBILE UNIT 5 & CDT4 TRAIN IN WA

COCKBURN SOUND: RAN CDT4 Clearance Divers and US Navy EOD Mobile Unit 5 Divers conducted a Very Shallow Water Subject Matter Expert Exchange in early Feb.

TIGER ARH TRIALS ON HMAS CANBERRA

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Army's 1st Aviation Regiment is preparing for Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter First of Class Flight Trials on HMAS Canberra.

ADF KOWTOWING IS DAMAGING OUR REPUTATION

INDONESIA: The decision to send the Chief of Army to Jakarta to deliver a humiliating public apology has caused the ADF to loose face in Indonesia and severly damaged the ADF's standing in Asia.....

RAN ORDERS S100 VERTICAL TAKE OFF UAS

CANBERRA: The RAN has ordered two Schiebel S100 Vertical Take Off Unmanned Aerial Systems to begin interim VTOL TUAS operations.

FREMM FRIGATE ITS CARABINIERE IN AUSTRALIA

JERVIS BAY NSW: The Italian Maritime Militare FREMM frigate ITS Carabiniere is visiting Australia to familiarise the RAN with the warship's capabilities.

FIJI ORDERS 10 BUSHMASTER PMV-M

FIJI: Fiji has ordered ten ex Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles - Medium for use by its Peace Keepers in the Golan Heights.

FIRST F-22A RAPTORS ARRIVE AT RAAF TINDAL

RAAF TINDAL NT: A Squadron of USAF F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighters have arrived at RAAF Tindal in the Northern Territory for the first rotational EAC deployment.

US COAST GUARD VBSS TRAINING IN BAHRAIN

BAHRAIN: RAN Boarding Parties undergo advanced Vessel Boarding Search & Seizure training at the US Coast Guard's Ship in a Box training facility in Bahrain.

RAAF COMBAT CONTROLLERS LANDING ZONE RECON

NEVADA USA: RAAF Combat Controllers conduct an Advance Force Landing Zone Reconnaissance airfield survey during Red Flag 17-1.

EA-18G GROWLER CONVERSION UNDERWAY IN USA

USA: 6 Squadron RAAF has commenced flying Australian EA-18G Growlers during operational conversion at NAS Whidbey Island in Washington State.

NAVY & TAG CONDUCT SPECIAL OP OFF TASMANIA

INDIAN OCEAN: A Tactical Assault Group operation from HMAS Adelaide has resulted in a massive seizure of cocaine in the Indian Ocean between South Australia and Tasmania.

MULTI ROLE AVIATION TRAINING SHIP ARRIVES IN MAY

VIETNAM: The ADF's new Multi Role Aviation Training Ship (MRATV) is undergoing sea trials in Vietnam with its delivery to Australia scheduled for May.

DARWIN MARINES WILL DEPLOY MORE AIRCRAFT

DARWIN NT: The Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2017 will deploy a Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of four MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors augmented with five AH-1W Super Cobras and four UH-1Y Venom helicopters.

AWD DESTROYER LAUNCH & CAT 5 SEA TRIALS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Air Warfare Destroyer 1 Nuship Adelaide has commenced Category 5 Sea Trials after the second Air Warfare Destroyer Brisbane was launched in December.

FIRST OF TWO NEW INDONESIAN MULTI ROLE FRIGATES

INDONESIA: The TNI-AL has accepted the first of two locally built Martadinata-class (modified Damen Schelde Sigma 105 PKR) low observable multi role frigates.

PUTTING PORK IN PYNE'S SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BARREL

AUSTRALIA: The perception that the Defence acquisition budget will be used by the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne to support job making activities in his own electoral region is distorting Australia's National Security programs.....

RAAF UPGRADES C-130J HERCULES WITH LAIRCM DEFENCE SYSTEM

UAE: The RAAF has installed the AN/AAQ-24 (V) LAIRCM Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures on its C-130J Hercules fleet in the Middle East.

R400 REMOTE WEAPONS SYSTEMS UPGRADED

AUSTRALIA: A second tranche of EOS R400 Remote Weapons Systems will be upgraded to R400S stabilised and shoot on the move capable systems.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES COMMENCE TRIALS

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

VALIANT FOR TRUTH

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

INDONESIA SUSPENDS/REINSTATES MILITARY COOPERATION

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

RAAF F-35A DROPS FIRST GBU AFTER SOFTWARE UPDATE

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

NORTH WEST SHELF RESOURCE AREA MSO

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

USAF TO ROTATE F-22A RAPTOR THROUGH AUSTRALIA

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

SOCOMD-A COMBAT SHOOTER COURSE

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

SASR ADRHIB PARACHUTE LOAD FOLLOW

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

RAAF CONSIDERS SIXTH GENERATION AIRCRAFT

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

ARDU COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT ON THE CLASSIC HORNET

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

LAV FIRE SUPPORT VEHICLE TRIALS

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

USAF B-1A BOMBERS TO ROTATE THROUGH RAAF BASES

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

SIX NEW M-88A2 HERCULES VEHICLES DELIVERED

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

F/A-18F SPIRAL UPGRADES

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

6 SQUADRON FINAL RHINO FLIGHT

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

UNSUCCESSFUL MOUNTED COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES

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

INDONESIAN EX-RAAF C-130H FATAL CRASH

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

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP - IRAQ

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

TASK GROUP TAJI FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY

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

AUSTRALIAN AIR TASK GROUP INTERDICTION OF ISLAMIC STATE

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

LEASED CAPE CLASS PATROL BOATS LAUNCHED

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

TOWNSVILLE TA & SHOALWATER BAY TA EXPANSION

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

FORMER SOTG VIII OPERATOR TAKES LEGAL ACTION

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

AUSTRALIA US MARINE CORPS COST SHARING AGREEMENT

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

TASK GROUP TAJI BUILD PARTNER CAPACITY MISSION

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

ANAO REPORT SAVAGES ARH TIGER HELICOPTER

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

NEXT GEN NIGHT FIGHTING SYSTEMS

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

RAN MIDDLE EAST MARITIME SECURITY OPS

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

USAF PARARESCUE COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE

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

FIRST RAAF P-8A POSEIDON DELIVERED

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

NEXT GENERATION 40MM HIGH VELOCITY GRENADES

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

TRAIN ADVISE & ASSIST COMMAND - AIR AFGHANISTAN

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

RAN UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS TAKE FLIGHT

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

SUB CONTRACTS SIGNED AFTER DCNS SECRET DATA LEAKED

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

EF-88 ENHANCED AUSTEYR MWS ENTERS SERVICE

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

FORCE PROTECTION ELEMENT AFGHANISTAN

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

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

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

KIWI NZSAS TO ACQUIRE SUPACAT SOV-MH

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

MK 47/L40-2 LAGLS ENTERS SERVICE

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

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER HOBART SEA TRIALS

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

AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY OFFICER ACADEMY OPS

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

(ADF Video) ANAOA INSTRUCTOR MENTORING

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

(ADF Video) ANAOA INSTRUCTOR MENTORING

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

POTENTIAL ARH TIGER HELICOPTER REPLACEMENTS

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

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE SHORT LIST

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

TIGER ARH TO BE RETIRED EARLY

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

RENDER SAFE 2016

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

EXERCISE PITCH BLACK 2016

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

CANBERRA CLASS LHDS DEFENCE SYSTEMS UPGRADED

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

RAN & RAAF C-27J SPARTAN ACQUISITION BEHIND SCHEDULE

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

RAN ACQUIRES SM2 BLOCK IIIB SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES

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

RAN & RNZN ORDER NEW UNDERWAY OILERS

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

ADF EXPLORING NEXT GEN GROUND BASED AIR DEFENCE

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

EF-88 ACCESSORIES AND OPTICS

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

CH-47F CHINOOK FLEET EXPANDED TO TEN HELICOPTERS

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

CANBERRA CLASS AAS CERTIFY MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

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

PROJECT OVERLANDER TRUCKS ENTER SERVICE

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

RAAF GBU-39B SMALL DIAMETER BOMB ORDER

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

HELICOPTER AIRCREW TRAINING SYSTEM

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

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

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

SECOND ARMOURED CAVALRY REGIMENT ESTABLISHED

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

ARMY RIVERINE COMBAT CAPABILITY TO BE RESTORED

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

WHITEPAPER: FUTURE LONG RANGE ROCKET ARTILLERY

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

ADF TO ACQUIRE LAND BASED ANTI SHIP MISSILES

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

DCNS FUTURE SUBMARINE PLANS

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

(ADF Video) BUSHMASTER PROTECTED MOBILITY VEHICLES

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

(ADF Video) ANAOA GRADUATION

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

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