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DefenceToday – September 2018 Edition

In this special Land Forces edition we examine the Australian Army’s capability in several areas, including the increased use of drones on the battlefield, integration of mobility helicopter assets into land and maritime warfare along with new platforms and technologies
Peter Layton looks at how the Australian Army is leading the way in the use of drones ranging from the diminutive ‘Black Hornet’ to newer and larger unmanned craft.
Nigel Pittaway examines the Army’s capability in battlefield mobility in the amphibious domain using rotary-wing assets such as CH-47F Chinook and MRH-90 ‘Taipan’. In a major interview with Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pashley, Commanding Officer 2 RAR (Amphib.), Nigel also finds out how the Army is progressing with its development of maritime warfare tactics and strategies.
Also related to unmanned capabilities, Peter Layton describes how ‘robot wars’ are reducing the number of, and risk to, soldiers on the battlefield.
Malcolm Garcia takes a more international view with his analysis of an increased determination in the United States to make nuclear weapons more useful, in pursuit of its national security interests.
Malcolm also looks at the tension between Iran and Israel as acts of aggression are met with retaliatory military action, in a frightening cycle of tit-for-tat strikes.
Also in this edition, Nigel Pittaway looks at the introduction of the Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle and how it is expected to be a game changer on the battlefield.
This edition is destined for Land Forces 2018, to be held in Adelaide in September.
Happy reading!

John Armstrong
Managing Editor

In this edition:

AUSTRALIAN ARMY BUILDS DRONE AIR FORCE – Peter Layton, Brisbane
Army leading the way with a decade of drone flying experience.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY – Malcolm Garcia, Adelaide
Increased focus on nuclear weapons in national security strategy.

BATTLEFIELD MOBILITY IN THE AMPHIBIOUS DOMAIN
 – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
Mobility helicopters as part of an Amphibious Task Group (ATG)

ROBOT WARS: UGVS ON THE BATTLEFIELD – Peter Layton, Brisbane
Robots reaching the land battlefield in increasing numbers.

DEVELOPMENTS IN AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE
 – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pashley, CO 2 RAR.

IOC FOR OPERATION CURRAWONG – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
Milestone for Integrated Battle Telecommunications Network

HAWKEI PMV ENTERS ARMY SERVICE
 – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
Australian Army’s new Hawkei protected mobility vehicle (PMV).

IRAN & ISRAEL: STRIKE. COUNTER-STRIKE. REPEAT.
Increased military tension between Iran and Israel. – Malcolm Garcia, Adelaide

 

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