Defence Today – June 2015 (Download)

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In this edition:

AUSTRALIA’S WAR AGAINST ISIS FORCES IN IRAQ
Continuing operations against ISIS’ gains across Iraq and Syria
– Peter Layton, Canberra

SOLAR-POWERED SOLDIERS AND EXOSKELETONS
Enabling soldiers to carry less weight and transfer load off their backs
– Peter Layton, Canberra

BATTLEFIELD HELICOPTERS ON UPWARD OPERATIONAL PATH
MRH90 Taipan and Tiger ARH coming our of remediation programs
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

RESHAPING AUSTRALIA’S WARSHIP & SUBMARINE INDUSTRY
Can Australia sustain a shipbuilding industry in three States
– Peter Layton, Canberra

ARMY’S ROTARY WING CAPABILITY ENHANCED WITH CH-47F
5th Aviation Regiment takes delivery of first Chinook ‘F’ models
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

STRATEGIC AIRLIFT GROWTH TO MEET FUTURE TASKING
Fleet of C-17A Globemaster III aircraft may increase to 10 airframes
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

DEFENCE CONFUSES LAND 400 PRIME CONTRACTORS
Questions about 10 billion program to replace armoured fleet
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

Content:

This edition of DefenceToday concentrates on Land Force capability, including the need to combat
ISIS forces. While Australia’s contribution at present is essentially air power, the need eventually will
be land force operations.
Dr Peter Layton examines the war on ISIS on two fronts: in Iraq, the US-led coalition is conducting
air strikes against ISIS from the country’s north and west; and in Syria, a messy civil war.
The modern combat soldier is expected to carry more and more equipment and weaponry, which can
slow mobility and fighting effectiveness. Nigel Pittaway looks at the use of solar power to charge
batteries and exoskeletons to enable soldiers to transfer load to the groundy.
The Australian Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and MRH90 battlefield helicopter have
not met expectations in terms of availability for operations and flying hours targets. Nigel Pittaway
examines the outcomes of remediation programs that  are bringing the rotary wing types back on track.
Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer program has been fraught with delays and cost overruns, leading many
to question whether Australia should indeed be in the shipbuilding industry. Peter Layton describes how
a relatively small national industry is reshaping to obtain ongoing work for future programs.
The delivery of the first two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to the Australian Army some months ago has
brought an updated capability to Land Force operations. Nigel Pittaway looks at the enhancements of
this new type and how it fits with the Army’s battlefield strategies.
Australia’s C-17A Globemaster III airlifters have served with distinction since the first four aircraft
entered service in 2006. Operations into the Middle East and increased humanitarian missions led to
orders for two more and, more recently, an order for another two. Nigel Pittaway looks at the impressive
capabilites of the C-17 and why the fleet could become 10.
The $10 billion LAND 400 program to replace the Army’s armoured vehicles has industry wondering
what Defence really wants. Nigel Pittaway examines the industy quandary.

John Armstrong
Managing Editor