In this edition:
FIRST YEAR OF COALITION GOVERNMENT – A DEFENCE PERSPECTIVE
Major acquistions to shape future air, land and air forces for decades to come
FUTURE LAND WARFARE AND THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY
Force expansion and tranition into a digital, mechanized combined arms team
INFORMATION CONNECTIVITY ACROSS THE BATTLESPACE
Maintaining the ‘knowledge edge’ over enemy combat force elements
TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS AND PITFALLS OF LAND400
Timeframe and budget concerns for major vehicle replacement program
DEVELOPING ADF CAPABILITY FOR EXPEDITIONARY OPERATIONS
‘Pitch Black’ preparing air power elements for international coalition force operations
STRIKE SWIFTLY: THE ARMY’S 1ST COMMANDO REGIMENT
Reservists engaged in Special Forces operational support
HAWKEI PROTECTED MOBILITY VEHICLE FOR LAND 121
Australian designed Protected Mobility Vehicle to meet emerging threats
BETWEEN SPEARS AND ENEMIES: SPECIAL OPERATIONS ENGINEER REGIMENT
Trained, equipped and tasked for incident response contingencies
MARCH OF THE ‘PENGUIN’ ANTI-SHIP MISSILE CONTINUES
Integrating the Joint Strike Missile for the Super Hornet and the F-35A ‘Lightning II’ Joint Strike Fighter
FIRST AUSTRALIAN F-35s ROLL OFF PRODUCTION LINE IN US
Chief of Air Force declares F-35 will be “greatest evolutionary change” in Australian Aviation history.
In this special Land Warfare edition of DefenceToday, which coincides with the Land Forces 2014 Defence Exhibition to be held in Brisbane late-September, we look at several Defence projects and developments that will significantly affect future Australian Defence Force’s capability.
With the change of federal government last year, priorities and funding for major Defence projects has changed. Peter Layton examines the significant equipment acquisitions decided during the Abbott Government’s first year, decisions that will shape the ADF for decades to come. Peter also looks at the Australian Army’s long-term capability development program, with its expansion to 31,000 personnel and the transition to a digital, mechanised combined arms team able to sustain operations in complex environments against a range of threats.
Information has always been critical to commanders ‘lifting the fog of war’, enabling more informed and effective combat decision-making. Nigel Pittaway examines connectivity in the battlespace, delivering situational awareness that provides force elements with a combat edge over enemy forces.
Australia’s capability to operate seamlessly with its allies as part of a coalition force is of paramount importance, expecially in operations such as in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coincident with the Government’s decision to support coalition operations against so called Islamic State insurgents in Iraq, Exercise Pitch Black held recently in the Northern Territory provided a training ground for expeditionary operations. Nigel Pittaway looks at the outcomes of this important multinational exercise series in preparing the ADF for such expeditionary operations.
Special Forces operations have become the cornerstone of military campaigns, enabling the clandestine gathering of intelligence along with ‘seek out and neutralise’ operations against high value, specific targets. Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe examines two Special Forces elements – the Special Forces Engineer Regiment and the Reserve Force manned 1st Commando Regiment.
Land 400 (formally known as the Land Combat Vehicle System) will acquire three Armoured Fighting Vehicle fleets together with a collective mounted close combat training system. Nigel Pittaway examines the trials, tribuations and pitfalls of the multibillion dollar project.