DefenceToday – October 2016 (Download)

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In this edition:

MRH90 – NOT ‘OUT OF THE WOODS’ YET
Multi-role helicopter improves rate of effort for Army and Navy
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

RUSSIA’S WAR IN THE UKRAINE DRAGS ON
New generation warfare tactics effective but not decisive
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

AIR COMBAT OVER ‘TOP END’ – EXERCISE PITCH BLACK
International air defence exercise impresses Australia’s allies
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

BEYOND JORN – PROJECT COORONG OTHR UPGRADE
Innovation drives Over The Horizon Radar performance gains
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

KC-30 MEGA FUEL OFFLOAD RECORD IN MIDDLE EAST
RAAF Multi-Role Tanker Transport excels as air refueller
– John Armstrong, Brisbane

‘HERON’ UAV END-FORCE – STEP BY STEP APPROACH
Evolving Remotely Piloted Vehicle capability for Air Force
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

DCNS ENTERS DESIGN PHASE FOR FUTURE SUBMARINE
France partners with Australia for Collins class replacement
– John Armstrong, Brisbane

TAKING THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY – PROJECT LAND 400
$10 billion project for new armoured fighting vehicle fleets
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

Editor’s Brief

Big things are happening on the Australian Defence scene this year,
with our defence forces engaged in combat operations in the Middle East
and new military equipment acquisitions either in operational
development phase or progressing through to delivery.
Nigel Pittaway has followed the MRH90 helicopter introduction into
service since Day 1 and assesses its current rate of effort and performance
against required metrics specified by Army and Navy operators.
Western allied forces are watching closely Russian combat operations
in the Ukraine, as forces employ new generation warfare tactics that
may not produce a decisive victory but are nonetheless highly effective.
Early warning is critical to Australia’s response to potential threats into
its airspace and sea approaches. Nigel Pittaway examines upgrades to
the JORN Over The Horizon Radar network under Project Coorong.
The latest in the international Defence exercise series codenamed
Pitch Black, completed recently, brought allied forces together in the
Northern Territory. We look at the impact this major exercise has
on training our Defence forces and interoperability with our allies.
Production of 12 new submarines in South Australia is one step closer,
with the French company DCNS contracted to begin the design phase
for the new boat. We look at the implications for the Navy and Australian
Defence Industry.
Another major acquisition programme under the $10 billion LAND 400
Defence project is progressing to Risk Mitigation phase. We examine the
contenders and the platforms being put forward to replace the armoured
fighting vehicle fleets of the Australian Army.