APDR Editor Kym Bergmann

Significant milestones achieved during 2018.

  Australia ranks 53 on the list of countries based on population, but is number 12 by expenditure on defence.  On track to reach slightly more than 2% of GDP next financial year, we spend proportionately more on the military...
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SUCCESSFUL NZ SPACE LAUNCH BY ROCKET LAB

Auckland, New Zealand. November 11, 2018: Rocket Lab has continued the success of its 2018 orbital launch program with the launch of seven payloads to orbit today. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time,’ marks Rocket Lab’s second successful orbital...
HMAS Arunta returns to the water after significant upgrades at Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia.

ANZAC Midlife Capability Assurance Program

While a lot of media attention is being paid to the Hunter Class Future Frigates, less notice has been taken of the capability upgrades to the ANZAC class, which will remain in service until 2032. Recently APDR visited BAE...
Hunter Class Frigate

Global Ship, Global Force

The recent announcement of BAE’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant shipbuilding program continues a procession of strong, well-considered purchases of military hardware by Western governments. While undoubtedly pleasing for BAE...
Short Fin Barracuda

ATTACK CLASS FUTURE SUBMARINES

Australia’s new future submarines will be known as the Attack class. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the first submarine will be called HMAS Attack and will be delivered to the Navy in the early 2030s. “The Attack...
Australian Army soldier, Private Matt Wood, prepares to launch a PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aircraft vehicle during Land Trial 02-18 at the Townsville Field Training Area in North Queensland.

Innovation – Army going through a “step change” in capability

Speaking to APDR at Army’s Innovation Day on October 25, Major General Kath Toohey, Head of Land Capability, explained that with technology evolving rapidly the required skill level of personnel was also increasing.  She nominated three areas of innovation...
HMAS Farncomb approaches the wharf at her home port of Fleet Base West at the end of a seven month deployment.

SEA 1000 – WILL THE NEW SUBMARINES EVER BE LAUNCHED?

The head of our future submarine project, Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, is described by former colleagues as "precise", "efficient", and "controlled". What they’re attempting to say, as nicely as they can, is that he’s basically a machine. And this...
F-35A arrives in Australia

BAE Systems Australia welcomes F-35s to Williamtown

  BAE Systems Australia today congratulated the Royal Australian Air Force and Lockheed Martin on the arrival of the first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Williamtown, NSW.   BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:   “It’s an incredible milestone in this...
The Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (UK), and Bluebottle from OCIUS (right), at Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2018 held at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay.

Autonomous Warrior 2018: Major Exercise at HMAS Cresswell Jervis Bay NSW

  Australia has just hosted, from 5 to 23 November, the first autonomous exercise conducted by western allies involving all four domains - air, maritime (surface, sub-surface), ground and cyber/artificial intelligence. Building on the success of UK’s ‘Unmanned Warrior 2016,...
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LAND 400 Phase 3 – Infantry Fighting Vehicles – a possible Australian...

This utopian scenario for South Korean giant Hanwha Defence might seem at first glimpse to be rather optimistic – but there are several factors at play that might make this work for LAND 121 Phase 3.  It transpires that...

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