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...
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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...

LAND 400 Phase 3 – Armoured Fighting Vehicles competition begins in earnest

LAND 400 Phase 3 Armoured Fighting Vehicles competition begins in earnest The release of the Request for Tender (RFT) for up to 450 armoured fighting vehicles (also called infantry fighting vehicles) on August 24 was followed by Army’s much anticipated and...

COVER STORY: IS IT TIME TO INCREASE DEFENCE SPENDING?

Is it time to increase Defence Spending? This might seem an unusual question to ask in an edition for the Land Forces conference, which will feature displays of the massive amount of hardware that Army is in the process of...

AIRBUS LAUNCHES SMARTFORCE – SERVICES BRINGING THE POWER OF DATA TO MILITARY OPERATIONS

Airbus launches SmartForce – services bringing the power of data to military operations Farnborough, 16 July 2018 – Airbus is extending its highly successful introduction of advanced data analytics in the civil aviation community to the defence market with the...

GRIPEN E IN THE AIR WITH SWISS PYLONS

Saab’s Gripen E programme continues to make progress. The Gripen aircraft with designation 39-8 has conducted a number of successful flights carrying external stores, including pylons from the Swiss company RUAG Aerostructures. Since the first flight with the Gripen E...

COVER STORY: BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA ACHIEVES PEAK PRODUCTION ON F-35 ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

BAE Systems Australia achieves peak production on F-35 advanced manufacturing BAE Systems Australia today welcomed Minister Pyne’s recognition of the completion of the 50th F-35 vertical tail by Marand Precision Engineering and announced that it had achieved peak production rate...

AIRBUS AND SINGAPORE TO CO-DEVELOP DIGITAL SERVICES FOR MILITARY AIRCRAFT

Airbus and Singapore to co-develop digital services for military aircraft Farnborough, 18 July 2018 – Airbus and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have agreed details of the first initiative under their recently announced digital technology collaboration1 – the...

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