New night fighting edge under the Ninox replacement

The L-3 PVS-31A Binocular is the NVG, with a black and white phosphor screen and a significant increase in the performance or figure of merit. Credit: Defence

The ADF has traditionally maintained an edge in the night fighting equipment space. This has been through previous employment of starlight scopes and limited quantities of night vision devices, which provided a welcomed, but limited, capability from Vietnam onwards. The delivery of the Ninox night fighting project in the late 90’s heralded the introduction of a greater night fighting capability for the ADF.

From Lockheed to Leidos

(L-R) Director of Security and Defence Leidos Australia Paul Chase, Assistant Secretary Critical Systems, Joint Systems Division Alison Petchell, Managing Director of Leidos Australia Christine Zeitz and Head of Electronic Systems Division RADM Tony Dalton after signing the contract. Credit: Defence

When Lockheed Martin sold off its Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business segment globally to Leidos earlier this year, it created more than just another Defence IT business.

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Project Coorong: Towards the next generation OTH radar

The future of JORN is being assured under a series of rolling upgrades. Credit: Defence

In early June, Lockheed Martin and the Defence Science and Technology Group jointly announced the successful completion of an important step towards the next generation of Over The Horizon Radars (OTHR).

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Project Review: Joint programs - enabling the wider ADF capability offering

SATCOMs are a key enabler for the ADF but getting it right has been a long journey. Credit: Defence

Of the nearly 50 major programs and phases currently being progressed by Defence
in the joint space, several may not be high profile but nevertheless are
key drivers towards
an integrated force.

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Network Centric Warfare: The long road to Army digitisation

Bombardier Mitchell Watson conducts training on the ROVER device with Flight Lieutenant Gerard Bonaventura at Line Creek Junction, High Range during Exercise Black Dagger 01/14. Credit: Defence

With more than 3,500 Land 200 BMS nodes delivered and the joint Army/Air Force DTCS approaching final operating capability, Army has turned the first corner on the long road to the networked, joint force envisioned under Plan Beersheba.

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Network Centric Warfare: The never ending story of JP2008

ABCD Clearance Diver Daniel Pace sets up satellite communication during a Non Combatant Evacuation Operation reconnaissance on Dunk Island as part of Exercise Sea Raider 2015. Credit: Defence

The sprawling beast that is JP2008 in all its phases is complicated to say the least. One phase is being managed as a Project of Concern, some are being delivered or have been delivered and bids have gone into the box for another.

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Network Centric Warfare: SATCOMs a work in progress

Credit: Defence

Australia first obtained access to the US Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system
in 2010, and work continues under JP 2008 to maximum the benefits to the ADF of access to this vital resource.

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Defence in the North: Demonstrating interoperability - Talisman Sabre 2015

Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, receiving orders for a platoon attack, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory. Credit: Defence

The biennial Talisman Sabre exercises are the principal Australian and US bilateral training activities and over 29,000 personnel, 200 aircraft and 21 warships participated in the 2015 event.

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Defence Business: LHD landing craft land in ADF hands

Acceptance testing in Cadiz Harbour included using a Spanish Marines M-60 Main Battle Tank as a representative load. Credit: Defence

As the largest warships ever commissioned in to the Royal Australian Navy, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and NUSHIP Adelaide are rewriting the book on force projection ability for the ADF. Premium

Defence Business: Triton

Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

With the Triton due to hit an important milestone at the end of the year, it was heartening to see the platform in the flesh at Pax River working steadily towards that goal. Premium

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Defence industry calls for clearer, robust guidelines on major projects

Some of the 1800 local builders at ASC gather to watch the keel laying ceremony of the second Air Warfare Destroyer. Credit: Defence
Australian companies may miss out on contracts if there was no clear policy.