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RAA celebrates 150 years of Australian artillery

RAA celebrates 150 years of Australian artillery

The Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery (RAA) marked the 150th anniversary of Australian artillery on Sunday. A Commemorative Service was held in celebration to honour past and serving members of the Royal Australian Artillery and its forerunners. Between August and December 2021, the RAA will execute a series of commemorative…
US Army Tests New Paratrooper Flotation Device

US Army Tests New Paratrooper Flotation Device

Soldiers from the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and 3rd Special Forces Group have participated in the final trial of a new device designed to save the lives of paratroopers landing in water. Dubbed the Parachutist Flotation Device (PFD), the new equipment has flotation bladders that can be inflated through…
India to Finalize MQ-9 B Predator Drone Acquisition

India to Finalize MQ-9 B Predator Drone Acquisition

The Indian government will wrap up the country’s acquisition of 30 US-made MQ-9 B Predator armed drones next week, Indian news outlet The Week has revealed. The final discussion will occur by phone at a scheduled meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council.  The outlet revealed that the Indian Navy was initially “not keen”…
Beginning of the end for RAAF Spartan?

Beginning of the end for RAAF Spartan?

In an online story posted on July 25, Defence revealed it has redefined the role of its twin-engine Leonardo C-27J Spartan to ‘enhance response and engagements’ by focussing on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), crisis response and regional engagements across the Indo-Pacific. The redefined role for the Spartan is in…
Canada to strengthen military ties in region

Canada to strengthen military ties in region

The Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) liaison officer for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 (TS21), Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Aldous, has affirmed Canada’s intent to strengthen military ties in the Indo-Pacific. TS21 is Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States.  “We have a long history with America and Australia, and being here…
French Firm to Provide New Avionics for Rafale Fighters

French Firm to Provide New Avionics for Rafale Fighters

French aerospace and defense firm Thales has been awarded a contract to provide new avionics equipment for Rafale fighters to enhance their operational effectiveness. The company will supply the cutting-edge French combat aircraft with digital multi-function displays and Scorpion helmet-mounted sight and display systems. Thales pointed out that aircrews have…
Close-combat skills honed within HMAS Brisbane

Close-combat skills honed within HMAS Brisbane

Peering through the scope of his F88 rifle, Leading Seaman William Lete and his team in HMAS Brisbane entered a compartment to clear the space of potential threats. This was part of the training for the quick-response force and boarding party, duties most commonly undertaken by boatswains mates who specialise in weapons…
Calling for bombs via comms

Calling for bombs via comms

“Blackbird: good hit, good hit!” The voice of a No. 75 Squadron F/A-18 Hornet pilot echoes out from the radio held by an Australian Army joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) as a cloud of smoke billows on the horizon.  “Target destroyed. Mission successful.”  The two Hornets roar overhead and leave…
Launched Recent Air Strikes in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Launched Recent Air Strikes in Afghanistan: Pentagon

The United States recently carried out air strikes as it backed the Afghan army’s bid to repel a Taliban offensive, the Pentagon said Thursday, with the withdrawal of international forces from the country all but complete. “In the last several days, we have acted through air strikes to support the ANDSF,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, referring to Afghan government…
Ex Talisman Sabre: Regiments showcase firing skills

Ex Talisman Sabre: Regiments showcase firing skills

Tracking a 2m drone across the horizon travelling around 220kmph, Gunner Bradley King fired a BOLIDE missile towards the target, several kilometres away.  With the proximity warhead enabled, the missile exploded within metres of the small target, but failed to destroy the drone, which continued its flight for the next firer.…
Russia Unveils New Hybrid ‘ZALA VTOL’ Drone

Russia Unveils New Hybrid ‘ZALA VTOL’ Drone

A Russian aircraft manufacturer unveiled a cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle, the “ZALA VTOL,” at the MAKS 2021 International Aviation and Space Salon. The drone monitors and takes aerial photos of areas difficult to reach by ordinary military vehicles. It is also capable of creating photographic maps to secure armed forces’…
UK orders 13 more Protector drones

UK orders 13 more Protector drones

A £195 million contract for a further 13 Protector uncrewed aircraft has been signed, bringing the total to 16. Defence Minister Jeremy Quin announced the new contract during a visit to GKN Aerospace (GKNA), who are manufacturing key parts of aircraft on the Isle of Wight. According to the Ministry…
Ballarat adds naval gunfire to Talisman Sabre

Ballarat adds naval gunfire to Talisman Sabre

HMAS Ballarat has added the force of its five-inch gun to a blue-water combat event as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre. The Anzac-class frigate, using the call sign Goldrush, fired a number of high-explosive rounds about seven nautical miles off the coast of Townshend Island with US Navy destroyer USS Rafael Peralta. Ballarat’s sister…
Greece Receives First Rafale Fighter Jet From France

Greece Receives First Rafale Fighter Jet From France

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) of Greece on Wednesday received its first Rafale fighter jet of the 18 it has ordered from French aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation. A handover ceremony at the company’s flight test center in southern France was attended by Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and several high-ranking military officials.…
NZ moves ahead with light vehicle replacement

NZ moves ahead with light vehicle replacement

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is continuing with the steady renewal of its main operational land vehicle fleets, notifying industry of its intention to replace the army’s unprotected Pinzgauer Light Operational Vehicles with new utility platforms. In an ‘advance notice of intended future procurement’ released on 12 July, the…
USAF Inks $950 Million Battle Management System Deal With Kymeta

USAF Inks $950 Million Battle Management System Deal With Kymeta

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Redmond-based Kymeta Corporation a $950 million demonstration and maturation contract to support the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). The contract will cover “maturation, demonstration, and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software, and algorithm development” to enable ABMS technologies,…
US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial

US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford completed its second in-water shock trial on July 16, after an attempt earlier in the month failed due to technical issues. Ford is undergoing a three-part test series to ensure the first-in-class carrier is properly battle-hardened. The service will set off three blasts…
USAF Maiden Hypersonic Weapon Warhead Test

USAF Maiden Hypersonic Weapon Warhead Test

The US Air Force (USAF) has detonated an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) warhead in a first-time test. The AGM-183 ARRW is a hypersonic missile prototype being developed by the airforce and Lockheed Martin to equip aircraft with the capability to strike “high value, time-sensitive” targets. According to the USAF, the missile’s hypersonic…
British Army receives new rapidly deployable bridge

British Army receives new rapidly deployable bridge

The Royal Engineers have taken delivery of a rapidly deployable Medium Girder Bridge for use on operations and humanitarian tasks, say the British Army. The Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) will provide a lightweight medium gap capability and will “meet the challenges of the future integrated operating concept”. According to a news release:…
Aussi, U.S. Troops in awe of Patriot firepower display

Aussi, U.S. Troops in awe of Patriot firepower display

Described as “lethal and powerful” by the US soldiers who operate it, the MIM-104 Patriot gained a local reputation after its first live-fire during Exercise Talisman Sabre.  Private Thomas Sorensen, of the 7th Combat Service Support Battalion, said the surface-to-air missiles, which can target aircraft and other missiles, exceeded expectations. …
The number of major F-35 flaws is shrinking

The number of major F-35 flaws is shrinking

As the F-35 program inches its way through operational testing, the number of critical technical deficiencies is slowly dwindling, dropping from 11 critical deficiencies in January to seven in July. However, the exact nature of these problems will remain unknown to the public, even when the deficiency itself is not classified. The…
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