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  • digrar
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    Australian Defence Force

    http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-s...-for-iraq.html

    Brisbane based diggers and their Kiwi counterparts have started deploying to Iraq.

  • merkwurdig
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    Aussies At Impasse With France Over New Sub; Japan May Win


    https://breakingdefense.com/2018/10/...japan-may-win/



    From well placed sources, it seems clear the French believe that Australia has no options other than France, and all that France has to do is wait out the process and the current or next Australian government will come around to the inevitable, namely, a submarine negotiated on more classic technology transfer lines, while the Aussies are seeking a wide-ranging co-development process of a next generation submarine.

    Gotta love the stock photo from inside Pearl Harbor.

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  • digrar
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    It's been evolving as they go along.

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  • gafkiwi
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    Originally posted by digrar View Post
    From what I can gather, they're down to two recon platoons and a pioneer based boat mob, with a HQ.
    Then the Battalions work up for the assault force.
    Ah, for some reason I thought they would still maintain one rifle Coy.

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  • Sandgroper
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    Move to head off China with Australian base in PNG

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nat...40071e03ba7828

    Australia is working on plans with Papua New Guinea to develop a joint naval base on Manus Island, edging out Chinese interest in the strategically vital port with a new facility that would be capable of hosting Australian and US *warships.

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  • digrar
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    From what I can gather, they're down to two recon platoons and a pioneer based boat mob, with a HQ.
    Then the Battalions work up for the assault force.

    PHOTO: Lt Col Douglas Pashley CO 2RAR (Amphib): No longer an infantry battalion. 8/9RAR on-call landing force, 7RAR (next).
    By: Megan Eckstein
    August 9, 2018.
    Army’s Amphibious Forces
    As the Royal Australian Navy’s understanding of how to operate an amphibious force in the Pacific matures, so too has the Australian Army’s vision of how to man and train the pre-landing force and ground combat element.
    The Army decided early on that it would not create a new service to support amphibious operations, like the U.S. Marine Corps, but would instead devote a single battalion to specializing in amphibious operations. At the conclusion of a set of trials last year, the Army tweaked its model a bit – 2RAR (amphibious) would be the dedicated pre-landing force, and the rest of the Army’s six battalions would rotate on an annual basis who would serve as the on-call ground combat element.
    “At the end of that trial … the Army decided that, okay, there’s some areas in the capability that we can take some risk in, other areas we can’t,” Lt. Col. Douglas Pashley, commanding officer of 2RAR (amphibious), told USNI News in a July 22 interview aboard Adelaide.
    “And we decided we can’t take any risk in a full-time headquarters, and we need a dedicated pre-landing force organization that has specialist insertion skills and communications equipment to do what they need to do. We can, however, take some risk in general purpose infantry force. And that will have the added benefit of, as we rotate them through each of their infantry battalions, they’ll become amphibious-competent. And you get a lot of really great benefits from being able to operate in the amphibious domain.”
    Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pashley, in on of HMAS Adelaide’s Landing Craft during the final amphibious assault for Exercise RIMPAC 2018.
    One benefit, he said, was the clarity it brought to 2RAR’s role. “We are no longer an infantry battalion that’s got a foot in two camps: being an infantry battalion and also being an amphibious trials unit. We are a specialist amphibious pre-landing force, which gives crystal-clear focus in training, equipment.”
    The 350 or so soldiers of 2RAR (amphibious) are primarily infantry soldiers but also include artillery specialists, maintainers and mechanics, ordnance support personnel, snipers, small-boat operators, direct fire support personnel and more. Pashley said the force is on the smaller side, compared to other countries’ comparable amphibious forces; the Army may eventually add a few more niche capabilities, but for now he said 350 is about the right size for what Australia wants to do.
    Though on a smaller scale, Pashley said his goal for 2RAR (amphibious) is to serve as something akin to the U.S. Marine Corps’ 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.
    “I’m really keen to push the unit to become a world-class pre-landing force unit. The aiming mark I have set for the guys and girls in 2RAR is 1st Recon Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps. They’re an incredibly capable unit with a rich history of performance, and I think that’s what our aiming mark should be,” Pashley said, noting the unit’s attitude of setting high standards for themselves.
    “I’d like to really leverage off their specialist insertion capabilities, optimized for the littoral maritime environment. I’d also like to achieve the same level of innovation and adaption that exists there; they’re constantly innovating.”
    Another benefit of the refined setup is for the soldiers serving as the rotational ground combat team – similar to the U.S. Marine Corps, where units are assigned to serve as the Marine Expeditionary Unit to accompany amphibious ships.
    “What I’ve seen in my short time on the job is that amphibious operations just makes you better at doing your normal job on the land, because if you can work in a multi-domain organization where you have real constraints, you have to get things right, you have to synchronize, it’s pretty easy when you go on the land,” Pashley said.
    One battalion within the Royal Australian Regiment is always the “ready” force, on call to deploy on short notice if needed. The Army determined it was more sustainable to add to this list of on-call responsibilities – adding a certification event in amphibious operations so that battalion could serve as the landing force if needed – rather than ask a second battalion to also be in a ready state as a separate amphibious landing force. 8/9RAR is the current on-call landing force, and next summer 7RAR will be certified to take that role for the next year.
    “I won’t be doing this job next year, unfortunately, but I am just licking my lips to see what the capability can become, when you’ve got the three amphibious ships, you’ve got a professional C2 headquarters with the amphibious task group headquarters, you’ve got a professional and dedicated pre-landing force, you’ve got a rotating [ground combat element], plus you’ve got a capable air combat element, which we’re going to take a big step with next year with the inclusion of attack aviation,” Pashley said.
    Life aboard Adelaide
    Though there had initially been some concern about the culture shock of 2RAR being the amphibious force – many of the soldiers assigned to the unit early on would have signed up for the Army expecting a traditional ground force job, and may not be happy about serving aboard a ship at sea – Pashley said his soldiers seem to like the niceties of life aboard Adelaide and sister ship Canberra.
    “They would much prefer to be on a ship: planning, training, come off the ship, execute a mission or a task over two, three days, not much sleep, then come back on the ship and shower, sleep, go to the gym. So that’s an attractive promise,” he said, compared to lengthy missions on the ground at bases or remote outposts.
    The soldiers serving aboard amphibious ships do get paid more, he said, but the soldiers seem to appreciate the opportunity to work with helicopters, landing craft and other assets that any other soldier would never interact with. Soldiers can request to serve in 2RAR (amphibious) through their chain of command, and Pashley said major events like RIMPAC – in addition to showing off their capability on the world stage – also serve as a good recruiting tool.
    “I think we’re pretty early in our journey, so we’re really working hard to make it a place that people want to come to, to show people what we’re doing, and this exercise is really important for that,” he said.
    USNI News spent about 24 hours onboard Adelaide, and the appeal of serving aboard the ship was apparent.
    The 757-foot ship has accommodations for about 400 crew – about a sixth of whom are Army, the rest being Navy – and 1,000 embarked personnel for whatever mission type the ship needs to conduct. Many officers have two-person staterooms, and embarked forces stay in 15-person rooms. The two-year-old ship boasts many creature comforts not even found on American big-deck amphibs: officers eat in a dining room serviced by culinary staff that take orders from a menu and deliver food to the tables. The 23 chefs cook about 4,000 or more meals a day, and on the day the embarked forces returned to the ship after two or three weeks at an ashore training area, the chefs baked about 2,500 donuts for them as a morale-booster.
    A massive wardroom boasts a tv area, meeting space, and a bar setup – most often used for coffee, with a barista coffee machine that officers joked was the most-used piece of equipment on the ship, but also for the occasional beer. (The crew clarified that, yes, beer is technically allowed on Australian warships, but may be consumed only in port at the discretion of the commanding officer. Still, the wardroom features a beer fridge decorated with cartoons about Australia’s famously deadly wildlife).
    The amphib’s flight deck features six helicopter landing spots, and the hangar can store eight more. Its ski jump ramp – a remnant from Navantia’s design of the Spanish Navy’s Juan Carlos I (L61), which requires the ramp to launch AV-8B Harrier II jets – serves no practical purpose, as the Australian Defence Force currently has no plans for fixed-wing aviation operations from a ship. Personnel aboard the ship said maybe one-day operations would evolve to include fixed-wing manned or unmanned vehicles, or maybe one day the ramp would be smoothed out during a ship overhaul period. For now, since helicopters cannot land on it, the only real purpose the ramp serves is to make morning runs on the flight deck more challenging.
    The ship also has a light vehicle deck that can hold upwards of 100 vehicles, as well as a heavy vehicle deck for tanks.
    Chefs aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01) baked 2,500 donuts for the embarked ground forces when they returned to the ship after training at an ashore range during the 2018 Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii. USNI News photo.
    The well dock, the centerpiece of the ship’s amphibious capability, proved to be a particularly effective pairing with U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicles, which the Australian Defence Force does not currently field. The ADF does have a Navy and Army variant of a LHD Landing Craft connector, akin to the Navy’s landing craft utility.
    Also important to an amphibious mission is the ship’s medical capabilities. Whether taking care of casualties in the early stages of an amphibious assault, or – more likely – tending to victims of a natural disaster or other crisis, the ship rivals many community hospitals in Australia in terms of the sophistication of the capability, ship CO Capt. Earley said. The ship has two operating rooms, can hold 20 medium-care patients and 28 low-dependency patients, and has a dental facility, pharmacy, x-ray and radiology services and more.
    Senior Medical Officer Lt. Cmdr. Richard Classon told USNI News that “an unbridled HA/DR (humanitarian assistance/disaster relief) natural disaster” is the most likely “nightmare scenario” his medical team would face, given the region of the world they operate in. Still, because Adelaide is a warship, the medical team does train for higher-end events, too.
    “If the ship did get hit by a [chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear] threat, we’ve got to be able to 1) isolate it, and 2) look after ourselves. That could be a mass casualty situation very very quickly. How do we get dirty patients into the hospital to do surgery on them?” Classon said.
    “An amphibious assault could challenge us as well, because in that first phase of the operation the highest acuity patients would be occurring at that stage … and that may happen quickly, so we now have an ingressive mass casualty situation across the spectrum of trauma. So we’d have to set up a trauma station downstairs on the well dock, not ideal, or up on the flight deck if there’s multiple helicopters coming in.”

    https://news.usni.org/2018/08/09/vid...phibious-force
    Last edited by digrar; 09-09-2018, 12:15 AM.

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  • gafkiwi
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    Originally posted by digrar View Post
    The other Battalions will provide the horsepower on a roation basis now, 2 will stick with what it's doing.
    So is it just maintained as a Coy sized maritime Infil role across the Bde's? Is the plan for 2RAR to stay Light role at one Rifle Coy with HQ, CSS and Spt Coy's and lean towards amphib?

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  • digrar
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    The other Battalions will provide the horsepower on a roation basis now, 2 will stick with what it's doing.

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  • gafkiwi
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    If 2RAR ever goes back to 3 rifle Coys, those numbers would make a lot of sense. A Coy running based on small boat and Air infil with the balance of the Bn in some form of protected amphib capability. The AMV/ACV would also give the domestic BAE supporters a win after loosing out on the CRV.

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  • Ballistic
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    As I suspected, it looks like Land 400 will have an amphibious armoured vehicle component sometime in the next decade to counter the lack of ship to shore connectors in RAN. The latest DTR magazine details that Army is looking at a possible 50+ vehicles (enough to embark two companies lift at a time - while any extra companies are transported by MRH-90/Chinook) able to carry no less than 8 dismounts, maximum of 2 crew, armed with .50 or 40mm RWS (hopefully EOS systems) etc. DTR seems to think that the most likely contender is something like the BvS10, given it is smaller (only slightly) than larger 8x8 wheeled vehicles and won't detract valuable space from the other needed vehicles in the ARG. While not a bad choice, I would argue that something like the AMV28a or USMC ACV1.1 SuperAV would be a better choice, better armoured, better growth margins for weapons and armour upgrades etc, and they also swim about twice as fast as the BvS10. But in the end, some armour is better than no armour. Just a pity we won't be getting something like an AAV-SU.
    Last edited by Ballistic; 06-09-2018, 02:46 AM.

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  • merkwurdig
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    Australia: LAND 400 Phase 3 competitors show up for Land Forces 18

    https://www.armyrecognition.com/sept...forces_18.html

    Three main industry partners are preparing to display their different vehicles to compete for the approximately $10-15 billion project to replace the ageing M113 APCs, with an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and APC. The main competitors are BAE Systems with the CV90 MkIV, Hanwha Defense Systems with the AS21 Redbackand Rheinmetall with the KF41.

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  • GB_FXST
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    RAFAEL TO SUPPLY AUSTRALIA WITH SPIKE MISSILES, TROPHY PROTECTION SYSTEM

    Defense giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has been selected to provide several weapons systems to the Australian Defense Force, including the Spike LR2 fifth-generation anti-tank guided weapon and Trophy Active Protection System.

    The announcement was made Wednesday in Canberra by Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne at the official launch ceremony of VRA Systems, a joint venture between Rafael and engineering company the Varley Group.

    https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/I...ehicles-565517

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  • digrar
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    Uncle Sugar's extended warranty.

    Originally posted by gafkiwi View Post
    Crowd funding, a give a little page or pilot to pay?
    I reckon the failed part supplier will end up getting it in the neck, with GE and Boeing probably getting a whack on the way through.
    Last edited by digrar; 19-08-2018, 02:16 PM.

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  • gafkiwi
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    "the damaged Growler has since been "withdrawn from service" and the department has begun examining how it can recover the cost of the aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million."
    Crowd funding, a give a little page or pilot to pay?

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  • digrar
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-1...e-off/10129180

    Key points:

    • An EA-18 Growler warplane was just about to take off when the engine "destroyed itself" before it caught fire
    • High-pressure compressor in engine broke into three parts, one segment piercing bottom of the jet before taking a chunk out of the runway
    • Aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million, has been assessed as "beyond economic repair"
    The RAAF's newly delivered EA-18G Growler was taking part in military exercises and was just about to take off from the Nellis Air Force base outside Las Vegas when the emergency occurred on January 28.
    Six months on from the fiery mishap, the Defence Department has confirmed the damaged Growler has since been "withdrawn from service" and the department has begun examining how it can recover the cost of the aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million.

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