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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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    Australia’s first two locally-based F-35A fighter aircraft arrived on home soil today at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Williamtown


    https://theaviationist.com/2018/12/1...f-williamtown/

    Before the 5th generation aircraft touched down on home soil for the very first time, the formation flew over Nelson Bay, Stockton Beach and Newcastle...

    During their journey from the U.S., the aircraft were also supported by a RAAF KC-30A MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) that refueled the pair of stealth jets multiple times.
    Great pics!

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    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...-aussie-f-35as

    Vids.
    Last edited by merkwurdig; 11-12-2018, 06:20 AM.

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  • digrar
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    I see some of the 1RAR boys in the colour party wearing the Philippines Military Merit Medal. that deployment was all kept pretty quiet, looks like some good work was done.

    Interesting that we picked this date as the 70th, as it's the anniversary date of the name change from 65th, 66th and 67th Battalions, to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Australian Regiment. The original Battalions had been raised several years earlier and the Royal prefix didn't come until the following year.

    At any rate, happy birthday to us and Duty First.

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  • R686
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    Originally posted by gafkiwi View Post
    From the generic specs found online, they seem pretty comparable in most areas like weight, range and engine outputs. If Oshkosh weren't open to have local Australian production or industry input that would have made it an apples to oranges comparison to some of the wallet holders. They were both apparently looked at by the ADF.
    were they willing to produce in RHD and any cost implications associated with that, not sticking up for Thales but I seem to remember them jumping up and down because they weren't being considered ay one stage due to actually having no vehicle to submit at the time.

    https://www.anao.gov.au/work/perform...-vehicle-light

    The procurement process (First Pass and development contracts)


    20. At First Pass in 2008, Defence adopted what it considered the least risky option of partnership in the United States JLTV Program, at a cost of $43 million, while also retaining the option of a military-off-the-shelf option. After extensive industry lobbying, Defence sought approval to commence a parallel investment in Australian-based options that it had previously decided to be high-risk and high-cost and had not presented for government consideration at First Pass 21. Between July and November 2011, Defence received strong indications and advice from the United States Government that the JLTV Program was likely to experience lengthy delays, and possibly be cancelled. In November 2011, the Defence Minister directed that no further Australian investment in the program be made without his approval.
    22. At Interim Pass in December 2011, Defence recommended, and received approval for, the Thales Hawkei as the primary Australian acquisition option following the Stage 1 test and evaluation process conducted during 2010–11. Defence considered that this design had the best prospect of meeting future needs, although it was the least developed Australian vehicle design. Defence noted that all three Australian options it had tested exceeded the project’s budget. Defence did not make the Government aware of the results of an economic study it commissioned that found there would be limited regional economic benefits from, and a substantial premium paid for, the Hawkei build.
    23. Defence records indicate that a significant driver of the Hawkei project schedule was the retention of production capacity at Bendigo after Bushmaster production ceased in late 2016. Defence recommended further production of Bushmasters at Bendigo to keep the facility in operation pending possible Hawkei approval. This was funded at a cost of $221.3 million, representing more than a ten per cent increase to Defence’s expenditure related to acquiring the Hawkei capability. This expenditure was not taken into account in assessing the overall cost and value for money of the Hawkei project at Second Pass.
    24. Defence did not reconsider its Interim Pass recommendations after new and potentially material information became available regarding the JLTV Program soon after Interim Pass governmental approval, and did not seek ministerial approval to continue Australian participation in the JLTV Program. The decision not to seek ministerial approval to continue in the JLTV Program reduced Defence’s ability to benchmark its procurement of the Hawkei and apply competitive pressure, and together with the decision not to factor-in related expenditure, reduced Defence’s ability to evaluate whether procurement of the Hawkei clearly represented value for money.

    28. Defence did not advise the Minister of the full implications of new and potentially material information—which included cost information—when the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle manufacturer was selected by the United States one week after Second Pass. Defence did not subsequently use the information available after the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle announcement to strengthen its negotiating position. Defence records indicate that Thales refused to negotiate anything of significance after it knew that the Australian Government had approved the acquisition of Hawkei vehicles. Defence advised the Minister that negotiations had been successfully concluded. The final negotiation report, completed one day after this advice to the Minister, drew to Defence’s attention significant shortcomings in the negotiation strategy and outcomes.


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  • Sandgroper
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    Happy 70th to the Royal Australian Regiment

    The 70th anniversary of the raising of the Australian Army’s Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) was marked with a ceremonial parade at the Australian War Memorial today.

    The revered Queen’s and recently updated Regimental Colours, featuring the 17 theatre and battle honours bestowed on the RAR, were on display with their respective Colour parties from the battalions of the regiment.
    https://news.defence.gov.au/media/me...n-regiment-rar

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  • merkwurdig
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    Australian minehunters joining US-Japanese mine warfare exercise

    https://navaltoday.com/2018/11/15/au...fare-exercise/

    Mine countermeasure ships from the navies of the US and Japan will be joined by their Australian counterparts for a mine warfare exercise off the coast of southern Japan which kicks off November 17.

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  • gafkiwi
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    From the generic specs found online, they seem pretty comparable in most areas like weight, range and engine outputs. If Oshkosh weren't open to have local Australian production or industry input that would have made it an apples to oranges comparison to some of the wallet holders. They were both apparently looked at by the ADF.

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  • digrar
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    I haven't got the time to go through the two vehicles to see if they actually match up, It appears that Thales think that Hehir is comparing apples to oranges.

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  • gafkiwi
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    Originally posted by digrar View Post
    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...as-substandard



    Further in, "The documents also show Thales had accused Hehir of failing to apply auditing standards in his report and inappropriately comparing the Thales Hawkei vehicle to the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) produced out of the United States."
    Is the Australian Govt part of the Foreign Military Funding program with the US? If so I could see the point in going with the US made JLTV, but outside that a lot of that Hawkei money is going back into the Aussy industry producing it. ADF being the first and only current buyers of it are naturally going to catch a lot of the development costs it took to get the project through design to production. The ADF had pretty much committed to the Hawkei before the JLTV project was finished in the US anyway.
    To add to it now, with the UK likely (if not confirmed) to be adopting the JLTV, its only going to be cheaper still. We're (NZDF) very likely to soon get the Bushmaster as our medium protected vehicle, If we get a light protected vehicle as well it would be interesting to see who we follow, the closer linked neighbors with the more expensive vehicle or the Cheaper US made one that will likely have greater restrictions.

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  • picanha
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    Originally posted by merkwurdig View Post

    The whole process is very strange. The TKMS and Japanese subs were making too much noise.

    Then DCNS won the bid, now they revert to Japanese subs?

    Old article from 2016

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nat...7ed59e4f0faac2
    Last edited by picanha; 25-10-2018, 05:22 AM.

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  • digrar
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    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...as-substandard

    Auditor general rejects Thales' claims report on $1.3bn arms deal was substandard


    Grant Hehir’s report found Australia could have paid half the amount for its combat vehicle fleet


    The auditor general has rejected arms manufacturer Thales’ allegations that his partially suppressed report on a $1.3bn military deal with the multinational failed to meet basic standards.
    The auditor general, Grant Hehir, appeared before Senate estimates on Tuesday, a day after revelations that the attorney general, Christian Porter, blacked out findings that Australia could have saved hundreds of millions of dollars in its deal to purchase 1,100 locally built Hawkei light protected vehicles from French-based Thales.
    Porter used powers to suppress part of Hehir’s report after he was approached by Thales, justifying the intervention on grounds of national security and the protection of the company’s commercial interests.

    Further in, "The documents also show Thales had accused Hehir of failing to apply auditing standards in his report and inappropriately comparing the Thales Hawkei vehicle to the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) produced out of the United States."

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  • 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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