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March 10, 2016

Amid all the talk of an early election and leaks on subs there was US Pacific Air Force Commander General Lori Robinson talking about freedom of navigation (we should all be doing it apparently) and long range strike bombers rotating through Australia. The bomber sensation was hardly new and the General had certainly mentioned it back in November last year, but of course the recent release of the White Paper has ruffled some feathers in the Asia Pacific.

The Navy's future Air Warfare Destroyer weapon SM-6 has proven its tri-capability and will now also kill surface targets. With remotely piloted aircraft set to be flying in Australian skies in the very near future, the recent AAUS conference in Canberra has proven very timely.

Another weapon likely to be in store for Australia – MQ-9 Reaper – has been modified with longer wings and spoilers to improve endurance from 27 to 40 hours. And the Israelis have strengthened their missile and rocket defence capability significantly with the arrival of David's Sling.

ADM also takes this opportunity to acknowledge the fine disaster relief work presently being carried out by ADF personnel in cyclone-stricken Fiji,

Patrick Durrant

Online Editor

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SM-6 pulls off hat-trick with ASuW capability

In January at a Raytheon SM-6 successfully engaged the decommissioned FFG-7 target ship USS Reuben James in a flight test.  more»

Every nation should exercise Freedom of Navigation: USAF General

USAF General Lori Robinson said that every nation should be able to practice Freedom of Navigation both in the air at and at sea around China’s international waters.  more»

Forum discusses issues of “RPAS in Australian skies”

The two-day conference ran in Canberra this week, attracting 150 delegates from defence, industry, government and academia.  more»

Submarine Lab prepares for Phase 2 opening

Lockheed Martin’s Adelaide submarine combat system laboratory, will commission its secure phase two facility at the same site on 4 July.  more»

Reaper spreads its wings

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has announced the successful first flight of the MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (ER) Long Wing.  more»

David’s Sling delivered to the Israeli Air Force

After a series of concluding trials of the David's Sling aerial defence system, major components have been delivered to the Israeli Air Force.  more»

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