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Australian Defence Magazine


In the week following the Avalon Airshow, we lead with a thought piece asking why Boeing's Air Power Teaming System, or 'Loyal Wingman', must be accompanied by a manned platform - and if not, whether it has made the F-35 obsolete. The point of difference between the two platforms, and between the F-35/Wingman pairing and alternate combinations, is not yet clear.

In other news, Duncan MacRae calls for the US to reconsider the exclusion of the Type 26 from the FFG(X) program, Army sends drone operators overseas to train the PNG Defence Force, the US Navy's F-35Cs declare IOC, a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet's arrester hook is repaired using new technology, Defence buys six driver simulators for the Boxers, the Darwin-Adelaide railway moves military equipment for the first time in years, and Anywise teams with BenchOn on SME talent mobility.

And the house announcements: ADM is gearing up for our next event, the inaugural ADM Space Summit. Details are available here.

Ewen Levick

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Latest News

If the Wingman is what it appears to be, why place a pilot in danger at all?

Is the F-35 obsolete?

Boeing's Loyal Wingman can be flown without an accompanying F-35, although neither RAAF nor Boeing 'envision it being used that way.' Why not? Read more
BAE’s GCS has now secured significant orders from three of the US’ most important allies.

Re-thinking the FFG(X) Program: Why a new contender must be considered

The exclusion of GCS from the US Navy’s FFG(X) contender list warrants serious review. Read more
Bombardier Paul Fiannaca (right) coaches 2 RPIR reconnaissance soldiers in Wewak, PNG.

Army team takes drone literacy overseas

At the request of the PNG Defence Force, a small mobile training team from 20 STA Regiment travelled to the northern PNG town of Wewak. Read more
Sailors direct an F-35C Lightning II on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
Ethan Soto

US Navy declares IOC for F-35C

The US Navy has declared that the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter has achieved Initial Operational Capability. Read more
RAAF F/A-18A Hornet aircraft await their next missions on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Hornet repaired using laser additive deposition

Laser Additive Deposition (LAD) has been used for the full repair and return to service of an arrester hook from a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet. Read more
1st Combat Engineer Regiment M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers await rail freight to Port Augusta from Darwin.

Defence uses rail for outback transport

The main Adelaide to Darwin rail line has been used for the first time in years for a major movement of defence equipment. Read more
UMS Director Kerrie Parker, Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson (seated), and ADF Director General of Combined Arms Fighting Systems Brigadier Greg McGlone.
Donna Squire

Research leads to Boxer driver simulator purchase

Deakin and motion simulation company Universal Motion Simulator (UMS) have welcomed a Defence contract to procure the Reconfigurable Driver Simulator (RDS) for the Boxers. Read more
Anywise is offering the first 15 SME early adopters free use of the system for three months.

Anywise and BenchOn team on SME talent

Anywise has announced the launch of the Anywise Talent Community, powered by BenchOn, to enhance Defence’s access to the talent resident in Australian SMEs. Read more

ADM's Defence Week 529 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF, plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders. Read more

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