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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Jeu 8 Sep 2016 - 14:08

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Australia to invest USD381 million in electronic warfare capabilities

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
08 September 2016

The Australian government has approved a AUD500 million (USD386.3 million) project aimed at "significantly expanding" the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, the Department of Defence (DoD) said on 6 September.

The Electronic Warfare Operations Support for Maritime and Land Forces project will provide EW equipment and infrastructure to "significantly sharpen the ability of naval ships and army units to deal with threats emerging across the electronic warfare spectrum", the DoD said.

The project is expected to "better prepare the ADF to conduct operations in areas where advanced threats such as missiles could threaten lives and assets and will also provide a significant boost to ADF capabilities," Australia's Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, was quoted as saying.






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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 13 Sep 2016 - 16:28

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1st Joint Public Affairs Unit

An Australian Army Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter – Tiger is being unloaded from a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III on the
tarmac of RAAF Base Curtin, North Western Australia during Exercise Northern Shield 2016.




 
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Jeu 29 Sep 2016 - 11:23

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Roll-Out of First Australian P-8A Poseidon
(Source: Royal Australian Air Force HQ; issued Sept 28, 2016)
The first of twelve Australian P-8A Poseidon aircraft has been unveiled by Boeing at a roll-out ceremony in Seattle, Washington State, USA on September 27.

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, attended the ceremony and accepted into service the Royal Australian Air Force’s newest aircraft.

“It is a privilege to accept the first Australian P-8A Poseidon aircraft, said CAF AIRMSHL Davies.

“The P-8A is the latest in a pedigree of Boeing aircraft that have provided important and significant operational capability to Australia. This history includes the C-17A Globemaster, E-7A Wedgetail, F/A-18 Classic Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, Helicopter Aircrew Training System and in the near future E/A-18G Growler.” CAF said.










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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Sam 1 Oct 2016 - 9:35

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Australian army will receive new back-pack electronic surveillance system



Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced Thursday, September 29, 2016, that Defence has signed a contract that will provide Australian soldiers with a back-pack electronic surveillance system. The system use the assault back-packs designed by Army’s innovative Diggerworks. The transport and storage systems for the new back-pack systems will be provided by Victorian company Trimcast Pty Ltd.






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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Sam 1 Oct 2016 - 9:44

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Australia chooses Lockheed Martin as Combat System Integrator for DCNS Submarines

Australia's Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred Combat System Integrator for Australia’s Future Submarine Program, subject to further discussion on commercial matters.




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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 10 Oct 2016 - 17:51

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Australia Gets Its Air Force One


10 Oktober 2016


RAAF KC-30A MRTT (photo : cqplanespotting)



Australia is getting its own Air Force One – albeit a budget version.

After years of deliberations and political hesitancy, the Defence Department has been given the go-ahead to convert a KC-30A air-to-air refuelling aircraft, essentially an Airbus A330, into the VIP jet, replacing the ageing leased fleet.

First floated in a white paper, Defence has admitted, five months after it was first asked, it is moving ahead with modifications of one of its $204 million refuellers to give the Prime Minister an office in the air.

The new VIP jet is to be kept "modest" with only the minimum required modifications, remain capable of acting as an air-to-air refueller, but will also allow for "the continuance of Government business whilst in transit", meaning the Prime Minister will remain in contact at all times.


The government has chosen the cheapest of the options available to it, following former British prime minister David Cameron's lead. Defence confirmed it was "managing the modification", with the cost to come from $190 million already set aside to alter planes according to the air force's needs. Britain managed it for £10 million, which equates to about $16.5 million.

The current Australian VIP jets, which include two Boeing Business Jet 737s as well as three smaller planes, are shared between the Prime Minister, dignitaries, visiting royal family members, the Governor-General and ministers.



Leased in 2002 during the Howard years, frustrations have recently risen over the fleet's limitations, of which size is one. The 737s can carry fewer than 40 people, meaning business delegations and (paying) media cannot travel on the same aircraft, raising issues during multi-stop trade missions.

The range of the 737s has also proven frustrating – a trip to Washington required two stops for refuelling.

The Royal Australian Air Force describes the KC-30A on its website as being capable of carrying 270 passengers while in transport mode, with a range of 14,800 kilometres.

The new, larger jet won't solve all the government's transport woes as the decision means the government is replacing two planes with one. Protocol dictates the Governor-General takes precedence over the Prime Minister.

But a former adviser who often travelled on the current Boeing Business Jet said it would be an improvement, with the BBJ planes "not great for the role".

"They are not suitable planes for a country on the other side of the world," he said.

"They are very small and only fit staff, which is an issue when you are on delegations, or need to take the media with you, which is what every other country does.



"It's understandable that there has been political angst over the purchase – as there is for any large expensive that seems extravagant, but a plane like this is something every government in the world has and we are a serious middle power and it is entirely appropriate we have the same."

Sean Kelly, a former adviser to prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, wasn't quite as harsh in his assessment of the current VIP fleet – "It's a great trip, you're on a plane, there are private staff there to really meet your every whim, there is reasonable amount of space, there is a lot of privacy, it's a joy to fly with them" – but agreed there were limitations.

"The main benefit would be being able to take the press pack and that is a benefit for the Prime Minister and for the journalist themselves," he said.

"Right now you have this crazy situation, where journalists who are conducting exactly the same trip as the Prime Minister, who are flying with the Prime Minister around the world, jumping from country to country, sometimes for weeks at a time, have to make their own arrangements entirely separately, which is not only inconvenient but also means it is a struggle for journalists to make sure they are actually at the same place at the same time as the Prime Minister and that obviously impedes coverage.

"If you bought a bigger plane, then you would be able to take the press pack with you, which would automatically mean that coverage of the Prime Minister was made simpler, which would also serve voters."

Malcolm Turnbull's office declined to comment.

(Sidney Morning Herald)


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Ven 21 Oct 2016 - 14:10

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Third C-27J Spartan Arrives in Australia


21 Oktober 2016


A34-003 touches down at Richmond on its delivery flight. (photo : Aus DoD)



The third C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has arrived at RAAF Base Richmond northwest of Sydney.

A34-003 touched down on October 18 following a two-week delivery flight journey from Waco, Texas, that involved stops in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

35 Squadron is conducting operational test and evaluation of the C-27J, along with routine training, ahead of the type’s initial operational capability. Another aircraft is expected to arrive in Australia by the end of this year, with 10 being acquired in total.


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 25 Oct 2016 - 18:25

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25/10/2016

F-35 : Mise en garde de l’Australie !





Canberra, les nombreux retards du programme F-35 commencent à agacer les parlementaires australiens ce qui pourrait avantager le « Super Hornet » de Boeing.

Un plan B :

La semaine dernière, une commission parlementaire a demandé au ministère de la Défense de préparer un plan de sauvegarde au cas ou de nouveaux retards viendraient à nouveaux alourdir le programme d’acquisition du F-35.

Certes, la proposition ne va pas jusqu’à demander un abandon du programme F-35, mais doit permettre de combler le vieillissement des « Hornet ». Le « Plan B » consisterait dans l’acquisition d’un nombre encore non défini de « Super Hornet ». La même commission précise également que si une telle décision devait être prise, le budget militaire du pays ne permettrait pas de supporter l’achat de type d’avions. En conséquence l’Australie pourrait reporter les futures livraisons de F-35 à une date encore indéterminée.

Cette réaction fait suite à une autre apparue au printemps dernier de par l’Air Power Australia (groupe à but non lucratif ayant pour idéal la recherche, l’analyse du développement de la Force aérienne) qui déclarait : Quand le produit ne fonctionne pas, vous recrutez autant de clients que vous pouvez, en assurez la promotion de ce dernier du mieux que vous le pourrez, amassez autant d'argent que possible tant que le marché ignore ses défaillances". Le responsable d'Air Power Australia a également qualifié le calculateur du F-35 de « laisse de chien numérique », en référence à la volonté américaine de ne pas partager les codes-source de ce dernier.

Rappel :

L’Australie a prévu d’acquérir 58 appareils (72 initialement) de type F-35A, qui seront livrés entre 2017 et 2021. La capacité opérationnelle initiale est prévue pour le service en 2021 et la pleine capacité opérationnelle des trois escadrons est prévue pour la fin 2023. Et dans un même temps, le pays a également renoncé à l’achat de la version F-35B STOVL dont 14 à 20 appareils devaient initialement venir équiper sa Marine.

Photos : 1 F-35A @ Lockheed-Martin

http://psk.blog.24heures.ch/archive/2016/10/25/f-35-mise-en-garde-de-l-australie-862351.html
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 2 Nov 2016 - 19:26

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Une navire de la Marine royale australienne au port de Cam Ranh


mercredi 2 novembre 2016 - 16:35:30 


Le navire HMAS Warramunga au port internationale de Cam Ranh. Photo: VNA


Hanoi (VNA) – Le navire HMAS Warramunga de la Marine royale australienne a jeté l'ancre ce mercredi 2 novembre au port international de Cam Ranh, dans la province de Khanh Hoa (Centre), pour une visite de six jours.

Lors de leur séjour, les membres d'équipage rendront une visite de courtoisie aux responsables du Commandement de la 4e zone militaire, avant de procéder à des échanges sportifs avec leurs homologues vietnamiens et de visiter plusieurs sites de Khanh Hoa.

La visite au Vietnam de ce navire intervient alors que les deux pays accélèrent leur coopération en matière de sécurité maritime dans le cadre de leur ​Protocole d'accord de coopération de défense signé en 2010, en vue de renforcer leurs bonnes relations d'amitié, plus particulièrement entre leurs deux forces navales. -VNA

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 7 Nov 2016 - 10:01

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Upgrade to ADF Joint Command Support Environment
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Nov 04, 2016)
Defence has signed a $55 million contract for an information Communications Technology based system that will manage Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations and major Joint and Coalition Exercises.

Head of Joint Systems in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Rear Admiral (RADM) Tony Dalton today announced the contract signed with Leidos Australia Pty Ltd will sustain the ADF’s Joint Command Support Environment.

“The contract will enable Defence to more effectively and efficiently sustain a key system supporting the ADF’s command and control of operations,” RADM Dalton said.

“Valued at just under $55 million for the first five years, the agreement includes options to extend for up to an additional five with all work to be undertaken in Australia.”

“This agreement with Leidos Australia will provide employment for approximately 44 full time staff, with most employed in the Canberra region.”

“The Joint Command Support Environment is a key system used by Headquarters Joint Operations Command to plan, monitor and conduct military campaigns, operations, joint exercises and other activities to meet Australia’s national objectives,” RADM Dalton said.

“This contract is an excellent outcome for Defence, Leidos and, indeed, the Canberra region.”


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Lun 7 Nov 2016 - 17:32

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Australian Army Tests New Grenade Laucher


07 November 2016


New light-weight AGL of the Australian Army is GD Mk-47 (photo : contact)


Soldiers from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and Socomd tested the Mk 47 light-weight automatic grenade launcher (LWAGL), which also featured a light-weight video sight 2 (LVS-2).

Project Manager Major (Maj) Cameron Fraser described the technology as a “game changer” for Direct Fire Support Weapons platoons, artillery batteries, Special Forces and Air Force combat units.

“I can verify that the lethality and situational awareness of the LWAGL lives up to the hype,” he said.

CASG arranged the testing that also confirmed functionality, robustness and ease of use on the advanced fire control system.


Mk-47 AGL (photo : world.gun)

“First round target impact was observed on multiple occasions because of the increased accuracy of the LWAGL system complete with the LVS-2,” Maj Fraser said.

“The resolution of the day/night sighting system provided via the LVS-2 enabled detection and recognition out to 3km.”

Trial participants verified the reduction in weight of the LWAGL versus the legacy weapon, dismounted load configurations to facilitate rapid assembly, firing and disassembly.
They also started to develop procedures to optimise capability.

Army will roll out the launcher to infantry battalions and artillery regiments in 1, 3 and 7 Bdes, SASR, 2 Cdo Regt, Air Force Security Force squadrons, the School of Infantry and the School of Artillery from November this year through to June 2017.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mar 15 Nov 2016 - 18:34

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Thales Delivers First Hawkei Vehicles to Australian Army


15 November 2016


Final two Hawkei pilot vehicles handed over to Australian Army (photo : Thales Australia)


Minister Welcomes New Hawkei

A major milestone has been reached in the military’s next generation Hawkei protected vehicle project as Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today witnessed the handover to Defence of two new Hawkeis.

They are the last in an initial run of ten vehicles to roll off the Thales production line in Bendigo, the same facility that produces the life-saving Bushmaster.

Mr Pyne said the new Hawkei represented a triumph both of defence capability and also the country’s burgeoning defence industry.

“The Hawkei, built right here in Australia, is another triumph of the capability of our defence industry, which is able to compete with the world’s best,” Mr Pyne said.

“Hawkei production will involve about 170 jobs in the Bendigo region. It’s expected approximately 60 additional jobs will be created in Thales’ supply chain to support the production of the Hawkei vehicle.

“On top of that around 35 jobs, primarily in Queensland, will be created to sustain the vehicles.

“The vehicle represents an entirely new capability for the Army, providing a similar level of protection to a Bushmaster at about half the weight.

“The Hawkei is a smaller vehicle that carries up to four troops and can be lifted by a Chinook helicopter.

“It will provide significantly improved protection for soldiers against blast and ballistic threats, with a high level of mobility that will allow it to operate in high-risk areas,” he said.

The vehicles will perform reconnaissance, liaison, command and utility functions.

Defence signed a $1.3 billion contract with Thales Australia in October last year to produce 1100 Hawkei vehicles and more than 1000 companion trailers.

The pilot Hawkei vehicles pave the way for full-rate production in 2018.

All Hawkei vehicles and trailers will be delivered to the ADF by the end of 2021.

(Aus DoD)


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 23 Nov 2016 - 16:52

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Thales remporte un contrat de modernisation des sous-marins Collins australiens


Paris, 23 nov 2016 (AFP) -


Thales a annoncé avoir remporté un contrat de modernisation des six sous-marins australiens de la classe "Collins" avec des sonars de dernière génération, qui doit permettre à la marine australienne de maintenir sa supériorité dans les mers.

Il s'agit d'un contrat de conception et de pré-production signé avec le ministère de la Défense australien, indique le groupe dans un communiqué.

L'objectif pour l'Australie est de maintenir la supériorité de sa marine dans la région et de permettre une meilleure détection des menaces sous-marines en pleine mutation, souligne-t-il.

Selon le ministère australien de la Défense, le montant du contrat est de 100 millions de dollars australiens (70 M EUR).

"Dans un contexte d'évolution permanente des menaces, ce contrat vise à doter leurs systèmes sonars des meilleures performances mondiales en matière de détection sous-marine", écrit le groupe.

"Thales s'appuie sur une forte expertise locale et internationale pour moderniser les antennes cylindriques, les antennes de flanc et leur traitement à bord afin de maintenir la supériorité de la marine royale australienne dans la région", ajoute-t-il.

"Les sonars de la classe Collins ont prouvé leur efficacité au fil des années, a déclaré Chris Jenkins, vice-président de Thales en Australie. Nous les modernisons pour les maintenir à la pointe de la technologie en matière de détection des menaces."

Les antennes cylindriques du Collins seront remplacées par des antennes cylindriques modulaires (MCA), élaborées par les équipes de Thales au Royaume-Uni. L'actuelle antenne de flanc sera, elle, remplacée par une antenne de dernière génération développée par les équipes Thales en France. Au total, plus de 100 collaborateurs Thales seront mobilisés pour ce projet.

Leader sur le marché des systèmes sous-marins en Australie et premier fournisseur de technologies sonars au pays, Thales est par ailleurs sur les rangs pour la fourniture de sonars dans le cadre du programme de construction de la prochaine génération de sous-marins australiens.

Le groupe naval français DCNS, dont Thales est actionnaire à hauteur de 35%, a été sélectionné par l'Australie au printemps dans le cadre de ce programme d'un montant de 34 milliards d'euros.

"Dans le contexte du grand contrat sur les futurs sous-marins, c'est évidemment une étape très importante pour nous", a commenté Alexis Morel, le vice-président des systèmes de lutte sous la mer de Thales.

"Aujourd'hui, nous avons l'assurance que la confiance du gouvernement australien dans Thales pour moderniser ses sous-marins actuels est renouvelée", a-t-il ajouté en précisant que le processus de sélection pour ce contrat n'est pas encore défini.

http://www.marine-oceans.com/actualites-afp/13852-thales-remporte-un-contrat-de-modernisation-des-sous-marins-collins-australiens
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Mer 23 Nov 2016 - 17:48

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Airbus Helicopters Delivers Six Final EC135 T2+ for Australian Military Training Program


23 November 2016


EC135T2+ for Australian military training program (photo : Airbus Helicopters)


Donauwörth, Germany - Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135 T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters.

Under the JP9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training program for Navy and Army aircrew will utilise 15 EC135 T2+ helicopters, along with flight simulators and a new flight-deck equipped sea-going training vessel. Boeing Defence Australia is the prime contractor for the new training system, partnered by Thales Australia who supplies the flight simulators and synthetic training devices.

A member of the H135 family of light twin-engine helicopters, the EC135 T2+ is an ideal training platform, and initial flying activities have commenced at their new home in Nowra, Australia.

“Airbus Helicopters is proud to know that Boeing has accepted now all 15 of their new EC135T2+, on time and on budget, for their world leading helicopter aircrew training system for the ADF”, said Peter Harris, Head of Governmental Sales for Australia – Pacific. “Following contract signature in November of 2014, and in the space of only two years, we have trained the initial cadre of Boeing and Commonwealth aircrew and technicians and all 15 aircraft have now been accepted”.

Boeing’s HATS Director Terry Nichols said that the Boeing team is very happy with the performance thus far of the EC135 and commended Airbus Helicopters for their on-time delivery.

“Boeing Defence Australia chose the EC135 as our preferred helicopter solution for HATS; it's a proven and reliable platform. We have been delighted with the cooperation from Airbus Helicopters to deliver these platforms that will form an important part of a world class training system.”

The EC135 T2+ is a consummate military training helicopter, offering a glass cockpit with high visibility, a multi-axis auto-pilot, the performance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter replacing current single types, plus other advanced technologies to help instructors perform training missions safely and provide the ADF with the flexibility to undertake additional missions. The H135 family is part of successful training systems in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Japan, and has recently been selected in the United Kingdom.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered around 1,200 H135s to customers around the globe who have logged a total of more than four million flight hours. The H135 is the unbeaten market leader in light, twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopters. Traditional missions for this class of helicopters include military training but also emergency medical services, law enforcement, VIP and business passenger transport, and maintenance of industrial wind parks.

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http://defense-studies.blogspot.fr/2016/11/airbus-helicopters-delivers-six-final.html
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Australienne/Australian Defence Force (ADF)   Ven 2 Déc 2016 - 19:44

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Thales to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems on ADF Bushmasters


Julian Kerr, Sydney - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 December 2016



Thales Australia has been awarded an AUD11.2 million (USD8.8 million) contract to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems (RWSs) on
Australian Defence Force (ADF) 4x4 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, the country's Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher
Pyne, announced on 1 December.


Thales Australia has been awarded an AUD11.2 million contract to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems on ADF Bushmaster Protected
Mobility Vehicles (similar to this one). (IHS/Patrick Allen)



The contract follows the completion in June 2016 of the same work on an initial 45 RWSs deployed on ADF Bushmasters.

The upgrade to the R-400S-Mk2 standard of the R-400 RWS, which is produced by the Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS), includes the replacement of the entire control system with new electronics and software packages, a ministry spokesperson told IHS Jane's .

This moves the RWS from a two-axis to a new, Australian-designed three-axis stabilisation system that significantly improves hit probability on a moving target from a moving weapon platform.

Other enhancements detailed by EOS include improvements to both day- and thermal-imaging systems, automatic video tracking, instant video and audio recording of all engagements, software improvements that allow the RWS to instantly plug-and-play with any other turret or RWS, as well as facilitating integration into a variety of battle management systems.

Once in ADF service, the upgraded RWS will be fitted with either 5.56 mm Minimi, 7.62 mm MAG 58, or 12.7 mm machine guns.

However, Dr Ben Greene, group chief executive of EOS, told IHS Jane's that the R-400S-Mk2, partially funded by the government's priority industry capability innovation programme, has been specifically developed to deploy an Orbital ATK M230LF 30 mm lightweight automatic chain gun.

The entire R-400S-Mk 2 system, incorporating a 30 mm cannon and ammunition, weighs less than 400 kg, making it a highly practical option to provide smaller vehicles with increased lethality at long ranges, Dr Greene noted.

This option had aroused strong international interest and first contracts were anticipated early in 2017, he added.
 
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