August 12, 2020
The Morrison Government is increasing Army’s experimentation, prototyping and exploration of autonomous vehicle and emerging technologies with a $12.2 million boost in Australian industry contracts.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the development of robotic and autonomous systems are central to meeting Australia’s future operational challenges, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and combat operations.
“These technologies are ‘disruptive technologies’ that provide marked advantages on the modern battlefield by bolstering ADF capability while protecting Australian personnel,” Minister Reynolds said.
“In the 2020 Force Structure Plan, I set out how Defence plans to seize these opportunities through greater development and implementation of robotic and autonomous systems.”
Thecontracts will be delivered over the next three years and include:
-$7.7 million contract with BAE Systems Australia to convert 16 M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers into Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicles (OCCVs), increasing the OCCV fleet available to 20 vehicles and support experimentation over two years. Conversions will be conducted in South Australia by BAE and in regional Victoria by Defence’s Joint Logistic Unit (Victoria).
-$3.5 million contract with the Institute for Intelligent Research and Innovation (IISRI) at Deakin University for the expansion of Army’s leader-follower vehicle technology prototyping.
-$135,000 contract with QinetiQ Australia for the modelling of the value of conversion of a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle to hybrid-electric drive.
-$897,000 contract with EPE for small wheeled robots to experiment with human and machine teaming in reconnaissance roles.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the investment will boost robotic and autonomous vehicle studies and help to build opportunities for local defence companies.“These are exciting times for developing world-class, cutting-edge technology right here in Australia,” Minister Price said
“We are investing $12 million to boost Defence’s experience and understanding of new and emerging technologies in partnership with Australian industry and academia.
“There is a global increase in the use of these types of technologies and investments like these ensure both Defence and Australian industry are well positioned to take advantage and further develop these state-of-the-art technologies.”
Army’s Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) was launched in March 2020 to explore, coordinate and develop concepts for disruptive technology in pursuit of its Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy.
Fisheries contribute approximately US$1 billion annually to the economies of Pacific countries and generate about 25,000 jobs. Fisheries revenue is particularly important at the moment due to the significant reduction in tourism revenue for many Pacific Island countries (all photos : NZDF)
Our maritime surveillance patrols in partnership with Pacific nations and other agencies are operating well within the new normal of COVID-19 considerations.
With border closures and other restrictions in place as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there have been concerns about illegal fishing activity.
Crew on our Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft covered more than 735,000 square nautical miles on Pacific patrols including over the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of Fiji, Niue, the Cook Islands, the Solomon Islands, with further patrols to come.
Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Otago was recently on patrols with Republic of Fiji Navy ships in Fiji. A Seasprite helicopter on board the ship provided aerial support, in addition to surveillance by the Orion.
The opportunity to work with our Pacific partners and other agencies safely in a COVID environment has been a real success. The safety, security and prosperity of the Pacific is important to us.
August 10, 2020
Thai Enquirer said that the cabinet meeting on August 4 approved a budget of 952 million baht earmarked for 2020-2022 to improve capacity of C-130 aircraft.
Last year RTAF update its C-130H transport fleet with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade. The Series 3.5 upgrade allows T56 engines to operate at greatly reduced temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22 per cent. It is available for installation on T56 engines powering either C-130 or P-3 legacy aircraft.
The Series 3.5 upgrade will help the Royal Thai Air Force to reduce operational costs due to reduced maintenance requirements and potential fuel savings exceeding 12 per cent. It will also enable the fleet to remain in service until at least 2040.
No details about this year's C-130 improvements, it is expected that it could be a structural upgrade or other necessary improvements.
According to World Air Forces 2020 data Royal Thai Air Force operates 12 C-130H aircraft.
August 9, 2020
August 8, 2020
A Royal Air Force P-8 has completed the first tracking of a Russian warship on Aug. 3.
RAF P-8A Poseidon and Typhoon overflys Vasily Bykov over the North Sea.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) completed its first operational mission this week shadowing a Russian warship in the North Sea near to UK waters.
On Monday morning, a P-8A Poseidon from 120 Squadron based at Kinloss Barracks demonstrated its speed and readiness by completing a prolonged overwatch of the Russian warship, Vasily Bykov, as it passed through the North Sea. It did so with support from Typhoon Fighters, based at RAF Lossiemouth and the VIP Voyager refuelling aircraft, stationed at RAF Brize Norton.
August 7, 2020
Oh yea - that #FridayFeeling when you get to watch jets launch off @TheCVN69 while conducting operations in #US6thfleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. pic.twitter.com/w9AdiXMgfF— U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (@USNavyEurope) August 7, 2020
Lira currency sinks as Turkish Atak combat helicopters firing at ground targets with 20 mm cannons during military exercises in Azerbaijan
Azerbaycan'da Kara ve Hava unsurlarımızın katılımıyla devam eden #TurAz Kartalı Tatbikatı planlandığı gibi başarıyla devam ediyor.— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) August 6, 2020
Tatbikatta görev yapan ATAK helikopterlerimiz de belirlenen hedefleri tam isabetle imha ediyor. pic.twitter.com/IMQ1MM5ZAW
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August 5, 2020
ALERT - New Chinese virus - A new type of virus, which is likely to be passed to be infected after bite by ticks, is emerging in China
A new type of virus, which is likely to be passed to be infected after bite by ticks, is emerging in China, with more than 60 people infected and at least seven killed. https://t.co/kCTngN2BeP pic.twitter.com/0jC3r9LLRO— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 5, 2020
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August 1, 2020
China's Army Day: Review of the past four military parades pic.twitter.com/UDR1uNWIZ3— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 1, 2020
Mehndi hai rachne waali..— Arif Aajakia (@arifaajakia) August 1, 2020
Pak Foj ki hai bajne waali..
Pakhtoon revolt + Baloch struggle..
Pak Foj ki hai bajne waali pic.twitter.com/S0Bf6jhFkx