Defence News

New-age tech self-heals

Comparable to the human body’s ability to self-heal, a team of academics has developed a material that could see ships, armoured vehicles or aircraft able to self-repair damage in under 10 minutes. Lead researcher Professor Adrian Mouritz, Executive Dean of the School of Engineering at RMIT University, said the aim was to change the way Defence sustains and maintains its fighting platforms. “At the moment, if you damage a composite, whether it’s an aircraft, a ship, a wind turbine blade or...

Vision of the future

The evolving fifth-generation capabilities of Air Force were on full display for people of all ages in the Jericho Precinct at the Australian International Airshow, which ran from February 26 to March 3 at Avalon Airport, Victoria. In a range of tents on one side of the precinct, industry personnel, defence staff and academics demonstrated a range of new capabilities. These included passive radar, the use of CubeSats (which are small enough to be held in one’s hand and can be...

ADF assists Trevor evacuees

The Australian Defence Force helped shelter hundreds of evacuees at Katherine Showgrounds as part of the largest ever pre-cyclone evacuation in the Northern Territory. Evacuees from remote communities poured into one of the NT’s largest towns as Tropical Cyclone Trevor barrelled towards the coast and East Arnhem Land last week. Royal Australian Air Force personnel from RAAF Base Tindal and Australian Army personnel from the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR) worked tirelessly setting up tents and stretcher beds to...

Defence buzz at drone races

The 2019 Australian International Airshow hosted a world-first with a drone racing arena, attracting competitors from the Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force and defence industry. The Royal Australian Air Force Drone Racing Team (AFDRT) also kept up with the pace of the current and former world champion drone racers from Australia, 15-year-old Rudi Browning and 19-year-old Tom Bitmatta. The Air Force drone racers came from a diverse range of trades and ages. The association president, Flying Officer Jake Dell-O’Sullivan,...

Indo-Pacific Endeavour departs

Joint Task Force 661 has sailed for Colombo on the first leg of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 to deepen Australia’s engagement with regional partner nations. Four ships and more than 1000 ADF personnel set sail on March 9 to support the Government’s commitment to an open, secure and prosperous region. Commander JTF 661 Air Commodore Richard Owen said his view of mission success was strengthening regional relationships and developing our people. “It’s about how much people smile,” Air Commodore Owen said. “When we’re in...

RAAF Provides Urgent Fuel

The Royal Australian Air Force is providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief to isolated regions of flood-affected Queensland. Personnel from No. 35 Squadron have responded swiftly to deliver personnel and urgent fuel stocks to Mt Isa and western Queensland in C-27J Spartan aircraft.  The first two flights to western Queensland on 9 February were the first flights of the year for the squadron and marked the start of flying operations two days earlier than had been scheduled from their new base at Amberley. Loadmaster...

Korean Medal Approved for Wear

If you, or a relative served in Korea, you may not be aware of the new Defence authorisation to wear the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. The ROKWSM was introduced by South Korea in 1951 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the United Nations forces in combating communist aggression in Korea. During the Korean War, Australia used the Imperial Honours and Awards System and was therefore subject to the award policies set by the United Kingdom at...

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