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Second pass approval has been given
for a $493 million project to provide the
next generation artillery system for the
The first phase of Land 17 (the Artillery
Replacement Project) will provide the Army with
four batteries of 35 M777A2 155mm Lightweight
The Lightweight Towed Howitzer is the most
advanced towed artillery system available in
the world. It is air-portable under CH-47 Chinook
helicopters and can provide a weight of fire not
previously available to rapidly-deployed forces.
The second phase of the artillery
enhancement will include the procurement of
a self-propelled artillery system, which will be
capable of providing fire support to highly mobile
The artillery system will be further enhanced
through the future acquisition of a digital terminal
control system for the tactical control of artillery,
naval and close air support fires by forward
observers and joint terminal attack controllers.
This element of the project will be considered by
Government in the second half of 2010.
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Air Force member
Squadron Leader Lisa Brown from the
Aerospace Materiel Management
section in Canberra has won the 2009
Logistics Development Award.
Lisa’s major award winning paper was on
Ethical Supply Chains – The New Black?
As the major prize winner, Lisa attended the
Annual Conference of the Council of Supply Chain
Management Professionals in Chicago, Illinois,
from September 20-23.
The Logistics Development Award has long
been Australia’s major logistics industry award and
is offered annually by the Logistics Association of
Applicants for the LDA are required to
submit a paper of approximately 1500 words on
either the most significant supply-chain trend that
they see affecting business in Australia, or the
most successful innovation in logistics or supply-
chain in which they have been involved.
Commonwealth is acquiring two new Landing
Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious ships to provide
sustainment support for deployed forces.
BAE Systems Australia Defence is the prime
contractor for this $3.3 billion project. The Spanish
shipbuilder Navantia is subcontracted to BAE as the
design authority and is required to construct and fit
out the hulls of two large amphibious ships for the
Australian Defence Force.
The combat system is to be provided by
Saab Systems Australia, which will also integrate
the combat management system; and the
communications system will be supplied by L-3
The next milestone will be the launch of LHD 01
in Spain in March 2011 and then the arrival of it at
Williamstown dockyard in 2012 with LHD 02 arriving
update on JsF progress
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science, the Hon Greg Combet has visited Lockheed
Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, to view progress on the
US-led Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program.
“In the 15 months since my last visit to the US
to review progress on the JSF, it is clear that the US
Government continues to provide strong support for
the Program and Lockheed Martin continues to make
good technical progress,” Mr Combet said.
While the 2009 Defence White Paper confirmed
that Australia will acquire around 100 JSFs, Mr
Combet reiterated that the Government will not
formally commit to buying JSF until it has confidence
that the JSF Program is meeting cost, schedule and
“The JSF acquisition will be the largest single
defence acquisition in Australia’s history to-date.
The final timing of Australia’s JSF acquisition and the
delivery schedule will be decided by the Government
in late 2009,” Mr Combet said.
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