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A Raytheon high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart.
The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2017 gave 18 countries a chance to put years of combat shooting training to the test. The Australian Army competition expanded this year with new ranges and exhausting challenges. The shared lessons can save lives on operations. With around 200 soldiers and senior officers the event also builds lasting relationships between militaries and nations around the world.
Exercise Bersama Shield is an annual Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) training event. The exercise is being held within the FPDA exercise area in Malaysia and Singapore between April 27th and May 9th 2017. Exercise Bersama Shield 17 is a major training exercise, which aims to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of FPDA nations through the conduct of combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment. The FPDA consists of Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Approximately 300 Australian Defence Force personnel are participating in the exercise.
On Anzac Day, we remember not only the original Anzacs who died on 25 April 1915, but every one of our Australian service men and women who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by all of our past and present service men and women who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country. The Anzac spirit lives in the heart and minds of all Australians as we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who contributed so much in shaping the identity of this proud nation. Approximately 2350 ADF members are currently deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit whilst serving Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world.
Royal Australian Air Force personnel embedded at Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) are helping develop Afghan Air Tactical Coordinators for the Afghan Air Force (AAF). Since September 2016, the NATO TAAC-Air team have graduated six courses including 26 AAF offices and 28 Afghan National Army officers. The newly graduated ATACs will deploy in support of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces operations – adding to AAF offensive capability. About 270 personnel from the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed on Operation Highroad as part of Australia’s commitment to the NATO led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
Ten Royal Australian Air Force members are embedded at Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) providing mentoring support to their Afghan Air Force counterparts in Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 270 personnel for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed on Operation HIGHROAD as part of Australia’s commitment to the NATO led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.