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    RAN Maritime Multi-Cam Pattern Uniform

    We'll if you're in a boarding party for border security ops, you want to look 'military.'
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Not entirely correct with regard to the RAN. The RAN's Hobart class are AAW, ASuW and ASW capable, as will be the Hunter class. Significantly, both classes will use the same combat system, gun, VLS, etc.
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Aside from time taken to sort out IP related issues (the ADF don't want a repeat of the Collins class issues with Kockums), it seems to be progressing as well as any other large program.
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    This is a total non-story, because "Prices calculated in 2016-17 have been revised according to present exchange rates and inflation calculations.."  The estimated approved project cost and budgeted expenditure were all expressed in then present day (2016-17) dollars, the only way expenses in...
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    Logistic Vehicle Modernization Project - Replacing everything from LUVW to SHLVW

    The program has moved on from the development phase.  The first LRIP vehicles were recently delivered to the ADF in April this year.  Thales bought out Steyr so the latter's financial troubles are now irrelevant in terms of supply of engines.
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    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    The work completed in Spain on the LHDs and construction of the icebreaker Nuyina has been comparatively simple, though.  Building the Hobart class was an order of magnitude more complex, with the Collins class being yet another order of magnitude more difficult.
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    Replacing the Subs

    The ADF would be no less concerned about IP issues as they relate to through life support of the boats than Canada would be. Also, the Attack class will be fitted with the AN/BYG-1 combat system (as are the Collins), so the whole issue of IP seems to have been addressed satisfactorily for all...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    It was always known that the range of the F-35 was never going to give the RAAF true strategic reach into the Pacific and Indian oceans; but then neither did the F-111, and certainly not the F-18F.
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    More like the RAAF and Aus gov assessing what long range strike capabilities are now needed given the changing strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific region. It will be interesting to see the outcomes: ALCMs, additional KC-30s, a long range strike role for the new submarine fleet.  I suspect...
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    French Navy Want Aussie Escorts For Charles DG

    France is still actively engaged in the Pacific, and French forces are regular participants in ADF led exercises.  It's not a surprising development.
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    1 - Correct 2 - Australia actually mandated the combat system and weapons fit out, so the competition was really only for the hull and propulsion system. 3 - It will be interesting to see who actually commissions a ship first.
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    Don’t Put a Digital Expert in Charge of Your Digital Transformation

    "Management consulting" covers a pretty wide range of advice though.
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    Boy Scouts of America have a 'pedophile epidemic'

    This is probably the most notorious episode of institutional child abuse in Australia in recent times.  Yes, the alleged perpetrator is a woman.    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-07/malka-leifer-freed-from-detention-under-house-arrest/9525310
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    Replacing the Subs

    Why would a boat try to avoid detection in all exercises?  Might the objective be centred on training the boat's crew in countering the ship's or MPA's attack, or the ship or MPA crew in dealing with a boat that has been detected?  Would other navies, even if "friendly", necessarily want to...
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    They’ve been edging closer to resuming membership of ANZUS for a while now, so it’s not entirely surprising. Add in being able to leverage off the ADFs support infrastructure and the numbers probably add up the right way, compared to maintaining an increasingly costly and unreliable orphan...
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    BAE is essentially North American these days, even if nominally headquartered in the UK.  Had the type 26 not been engineered for the US Mark 45 Mod 4 and Mark 41, and designed for easy integration of the USN Aegis combat system and CAE radars, it may not have been successful in the RAN evaluation.
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    Australia ditching Eurocopter Tiger gunships?

    With the ADF transitioning to a fully networked force, the lack of a defined and agreed upgrade path for the Tiger enabling it to operate effectively in that environment would have been reason enough for its replacement.  The wording of the RFI seems pretty clear.
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    Sailor shortage strands Australian warship HMAS Perth in dry dock for two years

    There may be a bit more to it than reported. In addition to introducing the Hobart class, the RAN is also putting its 8 ANZACs though a mid life upgrade, with the first ship completed just recently.  It probably made sense to park a pre updated ANZAC for a stretch.
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    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Looks like a very similar technology to the CEA radars, at least in terms of scalability through the use of "tiles" or "bricks".  This discusses CEA's first generation CEAFAR as fitted to the RAN ANZACs under the ASMD upgrade: http://www.cea.com.au/News+Media/Attachments/2011-0009.pdf
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    The Defence Budget [superthread]

    When comparing the ADF and CF, and their funding, two questions seem apparent: for what roles do you really need uniformed personnel, and how long do you spend money on obsolescent equipment, even if it remains serviceable, to the detriment of investment in new platforms and capabilities?