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hen asked by APDR about the
importance of digital radios and
networks to battlefield command
systems in the ADF, Commodore
Stephen Woodall, of the Joint Capability Coordination
Division, said: "The increasing complexity of modern
warfare will require the ADF to achieve information
superiority in order to succeed. A networked ADF
will enable successful data exchange, information
management and shared situational understanding;
basically providing the Commander with the right
information at the right time to support the decision
According to the Australian Army “New radios and
systems commenced delivery in Tranche 1 across
Defence in May 2011. The capability delivered to date,
mainly into the 7th Brigade, has progressively become
engrained in the day to day business of that Brigade.
This significant capability advancement has started to
alter command and control operating procedures and
through further use and experience, will have a lasting
impact on how Army fights”.
Those radios and systems were used in brigade level
exercises during 2011 and 2012, from headquarters
down to dismounted individual soldiers. The post
exercise analysis recorded significant benefits in battle
management as well as planning and execution. The
digital backbone provided near real-time information
processing and sharing at all levels.
All equipment deliveries in Tranche 1 will be finalised
during 2014, which means Army will have a digital
Battle Management System for individual soldiers, as
well as for some G-Wagons, Bushmaster protected
mobility vehicles and Unimogs.
The next tranche, which has Government Second
Pass Approval, will complete equipment deliveries for
Bushmasters and G-Wagons, the new Medium Heavy
Trucks and ultimately the PMV-Light (the Hawkei if
finally selected.) Weapons integrated BMS will be
installed in tanks and ASLAVs. Lighter and smaller,
but more capable, radios will be provided for individual
soldiers and there will be some interoperability with key
Joint (to Divisional level) and Coalition systems.
In the period until 2018 Army is moving through its
most intensive phase of delivering the networked army
to two brigades, Special Forces and other Services.
Tranche 3 will complete all deliverables and enable a
refresh of earlier technology.
The author is a volunteer firefighter and accredited
wildfire communications planner for the Victoria
Country Fire Authority (CFA), getting called in to an
Incident Control Centre when wildfires get large and
lengthy, and require multiple emergency services and
aircraft to fight them. The CFA has just refreshed
its complete fleet of mobile and portable analogue
radios, going over to digital radio dispatch by VicFire,
as well as continuing the current command and
fireground channels. The author has been training
volunteer firefighters in use of these digital radios and
understands the complexity and challenge of moving
the ADF’s land forces across to digital radios - never
mind the introduction of new systems as well.
A very thorough report from the Australian National
Audit Office confirms progress to date, noting Army
and its industry partners are now making steady
progress implementing this capability.
UNSCRAMBLING LAND 200 PROJECT
Defence’s LAND 200 project names, phases, tranches
and acronyms are challenging to unscramble by people
outside the projects. The author freely admits having to
spend quite a lot of time to come to grips with them.
First of all, there is no formal Defence project
Radio Operator accessing a Battlefield Management System
BATTLEFIELD GEOFF SLOCOMBE // VICTORIA
COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
LAND 200 is the “catch all” name for three interconnected projects – LAND 75 covering Battlefield Command Systems
currently being implemented in the ADF; LAND 125 Soldier Enhancement and Integrated Systems to modernise soldier
systems for close combat capability; and JP 2072 Battlespace Communications (Land). All three projects are in acquisition
phases currently - and the next phases are working toward Government approval.
These LAND 200 projects are delivering capability throughout Defence in three Tranches (the French word for slices) between
2011 and 2021-2022.
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