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July 13, 2017
HE sounds of helicopters
firing cannons and launch-
ing missiles filled the skies
over Mount Bundey Training
Area (MBTA) as 1 Avn Regt com-
pleted another successful Exercise
Finishing June 1, Adjt 1 Avn Regt
Capt Brenton Day said the quarterly
exercise focused on two elements.
“Our major focus is ARH Tigers fly-
ing from Robertson Barracks to MBTA
in pairs to conduct live-firing activities to
qualify junior aircrew as combat-ready
co-pilots,” he said.
“A second goal of the exercise was to
facilitate Manned-Unmanned Teaming
(MUM-T) between Tiger and Shadow
200 UAV, operated by 20 STA Regt.
“This culminated in a number of
Hellfire missiles being shot by ARH and
lased onto target by the UAV – this was
a big step in proving the capability for
CO 1 Avn Regt Lt-Col Hayden
Archibald said his unit was able to grow
the capability for the wider Army, quali-
fying additional aircrew as combat-ready
“Aviation integration with the
combined arms team is significantly
enhanced through Griffin Guns, which
presents a prime opportunity to plan and
train in complex joint live-fire activi-
ties,” he said. “Our sustainable training
program now includes regular gunnery
at MBTA, providing more opportunities
for joint fire controllers and manoeuvre
commanders across the ADF to train
with the ARH Tiger.”
ARH pilot Lt Trent McInnes, of 162
Sqn, said Griffin Guns provided valuable
training opportunities for his progres-
sion towards his qualifications as a C
“This qualification was awarded to
eight pilots during the exercise and ena-
bles them to act as a combat-ready co-
pilot,” he said.
TWO notable sensor-to-shooter firsts were
achieved for Army through cooperation
between the 20 STA Regt Shadow 200 UAS
and the 1 Avn Regt ARH Tiger, and 102
Coral Bty’s 155mm M777 Howitzers.
20 STA Regt 2IC Maj Geoff Meekan said
a step forward in ADF Manned-Unmanned
Teaming (MUM-T) capability was realised
between 1 Avn Regt and 20 STA Regt.
“Through operational test and evaluation
of the Shadow 200 UAV laser target designa-
tor (LTD), the combined arms team achieved
Australia’s first successful ARH-launched
Hellfire missile, while being remotely guided
by the Shadow 200 UAS,” he said.
“With the ARH’s restricted observation of
the target, due its low altitude, the UAS crew
operated as the sole observer and employed
the UAV’s LTD for both the Hellfire lock-on
before launch and lock-on after modes. All
missiles impacted on target.”
The UAS mission commander, Bdr Aaron
Bamford, said the level of combined arms
integration between the ARH and UAS was
Maj Meekan said the other first was an
opportunity to adjust 155mm artillery fire
for 102 Coral Bty’s M777 Howitzers, which
resulted in Australia’s first Shadow 200 UAS
mission with live artillery fire.
“While 20 STA Regt has previously sup-
ported artillery engagements on operations,
this was a first for the Shadow 200 UAS with
RAA guns,” he said.
UAS mission commander, Bdr Ben
Elford, said crews were trained in RAA mis-
“The results showed when, after only a
single round of adjustment, we achieved tar-
get round,” he said.
BC 131 STA Bty Maj Jason Hadden said
Griffin Guns and the 102 Coral Bty engage-
ments were testament to the high standards
within the RAA.
“It’s an indicator to the wider combined
arms community of what can be done with
our UAS, and that with 1 Avn Regt we’ve
successfully demonstrated MUM-T as a new
level of flexibility in combined arms targeting
and survivability for the manned rotary wing
and ground-based delivery systems,” he said.
Exercise Griffin Guns is creating a more capable Army in the air Marnie Hobson and Sgt Dave Morley report.
Lt McInnes’ final C Cat flight
involved planning, briefing and exe-
cuting a mission in support of ground
“The mission, conducted at night
with a pair of Tigers, was a fantastic
opportunity for me to practise close
tactical formation flying and weapon
profiles using both high explosive rock-
ets and the 30mm gun,” he said.
“I particularly enjoyed the chal-
lenge of flying in a dark and dynamic
environment and using the systems on
board the Tiger to provide accurate
and timely fires in support of ground
Lt-Col Archibald said Griffin Guns
was also a significant step forward in
MUM-T capability with 1 Avn Regt
closely integrating with 20 STA Regt
to conduct Australia’s first successful
ARH-launched Hellfire missile remote-
ly guided by Shadow UAS.
“This was done in both the lock-on
before launch and lock-on after launch
modes for the missile, with both mis-
siles impacting the target area,” he said.
“It proved a huge success and testa-
ment to the efforts made by all mem-
bers of 1 Avn Regt and 20 STA Regt.”
Cpl Sebastian Beurich
FEW things are more repugnant
than acts of sexual violence com-
mitted against innocent men,
women and children during the
course of a conflict.
As part of the ADF’s commitment
to UNSCR 1325 – Women Peace
and Security – HQJTF 633 person-
nel on Operation Accordion paused
on June 19 to reflect on the UN’s
International Day for the Elimination
of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
For HQJTF633 Gender Adviser,
Leut-Cmdr Donna Sill, the day is an
opportunity to highlight the role of
the ADF in addressing the significant
impact of sexual violence on security
“All Defence personnel receive
training on specific responses to con-
flict related sexual and gender-based
violence when they enter the Middle
East region,” she said.
“This training is delivered specifi-
cally to the areas they will be operat-
ing in and focuses on recognising
what constitutes sexual and gender-
based violence, as well as detailing
specific reporting requirements.”
Sexual and gender-based violence
is not limited to sexual assault and
harassment as it covers a wide range
of acts, some of which may be an
violence in conflict
ingrained part of a country’s culture.
For example, some cultures still
practise forced marriages, genital
mutilation and gender-based exploi-
tation. The violence can sometimes
be precursors to a wider conflict – as
a group or organisation grows more
violent, the population is more likely
to be subject to sexual violence.
“Acts of sexual and gender-based
violence are known to be part of the
strategic objectives and ideology of
certain terrorist groups,” Leut-Cmdr
“Australian medical personnel,
who have worked in Africa, have told
of a number of local women present-
ing for a contraception injection,
because they knew they were going
to be raped in an imminent conflict
and didn’t want to become pregnant.
“Acts like these can prolong and
exacerbate conflict and instability
or intensify its impact on civilian
Deputy Commander of JTF633,
Air-Cdre Guy Wilson said helping
to end sexual violence in Australia’s
operational theatres was an important
part of the ADF’s mission.
“It is our responsibility as profes-
sional soldiers, sailors and airmen
and women to do our best to prevent
human exploitation and gender-based
violence in any form,” he said.
“We have an obligation to stand
up for those who might be unable to
stand up for themselves.”
Cmdr Donna Sill,
talks with WO1
about the work
the ADF is doing
to reduce sexual
based violence on
Photo: Cpl Sebastian
A Tiger in flight near
Pilots from 1 Avn Regt
prepare for take-off in a
Cfn Matthew Drost, left,
and Sgt Michael Fairhurst
conduct maintenance on
an ARH Tiger at Robertson
Photos: SGT Janine Fabre
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