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Army May 12, 2011
By Maj Nathan Juchniewicz
and Capt James Manchip
EASY to carry and easy to shoot
-- that is how manufacturer FN
Herstal describes its 7.62mm
As part of the preparation for MTF
3, 2RAR has started training on the
new light-weight machine gun.
This training was run by mem-
bers of 2 Cdo Regt who taught the
lessons they had learnt on the sys-
tem when they were on operations in
Although slightly heavier than the
5.56mm Minimi, the Maximi is more
than 3kg lighter than the MAG58.
Pte Jarrad Robb, a MAG58 gunner
in 2RAR, said he found the Maximi
was lighter and more manoeuvrable.
"I think that in the light support
weapon role, this weapon will be
just as effective as the MAG58," Pte
The Maximi will also be fitted with
an EOTech holographic weapon sight
and has four Picatinny rails that allow
multiple ancillaries such as a fore-grip
and laser aiming device to be attached.
Pte Thomas Rodger, 2RAR, was
impressed with the new machine gun.
"I normally fire the Minimi and
I found the new weapon to be more
accurate, particularly out to
800m," Pte Rodger said.
DG Development and Plans
Army Brig Gregory Bilton
said Special Forces troops
had been using the Maximi
for several years.
"The feedback from SF has
cated the Maximi is a capable w
that is ideal for the current fig
Afghanistan," Brig Bilton said.
"Army is planning on perman
equipping each RAR battalion
School of Infantry and SF units
"It is important to not
Maximi is not intended to repla
MAG58 in the sustained fire ma
gun role or the 5.56mm Minimi
in RAR or Socomd units.
"It is simply an additional w
on system that a commander h
draw upon when conducting hi
The Maximi is to be issu
2RAR, 8/9RAR and SF units
next few months.
It is planned that the other
battalions will be equipped wi
Maximi as they enter the rea
phase of the force generation cyc
For more details on the Maximi, contact Army
HQ's Combat Development Cell.
Firepower: Pte Jarod Robb, 2RAR, tests the Maximi 7.62 machine gun using
the foregrip during training in Townsville.
Photo by LCpl Karl Leibbrandt
Holographic 1.5x optical
A FULL diagnostic review of the
MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter
Program has been completed.
The review was ordered in February
by Defence Minister Stephen Smith and
Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare to
address delays to the project.
It was chaired by the Deputy Chief
Executive Officer of the Defence
Materiel Organisation, Warren King,
who was supported by a number of inde-
The review has recommended that the
project should not be added to the Project
of Concern list at this time.
It has recommended Defence
work with the contractor, Australian
Aerospace, to implement a remediation
plan to address engineering and
The project will be the subject of
another diagnostic review later this year
on the effectiveness of the action taken
and whether further action is needed.
The diagnostic review was ordered
to address delays to the project due to a
series of key issues including engine fail-
ure, transmission oil cooler fan failures
and the poor availability of spares.
As reported in both the Defence
Annual Report and the Australian
National Audit Office Major Project
Report released last year, the project
has suffered delays of 12 months for the
Navy's helicopters and 18 months for the
To date, 13 MRH-90 helicopters have
been accepted by Defence and are being
used for testing and initial crew training.
Close cooperation to
resolve chopper issues
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