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FOR the first time since being raised
last year, 16 AL Regt has demonstrated
its full suite of anti-aircraft and coun-
ter-rocket, artillery and mortar technol-
ogy operating simultaneously.
The regiment showed off its capabili-
ties to Forcomd and demonstrated how
the unit would integrate with Army's
Whether enemy aircraft are closing
in or indirect fire is falling nearby, 16
AL Regt can rapidly detect incoming
threats and send support elements to
neutralise the enemy.
Combining a live feed from a circling
Air Force Wedgetail with a Giraffe Agile
Multi-Beam radar (G-AMB), the gun-
ners were able to detect an "enemy"
PC-9 from takeoff all the way to its tar-
get at Woodside Barracks.
The radar data was sent with a click
of a button to 110 AD Bty, which identi-
fied the enemy aircraft on its Portable
Search and Target Acquisition Radar
and countered by deploying an RBS-70
missile launcher in less than 30 sec-
onds from the new air defence variant
Surrounding forces were simultane-
ously warned of an incoming air threat.
The next phase had all observers on
the edge of their seats. Even a few sup-
port specialists from Defence partners
including Raytheon and SAAB looked
Overseeing the Giraffe radar and a
troop command post was LBdr James
Howarth, of 111 Bty, who said it was
the first time so many elements had been
"The linking of so many different
systems has never been done before,"
Part two of the demonstration began
with Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar
(LCMR) and Giraffe radar detecting an
incoming RAM (rocket, artillery and
Though the Giraffe radar can detect
at longer ranges it is not as manoeuvra-
ble as an LCMR.
Bdr Dale Munson, a Counter Fires
Detachment Commander, said the
LCMR could get in closer for more
"With the LCMR my detachment can
move ahead with lead elements provid-
ing a point of origin of indirect fire that
the G-AMB could miss being further
back due to terrain," he said.
Both radars automatically relayed the
RAM event, including the point of ori-
gin, to the brigade Air Land Integration
Cell and in turn the Joint Fires Effects
Coordination Cell (JFECC), where a
decision was made to counter what was
assessed to be a mortar threat.
The system then provided a call for
fire on the Advanced Field Artillery
Tactical Data System and an approval
from the JFECC sent the call for fire to
an M777-A2, provided by 8/12 Regt's
102 Bty, which fired on the enemy's
Simultaneously, Air Ground
Operations Bty also received the feed
in the Brigade Integration Cell, coordi-
nated through a JTAC to send a second
PC-9 -- this one playing friendly -- on a
bombing mission to the enemy mortar
For 16 AL Regt, as well as support-
ing operations overseas, the next step
will be making these elements function
in a tactical and dynamic environment
with even more components at play on
Exercise Talisman Sabre 13.
Troops demonstrate response to air and indirect fire threats
Air threat: The Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam radar plays a crucial role in detecting an enemy aircraft, which
is then engaged by an RBS-70 missile team (inset) during a capability demonstration by 16 AL Regt.
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