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HE annual Army
Demonstration Day on
August 23 provided the
chance for the Canberra-
based Defence community to get a
sneak peek of Army’s equipment
before its public display at the popu-
lar ADFA open day.
The acting CA, Maj-Gen
Anthony Rawlins, said the day
allowed the Defence community to
get up close to Army’s equipment on
display at Blamey Square, Russell,
and discuss it with the soldiers who
use it every day.
“It is our opportunity to show our
Canberra-based Navy and Air Force
colleagues, Defence Australian
Public Service staff and other gov-
ernment agencies the capabilities we
bring to bear in the national inter-
est,” Maj-Gen Rawlins said.
Equipment on display included
an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank,
Hawkei and Bushmaster protected
mobility vehicles, and a range of
Army’s unmanned aerial systems.
“Today, we have been able to
showcase our current equipment,
and discuss with our partners our
potential to develop and enhance
these capabilities into the future,”
Maj-Gen Rawlins said.
“The Army never fights alone
we work in partnership to ensure
we are ready now and also future
One vehicle receiving its fair share
of attention was a Hawkei two-door
WO2 Bradley Buik from
CASG’s Land Manoeuvre Systems
Branch at Victoria Barracks,
Melbourne, showed off the vehicle
to interested onlookers.
He said the Hawkei had been
modified to accommodate a tactical
“This system is for the future
ground-based air defence short-
range weapons system, which will
complement the early warning
and situational awareness for the
National Advanced Surface to Air
Missile System launcher,” he said.
WO2 Buik said what he liked
about the vehicle was its manoeu-
vrability and its optimisation func-
“Also the fact the radar is quite
intelligent with how it goes about
detecting aircraft and other plat-
forms,” he said.
Sgt Dave Morley
“THEY walk among us,” is an
often-heard saying from some of
TV’s science fiction dramas, but it
was certainly the case at one Army
Demonstration Day equipment
A “section” of Marathon autono-
mous robotic targets for live-fire
training moved among visitors at
Russell Offices on August 23.
Lt-Col Dan Harrison from the
Land Simulation Program said the
targets could be set to act autono-
mously based on a behaviours
model, meaning remote control was
“The targets can be dressed up to
be anyone the firers want and they
can shoot them to drop or shoot to
neutralise,” he said.
“They have a thermal signature
for use with the new weapons sights.
“They’re a realistic target, so you
can dress them up as ISIS, women,
children, whatever you like, so they
can be identified as friend or foe, to
suit whatever scenario firers want.
Lt-Col Harrison said it was an
Australian industry success story for
a company to be exporting them to
the US market.
“The target systems have now
been in use across the country for a
few years, and are used extensively
at Holsworthy, Swanbourne and
Singleton,” he said.
“An autonomous vehicle target is
being prototyped, which has a ther-
mal signature and an engine block
that can be targeted to disable the
“Feedback from diggers is that
they love them.”
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Demonstration Day was an opportunity to show off the best
of Army, write Maj Carrie Robards and Sgt Dave Morley.
Autonomous robotic targets
WO2 Bradley Buik talks about the Hawkei.
Combat Training Centre
soldiers with Mule, rear, and
Ghostrobotics, right, unmanned
ground vehicles in a display of
human-machine teaming during
Army Demonstration Day.
Photos: Cpl Sebastian Beurich
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