Australian Army tests latest capabilities during land trial exercise

22 October 2018 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2018 10:07)

The Australian Army has been undertaking an assessment of its latest capabilities as part of a land trial exercise in Townville.

Australian Army tests latest capabilities during land trial exercise
A simulated munition explodes next to an Australian Army light protected mobility vehicle Hawkei during land trials. Credit: Commonwealth of Australia.

The Australian Army has been undertaking an assessment of its latest capabilities as part of a land trial exercise in Townville.

More than 200 people participated in the land trial exercise over the past month, including personnel from the army’s 3rd Brigade, 6th Brigade and 17th Brigade, Defence Science and Technology, Defence Industry Division, as well as the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

Australian Army land capability head major general Kath Toohey noted that the trial served as a platform to showcase the modernisation of the army.

Toohey said: “This is an exciting time for the army as it transitions from testing and evaluating individual pieces of equipment to testing and evaluating its capabilities as part of a complete system.

“Several combat team scenarios were carried out to perform additional testing of the army’s latest capabilities, including the protected mobility vehicle light Hawkei.”

“This process of continually testing and evaluating is important as it ensures that army personnel are always ready and prepared now and into the future.”

Meanwhile, several combat team scenarios were carried out to perform additional testing of the army’s latest capabilities, including the light protected mobility vehicle Hawkei, and Bushmaster.

Other capabilities subjected to testing included the soldier combat ensemble, enhanced night fighting equipment and the Black Hornet 3 nano unmanned aerial system and battle management system.

The exercise allowed soldiers to test and provide feedback on these capabilities.

Toohey added: “Their input combined with the feedback from key defence capability experts informs final adjustments and decisions prior to the roll-out of equipment to units. This trial is an important final step to ensure some of the army’s latest capabilities are ready for introduction to units.”