Australian Army Selects SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro to Replace The Browning HiPower

The Australian Department of Defence has announced that under its Lethality System Project LAND 159 project a raft of new small arms have been selected for the Australian Defence Force’s dismounted combatants. The news was announced at the end of last month with Head Land Systems, Major General Andrew Bottrell announcing the selections and saying that “this is a bold step into modern weaponry to quickly improve Australia’s defence preparedness.” Bottrell said early engagement with the industry had proven very successful.

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POTD: Australian Army Soldier – Rim of the Pacific

Photo Of The Day: Above you see (well, kind of) an Australian Army soldier from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He patrols through bushland during a simulated reconnaissance operation during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. From June 29 to August 4, 26 countries, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft, and 25,000 people will take part in RIMPAC in and near the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. His rifle looks like an F88 AUSteyr, or do you think it’s something else?

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POTD: F88 Austeyr in Australian Army

Photo Of The Day – We take a look at the Australian F88 Austeyr, the Austrian Steyr AUG STG-77 lookalike. The pictures are from the 2020 Army Skill at Arms Meeting Champion Shot, a competition to test the skills of shooters through realistic and challenging scenarios. We see an Australian Army soldier from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment as he takes a sight picture during the moving target serial. Note how compact the F88 is despite its 16″ barrel.

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Aquaterro To Offer SIG Next Gen Weapons To Australian Army

The US Army’s ongoing Next Generation Squad Weapon program has spawned capable designs from three companies. While the NGSW program has not yet selected a winner it was inevitable that the companies would begin to offer their weapons to other nations seeking to upgrade their infantry small arms. It appears that the first may be the NGSW prototypes from SIG Sauer.

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The Australian Army Orders More EF88 Rifles

The Australian Government has announced that the Australian Defense Force will receive a further 8,500 EF88 rifles. This comes on top of the 30,000 already ordered and procured from the Thales owned Lithgow Arms. The move comes as Australia announced a major realignment of their defense policy, we covered this in more detail over at Overt Defense.

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Australian Army Funds Domestic Development of a New Shotgun, Body Armor and Sights

Australian Defence Magazine reports that Australian Army awarded three contracts with a total value of about $2.2 million to two domestic arms and equipment manufacturing companies. Here is how the publication describes the process of submission and selection of these projects:

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Australian EF88 Details/Tier System

During the adoption of the Thales EF88 rifle by the Australian Defense Force, one of the operational requirements for the EF88 was to produce a tiered system for combatants. There is nothing new about this “system” when it comes to small arms throughout military history. Most militaries prioritize troops at the front over troops in the rear when it comes to small arms and equipment. Although support troops are essential to the mission, they most likely won’t be actively engaging the enemy, and thus have less of a need for superior fighting equipment.

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Australian Army Adopts L-3 Squad Laser Range Finder

The Australian Army announced that procurement will begin for a picatinny mounted laser range finder that will supplement also recently purchased ATPIAL AN/PEQ 16s at the squad level.   The Squad Range Finder (SFR) from L-3 Warrior Systems has visible and IR laser capabilities, IR illuminator, in addition to the laser range finder. Although it lacks a white light capability, it brings to table a compact range finder accurate out to 3,000 meters. Usually laser range finders are limited to sniper teams, SF groups, and forward observers but with the SRF, an individual rifleman will be able to find the range of anything in front of him. This is not only extremely useful for engaging a point target, but also for calling in fire missions, coordinating with adjacent units, planning attacks/patrols/defenses, etc… To my knowledge this is the first time any modern professional military has pushed a laser range finder capability down to the lowest level, the private on patrol.

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