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ADI Details Plans for Aussie Army Bids (Sept. 30)

ADI was focused on developing the weapons, web based systems and other capabilities essential to warfighters of the hardened and networked Australian Army, ADI managing director, Mr Lucio Di Bartolomeo, said today.

“We are working with international partners to develop, deliver and support leading edge and affordable capabilities that will enable our soldiers to operate with confidence and effectiveness in complex, diffuse and lethal environments,” he said.

Mr Di Bartolomeo was delivering the keynote address at the opening day luncheon of the Land Warfare Conference 2004. ADI is a major sponsor of the conference.

Mr Di Bartolomeo outlined to delegates the initiatives ADI was undertaking in its role as “The partner in hardening and networking the Army”:

One of the first steps of the recently signed strategic R&D alliance between ADI and DSTO will be to investigate techniques for modelling the capability enhancement delivered by network centric warfare.

ADI is working with Thales to develop a sophisticated, digital artillery command and control system that will network all of the firepower assets available to a joint or coalition task force. He also announced that ADI had teamed with GIAT Industries of France to offer the 155mm CAESAR gun system as part of its solution for the Land 17 artillery replacement program.

ADI and the Australian Army are working together to develop an enhancement package for the F88 Austeyr rifle. The Army is currently trialling 12 A4 prototype weapons.

The JP 129 Tactical Unmanned Tactical Vehicle (UAV) program is a key program for networking the Army and the Australian Defence Force and ADI would be proposing a “very innovative” solution.

Mr Di Bartolomeo offered his thanks to the Chief of Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, and Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, for their support of ADI’s Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicle. He said Bushmaster, with its protection from anti tank mines and improvised explosive devices, would make a major contribution to protecting the soldiers of the hardened Army.

Referring to Defence’s Land 121 program, Mr Di Bartolomeo said the ADF’s experience in Cambodia, Africa, East Timor, Afghanistan and the Middle East had clearly demonstrated the need for high mobility vehicles to support operations in undeveloped, austere environments where roads are often very poor or non-existent. He said the Pinzgauer and Oshkosh vehicles being proposed by ADI were serving with “unsurpassed” distinction in Afghanistan and Iraq and could not be bettered for off-road missions.

ADI Focused on Hardening & Networking the Army