Maintaining a Serviceable Explosive Ordnance Capability in the Middle East Area of Operation

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Maintaining a Serviceable Explosive Ordnance Capability in the Middle East Area of Operation

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Author(s): Michael T. Rigby
No pages: 4
Year: 2009
Article ID: 12-2-2
Keywords: firepower and protection, resource optimisation
Format: Electronic (PDF)

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Abstract: In the first quarter of 2008 QinetiQ Novare completed three months of intensive testing and analysis on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) in order to deliver recommendations for the lifing of explosive ordnance (EO) items deployed to the Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO). The study and associated detailed analysis of over 200 items of EO delivered on average a 400% increase over current deployed lives. In some instances QinetiQ Novare was able to substantiate increases greater than 700% than the extant lives promulgated by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for some items of EO in the MEAO. The range of EO items studied under this task included a variety of 5.56-mm, 9-mm, and .50 cal small arms ammunition natures, 25-mm MP-T and HEI-T, a selection of aircraft countermeasures, aircraft flares and hand employed flares, various signal kits, lethal and non-lethal 40-mm natures, 66-mm rockets, and the 84-mm Carl Gustav family of weapons. As a direct result of the program, it is anticipated that the CoA will have the opportunity to realise savings in the order of tens of millions of dollars per annum (for each year the ADF remains operationally deployed in a MEAO-like environment) across the operational and logistic supply chain whilst significantly increasing the ADF's deployed operational capability.