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September 1, 2011
THE final evaluation phase of a
Government initiative trialling the
provision of basic healthcare to
ADF families is under way.
ADF members and families
are encouraged to have their say
regarding the current and potential
future delivery of healthcare to
The trial began in May 2009
and is scheduled to end on June
30 next year.
The trial provides access to free
basic healthcare for ADF families
living in remote and regional loca-
An estimated 16,000 depend-
ants are eligible to participate in
Feedback from ADF families
participating in the trial, as well
as from Defence families in other
Defence locations, is essential to
ensure families are adequately
represented when Joint Health
Command provides trial outcomes
and recommendations to the
To participate in the survey follow
the link provided on the ADF Family
Health website at www.defence.gov.
healthcare.htm or contact ADF
Family Health on (02) 6266 3547.
LAC Bill Solomou
AUSTRALIA'S ground communica-
tions capability in Afghanistan may
receive a major enhancement, judging
from a recent trial at the Woomera Test
Tests in July have proven the
Airborne UHF Transponder for Radio
relay (AUTRY) system a huge success.
Involved in the testing were Air
Force, Army, Defence Science and
Technology Organisation (DSTO),
Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
and contractor staff.
With AUTRY fitted and the
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
operating at altitude, clear and stable
encrypted communications between
handheld radios was verified at ranges
well in excess of that required to cover
the entire Australian area of operations
in southern Afghanistan.
AUTRY will be integrated on the
RPA, and the aircraft will have the
ability to not only undertake surveil-
lance imagery but also act as a flying
Maritime Patrol Systems Program
Office Deputy Chief Engineer
SQNLDR Rob Saunders was impressed
with the outcomes.
"So far AUTRY has exceeded all
expectations," he said.
"AUTRY will now provide ground
forces with the ability to communi-
cate over larger distances using UHF,
instead of satellite communications."
The project was initiated by
DSTO and the Command Control
Communications and Intelligence
Division in 2003. Since then a small
team led by Dr Weimin Zhang has
conducted a number of flight tests on
smaller Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
"The large coverage area is due
to the size and altitude of Heron," Dr
"The beauty of AUTRY is that it
does not require a special antenna and
radio for ground forces."
The AUTRY units are manufactured
by Australian company RF Industries.
A cut-down version has also been
installed on Scan Eagle UAVs used by
the Army. Some AUTRY units have
been sold to the US Department of
Defense for use with Aerosonde UAVs.
The Heron at the
Range where it was
ested by Air Force,
Army, DSTO, DMO
and contractor staff.
Photos: LAC Scott
Thumbs up after Heron
trials go well at Woomera
' The beauty of AUTRY is that it does
not require a special antenna and
radio for ground forces.
-- Dr Weimin Zhang
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