In addition to Brigade and Unit teams from within the Australian Armed Forces, international military teams are also invited to attend.
This year international attendees included teams from:
Papua New Guinea
and a French Marine contingent from New Caledonia
Enjoy the pics!
Shooter from the Australian Navy team wearing DPNU and Boarders Load Bearing Vest incorporating an inbuilt flotation device
Shooter from Singapore Army wearing new pixellised camouflage and Singapore produced Israeli-type webbing modified with ALICE harness fitted
Shooter and Coach from Philippines Army wearing distinctive dark DPM pattern
Indonesian Army shooter with Pindad SS-2 V4 5.56mm Assault Rifle. This firer was the only one in the team wearing the furry hat. All participants from the Pacific Rim, indeed, even from Northern Australia found the climate particularly frigid. The Canadians, on the other hand, thought it was summer ....
Shooter from Papua New Guinea Defence Force. Normally armed with M-16A2's, in this case, they used borrowed weapons from the ADF. Note the Australian pattern webbing done in DPM cordura.
The ammo loading table at the Mechanical Target Range. Note new Thai digitalised pattern and cold weather DPM jackets worn by the Indonesians.
Teams lining up for the Machine Gun shoot. Note the Canadians in front with different shades of Cadpat due to wear. A glitch in paperwork stopped their weapons coming into US airspace so they came to Australia and shot with borrowed ADF Minimis and M-4 carbines (albeit with their own scopes).
Singapore Army Ultimax LMG topped with Trijicon ACOG.
Para-Minimi used by French New Caledonia contingent garnered a lot of interest amongst firers
The new F88 Austeyr now factory finished for desert conditions
Philippine Army M-16 flat-topped with what appears to be Nightforce optics
Indonesian Army Ultimax LMG differed in small details from their Singaporean counterparts, most notably in their optics.
French FAMAS G2 version topped with 4 times 'Scrottie' Optic sight. Most of the French were using Blackhawk OD chest rigs. One can also make out the RPIMa (Marine Para) subdued insignia velcroed to the webbing.
Puckapunyal is also home to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Museum which boasts a multitude of interesting tracked vehicles and displays. The display case featured shows memorabilia brought back from Iraq
This pic and the two following show a mannequin set up as an armoured crewman as he would have looked in Iraq. Note camouflaged headwear, Enhanced Combat Body Armour (ECBA) (now obsolete) and related insignia.
Will post more pics up as I get the opportunity ...[i]