Australia’s grand naval shipbuilding plan

Australia has long built warships and submarines, albeit on a stop-go basis. However, the shipyard infrastructures for each new build and the associated skills developed during the construction phase have generally dissipated after the...

China launches first Type 055 Destroyer

The entry into service of the new Type 055 destroyer is unlikely to provide a major boost in capability to the Chinese Navy (the PLA-N), instead representing a continuing evolutionary approach to surface combatant...

North Korea’s Submarines

Although comprising mostly outdated and ageing vessels, North Korea’s submarine fleet will pose a threat, during a conflict, to ships operating close to the Korean coastline. Outside of declared hostilities these boats provide Pyongyang...

Long War in the Greater Middle East

Australia has been part of America’s long war since it began in 2001 with the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC. Al-Qaeda framed the war as a religious conflict and this...

Flying the F-35 – a pilot perspective

The F-35A Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) has been the most controversial combat aircraft acquisition Australia has entered into since the heady days of the F-111 strike/reconnaissance platform 50 years ago. The F-35 has...

Tiger ARH – in the crosshairs

Despite some solid progress over the past four years, the Australian Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter continues to attract its fair, some would say unfair, share of criticism. The ARH is undeniably late, seven...