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Australian FA/18F Super Hornet refuels at night over an Iraq city.

Australian Air Power

Australian FA/18F Super Hornet refuels at night over an Iraq city.
M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

Land Force Operations

M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
Preparing an MRH90 Helicopter for flight of HMAS Canberra LHD.

Maritime Power

Preparing an MRH90 Helicopter for flight of HMAS Canberra LHD.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – Just another fighter bomber


The Lockheed Martin F-35 is finally on track after numerous technical issues, long delays and large cost increases.  Daniel Conroy, LM’s F-35 Director asserts: “We can see the light at […]

Year of air strikes – OKRA

A Royal fully armed RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fires a flare and banks away during a mission in the skies over Iraq

With RAAF air strikes against IS targets under the Australian Defence Force’s Operation Okra now in a second year, the success of recent ground operations has increased the operational tempo […]

Super Hornets come of age


Following on from combat missions in the Middle East during 2014 and 2015 the F/A-18F Super Hornets based at RAAF Amberley have a busy operational year during 2016, including a […]

China’s great big, very capable fighter force

JF-17 Thunder, a fourth-generation fighter jet co-developed by China and Pakistan

China’s rapid economic growth over the last two decades has allowed the country to significantly modernise its defence forces – and none more so than the People’s Liberation Army Air […]

Future full spectrum force – 5th Generation capability

A P-8A ‘Poseidon’ Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft on finals to Patuxent River Naval Air Station

Over the past few years Defence has introduced into service a number of new platforms and capabilities into the Australian Air Force, along with a range of capability enhancements to […]

JPADS trials enhance ADF air drop capability


Trials carried out at Woomera last year demonstrated the ADF’s ability to undertake precision air drops, using the Joint Precision Air Drop System (JPADS). Flying at 20,000ft a Lockheed Martin […]

The future of fixed-wing ADF pilot training

A contract awarded to Team 21, led by Lockheed Martin, provides for ADF pilot training using the Pilatus PC-21 aircraft replacing the PC-9A above

The contract to supply the Australian Defence Force’s future fixed-wing Pilot Training System (PTS) was signed in Canberra on December 8. Under the contract ‘Team 21’, an industry consortium led […]

Air-land firepower tested in joint battlespace setting

A Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) moves into a firing position during Exercise Jericho Dawn held at Puckapunyal, Victoria

Air Force and Australian Army elements, with support from Northrop Grumman, have successfully conducted a firepower demonstration and a combat team quick attack demonstration at Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria […]

Preparing for ‘Poseidon’ – New era in Maritime Air Power

Aircrews ‘fly’ the P8-A ‘Poseidon’ mission simulator as part of conversion-to-type training with the US Navy. (US Navy)

With the first of eight Boeing P-8A ‘Poseidon’ maritime patrol aircraft now under contract and an initial cadre of flight crew and maintenance personnel undergoing training in the United States, […]

SEA 1180: Modernisation and Modularity


Recent announcements by Government have once again focused attention on major naval shipbuilding projects to be started over the next decade but there has been a subtle shift in policy […]