DefenceToday – Air, Land, Maritime Capabilities

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.

Australia’s grand naval shipbuilding plan

Artist view of the upgraded Osborne South surface shipbuilding facility

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 […]

ASW in the Asia-Pacific

Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ fires a Hellfire’ missile during flight trials in the United States

With the ever increasing threat of war with North Korea, the rise of Chinese territorial ambitions in the South China Sea and unrest throughout the region, much of the world’s […]

Need for organic amphibious capability

Australian Navy MRH90 helicopter on the flight deck of the Landing Helicopter Dock ship HMAS Canberra

In July an Australian & New Zealand Amphibious Ready Group made history with the largest amphibious assault by Australian forces in 70 years. The event during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017, […]

Fifth generation surface warfare fleet emerges

: HMAS Hobart the first of the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) undergoing sea trials
(AWD Alliance)

Since the Cold War ended the US Navy has dominated the seas, and this has allowed Western navies to focus on projecting power from the sea, generally in support of […]

Team tactics – Poseidon takes on ASW

Two generations of Australian long range maritime patrol platforms: the new P-8A ‘Poseidon’ and the type it replaces, the AP-3C ‘Orion’(Defence)

The successful prosecution of Anti-Submarine Warfare in the modern sense is very much a team effort, requiring a multi-layered capability of high end platforms along with close cooperation between the […]

Defining Australia’s future submarine

Australia's current Collins class submarine (Defence)

Project Sea 1000 aims to deliver twelve regionally superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy from the early 2030s to replace the current fleet of six Collins class boats.Australia’s unique […]

China launches first Type 055 Destroyer

All hands on deck for the launch of the first Type 055 destroyer in June 2017

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 […]

North Korea’s Submarines

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un aboard a Romeo-class submarine

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 […]

Long War in the Greater Middle East

A British Army Apache helicopter fires unguided 70mm rockets Afghan insurgents. (Photo: Staff Sergeant Mike Harvey/MOD)

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 […]

Flying the F-35 – a pilot perspective

The RAAF's first F-35A 'Lightning II' fighter jets in Australian skies for the first time enroute to participate in the Avalon Air Show last February. (Defence)

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 […]