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Although comprising mostly outdated and ageing vessels, North Korea’s submarine fleet will pose a threat, during a conflict, to ships operating close to the Korean coastline.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...

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...

Iran Rising – Implications for the West

Iran seems on a roll.  A nuclear weapons deal has removed sanctions, releasing embargoed funds, its military forces appear winning in Syria and Iraq, new long-range ballistic rockets are being tested, and small Iranian...

Connecting the nodes… Airborne Gateway

One high priority concept being pursued under Air Force’s ‘Plan Jericho’ is the use of electronic gateways to link platforms across the whole Defence Force, allowing data to flow freely around the battlespace.  In...