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Johnson South Reef (Chigua Reef in Chinese) disputed by both the Philippines and Vietnam, and now China

Australian airpower’s tough South China Sea challenge

The RAAF is in the midst of a large-scale replacement program but the strategic goalposts have just changed mid-game.  Two major events have driven this change: the development of new […]

C-17A ‘Globemaster III’

Air Force gears up for Avalon Air Show

Aircrews are practising their right stuff in aircraft such as the F/A-18F Super Hornet and F/A-18A Hornet along with the C-17A ‘Globemaster III’ and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport in preparation […]

The first of Australia’s EA-18G ‘Growler’ aircraft operating in the United States with RAAF crews. (No 6 Squadron Photo)

Super Hornet & Growler – Air Force’s smartest buys?

New generation aircraft types typically attract controversy, as problems arising during the manufacturing and operational development phases have to be rectified, often at high cost, which ultimately drives up the […]

Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft arrived in Australia in November last year and will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA

New maritime surveillance capability with P-8A Poseidon

Long range airborne maritime patrol has always been a key capability for Australia’s defence strategy, so the acquisition of the P-8A Poseidon LRMP aircraft to replace the ageing AP-3C Orion […]

A squadron of 12 F-22A ‘Raptor’ air superiority fighters have begun operations from RAAF Base Tindal, as part of a Defence agreement between Aust. and the US.

F-22A Raptors based at RAAF Base Tindal

A squadron of F-22A Raptor air superiority fighters began operations from RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory early February, marking the first time a squadron of US Air Force […]

Gulfstream G550 in military Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance configuration

Jericho Trail – 5th Generation air power pathway

Defence has introduced into service new platforms and capabilities for the Air Force, along with a range of capability enhancements to existing platforms. These milestones mark the transformation of the […]

Australia’s first F-35A Lightning II flies in formation with a US Air Force F-35A and an F-16 Fighting Falcon of the type to be replaced by the F-35 in US Air Force sqn's

F-35 JSF – perception versus reality

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 […]

In the US (Texas) the RSAF trains using six CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Bottom: Line-up of RSAF fighter jets at RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Pitch Black 2016

Singapore’s air force reinvents itself

Since 2005, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has been steadily reinventing itself as a ‘third generation’ force in accordance with an overarching Singaporean Armed Forces vision.  This long-term, […]

A US Navy P-3C Orion long range reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft of the type that came close to a PLA Air Force KJ-200 Balance Beam aircraft

Near miss in the South China Sea

Earlier this month, a US Navy P-3C Orion and a Chinese Air Force KJ-200 Balance Beam came so close over the South China Sea that the P-3 had to take […]


Defence White Paper – decisions versus achievements to date

* Defence Minister Marise Payne’s view of progress to date. One year on from the release of the release of the Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the […]