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

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 […]

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)

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 […]

Australian Army Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter from 1st Aviation Regiment, Robertson Barracks. (Defence)

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 […]

Iran and Russia reportedly moving closer in concluding a possible contract for co-production of an undisclosed number of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter aircraft

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 […]

The first Airborne Gateway under the Broad Area Communications Node programme was installed aboard US Air Force EQ-4B Global Hawk and E-11A platforms deployed to Afghanistan

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 […]

F/A-18 Hornet pilot's view of the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport as he takes on fuel during a combat air patrol in the Middle East. (Defence)

Defining the Smart Tanker

The RAAF’s KC-30A tanker is having a big year in 2017 – with important milestones achieved and the continuing development of its capabilities and additional aircraft delivered. The KC-30A has […]

The RAAF's first two EA-18G 'Growler' electronic warfare aircraft overfly Australia for the first time, enroute to the Avalon Air Show in February this year. (Defence)

Next Generation Jammer for EA-18G ‘Growler’

A major announcement from the recent Avalon Air Show by Defence Minister Marise Payne revealed that Australia has entered into an agreement with the US Navy to co-develop elements of […]

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Cyberattacks – bits with more byte

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement last year that Australia has the capability to conduct cyberattacks came as no surprise to regular observers of the Australian Defence scene. Recent Defence White […]

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 […]