Category: Air Power

America’s Air Power Revolution

Air forces the world over closely watch America’s latest airpower innovations. These have often revolutionised the employment of airpower. Now, the Americans are again innovating and working towards a new airpower revolution. In time,...

Armed UAV decision near

A key Defence decision to be made this year is likely to be the selection of an armed medium altitude long endurance unmanned system under the $1-2 billion Project Air 7003 Phase 1. Although...

Australia’s ballistic missile defence options

North Korea’s ongoing ballistic missile testing highlights how important such rockets are to many modern military forces. Many have sizeable surface-to-surface missile forces intended for a variety of tactical and strategic roles. For these...

Triton on track for acquisition approval

 A formal decision on whether to proceed with the acquisition of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned long endurance maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability is expected to occur before the end of...

Enhanced capabilities for C-130J Hercules

The Royal Australian Air Force’s C-130J Hercules airlifters have quietly been undergoing a series of technology inserts in the last couple of years, which are designed to make the aircraft not only more survivable...

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 religious conflict and this...

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 ago. The F-35 has...

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...