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DefenceToday – March 2018 Edition

In this special Air Power edition we have a great lineup of articles, with mainly a view to the future of the platforms and systems that will shape tomorrow’s battlespace.

Particularly important is Peter Layton’s article on an air power revolution happening in the United States, with the premise that existing stealth fighters will likely be unable to penetrate hostile airspace post-2030, and what the US is doing to produce a new platform/system capability over the next 20 years.

Armed UAVs, commonly called “drones”, continues to be controversial because of the offensive nature of such an unmanned platform; however, their use is becoming essential for armed overwatch of ground forces operating in high threat environments. Nigel Pittaway examines the options and pathways for Australia. He also provides an update on the MQ-4C Triton acquisition decision for Australia.

The rise of China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region has Asian countries pursuing 5th Generation capabilities for their defence forces. Nigel Pittaway examines how these countries are developing indigenous platforms and looking to purchase exported capabilities.

Australia’s remoteness from potential enemy attacks has always been good passive air defence measure but the development of long range ballistic missile has changed that thinking. Peter Layton looks at the options for Australia to acquire a credible Ballistic Missile Defence system that fits with our overall air defence system.

Cyber warfare by way of non-kinetic means is becoming increasingly prevalent. Nigel Pittaway examines the prospect of warfare in the electromagnetic spectrum and what this means for Australia.

Happy reading!

John Armstrong
Managing Editor

 

In this edition:

AMERICA’S AIR POWER REVOLUTION
Finding ways to penetrate hostile airspace beyond 2030. – Peter Layton, Brisbane

DECISION ON ARMED UAVs EXPECTED SOON
Armed overwatch of ground forces requires UAV firepower. – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

ASIAN AIRPOWER – STRIVING FOR 5TH GENERATION
Asian countries developing advanced air combat platforms – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

AUSTRALIA’S BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE OPTIONS
Preparing for future threat from long range missile attack. – Peter Layton, Brisbane

TRITON ON TRACK FOR ACQUISITION APPROVAL
UAV component of AIR 7000, for future maritime ISR. – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

ISREW – WARFARE IN THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
Countering the threat of non-kinetic means of warfare. – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

ENHANCED CAPABILITIES FOR C-130J HERCULES
Improved self-protection suite and more accurate air drops. – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

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