Australia's first two EA-18G 'Growler' Electronic Warfare fighters arrive in-country. (Defence)
Australia's first two EA-18G 'Growler' Electronic Warfare fighters arrive in-country. (Defence)

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DefenceToday – May 2017 Edition

Editor’s Brief:

This edition of DefenceToday has some very topical articles that focus on Australia’s continuing
commitment to overseas operations and the strategic impacts those operations have on the world order.

Dr Peter Layton’s analysis of the ongoing conflicts in the greater Middle East provide an insight into the
complexity of the threat and the implications for Australia. He also examines why exit from Syria may
prove impossible given Iranian actions are exacerbating sectarian tensions, creating new adversaries
and reinforcing old prejudices.

Australia has taken delivery of two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. The RAAF fighter pilots who fly this
remarkable 5th Generation fighter have a very different view of its capability to that of the negative
public commentary.

The Australian Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter remains a project of concern for Defence
despite gains in capability in recent times. Nigel Pittaway separates public perception from capability
reality, and examines whether the Tiger ARH can survive its critics.

The KC-30A has become the air refuelling tanker of choice for Australia and its coalition partners.
Nigel looks at upgrade options for the KC-30 than would make it a networked asset for the Australian
Defence Force.

Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced a major Next Generation Jammer upgrade for the new
EA-18G ‘Growler’. Nigel Pittaway explains why this upgrade is necessary so early in the aircraft’s
life of type.

With cyberattacks so prevalent across the world, Malcolm Garcia’s article the possible use of
cyberattacks in the defence of Australia and its interests is particularly topical at present.
He raises some thought provoking issues related to the planning and use of cyberattacks.

As always, there’s more in this edition. Happy reading!

John Armstrong
Managing Editor

In this edition:

LONG WAR IN THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST
Violent jihadist groups continue to emerge, prolonging conflict.
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

FLYING THE F-35A ‘LIGHTNING II’ JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER
RAAF F-35 pilots’ perspective on Australia’s fighter of the future.
– John Armstrong, Brisbane

ARMY TIGER HELICOPTER – IN THE CROSSHAIRS AGAIN
Can the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program survive?
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

IRAN RISING – IMPLICATIONS FOR THE WEST
Iranian actions across the Middle East creating new adversaries.
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

CONNECTING THE NODES – AIRBORNE GATEWAY
Electronic gateways to link platforms across the Defence Force.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

DEFINING THE SMART KC-30A TANKER
Transforming the KC-30 into an electronic node on the network.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
NEXT GENERATION JAMMER FOR EA-18G ‘GROWLER’
$250m investment to future proof GrowlerÖs capability.
- Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

CYBERATTACKS – BITS WITH MORE BYTE
Use of cyberattacks in the defence of Australia and its interests.
– Malcolm Garcia, Adelaide

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