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DefenceToday – February 2017 Edition

Editor’s Brief:

This year’s Avalon Air Show enables the Australian Defence Force to showcase a number of its most recent asquistions including the future of air combat capability in the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the EA-18G ‘Growler’ electronic warfare aircraft, and the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance platform.
In his special reports on these new platforms, Nigel Pittaway looks firstly at the perceptions versus reality of the F-35 programme in the United States. He asks whether those who are most critical of the F-35 understand the progress this cutting-edge programme has achieved to date, and whether these critics know what US Air Force and US Navy combat pilots know about the capabilities of what is going to be Australia’s fighter of the future.
Nigel also examines what the EA-18G Growler brings to the air combat arena in terms of being able to locate and identify threats in areas of operations and the Growler’s abilty to attack these threats if necessary. Growler will be an excellent addition to current F/A-18 Super Hornet capability, which poses the question as to whether these acquisitions are amongst the smartest Defence has made in recent times.
Also evaluated is how the P-8A Poseidon will bring a new level of capability to the always important areas of maritime surveillance and reconnaissance.
At the strategic level, Peter Layton provides an analysis of China’s involvement in the South China sea, which has made a significant impact on the defence strategies of Asean nations. China’s presence there brings new meaning to the potential for intimidation and threat.
Peter also looks at the impressive capability of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, and how this relatively small nation has been able to evolve a very capable fighter force and operational support structure.
Avalon 2017 is certainly shaping up as  an air show of firsts for the Australian Defence Force.
Happy reading.

John Armstrong
Managing Editor

2       CHINA’S SOUTH CHINA SEA CHALLENGE
Potential threat of new island airbases in the South China Sea.
– Peter Layton, Brisbane
8       AIR FORCE GEARS UP FOR AVALON AIR SHOW
Largest air show in Southern Hemisphere in Melbourne.
– John Armstrong, Brisbane
12      SUPER HORNET & GROWLER – RAAF’s SMARTEST BUYS?
More than an F-111 replacement and wait option for F-35.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
18       NEW MARITIME CAPABILITY WITH P-8A POSEIDON
Poseidon and Triton UAV team up for future maritime power.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
6        F-22A RAPTORS BASED AT ‘TOP END’ AIR BASE
Air superiority fighters deploy to RAAF Base Tindal .
– John Armstrong, Brisbane
20      JERICHO TRAIL – 5th GENERATION AIR POWER PATHWAY
New platforms drive development of networked ADF.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
25      F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER – PERCEPTION VERSUS REALITY
Is it a case of critics not knowing what F-35 pilots know?
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
29      SINGAPORE’S AIR FORCE REINVENTS ITSELF
Planned evolution towards a 3rd Generation Air Force.
– Peter Layton, Brisbane
34      MARITIME NEAR MISS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
Chinese KJ-200 closes to 300 metres on a US Navy P-3 Orion
– Malcolm Garcia, Adelaide
36      DEFENCE WHITE PAPER – DECISIONS VERSUS OUTCOMES
Defence Minister Marise Payne’s view of progress to date.
– John Armstrong, Brisbane

 

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