Articles in each edition of DefenceToday relate primarily to a theme, such as Air Power, Defence Industry; Technology, Land Warfare and Maritime Power.
DefenceToday – Aug-Oct 2017 Edition
In this special Sea Power edition, to be distributed at the Pacific 2017 maritime expo in Sydney early October, we examine a number of pressing capability issues facing Australia now and in the years to come.
Australia’s shipbuilding industry has suffered from boom and bust cycles for many years, until now. Peter Layton examines the Federal Government’s grand plan to create an enduring shipbuilding industry, with naval operational development linked to platform production cycles.
Nations worldwide are gearing up for submarine and anti-submarine warfare capability, as war at sea becomes increasingly more likely. Nigel Pittaway looks at anti-submarine warfare in the Asia-Pacific and the use of the new P-8A ‘Poseidon’ platform in the ASW role.
With the new Air Warfare Destroyer coming online and the LHD engaged in exercises such as Talisman Saber, Peter Layton takes a critical look at Australia’s pathway to a 5th Generation surface warfare fleet.
While Australia’s Future Submarine will be based on the French Shortfin Baracuda DCNS design, there’s still a lot to be decided about its end capability package. In an exclusive interview, Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, Head of the Future Submarine Project explains that the final design needs to meet the Government’s stated aims of a balanced capability anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, ISR and Special Operations support roles.
On the world scene, Malcolm Garcia examines the impact of China’s new Type 055 Destroyer, with the first vessel launched in June this year. He also points to the threat of North Korea’s potentially lethal, although outdated, submarine fleet.
In this edition:
AUSTRALIA’S GRAND NAVAL SHIPBUILDING PLAN
Creating an enduring naval shipbuilding industry – Peter Layton, Brisbane
ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
Chinese aspirations and unrest force a rethink on ASW skills – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
REGIONAL NEED FOR AN ORGANIC AMPHIBIOUS CAPABILITY
Australia is one of few nations to have amphibious assets – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
FIFTH GENERATION SURFACE WARFARE FLEET EMERGES
Western navies preparing for a future possible war at sea – Peter Layton, Brisbane
TEAM TACTICS – P-8A POSEIDON TAKES ON ASW
ASW needs multi-layered, networked high-end platforms – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
DEFINING AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE SUBMARINE
Delivering twelve regionally superior submarines to the Navy – Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne
CHINA LAUNCHES FIRST TYPE 055 DESTROYER
China’s aim to deploy a fleet of more capable, and lethal, vessels – Malcolm Garcia, Adelaide
OUTDATED BOATS BUT NORTH KOREA POSES A THREAT
Submarines threaten ships operating close to Korean coastline – Malcolm Garcia, Adelaide