DefenceToday – Air, Land, Maritime Capabilities

Australian FA/18F Super Hornet refuels at night over an Iraq city.

Australian Air Power

Australian FA/18F Super Hornet refuels at night over an Iraq city.
M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

Land Force Operations

M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
Preparing an MRH90 Helicopter for flight of HMAS Canberra LHD.

Maritime Power

Preparing an MRH90 Helicopter for flight of HMAS Canberra LHD.

MRH90 ‘TAIPAN’… Not ‘out of the woods’ yet

Royal Australian Navy MRH90 Taipan Multi Role Helicopter conducts deck landing and recovering  procedures off HMAS Tobruk. (Defence)

Over the past few years the Australian Defence Force’s MRH90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter has achieved some significant milestones and, since being re-baselined in May 2013, the programme has achieved a […]

Russia’s war in the Ukraine

Russian TOS-1A Buratino multiple launch system (MLRS) firing 220mm rockets with advanced thermobaric warheads

Russia’s war in the Ukraine drags on.  While Russia’s ‘new generation warfare’ tactics have proven highly effective, a decisive victory seems increasingly unlikely.  Russia seems trapped, unable to end or […]

Air combat over ‘Top End’ – Exercise Pitch Black

Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15 and F-16 aircraft lined up on the flightline at RAAF Base Darwin

The international air defence exercise, codenamed ‘Pitch Black 2016’, provides air crews and supporting elements with the most realistic air combat training available in the Asia Pacific region. As such, […]

Beyond JORN – Project Coorong

ORN transmitter site at Laverton in the Goldfields-Esperance region Western Australia

Australia’s Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) Over The Horizon Radar (OTHR) is set to undergo a significant upgrade to capability and sustainability over the next few years, and innovative work […]

KC-30A mega fuel offload record in Middle East

A KC-30A refuels one RAAF F/A-18A while another waits in formation. (Defence Images)

Not many aircraft are deployed on combat support operations during their operational development phase but the RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has done just that, and earlier this year the […]

‘Heron’ UAV end-force… step by step approach

Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft shares the fligntline at Kandahar Airfiled in Afghanistan with US Air Force C-130 and C-17 aircraft. (Defence)

Over the past few years Defence has introduced into service a number of new platforms and capabilities into the Australian Air Force, along with a range of capability enhancements to […]

DCNS enters design phase for future submarine

The new submarine type will replace the Collins class boat now in service

France will partner with Australia to build the next generation of submarines to replace the Collins-class, a contract worth a staggering $50 billion, making it the largest Defence contract ever […]

Taking the fight to the enemy – Land 400

BAE Systems Australia and Patria are offering the AMV35 based on Patria's Armoured Modular Vehicle

Under Defence Project Land 400 two major armoured fighting vehicle acquisition projects will replace the Army’s existing and ageing vehicles over the coming decade, providing land forces with the means […]

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – Just another fighter bomber


The Lockheed Martin F-35 is finally on track after numerous technical issues, long delays and large cost increases.  Daniel Conroy, LM’s F-35 Director asserts: “We can see the light at […]

Year of air strikes – OKRA

A Royal fully armed RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fires a flare and banks away during a mission in the skies over Iraq

With RAAF air strikes against IS targets under the Australian Defence Force’s Operation Okra now in a second year, the success of recent ground operations has increased the operational tempo […]