Defining the Smart Tanker

The RAAF’s KC-30A tanker is having a big year in 2017 – with important milestones achieved and the continuing development of its capabilities and additional aircraft delivered. The KC-30A has become the Coalition’s ‘tanker...

Next Generation Jammer for EA-18G ‘Growler’

A major announcement from the recent Avalon Air Show by Defence Minister Marise Payne revealed that Australia has entered into an agreement with the US Navy to co-develop elements of the Next Generation Jammer...

Cyberattacks – bits with more byte

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement last year that Australia has the capability to conduct cyberattacks came as no surprise to regular observers of the Australian Defence scene. Recent Defence White Papers mentioned cyber warfare,...

Tough challenge for Air Power in South China Sea

The RAAF is in the midst of a large-scale replacement program but the strategic goalposts have just changed mid-game.  Two major events have driven this change: the development of new island airbases by China...

Air Force gears up for Avalon Air Show

Aircrews are practising their right stuff in aircraft such as the F/A-18F Super Hornet and F/A-18A Hornet along with the C-17A ‘Globemaster III’ and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport in preparation for the largest air...

Super Hornet & Growler – Smartest buys?

New generation aircraft types typically attract controversy, as problems arising during the manufacturing and operational development phases have to be rectified, often at high cost, which ultimately drives up the price per unit cost....

F-22A Raptors based at RAAF Base Tindal

A squadron of F-22A Raptor air superiority fighters began operations from RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory early February, marking the first time a squadron of US Air Force fighter aircraft have called...

Jericho Trail – 5th Generation Air Power Pathway

Defence has introduced into service new platforms and capabilities for the Air Force, along with a range of capability enhancements to existing platforms. These milestones mark the transformation of the RAAF from the platform-centric...

F-35 JSF – perception versus reality

The F-35A Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) has been the most controversial combat aircraft acquisition Australia has entered into, since the heady days of the F-111 strike/reconnaissance platform 50 years ago. The F-35 has...