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.

Super Hornet & Growler – Air Force’s smartest buys?

The first of Australia’s EA-18G ‘Growler’ aircraft operating in the United States with RAAF crews. (No 6 Squadron Photo)

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 […]

New maritime surveillance capability with P-8A Poseidon

Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft arrived in Australia in November last year and will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA

Long range airborne maritime patrol has always been a key capability for Australia’s defence strategy, so the acquisition of the P-8A Poseidon LRMP aircraft to replace the ageing AP-3C Orion […]

F-22A Raptors based at RAAF Base Tindal

A squadron of 12 F-22A ‘Raptor’ air superiority fighters have begun operations from RAAF Base Tindal, as part of a Defence agreement between Aust. and the US.

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 […]

Jericho Trail – 5th Generation air power pathway

Gulfstream G550 in military Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance configuration

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 […]

F-35 JSF – perception versus reality

Australia’s first F-35A Lightning II flies in formation with a US Air Force F-35A and an F-16 Fighting Falcon of the type to be replaced by the F-35 in US Air Force sqn's

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 […]

Singapore’s air force reinvents itself

In the US (Texas) the RSAF trains using six CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Bottom: Line-up of RSAF fighter jets at RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Pitch Black 2016

Since 2005, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has been steadily reinventing itself as a ‘third generation’ force in accordance with an overarching Singaporean Armed Forces vision.  This long-term, […]

Near miss in the South China Sea

A US Navy P-3C Orion long range reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft of the type that came close to a PLA Air Force KJ-200 Balance Beam aircraft

Earlier this month, a US Navy P-3C Orion and a Chinese Air Force KJ-200 Balance Beam came so close over the South China Sea that the P-3 had to take […]

Defence White Paper – decisions versus achievements to date


* Defence Minister Marise Payne’s view of progress to date. One year on from the release of the release of the Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the […]

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 […]