DefenceToday Magazine – February 2019 (Digital Download)

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DefenceToday – February 2019 Edition

In this special Air Power edition we examine some of the newer air warfare capabilities the Australian Defence Force has acquired such as the F-35A ‘Lightning II’ Joint Strike Fighter, the EA-18G ‘Growler’, the P-8A ‘Poseidon’ and the C-27J ‘Spartan’.

These types have different roles and capabilities but they fit nicely with the objective of a fully networked Defence Force in the years to come. While the F-35A has just arrived in Australia, it will undergo continuous capability development. Peter Layton examines some of the improvements that could be considered in this stealth fighter.

The F/A-18A/B Hornet squadrons have served Australia well for more than three decades. Nigel Pittaway examines the progress of the ‘Classic’ Hornet to its current level of fighter capability, as the squadrons gradually transition to the F-15. Also in transition is the P-8A ‘Poseidon’ replacing the AP-3C ‘Orion’. Nigel Pittaway examines what this will mean to future Maritime Power for the ADF. Japan is increasing markedly its self defence capability, with purchases of the F-35A and F-35B types.

Peter Layton examines what this means for Japan’s national interest and the impact of the capabilities in the regional context. A replacement for the venerable DH-4C ‘Caribou’ has been a long time coming. Nigel Pittaway describes how the C-27J ‘Spartan’ will add a new capability to ADF tactical transport support in the battlespace.

Even the C-130J ‘Hercules’ is destined for upgrades that will enhance its capabilities. Nigel Pittway examines plans for increasing the utility of the Hercules as a force multiplier and a functioning node in the ADF’s digital network. Happy reading!

John Armstrong
Managing Editor

In this edition:

MODERNISING THE RAAF’S F-35 FLEET
Active development process for the ADF’s newest fighter.
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

HORNET TWILIGHT – END IN SIGHT FOR ‘CLASSIC’ FIGHTER
Increased focus on nuclear weapons in national security strategy.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

EA-18G BATTLESPACE – CONGESTED, CONTESTED, DYNAMIC..
Air warfare in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

NEW JAPANESE AIR FORCE EMERGES
Creating a favourable national security environment.
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

TACTICAL TRANSPORT WITH C-27J ‘SPARTAN’
Agility plus flexibility in tactical transport air support.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

TRANSITION TO NEW MARITIME AIR WARFARE CAPABILITY
P-8A ‘Poseidon’ takes over from AP-3C ‘Orion’.
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

C-130J HERCULES – FORCE MULTIPLIER
C-130 as a fully functioning node in the digital network
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne