Author: Defence Today

Defining Australia’s future submarine

Project Sea 1000 aims to deliver twelve regionally superior submarines to the Royal Australian Navy from the early 2030s to replace the current fleet of six Collins class boats.Australia’s unique requirements call for twelve...

China launches first Type 055 Destroyer

The entry into service of the new Type 055 destroyer is unlikely to provide a major boost in capability to the Chinese Navy (the PLA-N), instead representing a continuing evolutionary approach to surface combatant...

North Korea’s Submarines

Although comprising mostly outdated and ageing vessels, North Korea’s submarine fleet will pose a threat, during a conflict, to ships operating close to the Korean coastline. Outside of declared hostilities these boats provide Pyongyang...

Long War in the Greater Middle East

Australia has been part of America’s long war since it began in 2001 with the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC. Al-Qaeda framed the war as a religious conflict and this...

Flying the F-35 – a pilot perspective

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...

Tiger ARH – in the crosshairs

Despite some solid progress over the past four years, the Australian Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter continues to attract its fair, some would say unfair, share of criticism. The ARH is undeniably late, seven...

Iran Rising – Implications for the West

Iran seems on a roll.  A nuclear weapons deal has removed sanctions, releasing embargoed funds, its military forces appear winning in Syria and Iraq, new long-range ballistic rockets are being tested, and small Iranian...

Connecting the nodes… Airborne Gateway

One high priority concept being pursued under Air Force’s ‘Plan Jericho’ is the use of electronic gateways to link platforms across the whole Defence Force, allowing data to flow freely around the battlespace.  In...

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...