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Are Australia’s subs duds?

It looked like the deal of the century. Now the $50 billion Future Submarine contract is coming under intense scrutiny as costs mount and timelines balloon. The post Are Australia’s subs duds? appeared first...

Pell considers High Court appeal

Good morning, early birds. The conviction of George Pell may make its way to the High Court, and Australia agrees to another military excursion to the Middle East. It’s the news you need to...

Calls for Australia to increase Pacific defence capabilities

Good morning, early birds. There are calls for Australia to increase its military focus in the Pacific ahead of China’s growing dominance, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announces a financial sector “shake-up”. It’s the news...

Australia goes forward with Pacific push

Good morning, early birds. Australia is establishing a Pacific training force with the goal of establishing greater regional presence, and tensions between the West and Iran continue to escalate after the mass arrest of...

Modernising the RAAF’s F-35 fleet

The first F-35A ‘Lightning II’ Joint Strike Fighter flies in formation with F/A-18 ‘Classic’ Hornets from Nos 75 and 77 Squadrons and 2 OCU on delivery to RAAF Base Williamtown. The F-35 carries No...

Hornet Twilight – End in sight for ‘Classic’ fighter

F/A-18A Hornet in strike configuration with bombs and missiles (Defence) The arrival of the first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters to be permanently based in Australia is the latest visible indication that the ‘Classic’...

Congested.. Contested.. Dynamic.. Battlespace

Australia’s first two EA-18G ‘Growler’ Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft during their delivery flight from the United States. (Defence) Fighting in the Electromagnetic Spectrum with the EA-18G ‘Growler The increasing acknowledgement of the Electromagnetic Spectrum...

New Japanese Air Force emerges

Japan’s announced decision last December to buy the F-35B STOVL variant came as a surprise to many observers. The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) lives in a tough neighbourhood. In the south, China...

Tactical transport with C-27J ‘Spartan’

A C-27J ‘Spartan’ tactical transport aircraft from No 35 Squadron takes off from Walcha Airport during training, operating from unsurfaced airstrips. (Defence) The past year has been an important period in the developing capabilities...

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