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Australian airpower’s tough South China Sea challenge

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 – Air Force’s 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....

New maritime surveillance capability with P-8A Poseidon

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 is regarded as a...

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...

Singapore’s air force reinvents itself

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, carefully planned approach reflects...

Near miss in the South China Sea

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 evasive action. The presence...