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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...

Maritime transition – AP-3C to P-8A

The RAAF’s first P-8A Poseidon, A47-001 flies in formation with a current AP-3C Orion near their home Base of RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia At the end of 2018, Australia’s maritime surveillance community...

C-130J Hercules – Force Multiplier

Under the broad umbrella of Plan Jericho, the Air Force’s roadmap towards a networked and 5th Generation future, Air Mobility Group (AMG) is increasing the capabilities of its C-130J-30 Hercules fleet. In conjunction with...

Government braces for Hayne recommendations

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison is urging careful responses to the banking royal commission’s final report, and officials have revealed that ADF personnel were involved in the deaths of up to 18 civilians...

Australian Army builds drone air force

MQ-9A ‘Reaper’, the ultimate combat Unmanned Aerial System, with precision strike capability. “Army is Australia’s biggest and most experienced user of drones,” claimed General Angus Campbell when Chief of Army. The facts support him....

Nuclear weapons and U.S. national security

The U.S. Nuclear Posture Review reaffirmed the use of the B-2 bomber as the USAF’s primary platform to deliver nuclear bombs. (US Air Force) Several themes in the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR)...

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