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Other Peoples’ Air Power: Air Superiority without Fast Jets — Peter Layton

  Peter Layton continues his analysis of other peoples' air power. In this post, he looks at Russia's use of alternative means to deny the air domain to others while exploiting the third dimension for Russia's own purposes. His first post in this series, looking at Islamic State's air power, is here.   Say ‘air [...]

By |October 15th, 2017|Future Warfare, Strategy, Technology|0 Comments

From Second to Fourth Generation: The RAAF’s transition from the Mirage IIIO to the F/A-18A Hornet – Brian Weston

  In his previous post, Brian Weston described the RAAF's transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO during the 1960s. The Mirage IIIO remained in operational RAAF service from 1965 to 1988. The transition from the second generation Mirage to the fourth generation Hornet began with the Government's selection of the Hornet in October [...]

“Miss Shilling’s Orifice”: Simple solutions to technical issues can make all the difference – Michael Spencer

  All too often air forces tend to associate solutions to capability problems with the use of high-tech, often expensive, fixes. In this post, Squadron Leader Michael Spencer uses the story of Beatrice Shilling to highlight that this should not be the case. Shilling's simple yet effective solution to an engine design flaw that limited [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|History, Technology|0 Comments

A Second Generation Force: The RAAF’s Transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO – Brian Weston

  The arrival of the RAAF's first F-35A will see a generational shift in Australia's air combat capability.  But this is not the first time that the RAAF has undergone a significant generational shift in capability.  In this post, Air-Vice Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) reflects on the experience in transitioning from first to second generation [...]

A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

  On Wednesday 23 August, the Williams Foundation hosted a seminar exploring A New Approach and Attitude to Electronic Warfare in Australia. In this post, Wing Commander Travis Hallen reflects on the seminar presentations, outlines the history of electronic attack in the RAAF, and proposes what a new attitude to electronic warfare in Australia may look like. [...]

The Internet of ISR – Paul Hay

  If we are already swimming in sensors and drowning in data, what can we do to get our heads above water? Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that the key is not a new sensor, platform, or system but improving the management and integration of the information we already collect to create an Internet of [...]

Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  In the final of his three-post series exploring the potential utility of podded capabilities for the Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader Jimmy uses vignettes to explain how pod-augmented capabilities could be used to enhance air power's contribution to operations. In my previous two posts I have highlighted the potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Future Warfare, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Vignettes – Squadron Leader Jimmy

Has air power reached its zenith? – Sanu Kainikara

  In its first century, air power established itself as an indispensable component of any effective military force. In this post, Dr. Sanu Kainikara asks what the next step-change will be that will guide the development of air power into its second century.  In the past few decades, air power, and its application as a weapon [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Future Warfare, Technology|1 Comment

Exploiting Latent Capacity: TacRecce, SAR and GMTI – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  'Podded' capabilities have the potential to significantly increase the flexibility of Air Force assets across a range of traditional and emerging roles. In this second of a three-post series, Squadron Leader Jimmy explores collection options other than full motion video (FMV) that could enhance platform utility and flexibility with minimal interference to traditional mission [...]

By |June 4th, 2017|Air Force, Capability Development, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: TacRecce, SAR and GMTI – Squadron Leader Jimmy

Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation Pods – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  'Podded' capabilities have the potential to significantly increase the flexibility of Air Force assets across a range of traditional and emerging roles. In this first of a three-post series, Squadron Leader Jimmy explores the concept of 'podded' capabilities and how they may increase the utility of aircraft assets across the full spectrum of operations, [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Capability Development, Technology|Comments Off on Exploiting Latent Capacity: The Potential of ISR and Multi-Mission Augmentation Pods – Squadron Leader Jimmy