Air Power

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My Fifth Generation – Chris McInnes

  In this post, Chris McInnes provides some thoughts on what he thinks a fifth-generation force looks like. He is not sure he is right and he is pretty sure some of you think he is wrong. He, and we, would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. The Lockheed Martin marketeers that came [...]

From Fourth to Fifth Generation: Enter the F-35A Lightning II — Brian Weston

. This is the third in a series of posts by Air Vice-Marshal Brian Weston (Retd.) describing the RAAF’s transition through five generations of fighter aircraft. In this post, Weston outlines how the RAAF plans to transition from the F/A-18A to the F-35A without the loss of combat capability.   Australia’s first Lockheed Martin, F-35A Lightning II [...]

Personnel Recovery: Prudent Insurance for a Fifth Generation Force — Andrew Fisher

The execution by Daesh of a downed Jordanian F-16 pilot in 2015 highlighted the importance of personnel recovery in combat zones. In this post, Andrew Fisher argues that the Australian Defence Force can already take steps to develop a personnel recovery capability that will provide the force with an insurance policy for its people and capability. [...]

By |October 22nd, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force|2 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 [...]

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 [...]

By |September 10th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, History, Organisational Culture, Technology|Comments Off on A Second Generation Force: The RAAF’s Transition from the Avon Sabre to the Mirage IIIO – Brian Weston

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. [...]

By |August 27th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Capability Development, Education, History, Technology|Comments Off on A new attitude towards electronic warfare — Travis Hallen

An ISR Force by Design – Paul Hay

  This week saw the Australian Defence Force (ADF) undertake its largest amphibious landing since the Second World War as part of its largest and most complex joint and combined exercise, Talisman Sabre. In this post, Wing Commander Paul Hay argues that the Government's investment in airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities presents the [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Army, Capability Development|Comments Off on An ISR Force by Design – Paul Hay

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