Air Power

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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 [...]

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. [...]

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

Air Power Command and Control Part III: … People Determine – Chris McInnes

  This is the third in a three-part series on the development of Western operational-level air power command and control arrangements by Wing Commander Chris McInnes. The first post outlined the impact of ideas on command and control and the second post looked at the shaping role of technology in air power command and control. [...]

By |May 8th, 2017|Air Force, History, Organisational Culture|Comments Off on Air Power Command and Control Part III: … People Determine – Chris McInnes

Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

  This month marks the 75th anniversary of one of Australia’s most important feats of arms, the defence of Port Moresby by the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 75 Squadron in March/April 1942. Between December 1941 and March 1942, Japanese forces shocked Australians when they swept southwards, capturing Malaya, the Netherlands East Indies and Rabaul in [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Air Force, History|Comments Off on Defending Australia in the Air-Sea Gap – Alan Stephens

The Hunter Killers: A Review – Squadron Leader Jimmy

  Talk of innovation and the need for cross-pollination to break down stove-pipes is widespread in today's Air Force, but it is sometimes difficult for those in the field to see beyond the strategic messaging to embrace the operational importance of these concepts. In this review of The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|History, Review|Comments Off on The Hunter Killers: A Review – Squadron Leader Jimmy