A seminal moment - defining the Military Air Operator

Flight of two Boeing Wedgetail AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) surveillance aircraft photographed from Clay Lacy Astrovision Learjet on August 24, 2007. Credit: Defence

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Gavin 'Leo' Davies has described the implementation of the new Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASR) as a ‘seminal moment’, which has fundamentally changed the way military aviation safety is overseen.

Air: Plan Jericho two years on

An A27 Hawk 127 operated by No 76 Squadron participates in a training activity over Lake George in the Australian Capital Territory. Credit: Defence

In essence, the Plan Jericho vision is to develop a future force that is agile and adaptive, fully immersed in the information age and truly joint

Laying the groundwork for the F-35

Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson taxiing A35-002 at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona

With the first Australian F-35As due to arrive in December 2018, work is continuing apace to prepare facilities and systems for the fifth generation fighters. ADM spoke with some key people, including JSF Division head AVM Leigh Gordon, for an update

on progress.

RAAF performing well on OKRA

A pair of F/A-18A Hornets from Air Task Group 630 Strike Element flying in the Middle East Region during an Operation Okra mission. Credit: Defence

From the time of their arrival in the Middle East in late September 2014 to the end of December 2016, the eight aircraft attached to the Australian Air Task Group (ATG) in the Middle East flew some 3,200 combat missions totalling more than 26,000 flight hours

Counter-UAS is the new buzz

DroneShield's DroneGun jams the entire bandwidth of frequencies used by drones, forcing the drone to either land immediately or return to its controller. Credit: DroneShield

With small, commercially available drones or UASs (unmanned aerial systems – ADM’s preferred term) featuring high up on the Christmas wish lists last year, it's no wonder that the threat posed by them to security and safety is being taken seriously, with two counter-UAS security companies listing on the ASX in just the past year.

Integrated Air Missile Defence for the ADF

Fast jets are just one element of a fifth generation force. Credit: Defence

What does Integrated Air Missile Defence (IAMD) look like for the RAAF, indeed, what's the next step of Integrated Missile Defence (IMD) for the wider ADF?

Replacing the Special Purpose Aircraft Fleet

A36-001 Boeing 737 BBJ over Canberra. Credit: Defence

One of the next major aircraft acquisition programs to be undertaken by Defence is not listed in the public version of the White Paper or Integrated Investment Plan. The RAAF

fleet of Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA) is based in Canberra and due for replacement over the

next two years or so.

Air programs at a glance

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet, F/A-18A Hornet and an A27 Hawk 127 participate in a training activity over Lake George in the ACT. Credit: Defence

The numerous major Defence acquisition projects currently underway in the Air domain are by and large on track to deliver capability against present schedules.

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Innovation: Fuzzy logic for the win

RAAF Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, F-35 Lightning II student pilot, prepares to exit his F-35A after completing his final flight at Eglin Air Force Base. Many platforms that are computing heavy could benefit from AI elements. Credit: Defence

A breakthrough in artificial intelligence is set to revolutionise aerial combat, specifically the mix of fifth generation fighters and long distance missiles which characterises modern
day air warfare.

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Air-Land Integration: The evolution of Pitch Black

A Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. Pitch Black isn't just about fast jets. Credit: Nigel Pittaway

Often described as the ADF’s largest airpower exercise, the biennial Pitch Black exercise was again held in the Top End in July and August.

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Minehunters on path to 2030s with new deployable MCM

The multinational task force in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe pause for a team photo at the Port of Honiara next to HMAS Huon on 30 September, 2016. Credit: Defence
The Commonwealth has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s minehunters and Thales Australia is to deliver and support new deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) over the next 15 years.