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

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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Airborne ISREW on the way up

Over the next decade the ADF and intelligence community will benefit
from an exponential increase in the volume
and quality of regional ISREW information.

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Unmanned: Green light for armed UAS

A US Predator UAS fires a Hellfire missile. Credit: US DoD

One of the capabilities foreshadowed by the recent Defence White Paper and associated Integrated Investment Program is the acquisition of an armed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS.

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Air 5428 finally signed

A RAAF PC-9 together with a RSAF PC-21 near RAAF Base Pearce.

It was the contract that never seemed to end but the Commonwealth and Team 21, a joint effort of Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific, have finally signed Air 5428.

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Air: Innovation & Flexibility - AMG embraces Plan Jericho

A RAAF KC-30A refuels a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail. Credit: Defence

The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group has enjoyed a busy 12 months, in which it has continued to enable and support operations in the Middle East, introduce new aircraft and roll-out an ongoing series of upgrades aimed at maximising existing capability.

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Maritime Technical College to yield shipbuilding skills

A dockyard welder working on the hull of an AWD being built at the ASC yard in Osborne SA. Credit: Defence
Based in Adelaide, the Maritime College will deliver world-class training in key areas such as steel fabrication and naval engineering.