The motto of the Royal Australian Air Force is ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ which, loosely translated, means ‘Through Adversity to the Stars’. Although first adopted by the Royal Air Force in the UK back in 1913, and followed by the RAAF in 1929, it is just as relevant today as Defence acknowledges the critical importance of the Space Domain.
And the RAAF isn’t only focussing on space; it continues to build what it calls the ‘Fifth Generation Force’, a total force concept which harnesses not only the fifth-generation platforms it is bringing into service themselves, but also the often-unsung capabilities of its people and enabling technologies such as IT.
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