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  • The JSF hit IOC at the end of last year with almost half the fleet now in country. (Supplied)
    The JSF hit IOC at the end of last year with almost half the fleet now in country. (Supplied)
  • F-35 Lightning II jets fly off the coast
of Newcastle with a C27-J Spartan. (Supplied)
    F-35 Lightning II jets fly off the coast of Newcastle with a C27-J Spartan. (Supplied)
  • A G-Wagon is unloaded from No. 35 Squadron
C-27J Spartan A34-007 at Macrossan Airfield during an Exercise Ready Spartan Prove sortie. (Supplied)
    A G-Wagon is unloaded from No. 35 Squadron C-27J Spartan A34-007 at Macrossan Airfield during an Exercise Ready Spartan Prove sortie. (Supplied)
  • A PC-21 flies in formation with a C27-J Spartan off the coast of Newcastle. (Supplied)
    A PC-21 flies in formation with a C27-J Spartan off the coast of Newcastle. (Supplied)
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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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