COMBAT CLOUD – Next Generation C2

By Chris McInnes Most readers will have heard or read discussions about the ‘combat cloud’. Like the white fluffy things from which its named is derived, the combat cloud can seem to be an ethereal thing – composed mostly of vapour and not necessarily establishing solid foundations upon which to build. That is a shame, particularly for the Australian Defence Force and … [Read more...]

A BIGGER SHIELD – Aegis Baseline 9 for Australia

Once the nine Project SEA 5000 Future Frigates are all in the water at the end of next decade, Australia should possess the largest fleet of Aegis-equipped vessels outside the US Navy, substantially more of the advanced vessels than operated by Japan, South Korea, Spain and Norway. From the outset, the nine Future Frigates will all be equipped with the latest configuration … [Read more...]

Down to the Wire

With the SEA 5000 Future Frigate decision believed to be imminent, we summarise the contenders The competition for Australia’s new Project SEA 5000 warships is drawing to a close, with bids in and considered, and a decision reportedly set to be announced during the life of this issue. Whatever the ultimate outcome, Australia will end up with nine advanced warships and a … [Read more...]

Govt announces Defence leadership changes

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that current Chief of Army, LTGEN Angus Campbell will be appointed to the position of Chief of Defence Force (CDF) and promoted to the rank of General, replacing ACM Mark Binskin who will retire in early July. Mr Turnbull also announced that the current Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS), VADM David Johnston will become Vice Chief … [Read more...]

F-35 JSF Program completes SDD

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has completed the nearly 12-year System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. The final SDD test flight was conducted on April 11 at Naval Air Station Patuxent (PAX) River by F-35C development jet CF-2 which completed a loads data mission while carrying external 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions … [Read more...]