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China stealth combat jet videos pose defence questions

China stealth combat jet videos pose defence questions

An email from Air Power Australia earlier today links to a series of You Tubes of China’s Chengdu J-20 fifth generation stealth jet which raises a whole set of questions for defence experts to consider. Most of those questions are better discussed elsewhere, but there are broader matters of public policy that ought to be […]

JSF Joint Strike Fighter attacks budget deficit, generates useful smoke screen without even being delivered

JSF Joint Strike Fighter attacks budget deficit, generates useful smoke screen without even being delivered

During this morning’s press conferences about changes to Australia’s defence needs, and bringing forward a new defence white paper by a year, the JSF project has displayed exceptional and unexpected utility by saving the government $1.6 billion in next week’s Federal Budget by running late, not to mention not delivering on any of its other […]

Is retired defence chief Angus Houston the right person to chair AirServices Australia?

Is retired defence chief Angus Houston the right person to chair AirServices Australia?

The appointment of retired defence force chief Angus Houston as chairman of air traffic control provider AirServices Australia from 3 June should be reviewed for several reasons, namely the Joint Strike Fighter and Firepower fuel pill fiascos. By the time he takes the chair the JSF project will either be in deeper crisis, or cancelled, […]

A timely warning: The JSF may be axed

A timely warning: The JSF may be axed

Business Spectator, a Crikey network partner, has published a timely warning by Robert Gottliebsen that the US is edging closer to cancelling the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, which would have dire consequences for Australia’s defences. Gottliebsen nails it. His report demands more than attention from those concerned about defence matters, notably the epidemic […]

Australia deciding whether to look for JSF F-35 alternative

Australia deciding whether to look for JSF F-35 alternative

Defence Minister Stephen Smith has just told ABC News 24 that Australia is ‘using risk analysis to work out if Australia needs to explore an alternative to the Joint Strike Fighter.’ His comments build very strongly on those he made yesterday, and coincide with clear signs that Democrat and Republican support for the JSF or […]

Australia puts some space between itself and JSF hype

Australia puts some space between itself and JSF hype

The comments made this hour in the US by defence minister Stephen Smith may well signal a tidal shift in Australia’s assessment of the JSF or Joint Strike Fighter project. Interviewed on ABC News 24, Smith took care to emphasise two points: Australia has only committed to buy 14 F-35 JSFs, and The generous built-in […]

Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

The appearance of two all new attack and defendĀ  aircraft at the beginning and end of the year just over have both raised issues of substance for the Joint Strike Fighter JSF or F-35 program, and reasons for the US and its allies to carefully review their plans to maintain air superiority. The first bookend […]

Mainstream US media report signals JSF implosion

Mainstream US media report signals JSF implosion

For those that cling to the view that all is well with the Joint Strike Fighter, or JSF F-35 project this story of the hour on Bloomberg may loosen your grip on fantasy. This is a straight up and down leak to a mainstream news resource that, logically, can be explained as a considered strategy […]

UK may buy as few as 12 F-35s

UK may buy as few as 12 F-35s

Two very different developments in Europe should lead to some deep thinking among Defence and Foreign Affairs advisers in Canberra. The first is the consequences for the Joint Strike Fighter or F-35 from the cuts to military spending announced in the UK last night. An analysis by Bill Sweetman on the Aviation Week Ares blog […]

The true lethality of the JSF made plain

The true lethality of the JSF made plain

No aircraft design in history is going to have such a negative effect on western politics and security as the Lockheed Martin lead JSF or Joint Strike Fighter F-35 project. This is the only conclusion that can be taken from the US Air Force Association presentation (below) by the recently retired commander of the USAF […]