2020 was a big year for the nation, with Defence and defence industry playing an important role in the nation’s post-COVID recovery. In this top five, we will cover the most popular Strike and Air Combat domain stories of the year.
In this podcast, hosts Phil Tarrant and Steve Kuper discuss the massive year that was for the Royal Australian Air Force, which has seen major progress across the acquisition cycle, including on some of Australia’s largest Defence projects, with the growing fleet of fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and announcements around Australia’s acquisition of an armed remotely piloted aerial system.
2020 has also seen major progress and advancements across the Air Force’s fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning command and control aircraft, KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport and airlift aircraft fleet.
However, 2020 was a year dominated by a focus on air combat and strike capabilities, with public conversation focusing on the F-35 and America’s decision to cancel the F-22 Raptor in the mid-2010s, as well as concerns about Australia’s long-range strike capability gap becoming increasingly topical talking points.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:
Episode 289: PODCAST: Unpacking the latest news and insights in defence
Episode 288: PODCAST: Preparing tomorrow's war fighters, with MAJGEN Mick Ryan
Episode 287: PODCAST: Discussing the latest breaking news in Australian defence and defence industry
Episode 286: PODCAST: Examining the Peever review, with Dr Gregor Ferguson
Episode 285: PODCAST: Developing sovereign test and evaluation capabilities with Greg Barsby, managing director of QinetiQ Australia
Episode 284: PODCAST: Unpacking the sub debate – Christopher Skinner
Episode 283: PODCAST: Assessing China’s grey zone operations – Dr Peter Layton
Episode 282: PODCAST: Media and the modern battlespace – Dr Charles Knight
Episode 281: PODCAST: Building a more resilient Australia with Commodore (Ret’d) Vince Di Pietro
Episode 280: PODCAST: The submarine story no one wants to hear, with ANU’s Professor Roger Bradbury