Australia to become Maritime Power - Rudd - Page 2




 
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January 6th, 2009  
senojekips
 
 
I've heard that we might get a new outboard for the dinghy and a box of shot shells,... if the budget can stand it.

Forgive my pessimism, but I'll believe I when I see it.
January 19th, 2009  
Balkan-MiG
 
 
I havent heard anything about Australian navy recently.

But personally, I beleive Australia should focus more on air power than navy/ground forces at the moment.

Australias air force could do with a lot better aircraft [They use the F-111 Aardvark as a bomber.. come on].
January 26th, 2009  
Skull
 
 
A stronger fleet of Frigates maybe...we have some 80 ships don't we? but hardly any of them are for heavy combat situations most of them are for patrolling for illegal fisherman!!!
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March 5th, 2009  
mocco
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Balkan-MiG
I havent heard anything about Australian navy recently.

But personally, I beleive Australia should focus more on air power than navy/ground forces at the moment.

Australias air force could do with a lot better aircraft [They use the F-111 Aardvark as a bomber.. come on].
We need both, the RAAF uses the F111 in its fighter-bomber role & the FA/18 as its principal air superiority platform....... Both are good birds, but there's a lot of talk about buying the JSF when/if it ever comes online...

We need a maritime strike fighter capability, we need to be able to provide cover to fleet units operating away from territorial waters and as good as the RAAF might be, (and they are), you have to be realistic about operational capabilities........ Hopefully, the ALP government wont allow our defence forces to run down, the way they have done in the past, (at every opportunity)............

If the government are insistent on buying western technology, then I see no reason why the RAAF can't re-equip with the Eurofighter, (given that it's already in service with four major european nations) and then purchase x number of F35's from America for the RAN to reconstitute the Fleet Air Arm.....

We could always follow the example of some of our neighbouring countries and buy up whole squadrons of Migs & Sukhoi's as an interim...........
June 4th, 2009  
bren122
 
 
the budget and white paper are just tools to fool the masses into thinking the government cares about defence interests until they call an early election later this year. it is a little disappointing to see that the ADF has bought the story; they are already finding the ways to save the $20 billion they are supposed to. it just goes to prove that if you are looking for a grade A suck-up, you can't go past the chief of the ADF. this time next year we will see that since they have found those savings they can save them- but that all the goodies promised in the white paper are just so many wishes.

the notion that Australia will ever go to war by itself is a bit of a pipedream. being a bit cynical about such things, i think that Rudd and co. are hoping that by providing niche capabilities for an American engagement with China it will be in America's interest to protect those capabilities. for example- by providing a significant force of amphibious troops with the two Canberra class LHDs it will give an American commander a useful diversionary tool; by not providing an integrated air wing in the form of F-35's either aboard the LHD or a 'real' carrier the American commander will have to provide such thus ensuring that the diversion does not become a suicide mission.
July 24th, 2009  
TheManFromOz
 
I'm a civilian so I might be talking out of my arse here, but wouldnt it be better to upgrade the RAAF and RAN bases and capabilities up north first?
The chinese are apparently regarded as our greatest military threat, so wouldn't surveillance/patrol and anti shipping aircraft come first and then "power projection" ships?
July 24th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
I think the idea is to work in concert with other navies in the area and defend Australia from any Chinese threat well before it reaches Australia.
Just a guess.
I think that's what Australia would rather do.
Then again, the Indonesians regard Australia as the enemy... depends on who they hate more I suppose!
August 18th, 2009  
cisco
 
And what exactly has "deploying troops oversea" to do with defence?
Somehow I have the feeling we go back to these days of the 19th century when the race for colonies was up.
August 20th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
The enemy has developed strategic reach as well.
August 24th, 2009  
captiva303
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheManFromOz
I'm a civilian so I might be talking out of my arse here, but wouldnt it be better to upgrade the RAAF and RAN bases and capabilities up north first?
The chinese are apparently regarded as our greatest military threat, so wouldn't surveillance/patrol and anti shipping aircraft come first and then "power projection" ships?
we are upgrading the raaf new bombs new planes we were even pushing for the raptor but the us wouldn't let us have it we are also buying uavs for anti shipping/surveillance
as for the bases they are probably adequate as you dont want to put all the bases where the enemy could potentially bomb them

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Originally Posted by cisco
And what exactly has "deploying troops oversea" to do with defence?
Somehow I have the feeling we go back to these days of the 19th century when the race for colonies was up.
australia will probably have to deal with a few failed states in the south pacific in the future and we will need the boats to get troops there
this defends Australia by preventing these states from becoming terrorism /crime breeding grounds close to australia
 


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