The Royal Australian Air Force has an outstanding record of achievement, across the spectrum of conflict from strike, surveillance or humanitarian support in the wake of natural disasters.
In the future, the challenges will increase as the technological options and capacity of aircraft increase. We must rise to this challenge with new ways of thinking, including new perspectives that a diverse workforce offers to seek new insights and push the technological possibilities further.
We are undertaking the largest technological upgrade in Air Force’s history, and we cannot use the model of the past as the model for the future. The F-35A, EA-18G Growler, P-8A Poseidon, E-7A Wedgetail and new OneSky air traffic management system will demand more from our people, operating concepts, training, support and systems and sustainment. All of these will need to be transformed to match the capacity of our aircraft.
Plan Jericho will transform our Air Force for the information age. Exploiting new capabilities to their full potential will be the difference between being an Air Force with Fifth-generation aircraft, and being a Fifth-generation Air Force. We will work with Army and Navy to ensure we deliver a networked future joint force across the spectrum of air, space, electromagnetic and cyber.
No one can see the future, but with our great people, mastery of the air domain and the opportunities through Plan Jericho Air Force is postured for anything the future may bring.
Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC
Chief of Air Force
The Air Force Strategy 2017 – 2027 outlines five vectors for change to enable the Royal Australian Air Force to become a Fifth-generation Air Force.
The Air Force Business Plan encompasses all elements of the Air Force enterprise, including those already underway with Plan Jericho. The Strategy provides the foundation for Air Force’s transformation to a fifth-generation Air Force.
Air Force will continue to implement Plan Jericho under the overall direction of the Air Force Strategy.
Air Force is working with Defence Industry and academia to change the way we acquire and sustain capability. Acquisition Sprint is a process designed to test a new approach to acquisition and sustainment of selected projects.
Co-design teams will be invited to understand Defence's capability or acquisition problem, and through an innovation methodology produce a proposal for Defence. Throughout the process, teams will test and optimise prototypes, one of which will be chosen as the preferred solution. At the end of the Sprint the acquisition process will be evaluated.
The first planned Acquisition Sprint will deliver an Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) capability for the Hawk Lead-In Fighter. ADS-B is a commercial communication standard used to improve aircraft safety and situational awareness, which complements existing military Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capability.
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