Launch of Plan Jericho
22 February 2015
A strategy to transform the Royal Australian Air Force for the future, Plan Jericho, was today released by the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO.
Releasing Plan Jericho in Melbourne ahead of tomorrow’s Australian International Airshow at Avalon, AIRMSHL Brown said the much-anticipated plan would set Air Force on a path of transformation for the future.
“In the next 10 years, the Royal Australian Air Force will have one of the most advanced aircraft fleets in the world. This will make our Air Force operations fundamentally different.
“We cannot be complacent, by thinking that simply having the next generation of aircraft technology, will create an advanced Air Force. The E-7A Wedgetail is already in service, and the F-35A Lightning II, P-8A Poseidon and EA-18G Growler are only a few years away.
“These aircraft will bring more data and situation awareness than ever before. We need to be able to share this information across aircraft platforms through networking, and enable good decisions without being overwhelmed by the high volumes of data.
“We need to work across Defence, to create integration with Army and Navy’s technologies to deliver the best possible options for Government from these advanced aircraft.
“We need to transform ourselves into a truly integrated, networked force that can realise the potential of this technology, and maintain our position as masters of the air domain,” he said.
Plan Jericho is not the ‘final plan’ for the future. Plan Jericho is the first step for Air Force to meet the challenges of the future. More work will continue in 2015, to further develop the three themes: harnessing the combat potential of an integrated force; developing an innovative and empowered workforce; and changing the way we acquire and sustain capability. Some of the outcomes that will flow from pursuing these themes will be the creation of an air warfare centre, development of new operational concepts and tactics and a greater focus on experimentation and testing.
“We cannot ignore the need to transform the Air Force to maintain our position at the leading edge of air power. The changes we make under Plan Jericho will allow us to maintain our ability to deliver air power for Government, when and where it is needed.”
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