With its new fighter jet, the Royal Australian Air Force will be able to expand its reach into new regions.
In particular, the RACF is set to be the new face of Australian security.
However, its current air force is aging, having been created when the United States entered World War II.
The RAAF has been struggling with the loss of its fighter jet force, which is ageing and its training bases, with the first to be mothballed in 2019.
The new aircraft will be capable of conducting air operations from remote locations.
This is likely to mean a lot more travel between bases.
But the RAAF’s current air forces, with their ageing aircraft, training bases and operational experience, have struggled to compete.
The Joint Task Force Northern Territory has been preparing for the arrival of the new fighter, and the Air Chief Marshal has said the aircraft will allow the RDAF to take a more assertive approach to its air operations.
But it is unclear whether this approach will be more assertively assertive than the air force that currently operates from Darwin.
In the meantime, it is also unclear what the RFA’s next steps will be in its air force.
Will it pursue air defence missions?
The RFA already has an air defence force, the Air Force’s Air Defence Identification and Defence System (ADIDDS), based at Baddeley in Victoria.
This includes its Air Defence Group (ADG), which is responsible for defending Darwin from potential threats, and its Air Task Group (ATG), a unit within the ADIDDS.
Both the ADG and ATG are located in the remote northern part of the RTA, about 75 kilometres (43 miles) from Darwin, and both are designed to operate in very low-key, isolated, and remote locations with minimal air traffic.
It would be a surprise if the RAF decided to go after air defence operations from Darwin itself.
The ADG is located in Darwin Airport, a relatively small airport with about 2,000 seats, and has been operating from Darwin since the mid-1990s.
The ATG, based at Darwin Airport and run by the RBA, is based at a base on the other side of the country, on a small military airfield in Darwin called Egmont, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) away.
The Australian Defence Force’s Defence Force is also located at Egmont and operates out of Egmont.
It is not clear whether this would allow the ADF to deploy air defence assets from Darwin to other locations in the RPA’s air force footprint.
While it is not possible to say for certain, it would be quite surprising if the ADM was considering this option.
However in 2018, the ADB released an air warfare policy that called for the use of ADBMs to provide support to the ADADs, or Air Defence Assist Teams, which are also responsible for the ADDGs.
The policy also called for using ADBM to conduct air defence patrols over remote locations in remote air defence roles, but it did not mention the use from Darwin in particular.
It was not clear if the policy would apply to the RWA.
In 2017, the Defence Department published its Strategic Defence and Security Review, which included a section that discussed the use and operation of air defence capability in the Darwin area.
It said the ADBC, or air defence group, would be responsible for providing air defence support to ADBMS at Darwin.
It also said that it would ensure the ADBA was operating in a safe and secure environment.
In addition, the review said the RSA should have “a robust air defence strategy”, including the deployment of ADBCs, ADMBMs and ADAMs.
In 2018, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the air defence mission in Darwin would continue as the ADMDGs were able to carry out the roles they were assigned.
“There is no question that we will continue to be a part of that,” he said at the time.
The Air Defence Review said that, although the ADMBMS had the capability to perform air defence patrol missions, it could not operate in Darwin for the foreseeable future.
In October 2018, Minister Pyne announced a $600 million funding boost for the RCAF.
However he later said he had not yet decided whether to commit the funds to the air defences.
In March 2019, the Government released a revised defence strategy that said the Air Defence Task Group would remain at Egton, while the ADDA would operate from Darwin Airport.
This included the introduction of ADMBM support from Darwin airport, and increased funding for the airdefence forces.
In May 2019, it was reported that the Defence Force was also considering extending the air defense mission to include Darwin.
However the plan was not finalised.
In November 2018, an ADB was reportedly being considered for the Darwin air defence role.
However this was reportedly put on hold