founders of Air
Power Australia welcome you to this web site,
has been designed as an educational resource for the public, the
defence industry, and academic and military professionals.
Air Power Australia, its purpose,
and this Website, we suggest the following for first time
visitors, as a means of introduction, orientation and
gaining the understanding for easy navigation through the vast
amount of material this web site has on offer.
read through the Home Page.
will give you some idea
of the Air Power Australia manifesto, the reason the web
site was brought into existence, and our overall Aims,
Objectives and Goals.
our research brief page which explains our research methodology,
and also provides a master index of all APA Technical Report
the Media, Hot Topics
and NOTAM shortcut buttons to
some of the latest material
and Media Releases from Air Power
Australia, as well as other players in the game of air power in
purpose and the layout of this web site, you should
find navigation quite easy, using the Main
Toolbar, and the Auxiliary
or the quite powerful Search Engine
Page to locate articles, papers, analyses and other material on
specific words or topics. Don't be confused by the acronyms used in the
button titles. Simply place your cursor over the button and its full
title will appear.
Website and its layout, you can stay current with new
content posted to the site by checking for updates under the Notices and Updates button.
may be accessed via the Topic
Index Pages through the Main
Toolbar, and many high interest pages can be accessed directly
via the shortcut
Home Page. The
shortcut buttons to content pages were initially added in July 2008 to
visitors not familiar with the Topic
to locate popular content quickly. The number has expanded since.
of and contributors to the Air Power Australia Website hope you enjoy
this site and find the content beneficial, educational
Some Notes on Finding
on the APA Website
As of January,
2010, the APA website hosted no less than
documents, 452 KMZ map reference files, and 520 HTML files. Excluding
various test files and other unpublished material, this still leaves
around 840 text content documents to find something in.
This can be challenging at the best of times. The APA website was
architected around 20 index pages covering the most relevant topic
categories. Given the focus of the site, these cover five aircraft type
specific index pages, and fifteen index pages covering topical areas.
The APA website hosts:
The most common question raised by visitors is that of
"why is item X
in category Y?". Unfortunately, the problem of where to best categorise
and locate a given subject is not always easily solved. In an ideal
world, the subject pages would be placed into the very same categories
as a visitor on the website expects them to be in. This would be easy
if all website visitors had an identical mental map of topics and
categories, and that map was identical to that of the webmaster!
Power Australia Analyses - Scholarly Academic/Professional
Journal ISSN 1832-2433
Power Australia NOTAMS Journal - Discussion,
Commentary and Analysis ISSN 1836-7135
Power Australia Technical Reports Series
- Archived articles, briefings, papers or other
publications of interest or value from a range of sources.
The problem of how readers categorise and contextualise material is one
which humanities scholars have written many papers about, and will no
doubt write many more about in the future.
The index page and main navigation toolbar
categories adopted are
This is substantially finer resolution in topics than the
revisions of the site in late 2004. The toolbar at that time appeared
- F-22A - all
materials pertaining to the F-22A Raptor fighter.
- SUKHOI -
materials pertaining to the Sukhoi Flanker and PAK-FA families of
materials pertaining to the F-111A/B/C/D/E/F, FB-111A/F-111G and EF-111A
materials pertaining to the 'classic' F/A-18A/B/C/D, F/A-18E/F and
materials pertaining to the Joint Strike Fighter family of aircraft.
materials pertaining to Air to Surface
Weapons including bombs and missiles, Cruise Missiles, Air to Air
Defence Weapons, Weapon Targeting
materials pertaining to aerial refuelling and airlift.
- ISR/NCW -
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance materials, and Network
Centric Warfare materials.
- REGION - all
materials pertaining to Asia/Pacific/Indian region military
capabilities and strategies, Russian and Chinese weapons and systems,
other than ballistic missiles and SAM systems.
- MSLS/BMD -
Ballistic Missiles and Ballistic Missile Defence Systems.
- SAMS/IADS -
to Air Missile Systems, Integrated Air Defence Systems, air defence
archive, APA Media Releases, hot topics and related material for media
- CONTRAILS -
feedback and correspondence pages.
- DEW/EMP -
microwave and other energy beam weapons, electromagnetic bombs of the
nuclear and non-nuclear variety.
- TECHNOLOGY -
basic and applied technology topics, including radar, electro-optical
sensors, weapon guidance, computing and Pilot Reports
/ Flight Training topics.
Information Warfare, Electronic Warfare, Electronic and Signals
Intelligence related materials.
- STRATEGY -
materials pertaining to military strategy and operations, and policy.
- HISTORICAL -
historical topics especially covering World War II, the Cold War and
other earlier conflicts, also some museum and heritage related
other websites with related material or interests.
- APA ANALYSES Australia's First
Online Journal Covering Air Power Issues; ISSN 1832-2433
Since that time numerous facilities have been added to the
site to make
finding content easier. These include:
In addition to this, most HTML pages have properly
entries for keywords and content, introduced since late 2006 to improve
search engine targeting.
- NOTICES AND UPDATES
- shortcut button for recently added content and update history.
- APA NOTAMS -
shortcut button to APA NOTAMS ISSN 1836-7135 - Discussion, Commentary
and Analysis; Analytical Perspectives on Contemporary Defence Topics
- APA RESEARCH
shortcut button to APA research and policy statement, plus Technical
- SEARCH APA -
search engine window.
- shortcut button to briefings, slides and submissions.
- APA CONTACTS -
contact details and contributor CVs.
- Home Page
buttons to high interest topics.
- APA Abstracts
page summarising many of the articles on the site (no
- Russian language Cyrillic title translations on many
dealing with Russian equipment.
Some tricks for locating content which is not where you might expect it
to be, include:
If these methods are not successful, it is likely that the
are looking for is not hosted on the APA site, or the keywords or terms
which have been used are not the same as the terms used on APA.
- Using the browser search window to scan the topic
pages, APA FAQ or APA Abstracts.
- Using the Google search engine and varying search
- Look at the topic on Wikipedia as many subject pages
include links to related APA website content.
The three largest index pages in terms of total link counts are SAMS/IADS, REGION, TECHNOLOGY and trailing them is the
WEAPONS index. The most
common visitor entry points are the Home
Page, MEDIA/NEWS page and the NOTICES AND UPDATES page.
Dr Carlo Kopp
APA Editor and Webmaster
Updated June, 2009.
Updated February, 2010.