Ready to explore possibilities for nuclear-engine air power?

Written to aid understanding of the potentially disruptive effects to Australian air and space power this publication explores the application of this technological consideration in air power. Nuclear Engine Air Power seeks to inform air power practitioners about the general characteristics, history, prospects, and risks of nuclear-engines.

Technology is beginning to realise new capabilities based on nuclear propulsion that may be a game-changer to disrupt both technological and political strategic-thinking, potentially necessitating a need to enhance the delivery and effectiveness of air power through new concepts in multi-domain operations.

A History of Nuclear-Engine Development Peter Layton
Fundamentals of Nuclear-Powered Engines Amelia Greig
Nuclear Engines in Air Power Doctrine David Burningham
Nuclear-Engine Air Power Case Study: Russian SSC-X-9 Skyfall Michael Spencer



This publication does not suggest that Australia should consider changing its attitude or position on nuclear weapons. The current national policy position is that, "Australia does not possess any nuclear weapons and is not seeking to become a nuclear weapons state. Australia's core obligations as a non-nuclear weapon state are set out in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This includes a solemn undertaking not to acquire nuclear weapons."