Key Developments

The Iron Dome, the ADIR and the Israelis Work a 21st Century Combat Web

07/17/2018
By Ed Timperlake

As Herman Kahn once noted: “Anything that reduces war-related destruction should not be considered altogether immoral.”…

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The Challenge of Building an Indigenous European Fifth Generation Fighter

07/17/2018
By Giulia Tilenni

European produced fighters (Rafale, Gripen and Typhoon) belong to the so-called 4th generation. However, countries such…

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Project Centurion and the TyTan Sustainment Contract

07/16/2018
By Robbin Laird

In past visits to the UK and to Spain, I have spent time with Eurofighter squadrons…

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The ATTAC Contract and Its Legacy for RAF Sustainment

07/16/2018
By Robbin Laird

The UK MoD, the RAF and its industrial partners have been at the cutting edge in…

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Allied Hypersonics: The UK Case

07/15/2018
By Stew Magnuson with introduction by defense.info

In an article published on April 24, 2018, Stew Magnuson provided a look at the UK…

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Russia and the Southern Flank: The Black Sea Challenge to NATO

07/12/2018
By Stephan Blank

By Stephen Blank NATO needs to address the growing challenge to its Southern Flank represented by…

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Special Reports
06/14/2018
This report was first published in 2015 and provides a perspective on Eurofighter modernization generated from visits to...
Featured Defense System
07/16/2018
By Robbin Laird

The RAAF was the launch customer for the A330MRTT. And the Aussies have been from the beginning key drivers of innovation working with Airbus Defence and Space in evolving the capabilities of the global tanker. Part of Tanker 2.0 is providing new capabilities for the combat fleet to support operations in terms of data, connectivity and enhanced tanking capabilities. One of those is the automated boom. During an interview at the Amberley Air Base in the Spring of 2017 with Air Commodore Lennon and the 86th Wing Commander, Group Captain Adam Williams, we discussed the evolution of the KC-30A into Tanker 2.0. One aspect of that evolution was the coming of the robotic boom. According to Air Commodore Lennon: “The best way to think about the new boom...

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