Key Developments

The Coming of Triton: Perspective from RAAF Edinburgh

06/16/2018
By Robbin Laird

During a visit to Australia in March 2017, I had a chance to visit South Australia…

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The Coming of the Triton

06/16/2018
By Defense.Info

The US Navy will be deploying its first operational Triton’s later this year to the Pacific.…

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MAWTS-1 Works the Unmanned Systems Challenge

06/16/2018
By Robbin Laird

There is probably no single air platform more affected by the transition from the strategic shift…

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The Perspective of VMU-2 on the Way Ahead: A 2015 Visit

06/16/2018
By Robbin Laird and Murielle Delaporte

During a visit to 2nd Marine Air Wing in May 2015, we had a chance to…

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Unmanned Air Systems and Shaping a Way Ahead for the USMC

06/15/2018
By Robbin Laird

For the USMC, the use of 21st century unmanned systems involves two strands of development involving…

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The Marines, Reapers and MUX: Working a Way Ahead for UASs in the MAGTF

06/15/2018
By Defense.info

The Marines are shaping a way ahead with regard to larger UASs, class IV and V,…

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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
06/16/2018
By Robbin Laird

During my visit to Australia in March 2017, I had a chance to discuss the way ahead for the KC-30A with the two senior operators involved with the program and its evolving capability. We met at Amberley Airbase where the KC-30As and C-17s are based. Air Commodore Richard Lennon is the head of the Air Mobility Group and with Group Captain Adam Williams, the officer commanding 86th Wing as well as the CO of the 33rd Squadron (KC-30A). Last year, I published an interview with the head of the tanker program at Airbus. And in that piece underscored that having digested the operational fundamentals with the tanker, the tanker program was now moving on to the next phase, which I have called Tanker 2.0. The baseline tanker is...

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