Airbus Defence and Space chief Dirk Hoke has called for a merger of the UK-led Tempest next-generation combat jet (left) with the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS - right). In a video lecture for the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), he said “we cannot afford two systems of that size…the market is too small”. I’m … Continue reading WE DON’T NEED A NEW COMBAT AIRCRAFT
A fascinating new book reveals aspects of modern aerial warfare that have not previously been aired in unclassified forums, I think. The ever-changing and politically-charged Rules of Engagement (RoE), the role of the lawyers sitting alongside the operators, the development of targets, and the weaponeering, it’s all here. “Hunting The Caliphate” is a collaboration between … Continue reading MODERN AIR WARFARE – A BOOK YOU MUST READ!
For a corporation that is producing the USAF’s next-generation stealth bomber, plus the Global Hawk and other high-tech, high-altitude ISR platforms, it seems a bit strange that Northrop Grumman is now marketing a relatively low-tech, Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) aircraft. Without $$$$$ from the Pentagon for development. But NG is convinced that its Firebird design … Continue reading FOR ISR, NORTHROP GRUMMAN AIMS LOWER
There has been a lot more adverse publicity about the F-35 recently, including about practical, in-service issues. In this article, written for the Paris editions of Aviation International News (AIN), I try to provide a balanced assessment. But I doubt whether the operating costs of fifth-generation fighters will ever match those of fourth-gen ones: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2019-06-16/question-marks-remain-over-f-35-availability-support … Continue reading QUESTION MARKS REMAIN OVER F-35 AVAILABILITY, SUPPORT