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B-52s in Tindal … motivations and risks

Unpacking the motivations and benefits of basing USAF B-52s in RAAF Base Tindal. In late October, it was revealed that the United States will build...
GE’s XA100* adaptive cycle engine for the F-35 is meeting current goals for the US Air Force’s Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP).

Industry Contracts Awarded for US Air Force’s Next Generation Adaptive Engine Development

On Friday 15 August the US Department of Defense announced that five companies had been awarded contracts - each worth $975 million for a...

What Can Your Wingman Do for You?

The push to develop ‘loyal wingmen’ is widening but still leaves questions over how much complexity/capability they should have verses their attritability. Today’s congested and...
USAF RC-135W, callsign HOMER, track.

Conflict in Ukraine: Analysis of Three Factors in the First Stage

An analysis of how Russia’s invasion was monitored by NATO, together with reflections on two key elements of the fight so far - the...
USAF and US Navy HIJENKS

Closing the Zap Gap – Microwave Weapons Research Moves Forward

US microwave weapon efforts are advancing via the HIJENKS programme which could yield a powerful weapon for use against hostile electronics. Reports in early July...
The US Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) C2 system from Northrop Grumman will use cloud computing and new communications protocols. (Northrop Grumman)

Speaking across the Divide

While JADC2 heralds a paradigm shift in how the US armed forces and allied services share information, its implementation faces distinct challenges.  On paper, the...
Typhoon Captor E

Airborne AESA Fighter Radars

AESA radars are generally considered to be the most innovative and technologically-advanced type of tactical radar system and have become almost a necessity for...
L3Harris T4 and T7 family of robotic systems lights on SAS.

Meet L3Harris’ family of life-saving robotic systems

The battlespace is constantly evolving, and missions are becoming increasingly challenging as a result. Today, mission scenarios and tasks can be particularly complex and...
USAF WC-135W “Constant Phoenix” now deployed to Europe. (Eielson AFB)

War in Ukraine: USAF Deploys Aircraft to Sniff for Chemicals

United States President Joe Biden has continually asserted that NATO would not establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine. However, wary of possible damage to...
F-35 Training

Synthetic Training for Combat Air: Panacea or Pipedream?

While there seems to be a general agreement that more synthetic flying is a good thing (cost-effective, environmentally better, and broadly more inclusive), will...

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