SLD Special Reports

A Small Ship with a Big Impact: The Aussies Work the Integrated Distributed Force

04/23/2020The Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel is the first of the new build platforms. It provides the template with regard to the entire reset of how the Australians are seeking to build out their integrated distributed force. The contours of the new template are in place and can be identified and this report provides an… Download PDF Now »
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Rafale Comes to the Indian Air Force: A Game Changer

07/30/2020By Air Marshal (Retd.) Anil Chopra New Delhi. With war clouds on the Ladakh horizon, Indian Air Force (IAF) has received five Rafale combat jets, arriving at their Ambala airbase… Read more »

Australians, Japanese and Americans Work Trilateral Passage Through Philippine Sea

07/30/2020By Lieutenant Tanalee Smith Australia, Japan and the United States conducted a trilateral passage in the Philippine Sea en route to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) in… Read more »

Misawa Air Base: The USAF and JSADF Cooperation

07/29/2020According to a Japanese Ministry of Defence article published in July 2020, a recent exercise by the USAF and the JASDF was highlighted. Misawa Air Base is the Koku-Jieitai (Japan… Read more »

Maritime Remotes and Maritime Kill Webs: The Case of an Integrated Counter Mine Autonomous System

07/28/2020By Robbin Laird During my recent visits to Jax Navy, Mayport, Fallon Naval Air Station and to North Island Naval Air Station, I had a chance to meet with a… Read more »

Indian Air Modernization Takes a Significant Step Forward: First Rafales Depart France for the Indian Air Force

07/27/2020By Pierre Tran Five Rafales took off July 27 from Mérignac, southwest France, with Indian air force pilots starting a 7,000 km flight to India, with a further five units … Read more »

Navigating the COVID-19 World: Shaping a Way Ahead for the International Fighter Conference 2020

07/27/2020By Robbin Laird I have attended the International Fighter Conference for the past two years in Berlin. I provided several analytical pieces on presentations and discussions at those two events… Read more »
In Briefs

Airborne Drone Control Proof of Concept Trial

08/07/2020The RAAF has successfully demonstrated its ability to remotely control an unmanned aerial system (UAS) by piloting a Sky Ranger R70 quad-rotor UAS from a C-130J Hercules of 37SQN. Credit:… Read more »

Working with the Dutch Air Force

08/05/2020A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 conducts bilateral interoperability training with U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing over the North Sea June 19, 2020.… Read more »

26th MEU

08/03/2020Reconnaissance Marines assigned to the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), refine various mission capabilities during their pre-deployment training program and deployment. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is… Read more »

Osprey Maintainer

08/01/2020U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Reid Christopher Ellis Jr, a V-22 Osprey mechanic with Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1, speaks about what the daily life of an Osprey… Read more »

Dutch Forces in Lithuania

07/31/2020A Royal Netherlands Army mobile artillery unit assigned to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania recently had a chance to fire their guns for the first time since the… Read more »

Defender Europe 20

07/29/2020Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, U.S. Army Europe Commanding General, Georgette Mosbacher, U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of Defence for Poland and Polish Armed Forces General Commander, Jaroslaw Mika,… Read more »

Gaszyn Challenge

07/27/2020Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland accepts the Gaszyn Challenge from the Polish 1st Territorial Defense Brigade and challenges the 1st Warsaw Armored Brigade, June 18, 2020 at Bemowo Piskie… Read more »