USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Receives its Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Certification

11/24/2020
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Riley McDowell USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs ATLANTIC OCEAN — Combat Systems divisions assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) have helped the ship earn its Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) certification November 17 while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. The certification, ensures that the…

The International Fighter Conference 2020: The Evolution of Airpower in the High-End Fight

11/21/2020
By Robbin Laird I have attended and reported on the last two International Fighter Conferences, both held in Berlin, in 2018 and 2019. Unfortunately, this one was held on a Zoom stage due to the COVID-19 world. This year I was especially looking forward to coming to Berlin, because my…

Thales to Supply Key Systems for German Frigate: November 2020

11/20/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris. Thales signed Nov. 17 a contract worth €1.5 billion ($1.8 billion) to supply Dutch shipbuilder Damen with a radar, combat management and fire control systems for the German MKS-180 frigate, Philippe Duhamel, vice president for defense mission systems, said. The deal with Damen was the third…

Enhancing Range and Endurance of the ADF’s P-8 Fleet

11/19/2020
Recently, the RAAF completed its first round of air-to-air refueling trials. According to an article published by Australian Defence Business Review on October 22, 2020: The tests were conducted over seven flights in designated airspace off the Queensland coast from September 22 to October 1 using the MRTT’s fuselage-mounted boom…

Visiting the USS Gerald R. Ford: November 17, 2020

11/18/2020
By Robbin Laird On November 17, 2020, a small number of journalists, most from the local Norfolk based media, flew from Norfolk Air Station to the USS Gerald R. Ford at sea, less than 100 miles off of the Virginia cost. We flew on the venerable C-2 Greyhound, but this…

Strengthening the Indian-U.S. Defense Partnership

11/17/2020
By Richard Weitz The next U.S. presidential administration should build on the positive legacy of the Trump administration in strengthening the Indo-U.S. security ties. The two countries recently held the third round of their yearly “2+2” defense and foreign ministers’ dialogue in New Delhi, continuing a process launched in 2018.…