An Update on KNDS: June 2021

06/19/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - The land weapons industry faced a double challenge with the pandemic crisis hitting defense spending and army projects competing with air force systems, which were due to receive higher funding, Franco-German joint venture KNDS said June 14. “The budgets of our most important customers are…

An Update on the CH-53K, June 2021: Colonel Jack Perrin Provides an Overview

06/16/2021
By Robbin Laird The coming of the CH-53KTM to the USMC could not come at a more appropriate time. As the Marines are focused on mobile basing as a key aspect of how they contribute to crisis management, the capabilities of the new aircraft will be in immediate demand. It…

The FCAS Industrial Package: The Saga Continues

06/15/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France, Germany and Spain said last month they had reached agreement to launch a long awaited development phase for a European future combat air system, but it has emerged  there were still industrial and political issues to resolve. What has emerged is that the key…

BALTOPS 50: Part of the Mosaic of Re-Working North Atlantic Defense

06/11/2021
By Robbin Laird BALTOPS 50 was begun on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2021. It was first held in 1972 and is an annual military exercise, held and sponsored by the Commander, US Naval Forces Europe and operates in the Baltic Sea and the regions surrounding it. One can…

Next Generation Autonomous Systems: A Williams Foundation Special Report

06/09/2021
On April 8, 2021, the Williams Foundation held a seminar originally scheduled for last March. It was postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown, Chairman of the Williams Foundation put it in his prologue to the conference: "Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation…

Defence Industry and Working with Defence in Shaping a Way Ahead for Autonomous Systems

06/08/2021
By Robbin Laird The development and incorporation of autonomous systems into the Australian fifth-generation force requires a close working relationship between defense industry and the Department of Defence and the services. But also requires meeting the challenge already seen with regard to the introduction of software upgradeable systems such as…

The Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for II MEF Transformation

06/07/2021
By Robbin Laird During late April 2021, I had the chance to visit II MEF at Camp Lejeune. This command is a key part of the overall effort to reshape the working relationship between the operational Navy and the USMC to enable integrated operations. The entire effort encompassed by Second…

Expanding Capabilities: The Viper Attack Helicopter Adds Link 16

06/07/2021
By Robbin Laird In a press release today, it was announced: "The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully demonstrated in flight testing a two-way connection between the AH-1Z Viper helicopter and a ground station using new Link-16 hardware and software." In the context of reshaping the current force in…