An Update on the CH-53K: March 2018

03/27/2018
Recently, Deputy Commandant of Aviation, Lt. General “Stick” Rudder testified before the Congress on the coming of the CH-53K and its importance to the USMC and its approach to combat operations. “This aircraft is mechanically and technologically amazing. It fits directly into the National Defense Strategy as far as heavy…

Foundation Principles and Modernization of the Finnish Armed Forces: The Perspective of the Permanent Secretary of Defense of Finland

03/22/2018
By Robbin Laird During my visit to Helsinki in February 2018, I had a chance to discuss the approach and modernization of Finnish Defense with Jukka Juusti, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. The Permanent Secretary manages and supervises the activities of the Ministry of Defence together with the…

Creating Continuous Improvement Capabilities: A Core 21st Century Strategic Advantage for the US and Allied Militaries

03/20/2018
By Robbin Laird The US has introduced a new generation of combat aircraft. These aircraft are different from legacy aircraft notably, in that they are designed, crafted and built differently – they are software upgradeable, data rich military aircraft for 21st century forces. The challenge is to build out the…

Building the Wings of Man: Another Aspect of the Coming of the CH-53K

03/02/2018
2018-02-22 By Robbin Laird Without the composites revolution, it would be difficult to image an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. Equally, without the composites revolution it would be difficult to envisage the successor to the CH-53E being able to lift three times more than its predecessor. The lift is a function of…

The Sikorsky Approach to Global Fleet Management and Support: Lessons Learned for Evolving Military Programs

02/12/2018
2018-02-08 By Robbin Laird The S-92® helicopter was first delivered in 2004, and now, there are nearly 300 deployed worldwide by various commercial customers. What makes the S-92 notably of interest for students of military systems is that the S-92 is the first helicopter deployed with digital systems for monitoring…

UK Enhances Air Mobility: Opens New A400M Hangar

02/10/2018
2018-02-10 Recently, the UK Minister of Defence procurement officially opened a new Atlas hangar which is large enough to contain three of the RAF’s new Atlas transport aircraft at the same time. The hangar is part of a significant infrastructure build by the UK Ministry of Defence to support new…