Manufacturing the CH-53K: The Development Process is Not Just for the Air System

02/08/2018
2018-01-30 By Robbin Laird For 21st century digital military systems, the development process is both about how you build the evolving aircraft as well as testing the product and evolving the lessons learned into the evolving production process. It is an open-ended learning process. And one, which will characterize the…

The CH-53K Preparing to Enter the Force: The Perspective the Chief Government Test Pilot

02/08/2018
2018-01-31 By Robbin Laird The CH-53K is in the final phase of getting ready to enter into service. The final phase of preparation includes the wrap up of testing at West Palm Beach, the conclusion of testing at Pax River, and the validation of maintenance procedures at the base, which…

France Acquires C-130Js as Part of a New Franco-German Squadron

02/08/2018
1/31/18: In a deal made prior to President Maron becoming President, France and Germany agreed to join forces and share costs of the new squadron. There will be 4 C130Js on the French side to be acquired by 2019 and 6 on the German side after the Bundestag’s expected green…

A Photo Update on the KC-30A: Preparing for Tanker 2.0

01/25/2018
2018-01-20 by Robbin Laird In March, I will be back in Australia and will be writing the latest report for The Williams Foundation, with this year's seminar year starting with a look at the key challenge of shifting from the land wars to higher tempo and higher intensity operations. I…

An Update on C-130J

12/04/2017
2017-12-04 The C-130J is clearly a very flexible combat asset. The Marines have expanded the envelope of their KC-130J as they have added Harvest Hawk several years ago and are adding communication and ISR integration capabilities which allow the aircraft to be a key element in the evolving digital interoperability…