Ending US Dependence on Russian Rocket Engines: The Danger of Further Delays

04/23/2019
By Richard Weitz The U.S. Congress has a welcome opportunity to end U.S. dependence on Russian rocket engines for its national security satellites. However, Congress needs to proceed with the existing agreed timetable to avoid unnecessary deals that risk U.S. national security. Members recognize that the United States can leverage…

Building the New and Modernizing the Old for Frigates in the Australian Navy: The Perspective of Marcus Hellyer

04/08/2019
By Robbin Laird Last year, the Australian navy announced that they would build a new class of frigates, the Hunter class. This new class will be built-in Australia with BAE Systems as the prime contractor. The Brits and the Aussies will work together on this new launch platform and the…

The UK Engages in the PREDA Effort: Software Upgradeability via Platform for Rapid Exploitation of Digital Applications

03/18/2019
Shaping ways to gain transient software advantage and rapid insertion of technological advances is key to a 21st century software-enabled combat force. In a recent article published by the UK MoD, the engagement of Britain in the PREDA effort was highlighted. Digital apps are set to redefine the battlefield as…

Seeking Greater Sovereignty in Defense Production and Sustainment: The Australian Loyal Wingman Case

03/06/2019
By Robbin Laird Part of the defense rethinking going on in Australia involves finding ways to enhance a sustainable fifth generation force. Building out a lethal and effective offensive-defensive force, which can expand the perimeter for the defense of Australia and provide for allied extended deterrence, is a core focus…

Australia Moves Ahead with Its Working Relationship with Naval Group: The Sub Design Contract

03/05/2019
The Australian government signed an agreement in 2016 with Naval Group to build a new class of attack submarines. There have been challenges to reach a partnering agreement, including intellectual property and other issues. Last month, a core partnering agreement was signed enabling further working relationships to be established essential…

A Look at the F-4 Rafale Upgrade Program

02/19/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris French Armed Forces minister Florence Parly announced Jan. 14 the award of a €1.9 billion ($2.2 billion) development contract to upgrade the Rafale fighter jet to an F4 standard, while evoking national sovereignty, operational capability and exports as key factors. That budget was agreed after close…

Next Gen UK Deployable Sat Antennas

01/29/2019
According to a story published on the UK Ministry of Defence website on January 28, 2019, the development of a next gen of UK deployable satellite antennas will receive a one million pound investment boost. The ‘wrapped rib’ antenna is lighter, less complex and more cost-competitive than those currently available…

The Spanish Air Force Works the French on the UAV nEUROn

01/26/2019
A detachment of CLAEX, with 2 planes alongside support from the 11th Wing maintenance personnel, has been relocated to Istres Air Base in France, where they partook in a flight test campaign with the UAV nEURON. The development of nEURON is the result of a European partnership led by the…