Lessons from Broken Japanese Supply Chains

07/11/2011
07/11/2011 By Dr Harald Malmgren Some analysts are forecasting a capital spending rebound in Japan as businesses “rebuild” after the Great Earthquake of March, 2011.  I believe a new wave of Japanese corporate investment is likely – but it is not evident where such investment will take place, whether at…

Eurofighters, F-15s and Japan

07/07/2011
07/07/2011 - The Eurofighter has been downselected for the Indian competition and clearly the Eurofighter consortium hopes to replicate its success in Japan.  F-22 was a clear candidate for Japan, but the Administration preferred cancelling the program. The F-35 is clearly on the table as a U.S. offering, but strong…

An Update on the X3: A Conversation with Hervé Jammayrac

07/02/2011
07/02/2011: During the Paris Air Show, Second Line of Defense talked with Experimental Test Pilot Hervé Jammayrac of Eurocopter.  Jammayrac provided an update on the aircraft and the test program.  In many ways, the new helicopter was a star at the airshow, bereft of many new flying aircraft. [slidepress gallery='an-update-on-the-x3']…

The Indian Fighter Competition and the Future of Eurofighter

06/29/2011
06/29/2011 - While attending the Paris air show in June, Second Line of Defense sat down with a senior Eurofighter executive to discuss Eurofighter in the Indian fighter competition.  A special focus of our efforts has been upon the intersection between the future evolution of the Eurofighter and the Indian…

The Chinese Quest

06/27/2011
By Richard McCormack Manufacturing News, May 31, 2011 06/06/2011 - China has embarked on a goal of becoming the world’s leader in science, technology, invention, innovation and commercialization through a wide range of “techno-nationalistic” policies, spending programs and incentives. [caption id="attachment_19945" align="alignleft" width="178" caption="(Credit: CENTRA Technology, Inc.)"][/caption] It is receiving…

Eurofighter at The Paris Air Show: The Indian Dimension

06/22/2011
06/22/2011 By Robbin Laird What are the strategic potentials of a Eurofighter in India from an industrial point of view?  Much depends on what India is able to do and can re-organize itself to do.  If properly organized, India could shape a significant aerospace future and Eurofighter could become a…

Assessing the Evolution of the Global Market

06/18/2011
By Dr. Robbin Laird 06/19/2011 - The opportunity to discuss the potential impacts of Indian and Brazilian fighter competitions on the next phase of global development presented itself when I crossed paths with Reuben Johnson at the Airbus Military Trade Media event in mid-May SLD: I’m talking to Reuben Johnson,…