The Indian Navy Selects EMALS for Its New Carrier

12/12/2018
By Gulshan Luthra New Delhi. The Indian Navy has selected the US General Atomics EMALS for its second aircraft carrier, IAC II, which should be operational in about 10 years. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba told India Strategic in an interaction that the case for EMALS, or Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System,…

The Future Combat Air System: The View From Paris

11/26/2018
By Pierre Tran Paris, November 26, 2018 The French government and industry are in negotiations for a budget to upgrade the Rafale fighter jet to an F4 standard of higher capability, and also funding for architecture and concept studies for a next-generation fighter, a source close to the talks said.…

The French Air Force and FCAS: Perspectives from the International Fighter Conference 2018

11/25/2018
By Robbin Laird The French Air Force (FAF) is one of the most active Air Forces in the Western World. They have had significant demand on the force and have been stressed through a continual flow of operations. They are a nuclear-armed Air Force and their focus on Quick Reaction…

Nigerian JF-17 Acquisition

11/15/2018
by defenceWeb Pakistan has provided an $184 million government guarantee to cover production of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets for the Nigerian Air Force as the Nigerian government continues to fund the type. Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved the $184.3 million sovereign guarantee for the production of three Pakistan Aeronautical…

The French Consider a New Aircraft Carrier: Opening the Aperture on Innovation

11/03/2018
Adding a new seabase to the mix for the defense of Europe and its interests is what the current Macron government is considering. With the opening of a study phase for a new carrier, the French Defense Minister announced at the recent Euronaval show that France was pursuing a path…

The Way Ahead in Shipbuilding: The Perspective of Admiral (Retired) Nils Wang

10/16/2018
By Robbin Laird During my current visit to Denmark, I have a chance to meet with Admiral (Retired) Nils Wang, a dialogue partner for several years in my visits to the country. He has provided the readers of Second Line of Defense with many key insights not only with regard…