KC-30As Operating Over Iraq

12/09/2014
12/09/2014: Australia’s Air Task Group (ATG) consisting of six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft continue to support Operation OKRA with missions in Iraq. The ATG comprises around 400 RAAF personnel who have deployed to the…

Iraq’s Bilateral Ties with the GCC Members

08/21/2012
2012-08-21 By Richard Weitz I have dealt with the bilateral relationship between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  In this piece, I am going to deal with Iraq’s bilateral relationships with the other GCC states. Kuwait Historical factors make Iraq’s relations with GCC member Kuwait especially important. Kuwait’s territorial integrity and sovereignty were…

The UAE Defense Industry: Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies to 2016

07/30/2012
In a report from our partner ICD research, SLD readers have a chance to purchase a comprehensive overview and forecast of this important market. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the world’s most lucrative markets for foreign defense OEMs, is expected to spend US$142.7 billion on defense during the…

Evolving UAE Perspectives on Gulf Security

06/29/2012
6/29/12: In mid- June 2012, Second Line of Defense talked with Victor Gervais, a young French researcher who recently published his dissertation on the UAE military.  Gervais had just returned from a two-week visit to the UAE when we discussed with him his perspectives on how the UAE leadership was…

Monitoring the Gulf Of Hormuz: A New Option

06/12/2012
6/12/12: We have written about the potential for the new dirigible (M1400) and its innovative sensor integration capabilities on board (Blue Devil 2). But several capabilities of this program leap off of the page. If the program was measured in a realistic manner, for example, ISR delivery equivalencies, this would…

An Update on European Aircraft December 2011

12/13/2011
12/13/2011: This posting provides an update on several developments regarding European built aircraft.  The slideshow provides some glimpses of ongoing developments at Eurocopter and Airbus Military in the global marketplace. [slidepress gallery='an-update-on-european-aircraft-december-2011'] Credit: Eurocopter and Airbus Military The first photo shows the Tiger helicopter, a key element of the French…