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Will Germany, Not Ready & Slow To Invest, Keep EU Leadership, Deter Putin

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The Cold War has not returned, but the Russians have. The challenge for the Trump Administration is less about whether the US cares about European defense; it is much more about a strategic shift of American attention to dealing with the Chinese and North Korean threats.

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India Is Going Big on New Fighters; Lockheed, Boeing Pledge Indian Plants

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Boeing, Lockheed, Dassault Aviation of France, the European Eurofighter consortium, Sweden’s Saab, and United Aircraft Corporation of Russia are all jockeying for position for an Indian fighter contract worth $15 billion for 110 planes, and an $8 billion navy program of around 60 aircraft.

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UK F-35s Clear IOC For Land-Based Ops; UK Spending Big on Defense

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: The UK is ready to start deploying the first batch of its new F-35 fighter overseas, the country’s top defense official said Thursday, while introducing a slew of new cruise and attack missiles for its Typhoon jets.   The announcement of Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for nine F-35Bs comes weeks after the Royal Navy… Keep reading →

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Transforming The RAF: F-35B, Carriers, Typhoon TyTAN, & More

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The future of the RAF is on display at the Farnborough Air Show. With the F-35, the RAF is part of the multi-domain airpower transformation and will work closely with European allies, notably in reshaping Northern Tier Defense. With the Typhoon, the RAF is seeking a modernized aircraft reworked to compliment the F-35 but with a yet undetermined relationship with its European partners. And the A330MRTT and A400M aircraft, as well as MBDA missiles, are part of a broader context of resolving Brexit.

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Europe’s Combat Aircraft Conundrum: Will UK Partner With France, Germany?

Posted by Douglas Barrie on


Barring the collapse of the British government, London plans to unveil its Combat Air Strategy during the Farnborough Air Show. Unlike its Brexit strategy to leave the European Union, there is general consensus here around the broad thrust of the document: position the UK to remain a key player in the design, development and manufacture… Keep reading →

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Uneasy Times In Europe As Continent Mulls Next Fighter

Posted by Douglas Barrie on


If the re-emergence of an assertive and occasionally belligerent Moscow was an unattractive possibility for Europeans of a cautious nature, an American president whose election campaign comments inadvertently or otherwise questioned his commitment to Article 5, the very heart of NATO, seemed unimaginable. Today, Europe is faced with both a Russia that is a strategic rival… Keep reading →

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Hawk Carlisle On The Way Ahead: DE, EW, Data

Posted by Robbin Laird on


  Gen. Hawk Carlisle has been at the center of global allied operations for several years, first at Pacific Air Forces and now at Air Combat Command. Recently, we interviewed him at Langley AFB, home of Air Combat Command. During his watch, several new combat assets have come to play in Middle East operations. “Each of the… Keep reading →

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Acrobatics, Big Planes (A380 & A400M) & Little Planes (Gripen & Starduster)

Posted by Colin Clark on


The F-35B isn’t flying again til Friday so you won’t see it here. Today was the first day of halfway decent weather at the biennial air show so we’ve got some pretty lovely flying and perspectives here. Enjoy!

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F-35B Hovers, Finally, At Farnborough; Lots More Planes!

Posted by Colin Clark on


Video of the F-35B hovering at the Farnborough airshow for the first time.

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F-35 Wins Denmark Competition: Trounces Super Hornet, Eurofighter

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATING with Aboulafia analysis of questionable pricing] The F-35 just won a competition — and it wasn’t even close. In every category, from combat performance to cost, the Danish government rated Lockheed’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter as superior to Airbus’s Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing’s F/A-18F Super Hornet. What’s striking here is not that the F-35 won: Denmark… Keep reading →

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