A lesson in air readiness with NATO
To show just how ready NATO is to deploy its counter threat capability, the organisation recently packed up its entire Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) moving it via air, land and sea from Poggio Renatico, Italy, to Sardinia, 600km south of the DACCC’s home base. Claire Apthorp finds out how the move went and why the exercise is so important to maintaining NATO’s readiness.
The unmanned wingman: high-speed drones to support fighter aircraft
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has secured a contract to explore the use of high-speed drones to support fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft. Simply put such an unprecedented capability would provide fighter jets with a wingman capable of advanced tactical manoeuvrability. Claire Apthorp takes a look at what’s planned.
Global Defence Technology: Issue 72
In this issue: New capabilities in air-to-air refuelling, a look at NATO’s new comms system, trends in protected mobility for armoured vehicles, the world’s first explosives sniffer drone, the future of UAVs in maritime ISR, closing capability gaps in the Royal Navy, and more.
Air-to-Air Refuelling: why tomorrow’s tankers will need to pack their own punch
Air-to-air refuelling (AAR) stands as one of the key enabling technologies of modern air supremacy. From projecting military power to delivering humanitarian aid, the ability of advanced air forces to operate far beyond their national boundaries provides an unparalleled force enhancer.
January's top stories: Boeing's $2.1bn contract, VSE to support USAF's $11.4bn CFT programme
Boeing has secured a $2.1bn contract for the third low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot of KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, VSE has received a contract to support the USAF Contract Field Teams (CFT) programme. Airforce-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from January, 2017.