Christina Mackenzie

Christina
Mackenzie
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First Person Gen. Denis Mercier 
French air force Chief Gen. Denis Mercier is leading the service through sweeping changes including many that will affect the aircraft it deploys.
Cheap Oil Does Not Deter Middle East Procurement 
Oil prices are not yet having an impact on Middle Eastern states, although that could change if the decline lasts for years.
Navies Promote Small Warship Tech Upgrades 

As the U.S. Navy struggles to define a new variant of its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a smaller, better-armed, multi-role warship is in production. Analysts expect 50-60 of these to be built, while the LCS fleet has been cut to 32 from 52 pending approval of the modified version. Unfortunately for the U.S. Navy, the new and smaller vessel is Chinese. 

Europe: Who’s Responding To Russia, Who’s Not 
Russia’s actions provoke defense rethink
Ukraine Conflict Could Affect Buying at Eurosatory 

The tensions between Ukraine and Russia are expected to loom large in conversations and buying decisions at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris next month (June 16-20). Countries that have a common border with Russia may well be paying special attention to land-defense assets, such as tanks and missiles. 

Delays And Cost Challenges Beset Airborne ASW 

 

The U.S. Navy’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft made the headlines in March when aircraft of patrol squadron VP-16, deployed to Kadena AB in Okinawa, supported the search for the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But although the P-8A is the largest and most costly aircraft ever built for ASW, its ability to detect submarines at long range is inferior to that of the P-3C Orion, which it is intended to replace.

MBDA Veep Tracks Ballistic Missile Threats 

One of the rare women executives in the male-dominated business of missiles, Veronique Cham-Meilhac, vice president of ballistic missile defense at MBDA, sees her job primarily as protecting people. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she explains this complex subject in straightforward terms, as she did recently for European Defense Editor Christina Mackenzie.

Veronique Cham-Meilhac

Asia-Pacific Nations Ramp Up Submarine Investments 

The Asia-Pacific region is a critical area that could soon be hotly contested, with Russia, China and India vying for influence and others determined to protect their interests and maintain the maritime status quo.

Many factors could upset the balance of power. China's ambitions in the Pacific possibly include establishment of sea-denial boundaries up to 2,700 km (1,678 mi.) from its coasts.

New And Evolving Platforms Enhance Sea Patrol
U.K. and France rebuild sea-surveillance capabilities.
Vehicle Armor Takes Major Strides Forward 

Vehicle protection technology has made enormous strides since the improvised explosive device (IED) threat emerged in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the use of rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and ballistic threats. The V-hull concept pioneered in South Africa was adapted and modernized for different conditions. New materials were introduced, starting with ceramics that had previously been confined to tank armor, progressing into sophisticated ceramic and plastic hybrid systems, and much stronger transparent materials.

European Missile R&D Partnership Extended
Anglo-French missile development group extends research program
U.K., France Collaboration Creeps Ahead
In defense terms, the two are the most similar countries in Europe
European Defense Agency Chief Defends Role 

Aviation Week: What exactly is the European Defense Agency?

French Defense Budget Only A Placeholder 

A “wait-and-see” banner flies over France's 2013 defense budget, which, like all others for EU defense ministries', has to contract to meet the government's goal of bringing the country's public debt down to 3% of GDP from the current 5.2%.

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May 28, 2015
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Videos: F-35B Operational Test Trials 19

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May 22, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

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