Francis Tusa

Francis Tusa
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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. 

Diverse Systems Emerge Against Missile Threat 

Ballistic missiles have often been a threat with a bigger bark than bite, mostly due to poor accuracy that renders them militarily ineffective unless armed with mass-destruction warheads. But, as reported last month (AW&ST Feb. 17, p. DT3), Israeli missile-defense expert Uzi Rubin expects a rapid proliferation of higher-precision weapons before 2020.

New And Evolving Platforms Enhance Sea Patrol
U.K. and France rebuild sea-surveillance capabilities.
Britain Adapts To Fresh Crop Of Transports

By around 2020, the U.K. will have almost completely renewed its air transport and refueling fleet.

U.K. Changes Helicopter Support Practice
Sharper support for British helicopters
European Military MRO Is Leaving U.S. Behind
Budgets drive Europeans to adapt military support contracts
Sure Shot 

Infantry operations have evolved dramatically in the past decade, along with weaponry. The combat equipment that many soldiers now field reflects rapid advances in areas ranging from weapons design and precision firepower to battlefield networking.

Price Rises On NATO Drawdown From Afghanistan
The drawdown from Afghanistan could cost far more than imagined
U.K. Muddies Waters With Its Carrier Decision
Decision to change basic design of new carriers is raising doubts about the country's defense decision-making
New IFV Designs Proliferate For Modern Warfare
Around the world, infantry fighting vehicles are getting revved up
Finding A Fit For Sim 

The rapid growth of operational deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan saw a parallel growth in the training systems procured by U.K. armed forces. The nature of both theaters, including tight rules of engagement and novel challenges, required training avenues to be created and exploited. But as involvement in Iraq is over, and the end of deployment in Afghanistan is in sight, the U.K. is considering which systems and capabilities are to be retained.

Britain Revises Role Of Forward Air Controller 

After the grinding experiences of two long ground wars, and an unrelated but simultaneous revolution in technology, Britain is re-approaching the role of the forward air controller (FAC).

30 Years After Falklands War: Sizing Up The Two Sides 

This is not your parents' Falklands war.

London, Paris Make Good On Defense Cooperation 

The issue of a 37-point agreement on security and defense on Feb. 17 confirmed that, despite public spats between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, the U.K. and France have been quietly but surely moving to ever-closer defense and industrial ties. The two countries are more serious about cooperation in defense matters than they arguably have ever been before.

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