James Drew

James Drew
Defense Editor,
Aviation Week

A journalism graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, James moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2014 to pursue a career in defense trade reporting after more than two years writing for community newspapers in Brisbane. James began reporting for Inside Washington Publishers’ Inside the Air Force before moving to Flightglobal, where he traveled extensively as a Washington-based military aviation reporter for the company’s online and print publications. James is a former Australian Army Reserve rifleman with an interest in military hardware, media, photography and video production. He joined Aviation Week in June 2016.

U.S. Navy Further Limits T-45 Flying To 5,000 ft.  5
The U.S. Navy has further restricted flying in the Boeing T-45C Goshawk after one instructor pilot reported headaches after performing dynamic flying in the troubled tandem-seat trainer.
Darpa Seeks Future Counter-UAV Tech For Urban Warfare 
With dozens of programs springing up to defeat UAV threats, Darpa is trying to nurture revolutionary future counter-UAV technologies.
Liteye, Orbital ATK Turn Apache Gun Against UAVs 
Liteye Systems and Orbital ATK are pairing their technologies to turn the Boeing AH-64 Apache’s 30-mm chaingun against unfriendly UAVs.
USAF Issues Revised Draft RFP For Huey Replacement  1
The U.S. Air Force says it still hopes to kick off a multibillion-dollar Bell UH-1N Huey replacement competition this summer and decide a winner in 2018.
‘Eject, Dude’: Pilot Error Blamed For U-2 Trainer Crash  36
A deadly Lockheed Martin TU-2S crash during a pilot evaluation flight last year has been blamed on pilot error.
Podcast: Decoding the F-15 Retirement Proposal 32
With a limited budget and a strategic need for airpower, the U.S. Air Force is weighing its future fighter fleet options. Our editors discuss the idea of retiring National Guard F-15s in favor of upgrading F-16s.
Sharp-Shooting Bombs, Missiles Shaping The Modern Battlefield  11
Precision-guided smart bombs have irreversibly changed modern warfare. But what weapons will define the future?
SB-1 First Flight Delayed; V-280 ‘95% Complete’ 
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant will not fly in 2017 as previously planned, with the milestone shifting into “early 2018,” company program officials say.
U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Starts Amid Global Friction 
The Pentagon has kicked-started the first Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of the Donald Trump administration amid escalating tensions around the globe.
Qualification Testing Of B61-12 Nuke Begins At Tonopah 
Qualification testing of the new B61-12 guided thermonuclear bomb has begun, with a Lockheed Martin F-16C dropping an inert flight test vehicle at Nevada’s Tonopah Test Range.
Boeing Opposes F-15C Retirement Plan  115
Boeing says an upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16 is no substitute for its Cold War-era air superiority fighter.
Tomahawk Strikes Again, This Time Eroding Syrian Airpower 
The Raytheon-made Tomahawk is still the Pentagon’s weapon of choice, but the U.S. Navy has long wanted to stop building new ones in favor of developing a next-generation cruise missile.
Tomahawk Milestones 
Timeline shows key dates in Tomahawk cruise missile's history, including program milestones and uses in battle.
Top U.S. General Backs Navy’s Pursuit Of Tomahawk Successor 
The Pentagon’s Tomahawk strike on Syria may have struck 57 out of 59 confirmed targets, but a top U.S. general says the U.S. can and must do better.
Can Aurora Orion UAV Extend Trump Border Wall Over Water?  2
Aurora Flight Sciences’ long-endurance Orion UAV is hoping to transition from tech demonstration to deployed military system.
VH-92 Presidential Helo Passes Critical Design Review
July 27, 2016

Well spotted, although I suspect the Republican Party wishes Trump was getting around in an experimental helicopter...

Industry Pushes Back Against USAF Gulfstream EC-37B Plan
June 19, 2016

Nicely said all. There are so many aspects to this EC-37B story, and there's no right answer, but it keeps us reporters busy as everyone has their say. If this Gulfstream...

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