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.

Articles
Boeing Selects Lockheed’s Legion Pod For F-15C 
Legion Pod is based on Lockheed’s IRST21, which was developed for the U.S. Navy’s Boeing-built F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Boeing Unveils ICBM Program Suppliers 
Boeing’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent Program Manager wants to maintain a broad supply base leading up to the downselect for the $5-7 billion development phase in 2020.
Boeing To Deliver KC-46 Tankers Rapidly Once Certified 
Development and certification delays mean that the aerial refueling tankers are now piling up at Boeing's widebody aircraft factory in Everett, Washington.
Lockheed On J-Stars Recap: ‘It’s Still On’ 
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has brushed off concerns about the U.S. Air Force’s review of the J-Stars Recapitalization program.
Saab Would Bring T-X Workshare To U.S.  4
Boeing and Saab say 90% of their clean-sheet BTX aircraft would be made in the U.S. if it is selected for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X Advanced Pilot Training program.
Boeing Displays Missionized MH-139 At Air Show  2
Boeing has stepped up its campaign to capture the U.S. Air Force’s 84-helicopter UH-1N Huey replacement program.
Raytheon Pitches Jpals Precision Landing For F-35A 
Raytheon has proposed an expeditionary version of the U.S. Navy’s GPS-based Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (Jpals).
Trump Addresses Airmen Flanked By Stealth Jets  2
The president is expected to renew his commitment to building a stronger combat air fleet, as promised during his election campaign in 2016.
Gulfstream G550
Commercial Derivatives Questioned As USAF Eyes J-Stars Replacement  4
U.S. Air Force may consider survivability when evaluating special missions platforms, which could hurt the chances of commercial and business jet derivatives.
Rolls-Royce Proposes BR725 For B-52H Engine Upgrade 
With momentum building behind an engine upgrade for the U.S. Air Force’s 1960s-vintage Boeing B-52H strategic bomber, Rolls-Royce has proposed its 16,000-lb.-thrust BR725 turbofan, made in America.
BR725 Proposed By Rolls-Royce For B-52H Engine Upgrade 
With momentum building behind an engine upgrade for the U.S. Air Force’s 1960s-vintage Boeing B-52H strategic bomber, Rolls-Royce has proposed its 16,000-lb.-thrust BR725 turbofan, made in America.
Boeing Teases Upsized Radar For J-Stars 
Boeing’s 737-based offer for the U.S. Air Force’s $6.9 billion J-Stars Recapitalization program includes provisions for a larger, more powerful single or dual-sided radar.
Upsized Radar For J-Stars Teased By Boeing 
Boeing’s 737-based offer for the U.S. Air Force’s $6.9 billion J-Stars Recapitalization program includes provisions for a larger, more powerful single or dual-sided radar.
T-X Trainer Competition Narrows Ahead Of Down-Select  6
Boeing, Leonardo DRS and Lockheed are the final contenders for the Air Force’s $16 billion T-X competition, ahead of a down-select this fall.
Lockheed Martin Reaffirms Support For Sikorsky’s Raider  37
The Raider’s hard landing is blamed on a flight-control software issue, not coaxial rigid-rotor technology, Sikorsky obtains backing to finish the demonstration.
Comments
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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