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.

USAF To Replace E-4B, E-6B With One ‘Doomsday’ Fleet  1
The U.S. Air Force is kick-starting a potentially multibillion-dollar program to replace the E-4B “Doomsday Plane” and the U.S. Navy’s E-6B Mercury fleet with a single fleet.
F-35 To Get Moving Target Capability With Raytheon’s GBU-49 
A push by the U.S. Air Force to equip the Lockheed Martin F-35 with the 500-lb. Raytheon-built GBU-49 has mitigated a looming five-year “capability gap” against moving and maneuvering targets.
Germany Considers F-35 As Future ‘Command Fighter Advanced’  1
The German Air Force is seriously interested in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the central node of its future networked strike complex, which includes unmanned surrogates.
Boeing Touts Advanced Fighter Versions As ‘Different Animals’  43
Boeing’s “iterative innovation” strategy pays off as it secures a new future for the Eagle, Super Hornet and Growler programs against the odds.
Paris Air Show: A Showcase For Defense Competition  1
The F-35A flying display aims to attract attention as the global marketplace grows more and more intense.
MDA Speeds Up Multi-Object Kill Vehicle 
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has accelerated development of the warhead-killing Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) by five years in response to emerging threats.
MDA Launches Hypersonic Defense Program 
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) $7.9 billion budget plan for fiscal 2018 includes almost $600 million over five years to finally begin addressing the hypersonic missile threat from Russia and China.
U.S. Army Aviation Takes Hit But Protects ITEP, FVL 
The U.S. Army continues to back the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) in its fiscal 2018 budget request, despite reducing spending on aviation accounts overall.
U.S. Army Budget Prioritizes Ops Over New Procurement 
The Trump administration's 2018 budget submission, released May 23, would increase readiness spending and protect weapons modernization programs, but there is little joy in the budget proposal for helicopter makers.
Evolve F/A-18E/F Rather Than Build New Fighter, Boeing Urges U.S. Navy  5
Boeing’s comments come as the Pentagon is in the midst of a cost and capability analysis between the F/A-18 and F-35, ordered by the White House, that will inform future budgets and force structure decisions.
Trump’s Saudi Visit Firms S-70, Chinook, P-8 Deals  48
Lockheed Martin and Boeing have emerged as the big winners from U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.
U.S. Navy At Halfway Point In P-3C To P-8A Transition 
The U.S. Navy’s premier submarine hunter, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, is about halfway through replacing the 1960s-vintage Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion.
Boeing’s Arizona Apache Production Line Running Hot 
Boeing is chasing potential AH-64E Apache sales opportunities with 10 different defense forces around the globe as it begins work on the first 38 of 50 UK models.
Boeing Nearing Contract For Block II Chinook 
Boeing has reached a “handshake agreement” with the U.S. Army for the development of the future CH-47 Block II Chinook.
Boeing Warns Against Long Stealth Fighter Development  140
Boeing has cautioned the U.S. Navy against getting locked into another 20-year aircraft development program as it reaches for F/A-XX, the service’s next carrier warplane.
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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