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 Huey Replacement Program Hits Another Snag 
The U.S. Air Force’s long-running attempt to the replace the UH-1N Huey has hit another snag, with helicopter manufacturers telling the service that their airframes cannot meet the stated requirements without some modification.
F-35C Needs New Outer Wings To Carry AIM-9X  4
The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office says the outer wings of 32 carrier-based C-models need to be replaced to carry the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder, the aircraft’s primary dogfighting weapon.
U.S. Navy Supporting Double-Range Orbital ATK AARGM 
The U.S. Navy has begun meeting with rocket manufacturers to support Orbital ATK’s development of an extended-range Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile.
Boeing, Lockheed Line Up For LCS Missile Competition 
Boeing and Lockheed Martin say they will enter the U.S. Navy’s competition for an extended-range, ship-destroying missile for Littoral Combat Ship/Frigate warships.
U.S. Gov’t Needs $400 Billion For Nukes Over Next Decade  1
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) pegs the amount of money needed to modernize the U.S. Cold War-era nuclear arsenal at $400 billion through fiscal 2026, if the Trump administration continues with the planned purchase of new bombers, missiles and submarines.
USAF, Marines Want Swifter F-35 Weapons Upgrade  1
With their first Lockheed Martin F-35 squadrons now declared ready for combat, the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps want to speed up the introduction of agile weapons capable of striking fast-moving targets.
North Korean Missile Menace Strikes Again 
A missile test of some type had been widely expected, partly to measure the resolve of the untried Trump administration.
Marine Corps Aviation Vision Includes UAV Sidekicks 
The U.S. Marine Corps is keenly interested in pairing all of its manned aircraft with unmanned combat and multi-mission UAVs.
Presidential Bomber? Report Touts B-21 For Air Force One  205
A panel of aerospace and defense analysts has proposed ditching the U.S. Air Force’s Boeing 747-8-based Air Force One in favor of the Northrop Grumman B-21 stealth bomber, or a less-costly militarized Boeing 737 fleet.
USMC Culling 77 MV-22 Configurations Down To One 
Of the 263 MV-22s already delivered, about one in four on average is structurally different in some way, causing headaches for maintainers and upsetting the parts supply chain.
ALIS Disconnect: Depots Seek To Plug Into F-35 Network 
The F-35’s autonomic logistics information system is not compatible with the IT systems being used at government aircraft depots where the fighter and its components are repaired.
T-X Twist: Leonardo Confirms T-100 Trainer Bid  27
Leonardo has confirmed that it is still in the running for the U.S. Air Force’s $16.3 billion T-X trainer, offering an American-made M-346 Master.
Evolved Standard Missile Extends Reach Of U.S. Defenses  6
The supersized Raytheon/MHI Standard Missile-3 Block 2A is on track for deployment in 2018 following a successful intercept test.
U.S. Air National Guard Reapers To Beef Up Border Patrol 
Air National Guard MQ-9 Reaper units could soon be flying more observation missions along the U.S. border.
Kratos Combat Drones Go On The Offensive  11
Kratos has two armed combat drones and a number of secret projects under development for the Pentagon. Its newest design could reach China from Guam.
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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