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 Nuke Chief Not Expecting Easy B-52 Engine Upgrade  31
As the U.S. Air Force embarks on a major re-engining of the Boeing B-52H, its leadership is under no illusions about the difficulty of the task at hand.
U.S., Canada To Cooperate On Autonomous Chinook 
The U.S. and Canada will work together on autonomous flight control technology for the Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.
U.S. Army: UH-60V Trailblazer For Future Open Cockpits 
The program executive officer for Army Aviation has singled out Northrop Grumman’s UH-60V digital cockpit as a trailblazer for future open system architectures.
U.S. Army Reveals Next-Gen Aircraft Plans  1
The U.S. Army will pursue a mix of long-range, high-speed, agile unmanned and optionally piloted manned aircraft in its attempt to regain aviation dominance.
U.S. Army National Guard Seeks Aviation Refresh  1
The Army National Guard intends to be a “full player” in the next-generation Chinook and Future Vertical Lift programs.
U.S. Army Seeks Fixed-Wing Utility Aircraft Prototypes  2
After a false start, the service has begun engaging with the 103-member Vertical Lift Consortium about how best to replace its long-serving Beechcraft C-12 Huron and Fairchild C-26 Metroliner fleets.
U.S. Army: FVL Must Deliver More Capability At Right Cost 
“We’re all-in, if we can get that capability at the appropriate cost," the vice chief of the Army says of Future Vertical Lift.
GE Finalizing Proposal For ITEP After Design Review 
The winning engine will replace GE’s T700 in the Army’s Sikorsky UH-60M/V Black Hawk and Boeing AH-64E Apache, and also could power the next generation of clean-sheet military rotorcraft in the lightweight category of Future Vertical Lift.
UTAS Positions As Key Supplier For Future Vertical Lift 
UTC Aerospace Systems is positioning itself as a key supplier for legacy U.S. Army helicopter upgrades and next-generation, clean-sheet designs.
Bell V-280 Passes 140 Kt. On Way To ‘Cruise Mode’  2
Bell expects the V-280 Valor to meet all the key performance parameters set by the U.S. Army under the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator initiative “by the end of summer.”
Optionally Piloted Huntsman Promoted For ‘Gray Zone’ Ops 
A militarized derivative of the Glasair Aviation Sportsman monoplane, the Huntsman is being actively marketed for “gray zone” operations in places like Central Africa where there are few or no U.S. forward operating bases.
MQ-25A Contestants Bare All To Woo U.S. Navy  2
General Atomics, Phantom Works and Skunk Works have uncloaked their MQ-25A designs as decision time approaches. Here’s what we now know.
USAF: ‘Potential Exists’ For Additional RQ-4 Production 
The U.S. Air Force is seeking information on the modernization of the high-altitude drone, and has floated the possibility of additional production orders, “assuming the necessary direction/authorization is provided.”
Bell Could Answer S-97 With Compound Helicopter 
The company has revealed to Aerospace DAILY work on two designs aimed at the lighter Future Vertical Lift categories, one being a winged compound helicopter with no tail rotor or push propeller.
Podcast: Sizing Up the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Competition 1
In the three-way race to make an unmanned carrier-based tanker aircraft, Boeing, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin have revealed new design details, including their choice of engine, and in one case, the ability to carry weapons.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Reveals MQ-25 ‘Stingray’
March 26, 2018

GA-ASI article publishing April 2.

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