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’s E-2D Aerial Refueling Program Gains Momentum 
The U.S. Navy expects to have five Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft modified with aerial refueling capability by year’s end,
U.S. Navy Sees Potential For P-8A In J-Stars Role 
If the U.S. Air Force ditches J-Stars, the U.S. Navy could step in with a customized version of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
L3 Reveals Wrap-Around Pod Mod For Q400 
A company official says the modification is now undergoing certification using a company-owned aircraft at L3’s facilities in Texas.
Lockheed Video Shows MQ-25 Dropping Bombs 
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works says there are no technical reasons why its proposed MQ-25A Stingray UAV refueling aircraft could not also drop bombs.
Skunk Works Picks F404 Engine For MQ-25A Proposal 
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has announced the General Electric F404 turbofan as its propulsion system for its MQ-25A Stingray unmanned tanker.
U.S. Air Force Keeping Options Open For F-15C Epawss 
The Boeing F-15C may or may not receive the next-generation electronic warfare and self-protection system known as the BAE Systems Epawss.
Who Has Advantage In U.S. Navy MQ-25 Competition?  7
Boeing, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin are vying to win the contract for the unmanned tanker. Cover: Lockheed Martin
General Atomics Claims ‘Huge Advantage’ Over Big Rivals For MQ-25  5
General Atomics says its formidable aircraft design, industry team and institutional agility will help it snatch MQ-25 Stingray from Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
From KFC To The Pentagon: Stratollite Gains Favor With U.S. Military  3
World View’s multimonth stratospheric balloon could soon be carrying sensors for hunting rogue missiles rather than crispy chicken sandwiches.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Reveals MQ-25 ‘Stingray’  10
This is how Lockheed Martin intends to beat the competition in the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker UAV competition.
Pentagon Official Seeks To Revive Particle-Beam Weapons 
The Pentagon’s under secretary of defense for research and engineering wants to bring particle-beam weapons back into vogue.
USAF Providing Payload For Joint ‘HiJENKS’ Experiment 
The U.S. Air Force is the payload provider for a secretive program with the U.S. Navy called High-power Joint Electromagnetic Non-Kinetic Strike, or “HiJENKS.”
Raytheon Reduces Weight Of Apache HEL Pod 
As the U.S. Army gets ready to develop another version of the Boeing AH-64 Apache, Raytheon wants to arm the long-serving gunship with a lethal laser.
Ground-Based Interceptor’s ‘Salvo Test’ Shifts Into 2019 
The first operational intercept test of Boeing’s Ground-Based Interceptor has been pushed into calendar year 2019, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency says.
U.S. Army Leadership ‘Won’t Stand’ For Future Vertical Lift Delays  17
The heads of the U.S. Army say they “won’t stand for delays” on the multiservice Future Vertical Lift program, despite a re-phasing in the fiscal 2019 budget.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Reveals MQ-25 ‘Stingray’
March 26, 2018

GA-ASI article publishing April 2.

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