The announcement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron that their countries intend to cooperate in producing a new fighter aircraft has sparked great interest in UK defence and industrial circles. However, how significant is this as a ‘hard’ defence initiative?
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter remains a source of controversy and polarising performance claims. While problems with both the aircraft and the programme remain, there are no competing solutions that offer anything approaching the current or upcoming capabilities of the F-35 in contested airspace.
Operation Sealion and the Battle of Britain: A Land Perspective
Professor Gary Sheffield holds the Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He was formerly Professor of Modern History at King’s College London, and Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the UK.
Saluting the Few: The triumph of British Air Power in 1940
Christina J.M. Goulter
Dr. Christina J.M. Goulter is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London, and Air Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the UK.
‘If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war, and...
The space domain, with over 1,000 currently operational satellites, is becoming increasingly congested, and the issue of how to deal with space debris is more important than ever. How worried should we be about possible threats from new debris-clearing technologies?
With an overstretched nuclear supercarrier force, the US Navy’s Wasp- and America-class amphibious assault ships are increasingly being relied on to serve as light expeditionary aircraft carriers. This is a role in which these ships, perhaps unexpectedly, excel