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.


Podcast: Russian, European and U.S. Fighters
Aviation Week’s defense team discusses how Europe’s defense partnerships are evolving.
Congressional Support Builds For MDA’s Space Sensor Layer 
Congressional support is building for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) proposed space-based sensor layer for persistent tracking and discrimination of missiles.
USAF Plans Road Map To Operational Hypersonics 
As the U.S. Air Force prepares to solicit industry for development of an air-launched hypersonic conventional strike weapon, for the first time the service is outlining its approach to operationalizing high-speed capability for a wide range of roles.
Bell V-280 Entering Ground Testing Ahead Of First Flight 
Bell Helicopter is about to begin tethered ground tests of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor ahead of first flight in September.
USAF To Begin Stockpiling Raytheon GBU-49s For F-35A 
The U.S. Air Force intends to buy as many as 1,200 GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II smart bombs from Raytheon to arm the Lockheed Martin F-35A.
Lockheed Developing New Wing For Jassm-ER Missile 
Lockheed Martin is developing a new wing for the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (Jassm) that could extend its range well beyond 500 nm.
USAF Lists Candidates To Develop Hypersonic Strike Weapon 
The U.S. Air Force has nominated five leading defense firms capable of developing the first U.S. war-ready air-to-surface hypersonic strike missile.
Iran Seeks Engine For New SABA-248 Civil Helicopter 
Iran is in the final stages of developing two new civil helicopters: the twin-engine, eight-seat SABA-248 and single-engine, four-seat Sorna.
The T-500 is scheduled to fly July 23 at the MAKS Air Show.
Russia Launches T-500 Agricultural Aircraft At MAKS 
Produced by the MVEN Company of Kazan, Tatarstan, the single-engine lightweight turboprop is an improved version of the MV-500 prototype.
T-50 Mock Dogfight, Russian MALE Drone Highlights At MAKS Air Show  36
Since its first appearance at MAKS in 2011, the Sukhoi PAK FA T-50 has continued to raise the bar in terms of aerobatic performance—which it continued at this year's air show in Zhukovsky.
Russian Armament Plan Boosts MiG-35 And Mi-38 
MiG-35 and Mi-38 are in, Zhukovsky is out as Moscow air show MAKS 2017 highlights Russian military orders for new aircraft and news of a new location for the 2019 show.
Russia’s Kronstadt Reveals ‘Orion’ MALE Drone Program 
The long-wing aircraft is in the same weight class as the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems RQ-1 and Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group Wing Loong-I.
The First Successful U.S. ICBM Intercept Test, Step By Step  8
A series of images from the test shows the disparate systems that neutralized the target safely above the atmosphere.
North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles 
A look at the Hwasong-14 and other missiles in North Korea’s growing arsenal.
North Korean ICBM Test Adds Urgency To U.S. Missile Defense Trials  4
North Korea’s acceleration of missile testing could see the U.S. expand its antiballistic missile system as the Missile Defense Agency also speeds development of tech to counter-maneuvering hypersonic glide weapons.


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...