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.

Articles

USAF Lays Out Timeline For EC-X Compass Call ‘Re-Host’ 
The U.S. Air Force anticipates delivery of the first “cross-decked” EC-37B Compass Call airborne electronic attack aircraft from L3 Technologies in 2021.
Upcoming KC-46 Tests To Focus On Key Deficiencies 
The two most serious issues are uncommanded refueling boom extensions and the boom operator’s inability to detect when the probe has missed the receiver aircraft’s receptacle and causes damage.
Sierra Nevada Reveals ‘Freedom Aircraft’ Prototype 
Sierra Nevada Corp. has offered the first glimpse of its “Freedom Aircraft” prototype, originally conceived for the U.S. Air Force's $16 billion T-X trainer competition.
Podcast: Scoops, Scrapes and Other Tidbits from AFA’s Annual Meeting
This week’s podcast offers a glimpse into the notebooks of Aviation Week editors after a news-rich week at the Air Force Association’s annual meeting.
ICBM Program Chief: Get It Right To Move Fast  2
Air Force is looking for “every opportunity” to speed up the next-generation ICBM program.
Afsoc Declaring Ghostrider Gunship Ready For Battle 
This month U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (Afsoc) will declare operational its most powerful new airborne gunship, the Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider.
SNC Enters Huey Replacement Competition With Force Hawk  5
Sierra Nevada Corp. has submitted its “Force Hawk”—upgraded ex-Army UH-60L Black Hawks—for the U.S. Air Force's Huey replacement.
USAF Lays Out Timeline For EC-X Compass Call ‘Re-Host’ 
The U.S. Air Force anticipates delivery of the first “cross-decked” EC-37B Compass Call airborne electronic attack aircraft from L3 Technologies in 2021.
Timeline For EC-X Compass Call ‘Re-Host’ Laid Out By USAF 
The U.S. Air Force anticipates delivery of the first “cross-decked” EC-37B Compass Call airborne electronic attack aircraft from L3 Technologies in 2021.
USAF Not Lobbying For Extra Russian RD-180s  19
The U.S. Air Force says it is not seeking permission from Congress to import additional Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines beyond the 18 already authorized for Atlas V-series rocket launches.
Boeing Selects Lockheed’s Legion Pod For F-15C  1
Legion Pod is based on Lockheed’s IRST21, which was developed for the U.S. Navy’s Boeing-built F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Boeing Unveils ICBM Program Suppliers  6
Boeing’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent Program Manager wants to maintain a broad supply base leading up to the downselect for the $5-7 billion development phase in 2020.
Boeing To Deliver KC-46 Tankers Rapidly Once Certified  18
Development and certification delays mean that the aerial refueling tankers are now piling up at Boeing's widebody aircraft factory in Everett, Washington.
Lockheed On J-Stars Recap: ‘It’s Still On’ 
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has brushed off concerns about the U.S. Air Force’s review of the J-Stars Recapitalization program.
Saab Would Bring T-X Workshare To U.S.  4
Boeing and Saab say 90% of their clean-sheet BTX aircraft would be made in the U.S. if it is selected for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X Advanced Pilot Training program.

Comments

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...