Optical Data Links for Aerial Applications – Promising Technology for Future RPA Operations

Optical Data Links for Aerial Applications Promising Technology for Future RPA Operations By Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Griethe, G2Aerospace GmbH, Munich By Dr.-Ing. Markus Knapek, Vialight Communications GmbH, Gilching Introduction Optical fibres move tens of terabits of data every second between cities and across oceans. But for the majority of Earth’s surface, where running fibre is impractical…

A400M: Europe’s Interoperability Poster Child? – A Heavily Critiqued European Program Leads the Way for Allied Interoperability and Crisis Response Capability

A400M: Europe’s Interoperability Poster Child? A Heavily Critiqued European Program Leads the Way for Allied Interoperability and Crisis Response Capability By Major Victoria Thomas, USA AF, JAPCC Introduction Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) has quickly surfaced on the lists of many Nations and multilateral organisations as a major defence capability area needing attention. In 2011, the European…

NATO Air Power – The Last Word

NATO Air Power The Last Word By General (ret.) Frank Gorenc, USAF ‘If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war and we lose it quickly.’ General Bernard Law Montgomery, SHAPE Deputy SACEUR 1951–1958 My three-year tour as the commander of NATO Allied Air Command, US Air Forces in Europe, US Air…

NATO Deployable Airbase Activation Modules – Paving the Way Towards a NATO Deployable Airbase

NATO Deployable Airbase Activation Modules Paving the Way Towards a NATO Deployable Airbase By Lieutenant Colonel Joop Berghuizen, RNLAF, JAPCC Introduction While the current Force Planning methodology in NATO is highly consistent and stringent, one significant weakness is the system completely depends on the nations to quickly provide sufficient capability1 once a planned contingency is…

Managing Space Education and Training in NATO – The JAPCC’s new role as the Department Head for Space

Managing Space Education and Training in NATO The JAPCC’s New Role as the Department Head for Space By Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Console (ITA AF), JAPCC By Lieutenant Colonel Heiner Grest (DEU AF), JAPCC Introduction On 24 May 2016, the Assistant Director of the JAPCC, Air Commodore Madeleine Spit signed the Appointment Letter officially confirming the…

Swedish Tactical Aerial Reconnaissance and NATO – Past, Present and Future

Swedish Tactical Aerial Reconnaissance and NATO Past, Present and Future By Professor Robert Egnell, SWE Defence University By Major Johan Jakobsson, SWE AF By Air Commodore (Retd) Garfield Porter, GBR Royal Air Force By Dag Åsvärn, Spacemetric Introduction Swedish Tactical Aerial Reconnaissance (TAR) has, like other parts of Swedish Armed Forces’ (SwAF) capability, followed shifts…