Chris Pocock
Defense Correspondent

Chris Pocock has been covering the defense beat for AIN for over 30 years. He is a British citizen and a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Chris worked in the air cargo business for ten years before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. He subsequently edited two air cargo journals before becoming AIN’s Defense Editor. He retired from that position in 2018, but still contributes to the publication. Chris has written extensively on aerial reconnaissance, including four books on the history of the U-2 spyplane. He also lectures on this and other topics related to intelligence-gathering in the Cold War.

Latest from Chris Pocock

Aircraft

Dassault: 'We’ll Build Our Own Cloud'

Dassault Aviation and Dassault Systèmes will collaborate on a sovereign cloud for Europe that will have particular relevance to defense projects.
Eric Trappier and Bernard Charle
Avionics

New Inertial Nav System Solves GPS Vulnerability

Flare Bright has developed a small new inertial navigation system that can substitute for vulnerable GPS receivers.
Flare Bright INS software
Aircraft

A New Diamond Monitors Fires, Floods And More

The Diamond Aircraft DA62MPP Vanguard carries a new multiband sensor for environmental surveillance.
Diamond DA62MPP Vanguard
Aircraft

BAE Systems Offers New-Tech EW System for Export

The Storm EW system can protect diverse platforms against proliferating advanced air defense systems.
Belgian F-16
Aircraft

Lockheed Martin's Airship Goes Private

AT2 Aerospace has taken control of Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship project.
bulbous proportions of AT2
Avionics

Pannoramix Satcom Antenna Captures Multi-band Birds

Greenerwave has unveiled the Pannoramix multibeam ground antenna, which can communicate with a variety of satellites and frequencies.
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Environment

Sustainable Aviation Fuels: The Numbers Just Don't Add Up

A weighty scientific report raises doubts about net-zero alternatives to jet fuel.
sustainable aviation fuel

MBDA Accelerates Missile Production in Response to Ukraine War

The Anglo-French company’s orderbook has also been swelled by major sales in the UAE and Poland.
MBDA CAMM
Aircraft

Dassault Soars as Falcon, Rafale Order Book Swells

Dassault posted a €830 million profit in 2022 while its order book swelled to 87 Falcon business jets and 164 Rafale fighter jets.
Dassault Falcon 6X in flight over clouds
Aircraft

Malaysia Chooses Korean FA-50 As Singapore Adds More F-35s

Coincidentally on the same day, neighbors Malaysia and Singapore announced new buys of combat aircraft.
KAI FA-50
Aircraft

Skunk Works To Display Darkstar from Top Gun: Maverick at Edwards Airshow

Fact and fiction have combined to create a top-draw attraction, as Lockheed Martin’s hypersonic creation for the "Top Gun: Maverick" movie goes public.
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Inzpire Offers Multi-Domain Operations Training Out of a Box

Inzpire delivers tactical multi-domain operational training from a ruggedized case containing all the necessary materials.
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Accidents

Lockheed Martin Offering Defiant, Raider Technology to NATO Countries

The Sikorsky SB>1 Defiant and S-97 Raider helicopters would bring new rotorcraft technology to NATO member countries.
Avionics

Sixth-gen Radar Slated for Tempest Fighter Program

The new radar for the Tempest fighter will incorporate higher power, smaller circuits, and gallium arsenide processors.

RAF Wedgetail Program Taking Off

The conversion of three Boeing 737 airframes for the AEW&C role is proceeding at the UK facility of STS Aviation Services.
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Ambitious Schedule Set for Turkey’s Stealth Fighter

Turkey TF-X stealth fighter showed up at the Farnborough Airshow in full-scale mockup form.
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British Partners Outline Details of Hypersonic Research Effort

Reaction Engines is leading a hypersonic technology partnership between the Royal Air Force, two UK government agencies, and Rolls-Royce.
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Aircraft

RAF Will Offer New Contracts For Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

The service has terminated Project Mosquito in favor of alternative approaches that could advance uncrewed aircraft more quickly.
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Ascent Flight Training

Ascent Flight Training
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Aircraft

Cost Reductions Make F-35 a Winner in Europe

The acquisition cost now matches fourth-generation fighters, and operations plus sustainment costs are following, according to Lockheed Martin.
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Air Chiefs Commit to Climate Change Challenge

Leaders from international air forces declared plans to collaborate on the mitigation of climate change at the Global Air and Space Chiefs’ Conference
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Avionics

AESA Radar Confirmed for UK Typhoons

The UK government has confirmed that the ECRS Mk2 E-scan radar will be installed in some of the Typhoon fleet.
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Aircraft

Sentinel Makes Surprise Appearance at RIAT

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has purchases a fleet of Sentinel R.1 reconnaissance aircraft and is offering them for sale or lease.
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Avionics

Raytheon's New Air Defense Radar Detects in All Directions

Raytheon's new LTAMDS air defense radar can detect air threats at greater distances and higher velocities and in all directions.
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Aircraft

Hybrid Airships Make a Slow Takeoff

The strong green credentials of hybrid airships raise new hopes of market acceptance.
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Aircraft

British HAPS Projects Aim for the Solar Heights

The Airbus Zephyr and the BAE Systems PHASA-35 offer new airborne communications and observation options.
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Aircraft

Defense Industry Focus Shifts from Farnborough

Preceding the famous trade show, a major defense conference and corporate hospitality at RIAT provide alternative marketing opportunities.
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Aircraft

ILA Berlin Show Highlights German Shift on Defense Buys

The pending F-35 contract is only one of several new procurements in progress in Germany as a result of increased tension in Europe.
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Aircraft

Malaysia’s Defense Show Highlights New Procurements

The first Defence Services Asia (DSA) show for four years was a well-attended event to display and discuss regional requirements.
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Accidents

Latest Aid in Search For MH370 Discounted

Investigators challenge claims that an amateur radio signal database can help locate the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.
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