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

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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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Ascent Flight Training

Ascent Flight Training
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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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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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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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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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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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Aircraft

China’s Military Challenge is Real, and Growing

Astonishing progress in defense technology and production is helping China to develop an aggressive foreign policy.
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Aircraft

Storm Warning Comes from UK in Form of Project Tempest

The Tempest fighter is just part of a Future Combat Air System being designed by an international team led by BAE Systems.
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Aircraft

DSEI Show Revives Physical Displays and In-Person Contacts

The biennial defense show in London was the first major international defense trade show to take place in Europe since the pandemic began.
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Aircraft

Hybrid Airship Floats New Funding

The Airlander hybrid airship program received new funding but needs far more money to achieve first flight.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Bombardier Pitches Special-mission Conversions for its Bizjets

From Learjet 75s to Global 7500s, Bombardier's range of business jets stand as candidates for special mission conversion.
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Aircraft

Singapore Gets Smart with Airbus A330 Tanker

The Republic of Singapore Air Force will work with Airbus to certify automatic refueling for the A330 MRTT.
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Aircraft

USAF Legacy Fleets Survive Budget Review, in Part

The Pentagon decided not to completely retire the A-10, B-1, KC-10, and U-2 after all.
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Aircraft

The Shape of Things that Fly

Blackshape’s trainer aircraft at Singapore Airshow
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Aircraft

Singapore F-35 Buy Moves Closer

The island state is buying four F-35B STOVL versions, with an option for eight more.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

ST Engineering Showcases Innovative and Diverse Technologies

The Singapore-based conglomerate has a new VTOL UAV, systems to control or counter drones, and fresh activity in the freighter conversion business.
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