This week on The Weekly Defence Podcast, we look at Germany’s plans for the P-8A Poseidon, report on the latest from the Asia Pacific region, dive into the synthetic VS live military training debate and talk sustainability with Bell.
Germany has sent two pilots to the IFTS fast-jet training course as part of an evaluation programme.
The Dutch and Belgian navies have added a significant boost to their ASW training capabilities with the addition of seven SEMA targets from French company RTsys.
On 3 October, a pair of USMC F-35B fighter jets successfully conducted the first-ever take-offs and landings of the aircraft on the Japanese helicopter carrier JS Izumo.
The German Army has equipped its first unit with Leopard 2A7V MBTs to improve mobility, firepower, and crew protection.
The US Army is proceeding with full-rate production of its new two-channel software-defined radios that will fully integrate frontline units into the Integrated Tactical Network.
In focus [06:20]
Air Editor Tim Martin reports on new details on the German procurement of Poseidon MPA platforms where questions remain unanswered around the weaponry that will equip the aircraft; Senior Naval Reporter Harry Lye looks at the USN reorganizing two of its existing Programme Executive Offices (PEOs) to support submarine acquisition; and Trevor Nash gives us an insight on the long-time standing readiness Vs availability debate.
Deep Dive- News from Asia Pacific [31:00]
Gordon Arthur joins the show this week for the monthly round up of all the news from the Asia Pacific.
Highlights include the new arsenal of Chinese designs, prototypes and other equipment showcased during the 13th edition of the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai; a look at Indonesia’s order of C-130J aircraft; South Korean progress on its SLBM programme with fires of a ballistic missile for the first time and more.
Industry Voice [01:02:00]
Creative director Tony Skinner speaks to J. Blank, Senior Manager, government affairs at Bell about the importance of sustainability across both industry and the military.
Noemi Distefano produced this episode with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest.