Ulf Nilsson, the head of Saab Aeronautics, discusses the company’s new Gripen E fighter, export markets and the company’s design philosophy.
Frank Kendall, the US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, on the prospect of another continuing resolution, Congress’ proposal to use Overseas Contingency Operations funds to boost the Pentagon’s base budget, and DoD concerns with reform proposals.
Adm. Sir Philip Jones, Britain’s First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, on Brexit implications for the Royal Navy, whether 138 F-35 Lightning II fighters are enough for the Navy and Air Force, rebuilding big-deck carrier capabilities, Type 26 and 31 frigates, and how Russian and Chinese naval developments will shape future Royal Navy capabilities.
Håkan Buskhe, the president and CEO of Saab Group, on his company’s partnership with Boeing beyond the T-X trainer, growing in the United States and India, merger and acquisition plans, and research and development strategy.
Maj. Gen. Mats Helgesson, chief of the Swedish Air Force, on the state of his force on its 90th birthday, the Gripen fighter, air defense and strike missiles, Russia’s capabilities, future investment, trainers, tankers and transports, unmanned aircraft, protecting bases and future manpower models.
Gen. Micael Bydén, the supreme commander of Sweden’s Armed Forces, criticizes Russia’s regional behavior as “stupid,” discusses threats, priorities and country’s Total Defense concept.
Exclusive: Sweden’s Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist on US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Stockholm, cooperation with the United States, Russia, a bigger defense budget and future needs.
Marcus Wandt, experimental test pilot for Saab Aeronautics, on the development of the JAS 39E/F Gripen, Sweden’s new multirole fighter.
Exclusive: Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, USN, the commander of US Naval Air Forces, on defending aircraft carriers from future threats, importance of the new Ford-class carriers, improving readiness and recent V-22 trials in part two of a two-part interview.
Capt. James Christie, USN, the commanding officer of US Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101 Grim Reapers) that is the service’s first F-35C Lightning II fighter unit, discusses preparations to carrier qualify operational pilots on the new stealth jet aboard USS George Washington.