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The Weekly Defence Podcast

I/ITSEC highlights, carrier supply chain issues and will FCAS/Tempest merge?


In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, our Military Training Editor is on the line from the floor of I/ITSEC in Orlando to discuss major themes and headlines from the show; we look into talk of a merger between two major European next-generation fighter programmes; and in an interview with Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC), we discuss ongoing supply chain shortages affecting the aircraft carrier industrial base.

Newsround [01:06]

News Editor Ben Vogel is on the line with Trevor Nash who is reporting on the main themes at I/ITSEC 2021.

Among the major show highlights on Trevor’s radar are the fallout from BAE Systems’ purchase of BISim; a potential USAF move away from using the T-1A Jayhawk training fleet; and do conventional gallery ranges have any purpose in the modern age?

Elsewhere, Air Editor Tim Martin give us an update on Airbus briefings about the multinational Eurodrone and FCAS programmes, including industry talk that the latter could merge with Tempest.

Interview – ACIBC [31:00]

Senior Naval Reporter Harry Lye is on the line with Richard Giannini Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) to discuss the challenges in production rate of new carriers and potential solutions for supply chain crisis for defence.

This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest.