Aerial Firefighting Europe 2021: New Location, New Opportunities

Hosted in Northern Europe for the first time, the event will provide an exceptional opportunity to share best practice between new and mature markets. The new venue boasts modern event facilities for a dedicated conference, exhibition, private workshops as well as opportunities for static displays. Chaired by Professor Johann Georg Goldammer, Director of Germany’s Global […]

Are European Defence Industry Exports Doomed?

Looking at European defence/security exports today, one sees an incredibly healthy situation. Europe overall is the second largest exporter of defence technologies, behind the US, with particular success in MENA (source: SIPRI). The EU is expending significant energy and resource to allow Europe to remain competitive in the period ahead, as part of its push […]

Europe’s EMS and Next-Gen Miltech Challenge

Russia’s ‘invasion’ of East Ukraine in 2014 will be seen as a fundamental turning point in modern warfare. For almost 25 years following the end of the Cold War, US military dominance and the lack of near-peers caused the West to under-invest in key technologies, including EMS (electro-magnetic spectrum). Warning signs started appearing, such as […]

How Will Joe Biden Handle China?

Around the world, 2020 has brought a very different global experience of China. Early in the year, Xi Jinping had his hands full with Covid-19, an ongoing catastrophe in its crucial pig industry, and Hong Kong. Later came almost Biblical flooding. The ongoing fracturing of trade ties with the US has damaged key domestic industries, […]

Tangent Link Comment: Karabakh Shock & Awe Puts UAV’s at the Top-Table

UAV’s are increasingly becoming the system-of-choice for militaries. This makes complete sense. They are redundant, cheaper than manned alternatives, can endure flight regimes that are too complex for humans, and they have proven time and again to be force multipliers, asymmetric weapons, and allow escalation dominance. The 44-day Karabakh conflict put them at the top-table […]

Winners of the International Walt Darran Aerial Firefighting Awards 2020

Since the first Aerial Firefighting Conference organised by Tangent Link in Athens back in 2008, the event series has been steadily growing. More than a decade later, Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 (AFFNA20) enjoyed a rapidly increased interest. AFFNA20 attracted a global audience not only from North and South America, but also Europe, Asia and […]

Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 Prepares for the Opening

Tangent Link’s Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 (AFF North America 2020) Conference and Exhibition is the must-attend event for anyone involved in the aerial firefighting domain. Hosted at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, California between 4 and 5 March, the event features an array of presentations on a diverse range of subjects. California has been […]

The Aerial Firefighting Community Pays Tribute to Fallen Flight Crew

A Memorial Service was held on 30th January at RAAF Base Richmond to honour First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson, Captain Ian McBeth and Flight Engineer Rick A DeMorgan Jr. from Coulson Aviation. Representatives from fire agencies, aerial firefighting companies, families and friends joined Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister David Elliot, […]

Quenching the Flames

10th January 2020 Thomas Withington Once again, aerial firefighting has played a vital part in combating wildfires in California, with an armada of aircraft leading the efforts to douse the flames. It has been another busy year for aerial firefighting in California. The statistics speak for themselves: The US Forest Service and the California Department […]

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