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Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington
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Head-editor, Defence commentator, journalist, military historian.

Catch-22

A quiet revolution is occurring in naval communications. The stalwart Link-11 Tactical Data Link (TDL) is being replaced by Link-22. How does this new communications architecture work, and what might it offer to naval operations? The title of Joseph Heller’s seminal novel published in 1953...

Alkras Laser Technology Zooms Forward

Alkras
Alkras has told armadainternational.com that it expects the development of a new anti-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) laser to be completed and tested by the end of 2017. The company added, via a written statement, that this laser: “will be 50 times more compact and light...

IMDEX Show News – Brazil Expands its Horizons

Brazil’s new OTH-100 High Frequency (HF: three megahertz/MHz to 30MHz) naval surveillance radar is expected to be operational by 2018, confidential sources have informed armadainternational.com. Procured to provide a Recognised Maritime Picture for the Brazilian armed forces, the OTH-100 uses Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta division’s...

IMDEX Show News – MFRAD Radar To Commence Sea Trials By Year End

GEM Elettronica plans to commence sea trials of its MFRAD X-band (8.5-10.68 gigahertz) naval surveillance radar by the end of the year, the company disclosed at the IMDEX maritime defence exhibition and conference on 17th May. Speaking to armadainternational.com, the firm disclosed that sea trials...

IMDEX Show News – Terma Steps Forward With Scanter

Terma is planning to complete testing of new and upgraded naval surveillance and navigation radars by the end of this year, the company has told armadainternational.com Speaking during the IMDEX maritime defence exhibition and conference in Singapore on 16th May, the firm disclosed that it...

Smooth Seas for Swedish Subs

Hakan Buske, Saab president and chief executive officer is bullish about the export prospects for the company’s ‘A26’ class of conventional hunter-killer submarines which are currently under construction for the Marinen (Royal Swedish Navy).   Speaking during a presentation of the company’s activities at the...

Who Goes There?

Identifying friends and enemies is a problem as old as warfare itself. The risk of inadvertently attacking one’s own side is an ever-present danger for military operations, particularly those involving aircraft, where the speed of warplanes and missiles makes the timely determination of identity...

Russia-US CENTCOM Airspace Coordination

US CENTCOM (Central Command) and the Russian armed forces are in regular contact to ensure the safety of the skies above Syria, as both continue their efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgent group. The Russian and US armed forces...

Spirits in the Sky

B-2A Spirit
The United States Air Force (USAF) will commence production of the first phase of the Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit strategic bomber Flexible Strike programme in 2017, the USAF has told armadainternational.com. The Flexible Strike programme, for which Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor, commenced in...

UK’s Future Commanding EU Ops hangs in the Balance

Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) at Northwood
The future of the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) in commanding EU military operations hangs in the balance as the UK government prepares to trigger Article 50. One of the many aspects of the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union (EU) which...

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