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Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington

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...

Obituary – Jeffrey McKaughan

It was with great sadness that Armada International learned of the passing of our esteemed colleague Jeffrey McKaughan on 17th January, aged 60. Mr. McKaughan, known to many of us as in the defence publishing world simply as ‘Jeff’ was one of the most respected...

The End of Charleroi

In the third of our four-part series on the potential effect of nuclear weapons on selected targets around the world, we examine the possible destructive effect of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created; the Soviet Union’s RDS-220 hydrogen bomb. This weapon, which was detonated...

Missile Mishaps

The Royal Navy’s Lockheed Martin UGM-133A Trident D-5 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) are back in the headlines, following revelations on 22nd January that a test of one of the missiles in June 2016 went wrong. In the second of our four-part series on the potential...

Armageddon Days Are Here Again!

In the first of a four-part series, we examine the potential effects of selected nuclear weapons on selected targets around the world, courtesy of the strangely addictive Nukemap website. General Michael Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006 to 2009) warned in mid-January...

Just the Facts, Donald, Just the Facts

The president-elect’s recent comments concerning NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) show a worrying lack of strategic insight, and a stubborn refusal to face multilateral realities. “Obsolete.” It was hard to perceive Mr. Trump’s comments regarding NATO on 14 January 2017 as anything other than a...

Put on Your Headphones!

3M Peltor has confirmed to that testing has been performed by a selection of European militaries of the firm’s new CH-5 headset. Although demurring from mentioning exactly which European armed forces have evaluated this new product, which was unveiled by the firm in...

Batteries Required

Croatian RBS-15
The Royal Swedish Navy has told that reports of the force using components sourced from military museums to reconstitute its land-based coastal artillery are untrue. The force announced in early November 2016 that it was reconstituting its coastal artillery; a capability that had...

Apocalypse UK

The December 2016/January 2017 edition of Armada International will feature an article on the Royal Navy’s BAE Systems ‘Dreadnought’ class Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN). These new submarines will carry the British nuclear deterrent in the form of their Lockheed Martin UGM-133A Trident-D5 submarine-launched ballistic...

Ukrspecexport Bullish on Future Prospects

The Director General of Ukraine’s state-owned defence export company Ukrspecexport Pavel Bukin, says that the firm has enjoyed a healthy order book in 2014/15, and is looking forward to increased sales in 2016. The company, which is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, provides...

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