The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove: The European Union and Defence: Part 1

In the first of a series of articles on the defence decision-making processes of the European Union (EU), we examine the role of the European Council in this vital part of the EU’s activities. The European Council groups together the EU’s members states’ heads...

USAF Buys a Bigger Bang

The US moves ahead with nuclear modernisation against a backdrop of deepening crises and fiscal uncertainty. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1968 committed its signatories to “pursu(ing) nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals.” As much as...

Sikorsky pitches the M-28 for Brazilian Army

PZL Mielec has demonstrated its M-28 Skytruck turboprop transport/freighter for an expected Brazilian army and air force requirement. A European aerospace company vying to enter the Latin American market is Poland’s PZL Mielec owned by Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky. During the LAAD 2017 exhibition held in Rio...

High Firing

BAE Systems showcase remote-controlled naval gun now in service with the Peruvian Navy at this year’s Sea Air Space exhibition. Current minor calibre autocannon naval guns were primarily aimed at engaging surface threats and, thus, can elevate to only around 40 degrees, which limited the...

AMVs Arrived in UAE

The first batch of Patria AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) eight-wheel drive platforms have begun to arrive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as of March following the country’s order for 40 vehicles placed in January 2016. Production of these AMVs was performed in Poland...

Shayrat splashed, but questions remain

Justin Bronk, airpower research fellow at London’s Royal United Services Institute, explains why Russian air defence systems may have failed to shoot down any of the cruise missiles the US Navy launched at targets in Syria on 7th April. The 7th April strikes against...

The Ties that Bind

The European Union is planning further discussions to enhance and deepen its defence cooperation this coming May. These forthcoming discussions, expected to occur at meetings of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council this May in Brussels. The Foreign Affairs Council comprises the ministers from the EU’s...

Old troubles, new command

The European Union (EU) hopes to have made important enhancements to the command of its military operations by the end of the year, EU sources have informed armadainternational.com These enhancements are expected to take for forms of the activation of a new military headquarters known...

Lockheed Completes Laser for US Army

Lockheed Martin has completed the design, development and demonstration of a 60 kilowatt (kW) beam combined laser for its US Army Space and Missile Defence Command (SMDC) customer. In testing earlier this March, Lockheed Martin produced a single beam of 58 kW power, making...

Hurkus-C Deliveries Expected In 2018

The Turkish Air Force (TAF) is expected to receive the first of ten Turkish Aerospace Industry’s (TAI) Hurkus-C light strike aircraft in 2018. This follows the certification of the aircraft by the European Aviation Safety Agency in March 2016. The expected entry into service was...

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