Flying Filling Stations

Boeing KC-46A
Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR), the ongoing US-led military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgent group which has occupied significant parts of both countries, has highlighted the lack of air-to-air refuelling capabilities among the participants. OIR commenced in June 2014 and...

Back to the Future

Vehicle-based applications for laser weapons
Although a few remaining hurdles are pushing the operational advent of laser weapons to the mid-2020s, they promise to bring cost-effectiveness and efficiency to the future capabilities equipping warships. Upon hearing the words ‘laser weapons’ one cannot help but picturing Luke Skywalker, the hero of...

Over The Ocean

S-100
While they are primarily used by air forces, with armies, following closely behind, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming an asset that naval forces are increasingly interested in operating, although the introduction of them comes with a number of challenges. The ultimate aim for naval...

Of Sparrows and Sidewinders

IRIS-T
The global Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) market is a fiercely competitive one, in which long-established players battle to provide the armament for a diminishing number of different fighters in service with air forces and navies worldwide. While the People’s Republic of China is very active...

Cloak Of Invisibility

Northrop Grumman’s LAIRCM
Protecting aircraft from Radio Frequency (RF) and infrared threats remains paramount for air forces around the world, as illustrated by the high levels of activity in this regard which has occurred in this domain over the previous year.   Traditionally, several nations in the Asia-Pacific...

Over The Top

Elbit Soltam smoothbore 120mm mortar
Mortars are a class of artillery. They differ from guns which have a low, flat trajectory best suited for engaging targets by direct fire and howitzers which typically engage targets not seen from the gun position with an arching trajectory. The mortar fires a...

A Fatal Error Has Occurred

Attacks by computer hackers on the IT (Information Technology) systems of government and commercial organisations have become commonplace, and cybercrime is arguably the fastest growing new crime in the 21st century. Among the most dangerous prospects is a cyber-attack on a Nuclear Power Plant...

Something’s Happening Here

BAE Systems
While the most prominent multi-national military campaign that is currently underway, the US-led efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgent movement is primarily an air-led operation, an awareness of what is on the ground below is of paramount important. Having...

Suits of Armour

TenCate Advanced Armour
Helicopter armour that protects aircrew members and passengers from small arms fire is a proven requirement driven by recent, and ongoing, conflicts in the Iraq/Syria and central Asian theatres, meanwhile the drive towards lighter armour will continue. Armouring helicopters, more properly defined as adding ballistic...

Coming to a Theatre near You

A400M
Airbus’ A400M Atlas strategic turboprop freighter is a new aircraft at the forefront of developments in new technology for a large transport aircraft. It is designed to carry up to 37 tons of equipment and carry out all airlift-related missions, including inter and intra-theatre...

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EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 5, 2017 – The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first...

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