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...

Rafael launches Spike missiles from Protector USV

Rafael has conducted live firing trials of its Spike missile system from the Protector USV (unmanned surface vessel).

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...

Trump and Iran: Towards escalation?

The election of Donald Trump as US President has immediately led to concerns about the implications for the nuclear deal that has been agreed between Iran and the so-called P5+1 (the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany). The deal resulted...

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...

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...

Cleaning up the Sea Bed

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The recent Euronaval exhibition held this October in Paris saw France and the UK officially launch the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) project. The project is being managed under the auspices of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en Matiere d’Armement/Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) which...

Poland’s Leopard Upgrade Advances

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Rheinmetall expects to complete its programme to upgrade Poland’s Rheinmetall Leopard-2A4 Main Battle Tanks by October 2020, the company has disclosed. On 28 December 2015, Rheinmetall signed a contract with Poland for the upgrade of 128 Leopard-2A4 MBTs which will include the option for an...

Hawkeye Specifics

Hawkeye Howitzer Front AUSA
More details have reached armadainternational.com regarding the new Mandus/AM General Hawkeye 105mm self-propelled howitzer unveiled at the October Association of the United States Army exhibition held in Washington DC. The Hawkeye is a 2200-pound (1000-kilogram) self-propelled howitzer that: “thanks to its reduced weight, well below...

Italian Navy PPA Update

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Fincantieri is currently building two multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Italian Navy as part of the navy’s modernisation initiative. Armadainternational.com discussed the new OPV with Fincantieri’s head of platform development. The future Pattugliatori Polifunzionali d’Altura (PPA/Multipurpose OPV): “is designed to be able to...

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On June 15, 2018, CMI Defence successfully organized its first Cockerill® Firepower Symposium, a dynamic live firing demonstration in front of some sixty representatives...

HENSOLDT lets Soldiers see through the Armour

At the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris, the sensor solution house HENSOLDT is presenting its new Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS) for wheeled and...

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