Smart Logistics

Iveco’s LMV
Military tactical vehicles have for the most part remained similar to their commercial cousins since their introduction during the First World War. In most armies they were often exactly like the commercial versions though painted in green or sand colours with some military ‘options’. This...

The Need for SEAD

MBDA’s Meteor
Events in Syria notably the deployment of sophisticated Surface-to-Air Missile systems such as the Russian Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf to support Russia’s ongoing air campaign is giving the NATO pause for thought. The area which systems such as the S-400 can cover, which has a reported...

Power Politics

MC4 handheld device
The modern soldier market continues to see particular emphasis placed on reduction in the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) of batteries in order to reduce the burden on the dismounted soldier, while maximising the electricity available to power their needs. The SETAF (Soldier Equipment Technology...

More Firepower for Israeli APCs

new turret
Israel’s Tank Programme Administration (MANTAK) announced on 31st July that it has begun operational tests of a new 30mm unmanned turret. This new turret will be used onboard both the Israel Military Industries Namer tracked and Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers used by the Israeli...

Electric Avenue

The RC-135V/W
The events of the last twelve months in the theatres discussed above underscore the reality that the electromagnetic spectrum, in which friendly and hostile radars and communications operate, is a domain of warfare in its own right, as much as the oceans, the ground...

Gettin’ Around

Nimr’s Ajban Special Operations Vehicle
With the contemporary environment continuing to demand high mobility over long ranges for armed forces, requirements continue to be satisfied with emerging technologies based around Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITVs). ITVs should be capable of being stowed internally onboard a heavylift rotorcraft such as a Boeing...

Special Effects

Polish soldier from the GROM unit
The contemporary operating environment remains an extremely busy one for international Special Operations Forces (SOF), as governments continue to recognise and further extend their specialist capabilities and force multiplying effects. Ongoing Counter-Insurgency (COIN) operations continue to dominate the headlines, whether they be occurring in Africa,...

Hitting Where It Hurts

ACE assault rifles
With the advancement in equipment and technology associated with “Near Peer” states including Russia, NATO members and other allied nations are becoming increasingly concerned with regards to being overmatched. According to Lieutenant Colonel Iain Moodie of the dismounted close combat capability directorate at the UK’s...

Dangers On The Edge Of Town

The threat from MANPADS
Conflicts in Ukraine, and in Syria and Iraq, illustrate the threat posed to current, and future air operations exemplified by medium-range/medium-altitude and long-range/high-altitude SAM systems and MANPADS. On 22 June 2012, Flight Lieutenant (Flt. Lt.) Gökhan Ertan and Flying Officer (F/O) Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy...

Still Hitting Where it Hurts

BGM-71 family missile
The Raytheon BGM-71 TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-guided or Wireless) Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) is fielded by over 40 armies worldwide. So a video of a Syrian rebel BGM-71 missile engaging a Syrian Army Uralvagonzavod T-90 Main Battle Tank (MBT) received considerable attention including some...

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The Generation Game

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Tanked Up

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Preparing For Battle

Alongside their reliance on ever-improving technology, individual soldiers need to be trained in an environment where the vast majority of the fighting takes place...

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