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...

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...

Above Average Intelligence

USAF EC-130H aircraft
The radio portion of the electromagnetic spectrum is becoming an increasingly crowded place, with civilian and military communications, and radar, all increasingly squeezing available bandwidth globally. The radio spectrum spans a waveband of three hertz to three terahertz. This may sound like a lot, but...

Full Steam Ahead!

‘Formidable’ class frigate
Fast Attack Craft (FAC) can represent a cost effective solution, to both coastal and littoral defence requirements, and less intensive, maritime policing, needs. This article gives an analysis of the latest developments in the FAC domain. Demand for FAC is particularly noticeable in the Asia-Pacific...

Seeing Things

CMOS cameras
Military vehicles have used optronics, such as night vision devices, for decades for observation and targeting, driver aids and, more recently, local all-round vision, often as add-ons during upgrades and usually as stand alone systems. This is now changing rapidly thanks to the combination...

Drone Dangers

RADA UAV air defence systems
Having created a bow wave of enthusiasm and a new industry around Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of all sizes, there is now a pressing need by governments and the military to be able to bring them down, or at the very least prevent them...

Keeping Your Ears Open

RAF RC-135W aircraft
The past twelve months has witnessed interesting activity in the Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) gathering domain of airborne electronic warfare, with the Syrian and Iraqi threatres, and the Baltic region, experiencing energetic activity in this regard. On 25th April, two United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed...

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Patria delivers a new version of AMVXP vehicle to Slovakia

The Slovak and Finnish Ministries of Defence have agreed on a joint 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) development programme, and Patria has been selected...

The Outside of the Envelope

The continued proliferation of both military and commercial RF (Radio Frequency) equipment, means that airborne EW will continue to remain as important, if not...

SEA to showcase Decksim Technology to International Navies

Cohort company SEA has been invited to outline the latest developments in portable training options for Flight Deck Officers (FDOs) at a meeting of...

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