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Small Targets present Big Challenges

USAF B-52H
Counter Insurgency (COIN) campaigns present some of the most demanding mission sets for military aircraft involved in Close Air Support (CAS). Yet improvements in sensors and weapons is honing the ability of air power to deliver decisive effects in this regard. In spite of the...

Fighting Fascism

Boeing EA-18G
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) came to prominence with its declaration of a worldwide caliphate in June 2014. Soon after, it occupied significant tracts of land in Iraq and Syria while performing acts of political violence beyond the Middle East. By the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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