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Search And Rescue

International Rescue Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) is a specialised skill, the key to which is often volume of resources in terms of aircraft, equipment and personnel. Sharpening CSAR skill sets is also increasingly the result of training with multinational partners. by Andrew Drwiega CSAR is a very subjective issue which is interpreted in many […]

Wave Glider (Liquid Robotics)

Naval Unmanned

Ocean Colour Scene The demand for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is gaining momentum as navies across the Asia-Pacific recognise the cost-effectiveness of the technology, and the lower associated risks of using robotic versus manned assets. by Claire Apthorp Additionally, unmanned assets are increasingly being used to augment inhabited systems to conduct the dull and dangerous […]


Battle Management Systems

Middle Managers The proliferation of communications and reconnaissance equipment has never been healthier in the Asia-Pacific with western nations sharing technology and indigenous companies manufacturing and refining mature products. This article examines some of the BMS programmes in the region. by Andrew White The implementation and operation of communications and reconnaissance technology is effectively rendered […]

Spexer (Airbus Defence and Space)

Ground Surveillance

Under Surveillance Ground Surveillance Radars or ‘GSRs’ are ideal for protecting critical civilian infrastructure, deployed troops and military installations. They are also proving indispensable for enhancing border security. by Thomas Withington GSRs must be small enough to be deployed with ease but powerful enough to perform their role; chiefly the detection of persons and vehicles […]

Saab Gripen (Thomas Withington)

Airborne Self Protection

Are You Deceiving Me? The great military strategist Sun Tzu advised that “all warfare is based on deception” when writing in his famous military treatise ‘The Art of War’. Nowhere is this arguably truer than in the practice of electronic warfare. by Thomas Withington The United States Department of Defence Dictionary of Military Terms defines […]

Amur-1650 (Rubin Design Bureau)

Naval Submarines

We Dive At Dawn! Investment is flowing into the procurement of new submarines throughout the Asia-Pacific. The majority of new acquisitions concern conventional hunter-killer submarines (SSKs), although nuclear submarines are also on the shopping list. by Dr. Alix Valenti This article’s headline is taken from one of the world’s great submarine films. Released in 1943, […]

SGP (BAE Systems)

Precision Artillery

Bangarang! Heavy weapons with a large Circular Error Probable (CEP) destructive area are increasingly irrelevant, due to an emphasis by the world’s militaries on precision effects. There is a consensus that artillery will follow the pattern set by air power where guided munitions are dominant increasingly eclipsing ‘dumb’ rounds. by Peter Donaldson This emphasis on […]

Handguns (US Army Special Operations Command)

Special Operations

Special Effects The sheer size and weight of global Counter-Terrorism (CT) operationsover the past decade has initiated a large spike in Western Special Operations Forces (SOF) partnering with Asia-Pacific units, with obvious implications for the transfer of technology and weaponry. by Andrew White   SOF units from the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance of Australia, […]


Regional Militaries

Island Investments One of Southeast Asia’s most modern and vibrant countries, Singapore is also the smallest. Yet it has also built up one of the region’s most advanced militaries. This article looks at some of the recent developments in the Singapore Armed Forces. by Mike Yeo   A 716 square kilometre (approximately 276 square mile) […]

AN PRC-148 (US DoD)

Radio Communications

Bits and Pieces Handheld tactical radios provide vital ‘glue’ in the Command and Control (C2) chain, linking platoon and squad leaders to their dismounted troops equipped with Personal Role Radios, andsquad/platoon leaders to higher echelons of command. by Thomas Withington   Important developments are ongoing in the handheld tactical radio domain. These include new radios […]

Photo by Kaylee LaRocque
RAN 725 Squadron members guide the new Romeo helicopter into their squadron spaces in Hangar 1122.

Naval Helicopters

    Extending the Horizon   The increasingly robust stance by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over its maritime territorial claimsin the South China Sea and elsewhere has alarmed its neighbours, several of whom have competing claims in these waters. by Andrew Drwiega   In November 2014 US President Barack Obama, Australia’s prime minister […]

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 15, 2014) A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class John Herman/Released)

Maritime Surveillance

Oceans Apart With a coastline of 33909 nautical miles (62800 kilometres) in length the Asia-Pacific region abuts three major bodies of water namely the Arctic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Keeping tabs on what is happening across these seas is greatly assisted by the employment of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) by Thomas Withington The basic missions […]

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 17, 2014) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) fires its starboard mounted close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a pre-action calibration firing. Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

Naval Warfare

Up Close and Personal Naval vessels depend on Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) to help to protect them against low-flying threats such as Anti-Ship Missiles (AShMs). A number of these systems are being enhanced to improve their fire control and, in some cases, to deploy missilesand directed energy, as well asconventional gun fire. by Thomas Withington […]

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Training and Simulation

Game Theory The use of simulation technologies by land forces throughout the Asia-Pacific varies. Some nations have been utilising this technology for training for some time. Other nations have been slower to take it up, either because of budgeting constraints, or cultural attitudes gravitating toward live training environments. by Claire Apthorp The traditional infantry training […]


Regional Militaries

Malaysia Modernises The development of the Malaysian armed forces has been mixed over the past two years. A combination of fiscal issues for the Malaysian government and shifting priorities in response to domestic events have contributed to the country’s armed forces being unable to advance a number of their key development plans. by Dzirhan Mahadzir […]