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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Non-lethal weapons

The Hurt Locker The Asia-Pacific’s non-lethal weapons market is witnessing huge market growth with the sector valued at $169.2 million in 2013 but expected to rise to $224.1 million by 2018. The utility of this technology has traditionally ranged from crowd control and vehicle interdiction operations to counter-piracy missions. by Andrew White The main players [...]

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Maritime Security

Coast Guards The undulating waters of coastlines and oceans, plus the sheer multitude of vessels of all sizes moving across the surface, provide ideal hiding places for illegal activities. Coastal surveillance radars help to spot abnormal behaviour on the high seas before it becomes a threat on the shore. by Thomas Withington The safety and [...]

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Dismounted Reconnaissance

Seeing Is Believing There is an expanding panoply of products aimed at assisting dismounted reconnaissance. This helps to make troops more effective and better able to contribute to the wider picture. A variety of technologies all promise to make the dismounted soldier a force multiplier as never before. by Peter Donaldson To make the most [...]

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Combat Aircraft

The Generation Game Since the end of World War Two, the United States has led the field in Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) innovation, closely followed by Europe. Yet in recent years, development has stalled with the last major inhabited MRCA programmes arguably coming to an end. by David Oliver In the United States production of [...]

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Artillery Firepower

Up-gunning the God of War An unknown artillerist once claimed that “artillery provides class to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl”. Whether or not this is true, it is certain that artillery can be a crucial factor in determining success or failure in battle. by Stephen Miller It is documented that in World War [...]

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Singapore’s Armed Forces and Military Modernisation

Singapore possesses the most modern armed services in Southeast Asia, and the country’s ‘Third-Generation Force’ continues to lead the way thanks to high levels of investment and an advanced technological base. by Gordon Arthur Singapore possesses the world’s fourth-highest defence expenditure per capita, and its record 2013 defence budget of $9.9 billion represented a 4.2 [...]

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Big Bang Theory: Asian Artillery Ambitions

Countries around the region are spoiled for choice when choosing new artillery systems especially wheeled and tracked self-propelled weapons. The Republic of Korea (RoK) and Singapore have replaced foreign-built artillery systems with locally-designed weapons and the RoK’s Samsung Techwin has achieved significant exports with the K9 Thunder.  by Ian Kemp The Australian Army has recently [...]

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Modernising the Indian Air Force

In its modernisation efforts, India’s military is battling structural and bureaucratic obstacles in procurement procedures, limited indigenous technological capability, a resource crunch and corruption scandals. by Rahul Bedi An economically resurgent India is attempting to break free of its strategic insularity to secure a regional, rather than sub-continental, role for itself in keeping with its [...]

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The China Syndrome: Asia-Pacific Military Helicopter Modernisation

Growing defence budgets and concerns over Chinese expansion are fuelling a military growth in the Asia-Pacific region. There is a need to not only update existing military helicopter fleets, but also look at new capabilities that provide greater reach. by Andrew Drweiga The time is right for Asia to buy military helicopters, particularly utility and [...]

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Middle Managers: Battle Management Systems

Former Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe and President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that “in preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” by Thomas Withington The planning and execution of a commander’s intent is greatly eased by the use of [...]

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Boats Behaving Badly: Coastal & Port Security

How can the world’s ports and coastlines become less ‘user friendly’ to the insurgent? By improving the situational awareness of those charged with policing them: as this article will show radar offers invaluable capabilities to this end. by Thomas Withington On 26 November 2013, Mumbai commemorated one of the darkest events in its recent history [...]

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