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Thomas Withington
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Green Rock Radar (IAI Elta Systems)

PULSE: Radar, Tactical Radio & Satcom

Radar: Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Systems division showcased its new EL/M-2138M Green Rock tactical Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (CRAM) radar at the 2014 Eurosatory defence exhibition held in Paris in mid-June. The EL/M-2138M is a mobile radar which can be installed onboard a four-wheel drive vehicle. The radar can move together with a manoeuvring […]

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CH-47F Chinooks

RESCUE ME: Combat Search & Rescue

As this article will explain, nations in the Asia-Pacific have two different acquisition strategies for procuring fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft for Combat Search-and-Rescue (CSAR). Several nations are investing in their CSAR assets both with dedicated platforms and through configuring existing platforms to perform this mission. Under one philosophy, nations buy aircraft specifically configured and equipped […]

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ROYAL NAVYÕS SUB-HUNTING HELICOPTERS ENTER SERVICE EARLY

THE WIZARD AND HIS CAT: Naval Helicopter

The Royal Navy’s new AgustaWestland AW-101 Merlin HM2 and AW159 Wildcat maritime support helicopters are likely to prove a potent combination. As this article will show, the importance of naval forces, having waned after the end of the Cold War, is beginning to intensify. The number of navies now acquiring aircraft carriers and amphibious-capable littoral […]

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FUELING THE FIRES: Airlift Tanker

With an estimated cost of $35 billion, according to figures from the United States Department of Defence, the United States Air Force (USAF) KC-X contract will replace scores of Boeing KC-135R tankers with 179 Boeing KC-46A Pegasus refueling aircraft. It is the world’s largest tanker programme. Adapting a jet commercial aircraft as a tanker – […]

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Kangaroo Flats (Australian Department of Defence)

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: Asia Pacific Soldier Modernization

With Singapore, Japan and Australia as notable exceptions, soldier modernisation programmes in the form of fully-integrated systems are in the conceptual or early acquisition stages in the region, with most countries looking to leadership in the technology from NATO nations. However, Selex ES notes increasing interest and demand from a number of countries, above all […]

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THE MAGIC BULLET: Missile Defence

In the latest example of its attention-seeking behaviour the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) performed two short-range ballistic missile test launches on 9 July 2014. Such actions concentrate the minds of decision-makers in the Asia-Pacific regarding Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD).   The actions of the regime of DRPK dictator Kim Jong Un may alternate between […]

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ROCKET MAN: Anti Armour Weapons

The demoralising shock effect experienced by an caused by the speed and apparent invulnerability of armoured vehicles rapidly assaulting a position is easily overwhelming for the soldier facing it. Anyone that has stood before a main battle tank even on static display recognises its awesome size and power. Now, imagine that these monsters are closing […]

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TRA 6030 (Thales)

ON THE AIR, IN THE AIR: Airborne Radio

Saying that an airborne radio is just used for talking is like saying that a food blender is only a whisk. The capabilities offered by the radios which equip fixed- and rotary-wing military aircraft are increasing all the time, as this article will illustrate. Airborne radios to equip all kinds of military aircraft are available […]

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