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Something In The Air: CBRN Protection in the Asia-Pacific

The prime Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats in the Asia-Pacific region emanate from North Korea – and not just from its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, but also from its chemical weapons arsenal, believed to rival that of Syria. by Andy Oppenheimer Beyond North Korea, Pakistan and India as nuclear powers face a [...]

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Talk Talk

Improving the quality and quantity of voice and data communications at the squad level is an ongoing endeavour for the world’s defence communications firms. Such developments are particularly important for the Personal Role Radios (PRRs) used by individual soldiers. by Thomas Withington PRRs are typically small, lightweight tactical radios used by individual soldiers at the [...]

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Protection Money: Tactical Protected Mobility

Casualties suffered by the combatants involved in the Afghan and Iraqi theatres have focused the attention of vehicle designers on the provision of protection to a wide range of tactical vehicles. It appears that this is a trend they are approaching in very different ways. by Stephen W. Miller In the past when discussing military [...]

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Why So Amphibious? Littoral Assault in the Asia-Pacific

The long coasts of Asia’s mainland, together with the numerous archipelagos throughout the Pacific Rim are ideal for amphibious warfare, the projection of land forces from the sea onto the shore, as history has shown. by Edward Hooton From 1937 (the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War) to 1950 (the outbreak of the Korean War) amphibious [...]

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Suited and Booted: Soldier survivability and personal protection

An industry survey published in 2012 by ASDReports estimated that the value of the global body armour and personal protection market would increase from its then current value of $1.5 billion to a peak of $2.4 billion by 2022. This article will detail the key issues driving the demand for improved soft and hard body [...]

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Preparing for Tomorrow: Malaysia’s Armed Forces

Malaysia’s physical geography, divided between a peninsular and the island of Borneo, creates a unique set of defence challenges for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) that is armed with a disparate range of weapons. Yet recent events have reminded the country of the need to modernise its equipment. by Gordon Arthur Malaysia’s proposed 2014 core [...]

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Jack-of-All-Trades – the Multirole Combat Aircraft

Multirole is the buzzword of armed forces around the world. It encompasses both personnel and equipment, and especially the modern combat aircraft. Not all modern combat aircraft were originally designed as multirole platforms and the very nature of the task, requiring integrated air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons, is often a compromise. by David Oliver The fifty [...]

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Pulse

Pulse is the Asian Military Review’s new column dedicated to covering news and developments in the radio, radar, electronic warfare and satellite communications domains. by Thomas Withington Radar United Kingdom-based radar specialists Kelvin Hughes will supply eleven of its SharpEye maritime surveillance radars to Azerbaijan to protect British Petroleum’s (BP) offshore hydrocarbon facilities in the [...]

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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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