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Arjun (Ajai Shukla)

Tanks For Everything

Almost every country in the Asia-Pacific has embarked on military modernisation programmes which include overhauling their Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleets. This article will examine MBT procurement and upgrade programmes ongoing around the region. by John Ross Military analysts at IHS Jane’s note the increased defence spending of Asia-Pacific countries which has risen from 13.5 […]

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Deterrence and Doctrine

Pakistan’s nuclear umbrella has given the country breathing space to modernise her military, with a sea-based deterrent on the cards. Islamabad is pursuing a policy of self-reliance and export promotion in the defence sector, based on an emerging strategic relationship with Beijing. by Alex Calvo   The October 2014 centenary anniversary of the arrival of […]

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Today’s soldier has several means at their disposal to detect targets in their locale. At the most basic level, they have their own eyesight and hearing. These two sensors can be augmented with optronics and acoustic sensors. Another tool that they can apply is radar. by Thomas Withington   Employing microwaves to detect targets has […]

Talisman (UK MoD)

The Grim Reaper’s Text Message

Like the Panzerfaust rocket-propelled grenade of World War Two and the AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle used in numerous insurgencies around the world, the remote-controlled roadside bomb remains a signature weapon of the twenty-first century. by Thomas Withington   United States-led forces deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq soon became au fait with the remote-controlled roadside bomb […]


Personnel Trainer

The military training and simulation industry is developing new and innovative ways to allow armed forces to train as they fight, and many armed forces in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly exploiting advanced technology to improve their training methods across the air, land and sea domains. by Claire Apthorp The use of simulation technologies in […]

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COIN in the Slot

One of the lessons learnt during recent conflicts is the importance of armed reconnaissance aircraft and the rediscovery of the Counter-Insurgency (COIN) role developed with great success by the United States during its involvement in the Vietnam War, but largely disregarded since. by David Oliver   Having a counter insurgency capability has grown in importance […]


68 Guns

Once nearly eclipsed by the guided missile, the naval gun is enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to advanced fire control, networked sensors, smart fuses and precision guidance systems making these weapons increasingly flexible and able to engage a wide target set. by Peter Donaldson   The need to engage close-in surface and airborne threats […]

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Feeding the Future Force

Indonesia is facing the need to quickly overhaul its disparate military forces following the end of international arms embargoes imposed as a response to the country’s human rights record. This restricted its defence modernisation plans for almost a decade. by Andrew Drwiega   The resurgence of Indonesia’s economic strength after the dark days of the […]


Dragon’s Den

The November 2014 China’s Zhuhai Airshow will be a rare forum where the country will publicly display its military hardware. Indeed, few other militaries attract the attention, and also the apprehension, that the ever-modernising People’s Liberation Army (PLA) engenders. by Gordon Arthur   Neighbours are certainly unnerved by China’s military modernisation, as is the United […]


Deep Thoughts

The submarine is the modern capital ship and for this reason the number of operators has risen steadily over the past few decades. The growing demand in the Asia-Pacific for these vessels reflects the submarines’ increasing importance for sea dominance. by Edward Hooton   In addition to the traditional roles mentioned above, covert reconnaissance has […]

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Talking Shop

The squad/platoon commander requires a radio which can host several networks and connect them to their troops and higher echelons of command. As this article will show an array of products are in the marketplace which can satisfy their requirements. by Thomas Withington   At the basic level, squad/platoon commander radios must be able to […]

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Blade Runner

The ‘big stick’ of the military rotorcraft world is the attack helicopter. This aerial bearer of lethality really came into its own during the Vietnam War where United States Army hunter-killer combinations, known as ‘Pink Teams’ using reconnaissance and attack helicopters would work together to identify and attack ground targets. by Andrew Drwiega   After […]


Roll With It

The Asia-Pacific has become a hotbed of activity thanks to the US Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) ‘pivot’ towards the region, while posturing by China and Democratic Republic of Korea plus the forging of local partnerships to allay security fears is having an impact on the region’s armoured vehicle market. by Andrew White   Speaking at […]

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Toxicology Report

The takeover by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) of substantial areas of northern Iraq and Syria, populated by around six million people, during 2014 may herald a new era of threats, both in terms of conventional and unconventional warfare. by Andy Oppenheimer Following multiple ‘conventional’ atrocities, the possibility of ISIS acquiring and using […]