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42 A Strait Story

REGIONAL MILITARIES

A Strait Story Taiwan faces falling defence budgets and a deteriorating balance of military power vis-à-vis the People’s Republic of China (PRC) across the Taiwan Strait, while the formers’ move towards a professional military is not without obstacles and growing talk of asymmetric strategy is yet to turn into a fully-fledged consensus. by Alex Calvo […]

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GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE

  The View From Above and Within Geospatial Intelligence or ‘GEOINT’ is a highly-evolved intelligence discipline that goes beyond telling you that something is happening, where it is happening and when it is happening. It also reveals how it is happening, why it matters and what is likely to happen next. by Stephen W. Miller […]

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30 Protection Racket

VEHICLE PROTECTION

  Louder Than Bombs Some of the most challenging countermeasures ever developed provide battlefield vehicles with systems able to shoot down incoming threats such as Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) and Kinetic Energy (KE) projectiles before they can strike. by Peter Donaldson Active Vehicle Self Protection Systems (AVSPS) that can take the […]

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26 Quenching a Thirst

TANKER AIRCRAFT

Quenching a Thirst For over 45 years, the Cold war was synonymous with an arms race between the United States- and Soviet Union-led blocs in East and West. Now there can be no doubt that an arms race is being conducted in the Asia-Pacific. by David Oliver With several countries in the region acquiring fleets […]

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CELEBES SEA (July 8, 2012) The Philippine navy coastal patrol craft BRP Salvador Abcede (PG 114), the corvette BRP Miguel Malvar (PS 19), the Philippine coast guard patrol boat PCG Pampanga (SARV 003), BRP IloIlo (PS 32) the U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) are underway int eh Celebes Sea during the conclusion of the at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2012. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Timor Leste joins the exercise for the first time in 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II/Released)

NAVAL POWER

Containing the Claims and Blames Several diverse security threats have formed a catalyst for unprecedented naval expansion in the Asia-Pacific region. These threats include proactive action by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in support of its maritime claims, piracy and the smuggling of narcotics and people. by Trevor Hollingsbee Steve Vickers, chief executive officer […]

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Wedgetail, Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft , AIR - AIR of first to arive in Australia. Flying along coast of New South Wales off Williamtown Air Force Base.
Photographed by Leading Aircraftman Euan Grant
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Project Wedgetail provides the ADF with an advanced, state-of-the-art, Airborne Early Warning and Control capability.
This impressive capability is an important node in the ADF's future self-reliant integrated network centric structure, and will provide our people with enhanced situational awareness of the areas under surveillance.
The 737 AEW&C is based on the Boeing Next Generation 737-700 featuring 21st century avionics, navigation equipment, and flight deck.
The System Acquisition Contract with Boeing is on budget and slightly ahead of contract schedule. All design activities have been completed, the first two aircraft have completed their modification programs and the first aircraft has completed the Airworthiness Flight Testing program. The Design Test and Evaluation program commenced in June 2005.

AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE

Forewarned is Forearmed The ability to detect air targets at range, and to manage and direct the air battle, are arguably the two most important attributes that Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft bring to combined operations. by Thomas Withington Cognisant of these qualities, the Royal Navy will soon be pouring investment into enhancing its AEW […]

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10 Any Tank, Any Angle

ANTI-TANK ARMAMENT

Any Tank, Any Angle Soldier-portable anti-tank missiles provide troops with the ability to destroy Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) without having to rely on supporting arms. They also fill the gap between lighter anti-armour systems not optimised for defeating tanks, and heavier crew operated medium-range systems. by Peter Donaldson Recent combat experience has seen the employment […]

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