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  • Australia leaning towards buying Soryu-class subs

    Key Points Australian officials are leaning towards replacing the Collins-class submarine fleet with Soryu-class boats bought from Japan The purchase would end submarine construction in Australia and the opposition Labor Party has said it would cancel the deal if it won the 2016 general election
  • Israel conducts inconclusive test of improved Arrow 2

    Israel carried out a test of an improved version of its Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor on 9 September. The trial reflected the fact that the existing Arrow 2 system, which became operational in 2000, would probably struggle to deal with newer missiles that might be fired at Israel in future.
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring



    Charge proportions The overall weight of a bomb often gives little indication of the size of the payload, since the casing, tail, and fuzing system normally constitute a substantial proportion of the mass. For example, a US Mk 84 general purpose bomb weighing 894 kg contains only 428 kg of HE (just


    Description Bombs are normally free-fall munitions, identified by the presence of one or more suspension lugs, stabilising fins, and a fuzing system. However, some incorporate additional features, such as tail assemblies with folding fins, parachutes, or other retarding devices, or rocket motors to


    Introduction The following HE filling designators and terms are used on ammunition and explosives manufactured in Russia and several other former Warsaw Pact countries. These markings are normally stencilled on the ammunition in Cyrillic, but items for export may be marked in English. Ammunition


    General In addition to the standard markings (see Russian Ammunition Markings), Russian projectiles are normally stencilled with a projectile index, and may bear a colour code. These provide another aid to identification, although care is needed because codes have changed over the years, and some