• Cape fears - Organised crime in South Africa

    Since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa has cemented its status as a regional centre for organised criminal activity. Dr Robert Besseling examines the outlook for serious crime in the country and the effectiveness of state counter-measures.
  • Widening Gulf - Saudi Arabia and Qatar vie for influence

    Saudi accusations of Qatari political interference in its neighbours' internal affairs have led to a souring of relations between the Gulf states. Ferry Biedermann examines Qatar's desire for greater regional influence and its possible effect in the wider Gulf.
  • New radicals - Buddhist-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

    Since the end of the 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka, there has been an increase in attacks against non-Buddhists. Tom Farrell examines the rise of radical Buddhist nationalism and the perceived lack of intervention by security forces.
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  • Australia signs up for 58 more F-35s

    Australia is to buy 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) at a cost of AUD12.4 billion (USD11.4 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on 23 April. Together with the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) 24 in-service Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet strike


  • OFB INSAS 5.56 mm assault rifle system

    Development The Indian Small-Arms System (INSAS) rifle is one component in a planned family of weapons who would share a similar design base. The other components of the family are a light machine gun (see separate entry) and a carbine/short assault rifle. Developed since the mid-1980s under the

  • Knight's Armament Company 5.56 mm Modular Weapon System

    Development In August 1995, the Knight's Armament Company (KAC) announced a US government contract award to produce a rail interface system (RIS) for the US Special Operation COMmand (USSOCOM) Modular Weapon System (MWS) requirement. The contract called for applications with USSOCOM 5.56 mm M4A1

  • M2 5.56 mm M16 specialty carbines

    Development Military Manufacturing (M2) has produced a range of extremely compact modified M16-type weapons for special-operations use with police and military forces. Although the company has also marketed a range of standard-size M16 rifles, its primarily focuses on special-operations weapons.

  • Rangemaster 7.62 mm tactical rifles

    Development The Rangemaster 7.62 mm tactical rifles were designed to provide an effective range out to 1,000 m. The rifles feature a propriety 4-lug Quadlite® action which was developed by the manufacturer to provide a high level of accuracy, durability and safety. Two models are currently