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  • Brazilian Super Puma helicopters take final flight

    A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) squadron took its final flight with Airbus Helicopters AS332M Super Puma (locally designated H-34) utility/combat support helicopters on 28 November, as the fleet is being removed from service. The last two aircraft were transferred to Brazil's PAMA-SP material park in

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS completes operational assessment

    Key Points The MQ-8C variant of Fire Scout has completed a three-week operational assessment to evaluate its performance, endurance, and reliability The operational assessment included 11 flight test events Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C variant of the US Navy's (USN's) Fire Scout vertical take-off

  • Pentagon to send SOF 'expeditionary targeting force' for raids in Iraq, Syria

    The US military plans to increase its commitment to operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, in part by sending a Special Operations Forces (SOF) raid team to support Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to act unilaterally in Syria. "We're sending on President [Barack]

  • US Army selects Eastern European sites to store heavy equipment

    The US Army plans to store equipment from its European Activity Set (EAS), a collection of armoured brigade systems, at 'forward locations' in Romania, Bulgaria, and Lithuania. EAS equipment is now being stored at the Coleman worksite in Baden-Wuerttemburg, Germany, for use by US-based rotational

  • RN faces LPH gap as Ocean retirement date is confirmed

    Key Points HMS Ocean will retire in 2018 SDSR 2015 confirmed plans to modify the future HMS Prince of Wales to support littoral manoeuvre operations The UK Royal Navy (RN) will be without a mission-optimised large-deck helicopter assault platform for a number of years following the decision not


  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • China's ICBM modernisation alters threat profile

    China's continuing ballistic missile modernisation programme is expanding the range of its targeting options. Sean O'Connor examines the implications for the country's nuclear posture towards the United States, as well as regional states such as Russia and India.
  • Keep calm and carry on: Sweden's navy seeks sustainable strategic presence

    Balancing international commitments with a growing requirement to focus on regional security is raising difficult questions for the Royal Swedish Navy. Dr Lee Willett considers how the navy is readying for today while building for tomorrow
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  • NORM wisdom: Portal cuts nuisance alarms

    Radiation portal monitor (RPM) technology is being trialled for cargo screening at an unnamed Western European capital city airport. The patented Discovery RPM from Symetrica is designed to discriminate accurately between potential threat radioactive sources and naturally occurring radioactive


  • Indonesian Railways (Persero)

    PT Kereta Api Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan, 1, Bandung 40117, Java Tel: (+62 22) 423 00 31 Fax: (+62 22) 420 33 42 e-mail: Web: Key personnel Gauge (mm) Route length (km) Electrification (route-km) Voltage Hz AC/DC 1,067 8,159 N/A N/A N/A

  • Philippine Army mortars

    Development Although reportedly produced at one time these mortars are no longer in service or manufactured. Description The Philippine Army is equipped with two mortars of local design and manufacture. The M75 60 mm uses a tripod and a thick-gauge circular, stamped and welded baseplate. It is

  • M29 and M29A1 81 mm mortar

    Development This 81 mm mortar was introduced in 1952 as a replacement for the Brandt-copy M1. It was originally given the service designation M29 and a development designation of T106. The baseplate M3 was developed by the Canadian Armaments Research and Development Establishment (now DRDC

  • OFB E1 120 mm mortar

    Development The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), formerly Indian Ordnance Factories (IOF), 120 mm E1 mortar was designed to provide heavy and sustained firepower in all phases of battle in various types of terrain. It can provide support to amphibious forces immediately upon landing and can be