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  • Angolan air force to be 'rebuilt' by 2017

    General Francisco Afonso, the commander of the Angolan National Air Force (FANA), has suggested the Su-30K multirole fighters that his country is buying from Russia will have all been delivered by 2017. "By 2017, we will have rebuilt the entire air force," the Angolan Press Agency (Angop)

  • Colombian Navy patrol boat completes combat certification for anti-piracy duty off Somalia

    The Colombian Navy's ocean-going patrol boat, ARC 7 de Agosto (PZE-46), has undergone a combat certification session in southern Spain to prepare the crew for joining the European Union's 'Atalanta' and NATO's 'Ocean Shield' missions off Somalia. Tests were carried out at the southern port of Rota

  • Israel, Greece sign SOFA

    In a move that reflects the growing scope of joint military training and bilateral defence co-operation between Israel and Greece, the two Mediterranean countries signed a status of forces accord (SOFA) on 19 July. The SOFA is the second signed by Israel with another country, the other being the

  • Nigerian president replaces service chiefs

    In an apparent attempt to shake-up counter-insurgency operations, Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the chiefs of staff of all three services months before schedule, as well as the chief of defence intelligence (CDI) and national security advisor (NSA). Nigeria's service chiefs

  • Russian Navy focuses on renewal of Black Sea submarine force

    Key Points Russia aims to complete delivery of six Improved Kilo boats to the Black Sea Fleet before 2020 Third-in-class Stary Oskol is scheduled to deploy to the Mediterranean in 2016 Russian Navy chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov has told the navy's high command that Russia aims to revive the Black


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Steady course: Naval capability development in Sub- Saharan Africa

    Whether combating piracy at sea, securing coastlines and trade routes, or navigating relationships with extra-regional powers, the navies of the Sub-Saharan Africa region face varied challenges over the next decade. Martin Ewence assesses how some of these navies are meeting these challenges
  • Carrier face off: India and China build up their naval aviation

    Asia's two most powerful navies have taken to the skies from completely revitalised Russian aircraft carriers and are building their own capabilities. Rahul Bedi and Andrew Tate assess the developments and programmes.
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  • 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