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  • AQAP vies to exploit failing state of Yemen

    Key Points Houthi militia advances in the Yemeni capital and surrounding areas threaten to unite Sunni tribes around AQAP in a similar manner to tribal support for the Islamic State. The Islamic State has attempted to recruit AQAP members, and is actively seeking to undermine the Al-Qaeda

  • Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq

    Australia is to send an additional training team of up to 300 troops to Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on 3 March. The team of regular army soldiers will work closely with a 143-strong New Zealand training contingent whose forthcoming deployment to Iraq was announced by New Zealand

  • Philippines to get first two FA-50s early

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will deliver two FA-50 light-attack aircraft to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) ahead of schedule in December, Philippine Undersecretary of Defense Fernando Manalo said on 3 March. "We are looking at the early delivery of two FA-50s," said Manalo, head of

  • Haftar appointed as Libyan commander

    Khalifa Haftar's position as the commander of the Libyan military has finally been confirmed by the internationally recognised parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. Parliamentarians officially appointed Haftar as the commander of the country's armed forces and gave him the rank of

  • EU should expand soldier, civilian training, officials believe

    The European Union's (EU's) strategic training of soldiers, diplomats, and civilians should be expanded to include human rights instruction for soldiers and pre-deployment training in civil-military co-operation prior to the posting of civilians to expeditionary security missions, say EU officials

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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could


  • 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