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  • CSTO holds four-day drill in Kazakhstan

    The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) began a four-day exercise of its Rapid Reaction Force in Kazakhstan on 18 August, with 3,000 soldiers taking part. The CSTO consists of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, and has positioned itself as the main

  • Italian Tornados lost in low-level training mission

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado strike aircraft crashed into a mountainous wooded area in the Ascoli Piceno region of eastern Italy on 19 August following what is thought to have been a mid-air collision. The Tornados, from the Italian Air Force's 6th Wing, were based at Ghedi Air Base in the plains

  • Indonesia upgrades naval base near South China Sea

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has begun upgrading its naval base at Ranai in Riau Islands to support a planned increase in ship numbers in the region, a senior TNI-AL officer has said. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 14 August in Jakarta, TNI-AL Chief of

  • RAF RC-135 operations over Iraq revealed

    Signals intelligence (SIGINT) operations are being conducted over Iraq by a Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon revealed on 16 August during a visit to the British Sovereign Base on Cyprus. Fallon said the RAF's sole RC-135 was flying

  • Czechs signal willingness to supply arms to Kurds

    The Czech Foreign Ministry announced on 15 August its willingness to provide export licences to Czech entities seeking to supply the government of Iraqi Kurdistan surplus small arms ammunition from the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) stockpiles as aid to the autonomous region's efforts to combat


  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
  • More than minnows? Opportunities, challenges, and prospects for smaller navies

    Small navies find themselves obliged to confront unique challenges by virtue of their limited size and finite resources. However, Professor Geoffrey Till contends that context is all-important when analysing their relative proficiency and performance
  • Rearming Russia

    Russia's rearmament ambitions envisage the replacement of some 70% of its old equipment by 2020, but current funding levels suggest it will fall well short of this goal. Karl Soper reports
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  • Ebola outbreak highlights limitations of technology

    Key Points As it is not an airborne virus, Ebola poses a relatively low risk to air travellers, but the air transport industry is taking no chances and has tightened inspections on inbound flights and cargo Although there are effective methods to test for Ebola, they are either too slow or too


  • IWI DAN .338 sniper rifle

    Development The Israeli Weapons Industries (IWI) designed the DAN .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle to provide precise aimed fire out to at least 1,200 m. It is a departure for IWI from its earlier designs, which were self-loading sniper rifles, to a bolt-action design. The DAN, the name for which is

  • KBP PP-93 9 mm machine pistol

    Development The PP-93 (PP-93, Pистолет-Pулемет-93) is described as a light machine pistol. It can fire the standard 9 × 18 mm Makarov rounds or the more powerful 57-N-181SM cartridge. It is intended for use with

  • Zeveta RTG 68 mm anti-structure munition

    Development The Reactive Thermobaric Grenade (RTG) was designed as an anti-structure munition for use in urban and other battlefield scenarios, such as cave clearing and destruction of field fortifications. It was developed by Zeveta Ammunition in co-operation with the Czech Vojenský

  • Heckler & Koch MP5 9 mm sub-machine gun series

    Development The Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun was developed from the G3 rifle and has the same method of operation. Some components of early-manufacture guns are interchangeable with those used on the rifle. The sub-machine gun was adopted in late 1966 police forces and border police of