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  • French Air Force launches new Air Warfare Centre

    The French Air Force officially launched its new air warfare centre on 1 September at Mont-de-Marsan air base. The new centre consolidates the former Centre d'Expériences Aérienne Militaire (CEAM) with the Centre d'Entraînement Tactique (Centac), which was traditionally in charge of

  • Taiwanese MND asks for funds to design indigenous submarine

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 31 August submitted a USD89.32 million budgetary proposal for an indigenous submarine design contract to the island's legislative Yuan. According to the MND, the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) plans to launch the four-year programme in 2016. Taiwan's

  • Update: Pacific Fleet chief admits regional 'angst' over China's island building in the Spratlys

    Key Points The new commander of the US Pacific Fleet has said that US regional allies and partners are deeply concerned about Chinese island building in the South China Sea Admiral Scott Swift added that the US was only 3% short of its target of 60% of US forces being deployed to the Pacific

  • Auditors recommend more tailored training, equipment for US Army RAF units

    Auditors found the US Army's regionally aligned forces (RAF) concept is working well for the most part, but suggested several areas for improvement that the Pentagon said it is now addressing. The army's RAF units align with geographic combatant commands to provide force packages that have been

  • French Air Force recreates wing structure

    The French Air Force will complete its return to a wing-based structure by the beginning of September, with seven new 'escadres' (wings) being created between 25 August and 3 September. The move started on 25 August with the Cazaux-based 8th Escadre, which will bring together three

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  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of


  • 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