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  • Afghan National Army to receive more Commando Select 4x4s

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) is to receive more Textron Commando Select 4x4 armoured vehicles. Through the US Foreign Miltary Sales (FMS) programme the company was awarded a USD56.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 55 more Commando Select platforms, Textron announced in late September. This

  • NATO responds to Russia's Black Sea build-up

    Key Points Russia is militarising Crimea and planning to strengthen its Black Sea Fleet, with implications for the security of Bulgaria and Romania. The character of Russia's militarisation of the region suggests that this is an intimidation tactic. NATO is likely to reassure its easternmost

  • Russia begins airstrikes in Syria

    Key Points Russian aircraft began combat operations against various Syrian rebel groups on 30 September The US and Russia have yet to announce a formal mechanism for deconflicting their operations in Syrian airspace Russia launched its first combat operation outside the former Soviet Union since

  • USN destroyer presence in Rota raises strategic importance of Spanish base, says base commander

    Key Points Presence of four USN destroyers is helping to elevate Rota's strategic importance in the NATO alliance Fourth ship USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived on 25 September The arrival of the last of four United States Navy (USN) Aegis ballistic missile destroyers at the southern Spanish port of

  • Army evolves exercises with future capability focus

    After five years holding semi-annual Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) field events at Ft Bliss in Texas and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the US Army is shifting towards more capability experimentation in a coalition military environment. The NIEs have reflected a co-operative

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  • Middle East conflict raises risk of epidemics

    Key Points The 2015 refugee crisis in Europe has highlighted disease risks from conflict zones and the danger of outbreaks among refugees and, to a lesser extent, host populations. The conflict in Syria has raised the in-country risk from pathogens including measles, polio, and cutaneous


  • 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