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  • Colombian Armed Forces continue modernising, seeking new roles

    Colombian Minister of Defence Juan Carlos Pinzon met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 26 January to highlight Colombia's advanced military capabilities and then sign a framework agreement for Colombia's participation in international peacekeeping operations, as the Andean state

  • Defence minister details plans for upgraded security in East Malaysia

    Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has provided details on a number of measures to increase security in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, including the deployment of Malaysian Army Deftech AV8 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), an assessment of the current coastal maritime

  • Details emerge for Argentina's 3-D radar programme

    The Argentine Air Force (FAA) will install a long-range Argentine Primary 3-D Radar (RPA) in San Pedro sometime during 2015 following an agreement reached between the FAA and the provincial government of Misiones. The agreement, which was reportedly reached in mid-January, will allow the FAA to

  • Italy to host European Personnel Recovery Centre

    The Italian Air Force base of Poggio Renatico, about 30 km north of Bologna, has been chosen to host the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC). Lieutenant General Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Air Force chief of staff, signed the technical accord relating to the EPRC on behalf of the Italian

  • Malaysia mulls air defences for submarine base near South China Sea

    Key Points Submarine base defences are being considered against a backdrop of rising regional maritime tensions The base is home to Malaysia's only dedicated submarine facility Malaysia is looking to equip its naval base at Teluk Sepanggar with an air defence system as a pre-emptive measure


  • Baltic states join forces to resist Russia

    Relations between Russia and the Baltic states are at a low following Moscow's incursions into Ukraine. Lora Chakarova examines Lithuania's strategy to distance itself from Russia and explores how Moscow could use hybrid warfare techniques against the region in 2015.
  • Centenary highlights Turkey's political shifts

    International efforts have failed to break the longstanding deadlock in Armenian-Turkish relations. Emil Sanamyan looks at the role of Azerbaijan, Russia, and the United States, and the potential impact of the imminent centenary of the Armenian genocide.
  • US foreign policy priorities through to 2017

    US presidents are traditionally weaker as they approach the last years of their mandate. Chuck Cushman analyses which global hotspots and foreign policy issues will demand presidential attention in the coming two years, and what role Congress might play.
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  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget


  • 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