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  • Philippines to request more US equipment for security

    The Philippines is preparing to submit a request to the US government to procure additional military equipment to boost efforts to secure territory, Peter Paul G Galvez, Philippines Department of National Defense's spokesman told IHS Jane's on 27 April. Speaking ahead of planned security meetings

  • Russian armaments programme facing course correction, report states

    Up to one third of Russia's planned military procurement projects may have to be postponed or even cancelled, according to a report issued by the Moscow-based think tank, the Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST). It expects that the current State Armaments Programme

  • SAF makes inaugural deployment of personnel from newly formed HADR centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft and a team of six personnel from the newly established Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Co-ordination Centre (RHCC) to Nepal following the major earthquake there. The quake, which measured

  • USAF to begin fourth X-37B space plane mission in May

    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to launch its Boeing X-37B unmanned space plane to begin a fourth mission next month, the Pentagon announced on 24 April. The X-37B, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttle, is again expected to be launched from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V

  • Navies establish co-ordinated South China Sea patrols to stem piracy

    Navies from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand have agreed to establish a co-ordinated patrol regime in the South China Sea as the number of piracy-related incidents in the area continues to increase. Colonel Steven Tan, commander of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) Maritime


  • Retasking MRAP: Life after Afghanistan

    Proven life savers in asymmetric Afghanistan, but what does life have in store for MRAPs in future potentially more symmetrical world scenarios? Shaun Connors reports
  • Briefing: Turkish transformation

    The Turkish defence market and national military industries have been transformed over the past decade as a consequence of economic prosperity and shrewd, long-term strategic planning. Guy Anderson reports
  • Post-election prospects for Israel look bleak

    Likud party of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu won re-election in March amid a downturn in relations with the US. Sophie Cohen and Mohammed Najib look at the political challenges facing the Israeli government as Middle East instability continues.
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  • Saudi national guard deploys to Yemeni border

    The Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) has been ordered to deploy to the Najran region to help defend the kingdom's border with Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on 26 April. It said the SANG forces being deployed included a mechanised infantry brigade as well as artillery, air


  • 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