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  • 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

  • Ireland presents Defence White Paper

    The Irish government released its second-ever Defence White Paper on 26 August. It updates a document released in 2000 and focuses on new security threats such as climate change, migration, non-state threats, and resource scarcity, as well as the need for some equipment renewal. The White Paper

  • Irish Defence White Paper details naval capabilities required to meet growing, more complex security threats

    Key Points Irish government's Defence White Paper identifies new security risks such as climate change, migration, resource issues, and non-state threats Navy upgrade plans include replacement of Eithne-class patrol vessel with a multirole platform The Irish government released the country's

  • Japan sends 'team Soryu' to Australia on charm offensive

    A heavyweight Japanese government and industry delegation has delivered the first public sales pitch to support Japan's bid to design and construct the replacement for the Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarine fleet. Addressing an Adelaide industry forum on 26 August, delegation members

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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