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  • UK RAF begin transferring Merlin helicopters to RN

    The United Kingdom's (UK's) Fleet Air Arm's 846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) was stood up at RAF Benson on 30 September with the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, while the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 78 Squadron was disbanded. As part of the UK's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Merlin utility

  • One carrier in the Gulf sufficient for now, USN's top civilian says

    The US Navy (USN) need not surge a second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East region to support ongoing airstrike operations in Iraq and Syria, the service's top civilian official said on 30 September. "Right now we can do whatever we need to do with one carrier,"

  • Indian company says it will build new Omani airbase

    The Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced on 18 September that it had been awarded a contract by the Omani Ministry of Defence to build the new airbase, but provided no further details. "We have been gradually establishing our credentials in the Middle East and, especially in

  • South Africa to place troops on standby for African crisis response

    The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to soon place a contingent on standby for short-notice deployments within the framework of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC). As one of the countries pushing for this capability to bridge the gap until the

  • Analysis: How the RAF will target IS

    The introduction of RAF Tornado aircraft in a strike role will provide the coalition with an enhanced capability to engage moving targets through the use of MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone (DMB) missile. DMB features both Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and MMW radar guidance, providing a greater ability

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  • Army of adaption

    Now redeploying from more than a decade of large-scale counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Army is preparing itself for a future that includes new threats and a smaller force, a bigger Pacific presence, possible complex warfare in 'megacities', and a dwindling number of acquisition programmes. Dan Wasserbly reports
  • New model army: delivering reserve capability

    The UK is shaping its reserve forces for a future that will see them train and deploy on operations with the regular component as an integrated part of the 'whole force'. David Reynolds reports
  • Age of uncertainty

    As Western forces disengage from Afghanistan, the five nearby ex-Soviet nations in Central Asia are employing diverse strategies to ensure their security in a tough neighbourhood, reports Joshua Kucera
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  • China builds another island in South China Sea

    IHS Jane's has obtained satellite imagery that further illustrates the extent of China's building of new islands in the Spratly Islands. The latest image shows a new island on Gaven Reefs, known in the Philippines as the Burgos Reef, in Vietnam as Dá Ga Ven and Dá Lc and in China as

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