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  • Taiwan 'welcomes' congressional pressure over RIMPAC invitation

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) says it "welcomes" moves by the US House of Representatives to add an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 US defence budget that includes a clause urging Taiwan's participation in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. The House passed

  • LANPAC 2015: Japanese land forces shift to expeditionary formations

    The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) is continuing its process of re-ogranising to favour a more rapidly deployable force, counting in part on the Mobile Combat Vehicle (MCV) family of vehicles for better mobility. The Japanese military overall is working to become more expeditionary and is

  • LANPAC 2015: US Pacific forces working to rebuilt lift capabilities

    US forces in the Pacific are hoping to rebuild their strategic and tactical lift capabilities after the military spent years deployed in the same two theatres. US Pacific Command (PACOM) covers 16 time zones and about 9,000 miles, so lift in the region is an especially difficult and important

  • LANPAC 2015 adds subtle focus on India

    The Association of the US Army's Land Power in the Pacific (LANPAC) symposium this year included some increased references to the 'Indo-Asia-Pacific' region, underscoring the increasing importance of India as a US defence partner in an area previously referred to as the 'Asia Pacific'. ANALYSIS In

  • Afghan National Army Special Forces: An insider's account

    Key Points Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) missions appear to have become more conventional, as special operations targeting high-value individuals have decreased While ANASF are well equipped, deployment remains a problem, as land platforms are insufficiently armoured and the Special


  • Canadian defence procurement: constrained renewal

    While Canada faces no direct military threat, its armed forces are actively engaged on the international stage. Andrew MacDonald, Kate Tringham, and Matthew Smith report on the Canadian defence industry's efforts to renew their major platform inventories
  • China's strength draws US and India together

    As China spends billions on economic development across the Indian Ocean Region while reinforcing its military, India is cementing its relationship with the US and its neighbours. Rahul Bedi assesses their shared strategic goals and the diplomatic hurdles they face.
  • Coming of age: The rapid expansion of the Myanmar Navy

    On the back of an ambitious programme of indigenous shipbuilding, the Myanmar Navy has emerged as a force capable of projecting influence well beyond the country's EEZ into the wider Bay of Bengal. Kerry Herschelman reports
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  • 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