Friday, 7 November 2014
The Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls report shows the importance of having checks and balances.
The military nuts forum has a thread which crowdsources the appearance of singapore-made weapons in interesting locations.
Not ideal, but the situation is not likely to improve, until Singaporeans understand the impact of selling weapons to countries which may misuse them.
Some info on the arms trade below.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Saturday, 26 July 2014
U.S evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
Did a quick search for keywords, in this case, the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response.
This was the new task force that was formed in the aftermath of the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi.
So was quite glad to find photos on DVIDS.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Sends More Marines to Romania, Navy Vessel to Black Sea http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121959
With the crisis in Ukraine, it is understandable that the US would want additional assets in case of an emergency.
Incidentally, the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR) was set up specifically to deal with this kind of scenario, after the death of the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Short but informative video from Jane's.
Didn't know about
One additional factor to consider is situational awareness. Future platforms will need to have sensors that help the tank crew "see better". With urban warfare more and more likely in future conflicts, future platforms will need to be able to defend and fire back at elevated targets [read: thicker top armour and guns with high elevation].
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
The reasons given for this decision included great difficulties and enormous additional costs (500–600 million euros) linked to the procedure of admitting the UAV for use in German general airspace outside the segregated airspace (i.e. strictly defined areas).
This will be necessary if this kind of UAV is to be used in Germany (and in Europe) due to the fact that German (and European) airspace is used intensely.
According to information from the German MoD, the problems concerned lacks in the technical documentation provided by the US company.
The press reported that there were probably also some technical problems with the prototype, namely problems maintaining contact between the UAV and the ground control station, as well as Northrop Grumman’s unwillingness to provide sensitive technical data and the lack of an automatic anti-collision system.
Saturday, 21 December 2013
The Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) programme was meant for the Canadian Army to procure/develop a heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC) / infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to accompany their Leopard 2 main-battle tanks.
It is now dead.
The German equivalent, the Puma IFV, also seems to be undergoing teething problems...
http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/ruestung122.html [in German]
Monday, 16 December 2013
"50. Authorizes the French forces in the CAR, within the limits of their capacities and areas of deployment, and for a temporary period, to take all necessary measures to support MISCA in the discharge of its mandate as provided by paragraph 28 above; requests France to report to the Council on the implementation of this mandate in the CAR and to coordinate its reporting with the reporting by the African Union referred to in paragraph 32 above and decides to review this mandate within six months after its commencement and calls upon the Transitional Authorities to cooperate fully with the deployment and operations of French forces, in particular by ensuring its safety, security and freedom of movement with unhindered and immediate access throughout the territory of CAR and further calls upon neighbouring countries of CAR to take appropriate measures to support the action of French forces;"