Thursday, 10 April 2014

Reading between the lines

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.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Singapore Airshow 2014


Trying out Getty's new embed policy :) Hope to get my late report out soon.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Military Ground Vehicle Trends

Jane's
Short but informative video from Jane's.

Didn't know about
  1. Russia's new Main Battle Tank (MBT) [link]
  2. Netherlands retiring it's MBTs [link]
Wonder if MBTs of the future will morph. We already see heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) like the Namer, which point to a possible reframing of the classic firepower/protection/mobility mix.

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 End of the German Euro Hawk Programme

Another project cancellation. opswarfare missed this, when the cancellation was first announced in June 2013. The article above provides a good summary of the reasons for cancellation, and the follow-up.
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

R.I.P.: Close Combat Vehicle

Joint statement on the decision not to proceed with the procurement process for the Close Combat Vehicle
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

French troops in Central African Republic

"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;"
An extract from Resolution 2127, adopted by the United Nations Security Council, allowing French troops to enter the Central African Republic to protect civilians and restore security and public order.

Friday, 18 October 2013

The War in October: The Crossing



Great footage of river crossing operations. The Egyptians had the "foresight" to film it for posterity. This is the 1st in a 3-part video series, featuring events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

A new domain in military operations

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/2/4686848/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-marines-recruiting-site

Have been meaning to write about the work of the "Syrian Electronic Army".

As mentioned in the article above, they have been very active. The latest target is a "military" one, compared to the previous attacks on news websites.

Marines.com is not the main USMC website. It's more of a promotional website for the Marines. So it is likely that no serious infiltration or loss of information has occurred.

The "attack" is more likely a hack on the DNS, to direct users who type www.marines.com to another website, instead of the real Marines.com website. 

It is more an asymmetric attack. But it also brings to reality the many articles written about cyber warfare. Some have been dismissive, but it seems we no longer can ignore this threat.

Friday, 9 August 2013