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  • Thales radar chosen for Royal Navy's aircraft carrier Crowsnest capability

    A new helicopter-borne surveillance system has been chosen to protect the Royal Navy’s future Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. The MOD and Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system at the heart of the Crowsnest capability.

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  • May 27,2015 by Defence IQ Press
    Latin America's offshore patrol vessel requirements listed

    The rise in global demand for offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) can be partly attributed to increased maritime activity, such as illegal offshore fishing and asset protection, while the market has also being bolstered by recent events, including the disappearance of flight MH370 and the Mediterranean migrant crisis. The market for OPVs in Latin America is particularly buoyant seeing a year-on-year increase, with the region’s percentage of global orders rising from 13% to 16% over the last 12 months.

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  • May 26,2015 by Defence IQ Press
    7 nations reveal naval combat systems requirements

    The RAN’S ANZAC upgrade programme has benefited from a series of incremental update packages. One of the most important has involved the fitting of the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), which offers improved kinematic performance and a significantly expanded engagement envelope.

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  • May 26,2015 by Defence IQ Press
    Investment in Latin America's armoured vehicle market on the rise

    Latin American countries are continuing armed forces modernisation efforts, either through new funding efforts or through external aid, as issues related to the illicit drug trade, militant terrorism and economic and social inequality fuel persistent violence. While not reaching the heights of defence expenditure seen in Eastern Europe, the Middle East or the Asia-Pacific, the continent has the unenviable reputation of having the majority of the world’s most dangerous cities. In response, military spending had been rising steadily since 2005 until the past year, when Brazil’s slow spending decrease since 2010 impacted the regional rate of expenditure as a whole.

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  • May 26,2015 by James Fahey
    Are offshore patrol vessels the solution to Africa's maritime threats?

    The acquisition of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) by African states has attracted significant attention. But are such vessels truly the answer to Africa's issues? A series of questions must be asked to determine their suitability including what threat are they being used to reduce, can they be operated efficiently, are they able to be maintained and are they a cost effective solution? OPVs are the most cost effective solution but maintenance of OPVs is the most difficult challenge presented to African states.

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  • May 26,2015 by The Platform
    What the Information Operations community can learn from Hollywood

    The purpose of this article is to explore influence operations from the standpoint of the IO Producer, giving an insight into what he/she does, and explaining why the right people with the right skills and experience are critical to the overall success or failure of any information operation, and, moreover, are vital to the future of IO. In this article I intend to convey my own experience, instinct and conviction as someone who not only worked in prime-time broadcast television for over a decade, but who, in the last five years of concentrated activity, has written, produced or presided over somewhere between 750 and perhaps as many as 1000 television influence products across various territories and various genres. I hope this piece will be a valuable summary of lessons learned from the recent past and offer some bold propositions for the future.

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  • May 22,2015 by Andrew Elwell
    Military cooperation drives Arctic affairs, not Defence issues

    Activity in the Arctic has been gradually increasing for the last few years for such things as adventure tourism, shipping exploration and resource exploitation. The opportunities in the region have caused a number of nations to take note and as a result, cooperation between the Arctic nations is the most critical factor when considering the long-term environmental challenges and resource opportunities in the region. Any opportunity to call together the interested parties and discuss the security and environmental landscape is not only welcomed, but vital.

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  • May 21,2015 by Defence IQ Press
    France budgets for C-130 transport plane as A400M delays continue

    The French ministry of defence has made provisions in its latest defence budget for the possible acquisition of four C-130 Hercules military transport planes from Lockheed Martin following on-going delays with a deal for the Airbus A400M.

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    Tags: a400m | c-130 | airbus
  • May 18,2015 by Victor M. S. Barreira
    French Army to induct engineering AFVs

    Between the summer of 2015 and the spring of 2016, the French Army engineers units will receive 60 VAB Ultima Génie 4x4 armoured engineering vehicles. It will provide the front-line engineers units with the same support capabilities as the infantry units, with which they cooperate closely. The vehicle is another variant of the modernised VAB Ultima.

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  • May 18,2015 by Angus Batey
    Open architecture programmes gaining steam

    To the cynical outsider, the broadening adoption of interoperable open architectures (OA) by defence-industry contractors will appear surprising. In the eyes of opponents of the arms trade, industry’s sole motivation appears to be profit - and adoption of open systems architectures looks certain to limit companies’ ability to sell big ticket items. Even those outside observers who may not oppose defence spending but consider military procurement programmes to inevitably produce long delays and budget overruns will consider open architectures to go against the grain.

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  • May 18,2015 by Richard de Silva
    Offshore Patrol Vessels: Selected presentations from the 2014 conference

    Download this compendium of selected slide presentations offered up at last year's OPV conference, featuring first-hand insight from Belgium, Finland, Ghana, Malta, New Zealand and the UAE. This research document also includes feedback from the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC), EU NAVFOR Atalanta and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

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