Analysis

Unmanned maritime surveillance and weapons systems

Unmanned maritime surveillance and weapons systems

SpartanScoutImage.jpgBy GARY MARTINIC
THE rapid evolution of military robotic technology evident today has seen the emergence and growing acceptance of unmanned vehicles (UVs) across all three operating environments, air, land and sea. This has been due to the fact that UVs have consistently demonstrated their worth across a wide spectrum of current military operations and campaigns.

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Japan goes on the defensive

Japan goes on the defensive

NormanFriedman2LATE in June Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan would modify its military policy to make contributions to collective defence permissible. Norman Friedman looks at the implications.

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A well-balanced Air Force

A well-balanced Air Force

20110705raaf8205214_9005_A3.psdInterview with Air Marshal Brown, Chief of Royal Australian Air Force by Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe
THE Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) maintains one of the leading Air Forces in the Asia Pacific region and is in the process implementing its most significant modernisation programme in decades. In an exclusive interview, the RAAF Chief, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, talked with Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe on a range of topics that emphasised the RAAF’s development and current challenges, updates on modernisation and acquisition programmes, the Air Force’s role in support of Army and Navy amphibious doctrine and its future objectives.

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New Tensions in the South China Sea

New Tensions in the South China Sea

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By SAM BATEMAN
CHINA’S positioning of a state-owned oil rig in waters near the disputed Paracel Islands has led to increased tensions between China and Vietnam. While this has been seen as another demonstration of Chinese assertiveness, a closer look may tell a different story.

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China angling for greater presence

China angling for greater presence

NormanFriedman2By NORNAN FRIEDMAN
LAST December, the Chinese province of Hainan announced an exclusively Chinese fishing zone covering much of the South China Sea. Chinese coast guard ships arrested some fishing vessels and seized their catch. Protests drew the claim that this was not a matter of Chinese national policy, merely a policy broached by a provincial government – but there has been no retreat on the Chinese part.

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Why did the French lose their Indochinese colonies?

Why did the French lose their Indochinese colonies?

July 1948 - Hoa Hao women's troops training for jungle war with sabers, in French Indo China (Public domain)By MIKE FOGARTY
“THE VIETNAMESE Revolution might be said to have begun with nationalism and ended with communism.” (Hoang Van Chi)
The French lost their Indochinese colonies due to political, military, diplomatic, economic and socio-cultural factors. The fall of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 signalled a loss of French power.

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Thoughts on the LHD and a fixed wing capability

Thoughts on the LHD and a fixed wing capability

F-35B on descent (Lockheed Martin photo)By Commander David Hobbs, MBE, RN (Rtd)*
TO THE the logical mind, the most surprising element of the 2007 decision to build two Canberra class LHDs was the acceptance by the Australian Government of advice from a lobby group that fighter aircraft based in Australia, with their limited radius of action and fixed supply chains, could provide support for these ships and their ‘all-arms’ battle groups wherever they might be deployed.

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