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M-346 Master

Train As You Fight

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) concept can be traced back to the 1950s. Its emergence reflected broader trends in air power, including the increasing...
Japan’s coastguard

Guarding the Dragon’s Den Moat

The role of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) Coastguard’s expanding fleet has become blurred with that of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)...
Raytheon’s MIM-104 Patriot system

The Invisible Umbrella

Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) systems comprise a range of assets focused on varying challenges. As the nature of the threat has grown more complex,...
MIM-104C

Bolt to the Blue

The story of land-based medium- to long-range Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) in the Asia-Pacific is one of considerable contrasts. For example, the People’s Republic of...
RAT-31 air surveillance radar

RAP-pers Delight

Developing and operating an Integration Air Defence System (IADS) system is a fiendishly complex exercise. Such systems have two key functions; to help safeguard...

Will the Sun set on Air Superiority?

Japan possesses one of the most capable air forces in the Asia-Pacific alongside the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States. Its...

Cannon Fodder

Guns have been a key element of naval warfare for hundreds of years. This remains the case today, when a combination of cost factors...
MBDA’s Brimstone missile

Alternative Options

Whatever the political stance taken on the conduct of air strikes in Iraq and Syria, if they are going to be carried out in...
‘Kamorta’ class corvette

Thousand Island Dressing

Traditional and non-traditional threats, as well as financial constraints, are pushing Asia Pacific navies to select increasingly modular designs for their corvettes. This is...
The tracked ASCOD

Looking For Trouble

Seeing what is over the hill or around the corner is more than a curiosity in military operations. Vast amounts of resources are invested...

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