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The Alpha Jet is a light attack/trainer/close air support aircraft co-produced by Germany and France for use by both partners and for export. Those built for Germany were originally known as Alpha Jet A ( appui, attack) and used only in a close air support…
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The AL BASRAH-class offshore support vessels are designed for maritime security missions, with a focus on protecting Iraq's offshore oil terminals. The ships are multi-functional, able to handle a range of capabilities to support oil production platforms and…
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The Black Shark heavyweight torpedo is a wire-guided weapon designed to be launched from submarines and surface ships. Originally developed as the next step beyond the Italian A184 Mod 3, it has become an entirely new design. It is operable in both deep and…
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The ABSALON-class command and support ships are multipurpose units intended for peacetime expeditionary support operations. They use six to eight portable functional modules installed amidships to carry a 20-man task group commander and staff, a 50-man…
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The Rockan is an anti-invasion ground mine optimized for shallow water. This bottom-influence mine can also be laid in deeper waters as an anti-submarine mine. The Rockan has an unusual wedge shape that enables the mine to glide through the water. Its low…
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The Type 72 is a Chinese minimum metal mine that comes in anti-personnel and anti-tank variants. It is derived from the Russian TM-46, although the fuzing mechanisms differ. The plastic casing makes the mine very difficult to detect. The Type 72 is a "toe-…
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The AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) is a long-range, air-to-ground cruise missile for attacking strategic targets. It has many of the attributes of the earlier Hound Dog cruise missile, but is slower. It also has a longer range and is more accurate…
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The NEMO 120-mm mortar turret (derived from New Mortar) is an efficient unmanned turreted mortar system that is compact enough to be mounted on a variety of tracked and wheeled chassis and light enough for small, high-speed naval vessels. NEMO can provide…
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The PMA-3 is a small antipersonnel land mine with a flat cylindrical body. It is detonated by a base-mounted UPMAH-3 chemical action pressure fuze. The PMA-3 is activated when pressure plates are rotated within the mine's lower assembly where the PMA-3's…
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The Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk was originally a micro air vehicle (MAV) demonstrator dubbed SentryOwl that was part of the U.S. Air Force's force protection airborne surveillance system (FPASS) requirement. It was quickly selected and placed in service. The…
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The SKRUNDA class of patrol boats is based on the design of small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH ) pilot boats built by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany. They are intended for patrol and surveillance missions. The class is designed and built to…
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The Gila is a South African mine-protected armored personnel carrier (APC) aimed at both the domestic and export markets. South Africa's military forces are increasingly being deployed for peacekeeping-type missions. The Gila name was chosen because it evokes…
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The Falarick is a gun-launched anti-tank guided missile (GLATGM) that is designed to be fired from 105-mm cannons. It was initially developed for the CT-CV turret from CMI Defence of Belgium. The missile is capable of defeating stationary and mobile armored…
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The EL/K-7071 is an integrated communications intelligence (COMINT)/direction-finding (DF) system designed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It is intended for long-range, high-endurance COMINT missions in modern dense communication network environments.…
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The An-24 Coke** is a medium-range transport that was superseded in production by its derivative, the An-26 Curl (see separate database entry). The high-aspect-ratio wing is shoulder-mounted behind the flight deck and has a rectangular center section bounded…
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The SMASH is a 30-mm stabilized remotely controlled weapon system. The system is integrated on a stabilized pedestal with an independent electro-optical sight and surveillance. The system has excellent tracking and firing ability a very high hit accuracy,…
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The NS100 is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) air and surface surveillance radar. The scalable radar is optimized to provide situational awareness in cluttered coastal environments. The system is suitable for a range of ships. The NS100 is…
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Mustard-lewisite (HL) is a liquid mixture of distilled mustard (HD) and lewisite (L). Due to its low freezing point, the mixture remains a liquid in cold weather and at high altitudes. The mixture with the lowest freezing point consists of 63 percent lewisite…
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Armed Forces
OVERVIEW The Bahamas is made up of more than 700 islands, many of which are uninhabited. The archipelagic nation has 250,000 sq. km. (96,525 sq. mi.) of territorial waters. The primary threat to its internal security stems from the drug trade in and around…
OVERVIEW The Royal Bahraini Air Force is organized into:   2 fighter squadrons 1 fighter ground attack squadron 2 attack helicopter squadrons 2 transport helicopter squadrons 1 VIP helicopter squadron 1 VIP fixed-wing…
OVERVIEW The Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey) in West Africa is bounded by Nigeria on the east, Niger in the northeast, Burkina Faso in the northwest, Togo in the west and the Gulf of Guinea in the south. A small and impoverished country, Benin for…
OVERVIEW The Republic of Fiji consists of more than 800 southwest Pacific islands, of which 100 are habitable, including Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Taveuni, Kandavu, Koro, Ngau and Ovalau. Fiji is a member of the British Commonwealth; its membership has been…
OVERVIEW The Cooperative Republic of Guyana is on the northern coast of South America. Once known as British Guiana, it gained independence from Britain in 1966. It is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, west by Venezuela, west and south by Brazil…
OVERVIEW The Royal Jordanian Air Force (Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Malakiya al Urduniya) is responsible for all military air operations, including ground and maritime support. Air force pilots average 180 flying hours annually. The air force is organized…
OVERVIEW The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a landlocked nation in Southeast Asia. It is bordered on the east by Vietnam; to the south by Cambodia; to the west by Thailand; to the northwest by Burma; and to the north by China. The Laotian capital,…
OVERVIEW Luxembourg is the smallest member of NATO in terms of land area and the second smallest in population (about 585,700 in September 2017). Among alliance members, only Iceland's population is smaller. It borders France to the south (73 km/45 miles);…
OVERVIEW The mission of the air component of the military is primarily transport, but it has a limited combat capability. It has been assigned maritime patrol duties as well. The air force is organized into: 1 training squadron 2 transport squadrons…
OVERVIEW Since the 1980s, the Mongolian air force has been drastically reduced in terms of personnel and operational units. From a high of three active combat regiments plus transport and support units, the air force now consists of: 1 transport…
OVERVIEW After World War I, Montenegro became part of the kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes -- late the kingdom of Yugoslavia. At the end of World War II, it was a republic of communist Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia began disintegrating in 1991. A…
OVERVIEW The Paraguay air force is organized into: 1 light attack/COIN squadrons 2 transport group 1 training squadron 1 transport helicopter group   PERSONNEL STRENGTH Paraguay's air force numbers 1,100 personnel, including 200…
OVERVIEW The Slovak Republic air force is responsible for air combat operations, air support of the army and the coordination of ground-based air defense. It is organized into: 1 air force headquarters, with 1 fighter squadron 2 transport…
OVERVIEW The Sri Lankan air force (SLAF) is responsible for all air operations, including support of the army ground forces, rescue facilitation at the government's request, maintenance of aircraft and electronics, internal security and other non-military…
Terrorist Organizations
JEM is one of the main opposition groups to the Sudanese government involved in the Darfur conflict and in the ongoing peace negotiations. Though the group has undergone a number of internal splinterings, it at one point was the largest and strongest.…
The IMU is a coalition of militant Islamic groups from Uzbekistan and Central Asia. The original goal of the movement was to overthrow the secular Uzbek government and replace it with an Islamic state based on conservative interpretations of Islamic law, an…
The Marxist-Leninist PFLP claims that it is "a progressive vanguard organization of the Palestinian working class" aiming to liberate "all of Palestine and establish a democratic socialist Palestinian state." Founded in 1967 by George Habash, the PFLP was one…
PULO was founded in India by Pattani aristocrat and Islamic scholar Kabir Abdul Rahman (aka Tungu Bira Kotanila) as a nationalist and separatist group. According to RAND Corp., "PULO's ideology is based on the UBANGTAPEKEMA, an acronym derived from Ugama,…
Jose Carlos Mariategui founded the Communist Party of Peru in 1928. It was originally known as the Socialist Party and the party participated in Lenin's Third International. After 1959, a split occurred between Maoists…
News
At least 21 people have been killed in a car bombing at Colombia's main police academy in Bogota, reports Reuters.  On Thursday, a car broke through checkpoints surrounding the General Santander School and exploded. The Nissan Patrol SUV was carrying 176…
French President Emmanuel Macron says France will remain militarily engaged in the Middle East regardless of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, reports Agence France-Presse.  France's priority remains eliminating ISIS, Macron said on Thursday at an army base…
The Japanese government has decided to end local assembly of F-35 fighter jets purchased form the U.S., reports Defense News.  The aircraft to be acquired under the fiscal 2019 contract will be delivered in fly-away condition, said a spokesman for the…
The Burmese army says it has killed 13 rebels during operations in the western Rakhine state, reports Reuters.  Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 16, 13 rebels were killed in eight clashes, said Maj. Gen. Tun Tun Nyi. There were also at least five land mine…
Singapore has identified the F-35 fighter jet as the best choice to replace its aging F-16s, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).  The next-generation fighter jet was chosen after an evaluation by the Defense Science and Technology Agency and air force,…
India's indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) recently completed air-to-air missile trials, reports the Print (New Delhi).  During tests earlier this month, the LCH successfully fired Mistral air-to-air missiles at an aerial target, destroying it,…
The Missile Defense Review that President Donald Trump ordered in 2017 is set to be unveiled Thursday at the Pentagon, reports Defense News.  The review highlights new technologies and emerging threats, including hypersonic missiles, said a senior…
At least six people have been killed and 38 injured in fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, Tripoli, reports the Libya Herald.  On Tuesday, fighting broke out between the Tripoli Protection Force (TPF), which is aligned with the U.N…
The Taiwanese military has launched its first live-fire drills of the year as tensions grow with Beijing, reports CNN. The training that began on Friday focused on defending the island against a simulated amphibious invasion near Taichung on Taiwan's western…
Ethiopian security forces have arrested 835 armed members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), reports the state Fana Broadcasting Corp. The fighters were arrested in western Oromia, near the border with Benishangul Gumuz state, the military command…
The Austrian government has approved the potential purchase of 15 additional helicopters for the armed forces, reports Flight Global. Vienna has allocated more than US$343 million (300 million euros) to acquire 12 multirole helicopters to replace 21 aging…
An internal review of a deadly destroyer collision in June 2017 has revealed that the ship suffered from a number of problems that contributed to the accident, reports the Navy Times. The dual-purpose investigation, which was obtained by the newspaper, was…
The U.S. Marine Corps has chosen Raytheon to supply new radars for its fleet of F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter jets, reports the defense firm.  The deal cover AN/APG-79(v)4 radars, a scaled version of the APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar, which is…
The Chinese government has expressed its opposition to foreign companies taking part in Taiwan’s submarine development project, reports Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency. Beijing called on the U.S., Europe, Japan and India to adhere to the one-China…
Soldiers have been deployed across Zimbabwe following deadly clashes between security forces and protesters, reports BBC News.  Shops in the capital, Harare, remained closed on Wednesday as the demonstrations against rising fuel prices entered their…
The governments of Tajikistan and Iran have agreed to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation, reports the Mehr News Agency (Tehran). On Monday, Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi, a member of the Iran-Tajikistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, met in Tehran with…
The French Armed Forces Ministry says its new missile a moyenne portee (MMP) medium-range missile has been used in combat operations for the first time, reports defense-aerospace.com. The MMP missile was employed by the Picardie Battle Group during an…
The German Cabinet has approved a deal with France designed to unify arms export rules on cooperative programs, reports Defense News. The Aachener Vertrag pact is expected to be signed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has reached an agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump to establish a 20-mile (32-km) secure zone along the Turkish-Syrian border, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).  During a phone call the previous day, the…
South Korea will take delivery of its first two F-35 fighter jets in Seoul in March, reports the South China Morning Post.  The jets will be made available for combat operations in April or May, a South Korean military official said on Sunday.  Additional F…