• The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2016

    09 February 2016.  Trusted military data on 171 countries: size of armed forces, defence budgets, equipment. Updated yearly, the go-to reference from the International Institute for Strategic Studies

  • Expert Commentary

    Tim Huxley: Standing up to China is essential, even if costly

    21 December 2015.  Expecting the United States to stand alone against China’s claims to artificial islands in the South China Sea is unrealistic. Regional allies such as Australia must do more than simply condemn Beijing’s activities

  • Military Balance Blog

    Henry Boyd: UK expands air operations against ISIS

    03 December 2015.  By Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis On 2 December, the House of Commons voted to widen the scope of the United Kingdom’s combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). After the parliamentary vote, the first attacks on targets in Syria by manned UK aircraft – on ISIS oil installations – took place in the early hours of 3 December. The UK has previously...

  • Strategic Comments

    UK augments military and counter-terrorism capacities

    25 November 2015. 

    While it does not represent a substantial change in direction, Britain’s latest defence and security review offers a credible plan to improve, modernise and increase UK security and hard power. It maintains the UK as a significant defence power, and adds and protects future capabilities, including in areas that are needed to deal with modern threats such as terrorism and cyber attack.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie, Joseph Dempsey and Mark Cazalet: Russia Pursues Cruise Control in Syria

    24 November 2015.  Kh-101 low-observable cruise missile deployed from Tu-160 Blackjack (Russian MoD) By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace; Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online; and Mark Cazalet, Research Assistant, Defence and Military Analysis For the first time during combat operations in Syria, Russia has used two types of air-launched cruise missile; the Kh-101 long-range low-observable cruise missile and the Kh-555 (AS-22). Both weapons are designed and manufactured by Raduga, the Dubna-based...

  • Expert Commentary

    Slate.Fr: «Je ne pense pas que bombarder Daech soit la clé du problème»

    20 November 2015.  François Heisbourg était l’invité de l'émission «Politique» sur France 24. Il a mis en garde les autorités et déclaré qu’une attaque au Moyen-Orient serait insuffisante si l’on n’apportait pas des réponses locales.

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: RAF 'would make a difference' in Syria

    18 November 2015.  General Sir David Richards speaks to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the potential for RAF involvement in Syria

  • Manama Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Will Iran Grumble when it comes to SAMs?

    02 November 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russian defence-industry officials last week suggested that work is underway once again on an initiative to provide a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to Tehran. Yet to become public, however, is just which system, and the version thereof, Moscow will provide the Iranian military. The question is more than simply a matter of designations: the detection, acquisition and engagement ranges of the candidate SAM...

  • Manama Voices

    Douglas Barrie & Joseph Dempsey: Something old, something new - Russian air-delivered weapons in Syria

    01 November 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace and Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online The Russian military's air campaign to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria reveals a more confident and capable air force than the one that had to cobble together an operation in the 2008 war with Georgia. While shortcomings exposed by the latter have been addressed, some persist however, not least of all in terms...

  • Manama Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Recapitalising Iran’s air inventory

    31 October 2015.  Aside from the political shifts that have already come about as a result of the Iran nuclear deal, it will likely lead to the eventual lifting of the arms embargo on offensive conventional weapon systems on the country. As IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, Douglas Barrie, explains, Tehran's ability within the next few years to begin to recapitalise its ageing fleet of combat aircraft will be of particular interest...

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