• Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Chinese military aircraft developments in 2014

    20 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The People’s Liberation Army Air Force continues to recapitalise its combat-aircraft fleet, improve the capabilities of its special-mission aircraft and work on a considerably greater airlift capability. At least six of the heavy fighter design Chengdu J-20 development aircraft have already been built, four of which were flown for the first time during the course of 2014. The J-20 prototype flew for the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian armed forces' equipment recapitalisation programme progress

    17 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia is in the midst of a defence modernisation programme covering all services – land, sea, air and strategic systems. This is by no means the first effort Russia has made to recapitalise across the service domains. However, in the past few years progress has been significantly better than in previous efforts and the current State Armaments Programme has seen much more success...

  • Strategic Comments

    Japan’s defence budget bolsters altered military roles

    17 February 2015. 

    Japan's rising defence spending is part of an effort by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carve out a greater regional security role for his country, commensurate with its status as the world's third-largest economy.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    13 February 2015. 

    Top 15 Defence Budgets 2014 2014
    Top 15 Defence and Security Budgets as a % of GDP
    Planned Global Defence Expenditure by Region 2014
    Planned Defence Expenditure by Country 2014
    Real Global Defence Spending Changes by Region 2012–14
    Planned Global Defence Expenditure by Country 2014 at PPP Exchange Rates
    Composition of Real Defence Spending Increases 2013–14
    Composition of Real Defence Spending Reductions 2013–14
    Changes in the global submarine market since 1990
    Key defence statistics; Precision attack by guided artillery
    US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific: vessel deployments 2014–20
    Latin American fixed-wing aircraft fleets, 1994–2014

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russia’s revised military doctrine – developments in 2014

    12 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The Russian government published a new Military Doctrine on 26 December 2014, in a revision of the previous 2010 version. Given the deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent conflict in Ukraine, the revised document was notable perhaps more for its comparatively measured tone and less for any revelatory content. However, it provides an...

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2015 Wall Chart: Russia’s Armed Forces

    11 February 2015. 

    The Military Balance 2015 comes with a new wall chart focusing on ‘Russia’s Armed Forces’

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russia targets 2015 for Su-35S Flanker operational clearance

    10 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The Sukhoi Su-35S combat aircraft is due to enter operational service with the Russian Air Force in 2015, if the programme runs to plan. This latest variant of the Flanker family will be the air force's premiere multi-role fighter until the fifth-generation Sukhoi T-50 combat aircraft reaches the front line in operational numbers. The Su-35 will complement the T-50, with the two types forming...

  • Strategic Comments

    Fighter sale talks: new era for Sino-Russian cooperation?

    06 February 2015. 

    If a deal on the Su-35 fighter jet can be agreed, it could well be the last fighter purchase that China will make from Russia. Moscow may now be forced to consider Beijing as a potential partner and not merely as a client state.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: The advent of laser weaponry

    11 December 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace If in the past the advent of laser weaponry was not so much a bright and shining lie as more a case of heady over-optimism, then the US Navy’s recent trials with a modestly powered system may herald, finally, the beginning of their adoption into the wider weapons inventory. The US Navy has been discussing the results of a series of operational trials with an...

  • Manama Voices

    James Hackett: Developing Lebanon's armed forces

    07 December 2014.  By James Hackett, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis It was understandable that much debate during the second plenary session at the tenth Manama Dialogue would, in common with many speeches and questions over the weekend, focus on the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and extremist ideologies. One section of the speech by France's defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reminded delegates that this...

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