• Military Balance Blog

    China's aircraft and missile developments - implications for the F-35

    24 February 2017.    At the launch of The Military Balance 2017, Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, talks about the significance of China’s aircraft and air-to-air missile developments. 'The pace and the introduction is almost unheralded,' he says. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force is developing a capable palette of air-to-air weapons that could make the air environment more difficult for the F-35 and supporting aircraft. Watch the full launch. The Military Balance 2017 features analysis...

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017.  The Military Balance 2017 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart comparing US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017 and essays on the changing defence-industrial landscape, special-operations forces, and twenty-first-century challenges to twentieth-century deterrence.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    14 February 2017.  Defence budgets and expenditure

    Selected European aerospace defence consolidation, 1990–2016
    Key defence statistics
    Battlefield missiles and rockets: Russian and US equipment capabilities
    Attack helicopter operators and fleets, 1997–2016
    Anti-submarine warfare: fixed-wing-aircraft fleets

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part I: The changing defence-industrial landscape

    14 February 2017.  2016 developments

    US procurement competition
    Sikorsky and the rotary-wing sector
    Industrial landscaping
    European outlook
    Re-emerging and new competitors

  • Events

    Media Launch: The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017. 

    Media Launch
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 14 February 2017, 9.30–10.30am GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s very-long-range missile development

    13 February 2017.  Images of a Chinese aircraft fitted with what appears to be a very-long-range air-to-air missile have recently appeared online. Douglas Barrie takes a closer look.

  • Manama Voices

    No cats, but same old traps

    11 December 2016.  Recent aircraft losses by the Russian navy have provided a salutary reminder of the demanding nature of fixed-wing aircraft operations at sea. Here, Douglas Barrie explains what operational insights can be gleaned from the incidents.

  • Military Balance Blog

    A new dog in the fight

    29 November 2016.  China's recent unveiling to potential export customers of its PL-10 imaging-infrared guided air-to-air missile was a testament to the country's growing weapons-design capabilities. As Douglas Barrie explains, just a handful of nations have so far mastered this technology and this model is likely emerge as the standard imaging-infrared missile in the PLAAF inventory.

  • Events

    Military innovation and adaptation: keeping the cutting edge sharp

    23 November 2016. 

    Corporate Roundtable
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 November 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Survival

    Airpower in American Wars

    21 November 2016. 

    Modern warfare has shown us that actors who lack airpower can contend successfully with the American military.

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