• The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part I: Directed energy weapons: finally coming of age?

    02 December 2015.  Laser weapons
    US naval laser research
    Other defence-related laser research
    Radio-frequency weapons
    Challenges to and ramifications of RF weapon use

  • Strategic Comments

    European defence spending rises, but well short of NATO target

    20 May 2015. 

    Although NATO’s European member countries have begun to increase defence spending, there is a $100bn deficit between aspirations and actual spending levels. In the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, states are seeking to heighten military readiness.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Enter Armata - Russian armoured fighting vehicle modernisation

    06 May 2015.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online  Russia’s Victory Day parade on 9 May 2015 will include the much-anticipated appearance of three new armoured vehicle platforms. Images of the previously unseen heavy tracked ‘Armata’, the lighter tracked ‘Kurganets-25’ and the wheeled ‘Bumerang’ platforms have emerged amid parade preparations, though turrets and weapons stations have been kept literally under wraps until now, the week of the parade. Their debut comes...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Renewing Trident

    05 May 2015.  Facts concerning the future of the UK’s submarine-based nuclear capability

  • Events

    Military Balance 2015: US Launch

    21 April 2015. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis; Editor of The Military Balance
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 21 April 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Saudi Arabia - Selected Military Capabilities

    30 March 2015.  On the morning of 25 March, Saudi Arabia’s armed forces – leading a coalition of neighbouring states – began airstrikes on targets in Yemen in support of the beleaguered de jure administration of President Hadi. It is reported that key objectives include targets associated with the rebel Houthi group as well as forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi military forces had previously engaged Houthi targets in Yemen...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian strategic-bomber upgrade indicates new cruise-missile deployment

    18 March 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Although lately British focus has been on occasional pictures of the Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber (NATO reporting name: Bear) in the UK flight-information region, an arguably more significant image of the Bear flying over Russia has recently also appeared. The aircraft has been photographed fitted with four sets of large-weapon pylons between the engine nacelles. The pylon design is not new...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: Western European shipbuilding in 2015

    18 March 2015.  By Ian Keddie, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis Programme As Western European states reduced defence spending after 2008, many armed forces, including the French, Italian and British navies, saw some orders cancelled and equipment numbers reduced. In some cases, procurement attention was focused on equipment geared towards the land-dominated conflicts that followed 9/11, principally in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maritime procurements involved long lead times, smaller orders and complex designs, resulting...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Asian naval exports to Africa on the rise

    13 March 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry On 12 March 2015 India successfully completed its first warship sale as Mauritius commissioned MCGS Barracuda into coastguard service at a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 74m-long, ship, with a full-load displacement of 1,350 tonnes, was ordered in 2012 for US$58.5 million and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.  Whilst India...

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: The Military Balance – equipment continuities over time

    13 March 2015.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Those of us who work on The Military Balance, like our readers, look for patterns and trends in our data. Sometimes these can relate to ways in which states are developing their defence forces, prompted perhaps by the outcome of defence reviews; these might lead to changes in the number, or role, of military organisations. Sometimes trends...

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