• Military Balance Blog

    Austrian and Swiss fighters: could they go their own way together?

    18 September 2017.  Bern and Vienna have begun to look at replacing their respective combat-aircraft fleets with a single type of multi-role fighter: but could they consider whether there is any advantage in a joint buy?

  • Military Balance Blog

    Belarus and Zapad 2017: between a rock and a hard place

    13 September 2017.  With its exercise Zapad (West) 2017, Russia may be sending a signal to Europe and the United States, although there is debate as to what this signal may be. The exercise is also a lesson in ‘not-so-soft power’ for Moscow's near abroad.

  • Military Balance Blog

    What future for the MiG-35?

    04 September 2017.  In the years ahead Russia is expected to focus on comparatively large, long-endurance multi-role aircraft.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Survival

    The Iron Wall Logic of Israel’s Space Programme

    17 July 2017.  Israel’s space programme both provides tangible capabilities to deal with security threats and projects a message of national might.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Can Franco-German cooperation deliver a new European defence?

    14 July 2017.  While Europe could certainly do with more capabilities and cooperation, a more fundamental change of strategic mindset in Paris and Berlin is required if Europe is to build a more autonomous defence capability. Fabrice Pothier looks beyond recent statements and announcements to examine what their true policy positions are.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New Franco-German combat-aircraft programme: a reminder of UK’s uncertain position

    14 July 2017.  A new agreement between France and Germany to develop a new combat-aircraft programme will undoubtedly draw the two nations closer in terms of overall defence cooperation. But, as Douglas Barrie observes, the decision has also underlined how the UK’s Brexit vote risks undermining its credibility as a potential partner in future European defence programmes.

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s ramjet progress, but with speed constraints?

    10 July 2017.  China continues to move toward fielding one or more designs of rocket/ramjet-powered air-to-air missiles, with local scientific-press reports of further recent flight tests: but missile speed, rather than the speed of progress, is – for now – a point of uncertainty.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russian military lift risks atrophy

    06 July 2017.  Since late 2015, Russia has sustained expeditionary operations in Syria by relying on ageing air- and maritime-lift platforms. Unless it can better previous failed efforts to replace both, Moscow risks losing the capacity to carry out a similar operation within the next decade.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Berlin looks to build Future Combat Aircraft System consortium

    19 June 2017.  Germany is looking at the potential of building a next-generation combat aircraft with at least France, Spain and Sweden as possible partners. There are indications that preliminary talks with these nations have already taken place. 

Welcome to the IISS’ new search feature: here you will find content from the Institute on the topic/region selected. Click ‘advanced search options’ to filter by content type, date, related topics and/or experts.

To see your previous purchases and favourites, log-in to My IISS.