• Military Balance Blog

    HMS Queen Elizabeth: making an entrance, making an impact

    16 August 2017.  The new British aircraft carrier’s deployments may be very different from those imagined when she was first commissioned, thanks to a more complex and contested security environment.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US and UK aircraft carrier perspectives

    09 August 2017.  The arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth may prompt a significant change in the US–UK strategic relationship. Nick Childs considers the implications for leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Beyond JL-2: China’s development of a successor SLBM continues

    07 August 2017.  Satellite imagery of modifications made to a Chinese submarine suggests work on a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, say Joseph Dempsey and Henry Boyd.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US Navy’s latest frigate plans: beyond LCS, but how far?

    04 August 2017.  The US Navy’s request for information from industry for a new guided-missile frigate underscores a further evolution of its thinking away from the original, much-criticised Littoral Combat Ship programme.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Type-055: a new chapter in China’s naval modernisation

    24 July 2017.  There is an exclusive club of five maritime nations currently operating surface combatants that displace over 9,750 tonnes – or what in The Military Balance classifies as ‘cruisers’. Missile defence and the ability to fire larger cruise missiles require bigger radars and cooling systems as well as more missile-launcher space, which all contribute to driving up the size of the vessel.

  • 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.

  • Survival

    Measuring Military Cyber Power

    17 July 2017.  Understanding how and why cyber capabilities are developed and deployed is becoming a critical element in determining the power dynamics between states.

  • 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

    UK Type-26 Frigate order: one big step forward, but...

    04 July 2017.  The Type-26 frigate has huge potential to bolster the Royal Navy’s surface combatant capability. However, equally important will be the UK government’s ability to produce a more robust and disciplined naval procurement model.

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