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Viewpoint from Taipei – First Flight of the BRAVE EAGLE

Taiwan’s indigenously developed Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) T-5 BRAVE EAGLE conducted its official first flight on 22 June 2020. This marked Taiwan’s first indigenously developed high-performance jet since the F-CK-1 CHING-KUO indigenous defence fighter made its first flight 31 years ago. The test flight was conducted in front of President Tsai Ing-wen. The first prototype […]

Q & A with Peder R. Pedersen, PhD, CEO & President of WEIBEL

ESD: Weibel is a vertically integrated company, how has this helped it stay on course during COVID19 restrictions? Pedersen: We believe in having full control over all core processes, from development to production, because quality and reliability are extremely important values in our industry. Being largely independent of external suppliers in this way has no doubt […]

Q & A with Heino Lundgren, CEO of Saab DENMARK

Saab DENMARK – Heino Lundgren, CEO ESD: What requirement does Tacticall fulfil – why is it useful? Lundgren: TactiCall was originally developed for the Royal Danish Navy’s land-based centres and radio stations in 1983 with delivery in 1985. After this the system was implemented for the Royal Danish Navy’s ships towards the end of the decade and since […]



MQ-9B SkyGuardian

The MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) possesses a number of unique advantages not found in manned platforms: much longer endurance (40 hours or more based on payload), more affordable, require a fraction of the footprint, effectively operate at low and high altitude (500 to 40,000 feet), employable in high-risk […]

The Bahraini Air Force in Substantial Renewal

Weeks before the Covid-19 travel restrictions, at DIAC-2019 ESD spoke to the long-time commander of the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF), AVM Hamad bin Abdullah al Khalifah. The RBAF is currently renewing two critical platforms. Nevertheless, the small service is combat-proven. ESD: Bahrain’s Shaikh Isa AB has experienced many coalition activities, including the Operations “Southern […]

Viewpoint from Moscow – Si vis pacem, para bellum?

June 24th, 2020 saw Red Square hosting a military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over fascism. The parade should normally have taken place on 9 May, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On display were over 13,000 military personnel, 234 pieces of ground equipment, and 75 military planes and […]



Q & A With Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of Invisio

  ESD: Denmark is home to advance audiology. How has Invisio capitalised on this to create leading edge communications equipment? Hansen: Invisio’s solutions build on a deep understanding of sound and human hearing. Many of INVISIOs R&D staff have roots in “The Danish Sound” – a world-renowned industrial cluster of excellence in acoustics, hearing and mobile […]

EUROFIGHTER Ready for a Leap Into the Future

The future of the EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON rests on four pillars: modernisation of the aircraft; expected contracts from two core nations in the programme (Germany and Spain); deliveries to Qatar and Kuwait which will keep the production lines open at least until 2024; and the ongoing export campaigns with Switzerland and Finland as main targets. Our […]

The EU as an International Security Actor

Today, the EU is facing numerous challenges and threats, with increased complexity and unpredictability in its security environment. Fragile states, the fight against terrorism, irregular migration flows, the crises in the Middle East – and of course the current COVID-19 pandemic – all represent challenges that require common solutions and collective action. The basic values […]



A Changed Setting – An Update on European Combat and Light Attack Aircraft

When looking at the status and prospects of the numerous fixed-wing Combat and Light-Attack programmes of European manufacturers, one has to consider the uncertainty surrounding the funds available in the coming years for the defence sector given the impact of the various multi-billion post-COVID-19 economy stimulus packages. For most western governments, acquiring new or modernised […]

The Challenges of Covid-19 Quarantine

Throughout history, quarantine has been a classic public health intervention to curb the spread of infectious diseases. Although an effective measure, quarantine has always been controversial because it raises political, ethical, and socioeconomic issues and requires a careful balance between public interest and individual rights. This article brings to debate some of the socio-psychological, economic, […]

Medium USV Contract for L3

J C Menon The U.S. Navy has selected L3 Technologies to design and build its first medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV). The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a US$35m fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract for the detail design and fabrication of a prototype MUSV. This contract includes options for up to eight additional MUSVs, logistics packages, engineering support, technical […]



Operational Success for TOR SHORAD

Russian TOR short-range surface-to-air missile systems (SHORADs) have shot down dozens Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) during their deployment in Syria, Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov, commander of the Russian Ground Forces’ (Army) air defence troops has claimed. The General was quoted by the local National Defence magazine saying that the TOR system had successfully fulfilled the tasks of […]

The Most Advanced Military Transport Plane – A400M Situation Report

With seven partner nations, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Turkey involved, few collaborative defence projects have had a history as turbulent as that of the A400M. With a crew of three (two pilots and a loadmaster alongside the option of a third person on the flight deck) who operate it with an […]

COVID Drives Improvements for PLASAN

Jack Richardson COVID19 makes it impossible to participate in expositions or host customer events for a number of defence and security-focused businesses, including armoured patrol vehicle manufacturer Plasan.  However, the company is keeping busy during the COVID19 “down-time” enhancing its current line of vehicles and creating new solutions that improve a public order team’s ability […]



China Imposes Sanctions on Lockheed Martin

J C Menon China has imposed unspecified sanctions on Lockheed Martin after the U.S State Department approved Taiwan’s request to buy recertification of PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 missiles for an estimated cost of US$620m. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) wants to refurbish its Lockheed Martin built PATRIOT surface-to-air, or […]

Countering Airborne Threats – NSO Group

There are three major airborne threats that make their way into regional security discussions today, whether in the defence press or policy offices across NATO member states: 1) Russia’s hypersonic missiles 2) COVID 19 dispersion 3) aerial drones of various sizes and threat levels The NSO Group recently launched two compelling solutions for two of […]

Towards Trustworthy Military Autonomous Systems

With warfare becoming more complex, sophisticated and lethal than ever before, armed forces are considering adopting surrogates for missions deemed suitable for machines. These could be tasks that are too dangerous for humans, too difficult (beyond their physical capabilities), or too repetitive or otherwise dull for a normal person to pursue. These three Ds (danger, […]



Air and Ground Systems for Short-Range Reconnaissance

Until the dawn of military aviation a century ago, commanders always wanted to know what lay beyond distant hills or just over the horizon. The infantry squad of today has the more modest requirement of wanting to know what might be lurking behind a nearby wall or terrain ridge, or in the case of urban […]

CBRN: Protecting the Force

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons are considered significant threats to military operations. Over the last twenty-five years, the concept and discipline of “force protection” has evolved. Protecting military personnel from CBRN weapons is nothing new, dating back to 1915. The traditional disciplines in CBRN force protection – individual and collective protection, contamination avoidance, […]

Armour Renaissance in the French Army SCORPION Transformation Programme

The French Army is in the midst of an ambitious transformation effort, the SCORPION (Synergie du contact renforcé par la polyvalence et l’info valorisation) programme, that will totally redefine how it will conduct military operations and will require the acquisition of new combat systems to make it a reality. These new combat systems are starting […]




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