A South African Input to the Australian Defence Force

03/24/2018
Our partner defenceWeb has highlighted a South African input to the Australian Defence Force, namely, in terms of land munitions capabilities. Rheinmetall will deliver the first qualification lots of 155 mm Assegai ammunition to the Australian Defence Force this year, with further partial deliveries taking place next year. After successful…

Australian Army to Procure New CRVs

03/19/2018
Project LAND 400 Phase 2 will acquire 225 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV). The Phase 2 fleet will include seven variants. On 28 July 2016, Defence announced that BAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall had been shortlisted to participate in the Risk Mitigation Activity,…

The Icebreaker Gap: Shaping a Way Ahead to Deal with the Challenge

03/16/2018
We have written for years about the impact of the decline of the icebreaker force in the USCG on US Arctic policy. We referred to the US as the "reluctant Arctic power." In our interview with the USCG Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft we focused on the need to shift policy…

The Northrop Grumman Acquisition of ATK: Shaping A Material Foundation for Enhanced Innovation

03/09/2018
Northrop Grumman is in the final stages of acquiring ATK, the space company. But not widely noticed is the key role which ATK plays in composites manufacturing, which is a key part of building 21st century aircraft. ATK plays a key role in the F-35 program from this point of…

Building the Wings of Man: Another Aspect of the Coming of the CH-53K

03/02/2018
2018-02-22 By Robbin Laird Without the composites revolution, it would be difficult to image an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. Equally, without the composites revolution it would be difficult to envisage the successor to the CH-53E being able to lift three times more than its predecessor. The lift is a function of…

The South African Naval Shipbuilding Industry: An Overview

02/19/2018
2018-02-19 By Guy Martin South Africa’s shipbuilding industry produces hundreds of vessels every year, with more than 90% being exported, and this includes naval vessels, from rigid-hulled inflatables to large patrol boats. South Africa’s naval shipbuilding industry took off during the Second World War, when ships up to 14 000…

A Russian View on the Future Defense Industrial Relationship with India

02/13/2018
2018-02-11 By India Strategic Russia Continues to View India as a Privileged Strategic Partner On the occasion of its 10th Anniversary Sergey Viktorovich Chemezov CEO of Rostec Corporation interacts with India Strategic in an exclusive interview from Moscow India Strategic: Rostec recently celebrated the 10th anniversary. What do you consider…