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Russia’s Baltic Fleet – Counterbalancing NATO’s Regional Build-Up

Dr. Nikolai Novichkov Some ten or fifteen years ago, Russia’s Baltic Fleet was the ‘neglected offspring’ of the Soviet Baltic Fleet. A depleted formation made up of its predecessor’s remnants, it did not represent a modern force. Moreover, the formation’s structure, warships and naval component were not supported by a combat concept, let alone a […]

Finnish Defence Forces Order Bittium TAC WIN

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release Note: While often associated exclusively with land force communicaiton, MSD recognises this development is relevant for marine expeditionary forces. The Finnish Defence Forces order Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system’s products and Bittium Tough Comnode™ devices based on Framework Agreements on the purchase of the […]

Expeditionary Survey Boat Hydrograaf named at Damen Shipyards Den Helder

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release On Friday, February 26, 2021, the naming ceremony and transfer of the Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB) of the Royal Netherlands Navy took place at Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH). Due to the coronavirus measures currently in force, the naming ceremony and handover took place in an adjusted […]

Elbit Systems Awarded a $300 Million Contract to Supply Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems to a Country in Asia

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded circa $300 million contract by a country in Asia* to provide its HermesTM 900 UAS. Performance of the contract will be for a period of five years. Elbit will provide its Hermes 900 UAS, associated sub-systems, and maintenance and […]


CHALLENGE Piracy continues to threaten seafarers in strategic waters and EEZs worldwide. Vigilance, preparation, early detection and rapid response remain the best means to counter pirate tactics since the earliest days of armed robbery on the high-seas. However, these are difficult to achieve because pirate vessels range in size from high speed skiffs to watercraft […]

Growing Number of Russian Army UAVs

The Russian Army has a growing number of UAVs. According to an MoD spokesman quoted by national media, the new equipment will be used not only in combat, but for everyday activities such as training and exercises. The first use of quadcopter UAVs was during September exercises by the reconnaissance units of the 4th military […]

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