Tag Syria

Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound)

Whilst the S-300 and S-400 get most of the headlines the KBP Instrument Design Bureau manufactured Pantsir-S1 air defence system is equally effective. It is a self-propelled short to medium range air defence system that combines guns and missiles on…

Cloud Cuckoo Land

One of the greatest problems with UK defence and security policy is the complete and utter disconnect between aspirations and reality. Having successively cut the UK defence budget and failed to control the inexorable rise of defence equipment costs the…

Learning to Agree with the Guardian

The big news today is that British pilots on exchange with the United States Navy (and possibly Canadian forces) have been conducting operations over Syria. Now we all know personnel exchanges between allies are run of the mill, mundane business…

Stocking up on Paveway IV

The MoD has let another contract to Raytheon for more Paveway IV Precision Guided Bombs The Secretary of State for Defence (the Authority) acting through the International Guns, Missiles and Rockets Project Team of Defence Equipment and Support proposes to…

Slim Pickings in Iraq

OP SHADER RAF Tornado GR.4
Below is an extract from a recent MoD update on RAF operations over Iraq; 25 January: a Reaper was once again on patrol over northern Iraq on Sunday, providing top cover to the peshmerga as they consolidated their latest successful…

A Failure of Intelligence?

Comments yesterday from General Sir Peter Wall on the ISIL/ISIS took me rather by surprise. Isil has committed grotesque acts of terrorism, but I am not [sure] what kind of understanding we have of their strength and capabilities. We have to be…