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Euroscepticism and common security and foreign policies

By O.R.

After the Second World War, in order to secure long-term peace and stability and to create an environment for economic recovery, the process of European integration began. At that time it involved six Western European countries, initially to promote peace, security, and economic development. This integration process evolved into the creation of the European Union with its harmonised laws on a range of economic and social issues. Indeed, EU members today have a single market, a currency (“the Eurozone” includes 2/3 of the states), share a customs union, a trade policy, etc. The 1993 Maastricht Treaty implied the creation of the European Central Bank and a common monetary policy, however, if not a fiscal policy (thus, the member states are in control over their own spending’s and taxation).

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Indo Defence 2016

By Joseph Roukoz

As the seventh edition of Indonesia’s tri-service exposition and forum comes to a close, it can already be hailed as a great success. Well organised every two years by the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, it took place in the Indonesian capital from November 2nd to 5th 2016. Indo Defence exhibition hosted some 844 companies from 55 countries, with 30 pavilions including those of Germany, India, Italy, Australia, South Korea, France, Turkey, USA, UK, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Belarus, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Slovakia, an increase of about 25 percent compared with the last edition according to the organisers.

The « Tank-boat » is under development in Indonesia by PT Pindad and UNDIN
The « Tank-boat » is under development in Indonesia by PT Pindad and UNDIN.

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Future Forces International Exhibition 2016: news from Prague

Over 20 NATO working groups and expert teams took part in the working group sessions, while six events took place on Thursday and Friday: Word CBRN and Medical Congress, Geospatial Hydrometeorological and GNSS Workshop, Future Soldier Systems Conference, Military Advanced Robotic Systems Conference, Future of Cyber Conference and Logistics Capability Workshop.

Experts met in Prague for NATO working groups as well as for a series of conferences on different topics. © P. Valpolini
Experts met in Prague for NATO working groups as well as for a series of conferences on different topics. © P. Valpolini

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The Italian Army and the CIO consortium presented the Centauro II

By P. Valpolini

On 19 October the Italian Army and the CIO consortium officially presented in Rome, at the Logistic Corps School, the Centauro II programme, which will allow the service to deploy the new 120 mm armoured gun at the beginning of the next decade.

The Centauro II, left, and its predecessor, right. Bigger, more protected, with a greater firepower and linkable to the networked environment, these the main features of the new platform. (Photo P. Valpolini)
The Centauro II, left, and its predecessor, right. Bigger, more protected, with a greater firepower and linkable to the networked environment, these the main features of the new platform. (Photo P. Valpolini)

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Euronaval 2016

By David Oliver

At Euronaval 2016, French companies made a series of important announcements about future naval programmes and new products.

The model of the 4,000 tonne Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire (FTI) medium-size frigate shown at Euronaval 2016. (David Oliver)
The model of the 4,000 tonne Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire (FTI) medium-size frigate shown at Euronaval 2016. (David Oliver)

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Russia’s Top Performing Defence Companies

By Joseph Roukoz

Kalashnikov:

Kalashnikov is internationally recognised

as the largest Russian manufacturing company that produces assault and sniper rifles, guided artillery projectiles and a wide range of precision weapons. For more than 60 years until now, military firearms manufactured under Kalashnikov brand proved to be paragons of reliability and simplicity.

The legendary Kalashnikov assault rifle.
The legendary Kalashnikov assault rifle.

 

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Gidroaviasalon 2016

By David Oliver

Russia’s biannual Gidroaviasalon International Exhibition and Scientific Conference was held at the experimental test base of the Beriev Aviation Company at Gelendzhik on the shores of the Black Sea, from 22 to 25 September 2016. This unique event is held to highlight Russia’s success in hydroaviation, and in particular, that of the Beriev Be-200 twin-jet amphibian.

The Beriev test base at Gelendzhik, the venue for Gidroaviasalon 2016 with a Be-200 amphibian in the foreground. (David Oliver)
The Beriev test base at Gelendzhik, the venue for Gidroaviasalon 2016 with a Be-200 amphibian in the foreground. (David Oliver)

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