Who knew that kidnapping is a very real threat in the waters off West and East Africa? Well, it turns out everyone, so why the secrecy surrounding the criminal enterprises that organise and bankroll the pirate gangs? During a concerted effort over the pa
Now is the time to reflect on a whirlwind past 12 months, a year that has seen the Shephard team cover most corners of the world and rack up a few air miles in the process. We’ve all experienced some highs and some lows during this time, from private win
The humble OPV has come in for some flak of late from a number of parties as many look to compare capabilities with high-end fleet escorts and 8,000t destroyers and determine what utility such vessels actually have in the modern world. Is there a place i
Last week the Shephard team packed our bags and set out to sunny Florida for this year's I/ITSEC show in Orlando. I/ITSEC is one of the biggest training and simulation shows on the exhibition calendar, attended by the great and good of the T&S community.
The RAAF has selected Lockheed Martin to provide support and training for its future pilots. The A$1.2bn will include 49 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.
As the UK RAF joins the coalition bombing campaign against Daesh in Syria a lot has been made of the precision capabilities of its missiles and the ability to avoid civilian casualties. In its first strike on 3 December against an oil field in Omar, east
At I/ITSEC we took a spin in a tiltrotor helicopter, the V-280 to be precise. Well we almost did. Flight simulators count right? This one is for the avgeeks.
Guest blog from @ForcesReviewUK The 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS) and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) provided more questions than relief for the Royal Navy’s surface fleet. Instead of the minimum 13 Type 26 frigates, the review pled
By sheer force of personality – and the fact that he has already managed to get rid of a number of corrupt and politically disloyal elements – President Xi Jinping has launched a massive restructuring of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A three-day me
#IITSEC Births and bleeding on C-130 trainer (video). https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/training-simulation/iitsec-2015-births-and-bleeding-c-130-trainer-vide/
The decision by the USMC to choose BAE Systems/Iveco and SAIC/STK vehicles for the next phase of its Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 came as a surprise to some. Both vehicles (SuperAV and Terrex 2) they are providing are not US designs. There had also been
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The Syrian civil war has now dragged on for coming up to three years. The increase of ISIL as a regional power across both Syria and Iraq and the threat it poses to Russia and the West makes this an international problem. There will be no correct solutio
The British Army is getting a new medium weight deployable force under plans announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). But it means that a significant re-structure will need to take place and this will have implications for force gen