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Why Warsaw? The Outlook for Polish Air Defence

Why Warsaw? The Outlook for Polish Air Defence


Last year, the renowned Integrated Air and Missile Defence conference is branching out towards a special Eastern Europe-focused summit tobe held in Warsaw this July. Senior ministers and officers from Poland, as well as the likes of Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Czech Republic have already been confirmed. It is perhaps a natural decision when considering Poland’s current geo-political situation and the emerging threats to national security, but it is worth noting that there are a number of programmes in the pipeline being eyed by the country’s leaders for potential investment and therefore further implications for the defence strategies of neighbouring states and of NATO allies...

Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces: A Review of Modernisation Plans

Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces: A Review of Modernisation Plans

March 2015
Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, comprising land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and air-launched cruise missiles, constitute the core of its armed forces. Moreover, Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, in particular the ICBMs of the Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN), are perceived as symbols of its Great Power status, and one remaining area where Russia holds parity with the United States. The modernisation of the strategic nuclear forces thus forms a central component of Russian long-term defence planning. Dr James Bosbotinis walks us through the programmes already underway...

Russian Long Range Aviation and Conventional Strategic Strike

Russian Long Range Aviation and Conventional Strategic Strike

March 2015
Russia’s Long Range Aviation Command (LRA) has assumed an increasingly prominent role in recent years, commencing with the resumption of regular bomber patrols in August 2007, and particularly through the course of 2014/2015, as Russia’s resurgence has adopted a distinctly more muscular tone amid deteriorating relations with the West. Russia’s interest in developing conventional long-range strike systems is a facet of its on-going military reform efforts whereby it is seeking to enhance the effectiveness of the Russian Armed Forces, especially in terms of its ability to conduct extensive, precise strikes against an adversary’s critical strategic economic and military objectives. Dr James Bosbotinis analyses the developments within the context of a wider interest in developing a conventional strategic deterrent...

Poland to update partners on WISLA missile defence programme

Poland to update partners on WISLA missile defence programme

Poland is to provide a major update on its efforts to establish the Wisla missile defence programme to military and industry partners. Senior officers involved in the nation’s missile defence plans will meet in Warsaw in July to address the medium-range air defence (MRAD) schedule and the preferences for the types of missiles and sub-systems under possible selection based on how they meet targets for cost and operational requirements. Read up on the latest developments on Wisla...