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C-RPAS hard-kill made in Spain

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend some anti-drone exercises organised by the Field Artillery Command of the Spanish Army (Mando de Artillería Antiaéreo, MAAA) at the Médano del Loro testing ground (Huelva). The tests, a first approach to the fight against small and medium-sized drones using both kinetic (hard-kill) and non-kinetic (soft-kill) systems, made it possible [Continúa…]

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Beyond predictive maintenance

By now, all our readers know what the concept of «predictive maintenance» encompasses and what advantages it offers over traditional or reactive maintenance. The Spanish company EM&E (Escribano Mechanical & Engineering) intends to go one step further with its weapon stations, adding embedded learning and monitoring, which will allow I and II Maintenance Level and repair personnel to carry out [Continúa…]

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Chinese FOBS and Limited Nuclear Options

On 16 October, the US Financial Times published what, in the world of Strategic Studies, was a real bombshell: China’s alleged test of a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS) combined with a hypersonic missile. The advantages of FOBS lie in their ability to attack by orbital flight, so that they can describe unpredictable trajectories with a flight profile that makes [Continúa…]

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The return of light aircraft carriers

In the decades immediately after the Second World War, light aircraft carriers progressively decreased in number, becoming the solution for those navies that could not afford to maintain true fleet carriers. This trend became even more pronounced with the end of the Cold War and the decommissioning of many of the last exponents still in service. Now, faced with a [Continúa…]

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AUKUS, nuclear submarines and Australia’s Grand Strategy

Australia’s announcement that it will acquire at least eight nuclear-powered attack submarines came as a remarkable surprise. Especially as it was accompanied by another announcement of even more profound consequences: the formation of the AUKUS between the US, the UK and Australia itself. It is true that for years there had been talk in defence circles that Australia needed nuclear-powered [Continúa…]

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FGK Programme (Fuze Guidance Kit)

Four years ago, the Madrid-based company Escribano Mechanical & Engineering (EM&E) began working on a unique project in our country: the design of guidance kits that could be used in rocket ammunition as well as in howitzers and mortars. Since then, the dozens of people working on the FGK (Fuze Guidance Kit) programme have achieved important advances and passed numerous [Continúa…]

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On ‘strategic autonomy’

If in the field of European security and defence in recent years one expression stands out above all others, it is ‘strategic autonomy’. Especially since the publication of the EU’s Global Strategy in 2016. However, in the absence of a concrete definition, this is one of the EU’s unfinished business, especially in view of the drafting of the Strategic Compass. [Continúa…]

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Guardian 30. The Jaws of the Dragon

After many starts and stops, the VCR 8×8 programme seems to be moving forward with the award of the contract to the TESS Defense consortium, of which Escribano Mechanical & Engineering (EM&E) is a member. The Madrid-based company will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the weapon systems, starting with the Guardian 30 Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RWS), [Continúa…]