The Japanese Izumo-Class: An Aircraft Carrier in Disguise?


INTRODUCTION On 25 March 2015, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the JS Izumo (DDH-183), lead ship of her class and the largest surface combatant of the JMSDF. Designated as a helicopter destroyer, the Izumo-class was built as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform. With this new ship reinforcing the Japanese arsenal, the Chinese quickly …

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Top 10 Most Powerful Frigates in The World


INTRODUCTION Frigates are an indispensable part of any navy. These ships usually form the numerical bulk of a naval fleet as they are relatively cheaper than large destroyers and cruisers. Every modern navy operates frigates in some or the other form and uses them along with larger surface combatants like destroyers and aircraft carriers. The definition …

Top 10 Most Powerful Weapons of The Russian Military


INTRODUCTION Russia is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of military equipment in the world and their products are widely used. They are the only nation other than the US, to have every possible kind of military equipment from long range bombers to next generation submarines. Their weapons feature in basically every local and …

V-22 Osprey : The Helicopter that flies like an airplane


INTRODUCTION Is it a helicopter ? Is it an airplane ? No, it's both! With the ability to convert into a rotary wing helicopter for takeoff and landing and the ability to turn into a fixed wing aircraft for sustained flight, the V-22 Osprey is definitely the most unique aircraft in service. Since World War …

Special Report : Analysis of Russia’s Airstrikes In Syria


In this special news report by Defencyclopedia, we bring you the second part of our analysis on Russia's involvement in Syria. It covers the aircraft and weapons that their air force is currently using as a part of a large-scale bombing campaign. INTRODUCTION The involvement of the Russian armed forces in a massive scale was …

Special Report : Analysis of Russia’s Cruise Missile Attacks on Syria


In this special news report by Defencyclopedia, we bring you an analysis of the recent cruise missile attacks conducted by the Russian Navy, against targets in Syria. This article will provide a proper insight into what assets were involved in the strike. INTRODUCTION When we think of cruise missile attacks launched from a warship, the …

Integrated masts – The next generation design for naval masts


SUMMARY The best position for a sensor on a ship, is on top of the highest mast. Multiple sensors mean multiple antennas; hence ending up close together. Such an arrangement requires the need to switch one system off before another one can be used. As all sensor systems are installed separately on the ship, and …