Suppose we defend ourselves from an attacking aircraft, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Rear Admiral Allan Smith once said that “When you can´t go where you want to, when you want to, you no longer have control of the sea”, on account of the impossibility of landing his amphibious force in Wonson beach during the Korean War, as the approaches were contaminated with enemy mines. But, this is … Continue reading Suppose we defend ourselves from an attacking aircraft, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

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Multimission Squadrons; a small piece of my mind, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Sir Humphrey Appleby was an intelligent man. Very intelligent even for a fictional character. But like any person who´s been in the business for a long time, he was obsessed with change. To that end, he was quite convinced that, if you start talking about something, eventually people will start thinking about it. But what … Continue reading Multimission Squadrons; a small piece of my mind, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

UAV vs AEW??, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

In recent years, AWACS units have gradually been slowing down their upgrades, in some cases limited to improving communications only. Some have argued that there is no need to improve their capabilities as the strategic environment we are in has less and less missions where these assets may be put into good use. Further more, … Continue reading UAV vs AEW??, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Air Defence Exercise in the Gulf of Cadiz, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

During the first week of October 2014, the Armada has carried out an air defence exercise with the launch of live missiles against remote targets. This exercise, while a routine one within the normal training schedule of the units of the Fleet, has seen, again after several years, the Searchwater as one of the participants of … Continue reading Air Defence Exercise in the Gulf of Cadiz, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Hullo, who are you?, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

I have the arguable privilege of having phone service at home. As a result, I recieve phone calls on a daily basis from different companies offering contract upgrades or offers which sometimes I simply fail to understand. But on only one occasion did such a phone call had me hit the roof with rage: Me: … Continue reading Hullo, who are you?, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The Airborne Early Warning Hot Air Balloon, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The Strait of Gibraltar (STROG) is located in a strategically complex emplacement. It´s one of the several hot spots which must be monitored and protected carefully and tactfully. From a commercial standpoint, it´s important to point out that over 70% of the world´s ship trade make use of this unique Strait, where the warm waters … Continue reading The Airborne Early Warning Hot Air Balloon, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The tricky art of Identification and Classification, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Between the years 1976 and 2006 there have been over a dozen cases in which a military unit has effectively engaged…a civilian aircraft by accident. These have been subject of severe scrutiny in behalf of the media. Regardless of culprits and circumstances, the common element in these cases has been the misidentification, and consequently misclassification, … Continue reading The tricky art of Identification and Classification, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer