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Protector

Pushing The Boat Out

The deployment of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) by naval forces is set to take off as military users increasingly realise the potential of the technology to maximise reconnaissance, remote monitoring, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and coastal patrol missions. by Claire Apthorp The Unmanned Surface Vehicles for Defence and Security – Global Markets and Technologies Outlook report, […]

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VENUS SATCOM (Thales)

Keeping A Low Profile

From football matches to telemedicine, satellites have shrunken the globe, providing light-speed communications across continents. They are now helping military vehicles to stay in touch with the outside world far beyond the horizon. by Thomas Withington Traditionally, military vehicles have had three main means of communications to remain connected with other soldiers, echelons of command […]

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Brothers In Arms

One of the trickiest tasks faced by military planners is achieving the best mix of capabilities within the infantry section. The need to broaden the range of targets infantry can engage and the range of conditions under which they can engage them argues for a diverse mix of weapons. by Peter Donaldson Such a mix […]

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Formidable class

Shipshape And Bristol Fashion

The prime surface combatants in modern navies are destroyers and frigates but these terms can be ‘flexible’, as while both ship types are distinctive yet complementary, they are indispensable for today’s maritime forces. by Edward Hooton Japan’s ‘Izumo’ class ships, whose lead example was launched in August 2013, follows the official description of the ‘Hyuga’ […]

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Erieye (Saab Group)

I Can See For Miles and Miles

Never before has the customer enjoyed such an enviable choice as regards Airborne Early Warning aircraft. Procurements and upgrades of such planes and helicopters are ongoing in several areas around the world, including the Asia-Pacific. by Thomas Withington One key factor is driving forward the market for Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft. Chiefly, they are […]

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U.S. Army Patriot missile battery trains on Kadena

Sanitizing The Skies

Enhanced and new medium-range Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) are entering service in the orders of battles of nations in the Asia-Pacific and United States forces forward deployed across the region. There is also a US-led effort to integrate the region’s SAMs into common operating environments. by Marty Kauchak As the region’s air defence missile programmes evolve, […]

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Malaysian Scorpene NA 002

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

It is arguably the submarine which is the true capital ship of modern navies. Little wonder, then, that a market survey published by Frost and Sullivan in 2013 concluded that by the end of the decade expenditure in the Asia-Pacific on submarines will total about $45 billion. by Edward Hooton Despite its technical sophistication the […]

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Protecting the force

Smart Defence Against Smart Bombs

In the wars of the last two decades, the relationship between Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) and Integrated Air Defence Systems (IADS) has been one in which the former, in the hands of the United States and its allies, have destroyed examples of the latter deployed by antagonists. by Peter Donaldson Much PGM success to date […]

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CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT (CEA Technologies)

Beam Me Up Scotty!

Once upon a time, warships were bereft of radar; instead they were reliant on their observers to spot land or enemy ships. The advent of radar in the Second World War would become arguably the biggest revolution in naval warfare since the development of the Ironclad in the 19th century. by Thomas Withington Today naval […]

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MaxxPro Dash DXM

Wheels of Fortune

The worldwide Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) market is in the midst of great change. With the forthcoming completion of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) operations in Afghanistan nations are assessing their wheeled vehicle fleets. The question remains how relevant will the MRAP be post-Afghanistan? by Claire Apthorp The United Kingdom has decided to bring their primary […]

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AW159 Wild Cat

Expanding The Rotary Club

The drive towards expanding maritime capability now being expressed by many nations in the Asia-Pacific region seems to be accelerating and as part of that trend, arguably, it is naval helicopters that are emerging as one of the most urgent requirements. by Andrew Drwiega As the United States continues its much-vaunted Asia-Pacific foreign policy ‘pivot’, […]

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Cyber Cadets (US DoD)

Down To The Wire

Many countries now rely upon cyberspace for a variety of social and economic benefits and it has been deemed the ‘fifth domain’ alongside air, land and sea and the electro-magnetic spectrum by military professionals in the United States and Europe. However, a number of security challenges serve to jeopardise this dependence. by Neil Robinson These […]

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NH-90 SPS (Thomas Withington)

Evading the Electrons

Airborne Integrated Self-Protection Systems (ISPS) combine all the necessary mechanisms to protect a combat aircraft, freighter or helicopter from a multitude of Radio Frequency (RF)- and Infra-Red (IR) guided threats. This they achieve by combining radar and missile warning functions, with chaff and flare dispensers and jamming equipment. by Thomas Withington Several companies provide ISPSs […]

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PRR (Selex)

Talk Talk

Improving the quality and quantity of voice and data communications at the squad level is an ongoing endeavour for the world’s defence communications firms. Such developments are particularly important for the Personal Role Radios (PRRs) used by individual soldiers. by Thomas Withington PRRs are typically small, lightweight tactical radios used by individual soldiers at the […]

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TBAS

Suited and Booted: Soldier survivability and personal protection

An industry survey published in 2012 by ASDReports estimated that the value of the global body armour and personal protection market would increase from its then current value of $1.5 billion to a peak of $2.4 billion by 2022. This article will detail the key issues driving the demand for improved soft and hard body […]

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