Global Defence Technology: Issue 23

In this issue: The European Defence Agency’s conflict-ready interoperability, a new technology for operating multiple systems with one hand, cutting-edge research on power conservation for unmanned systems, why the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship has come under criticism, plus more.


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The European Defence Agency is founded on the principle of pooling resources and knowledge, but its greatest benefit could extend beyond just conflict-ready interoperability.

We find out how EDA exercises help to establish mutual trust and comradeship between participants. We also explore a new technology that could enable soldiers to operate all the systems they carry with one hand, and look at the progress of biometrics for the battlefield. We also profile recent milestones in the development of unmanned systems, explore a cutting-edge power conservation system for UAVs, and find out why the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship has come under criticism.

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In this issue

Special Report:
Comrades and Rotor Blades

The European Defence Agency is founded on the principle of pooling resources and knowledge. The agency's green blade multinational helicopter exercise's greatest benefit could extend beyond just conflict-ready interoperability.
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Army:
Less is More

Controlling multiple soldier-mounted electronics systems could be as easy as strumming chords on a guitar-playing game. New gun-mounted technology could enable soldiers to operate all their systems with one hand.
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Battlefield Ready Biometrics
Handheld biometric devices have become an essential piece of kit for soldiers. Global Defence Technology explores innovations that could change the face of the battlefield.
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Air Force:
Fly Right, Power Up

Keeping unmanned aerial systems aloft and their surveillance and communications payloads operating is a careful balancing act between available power and drain. Global Defence Technology investigates cutting-edge research into power conservation.
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UAV Evolution
Natural selection has directed the drone revolution. Current autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft owe much to the lessons learned from the ones that did not make the grade.
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Navy:
Under Fire

As the US Navy's new littoral combat ships begin to roll off the production line, fervent criticism has begun to cloud the launch. Global Defence Technology investigates the controversy.
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Next issue preview

As the development of electromagnetic pulse-like weapons begin to move from science-fiction to reality, we profile Boeing's CHAMP missile and look at an Israeli grenade designed to obliterate all communications without causing any loss of life.

We also explore the potential use of crowd-sourcing in DARPA's FANG programme, investigate if the US Air Force's plan to create an all-stealth fleet will require trade-offs in range and payload, and take a look at the X-37B and its Chinese equivalent.

We also explore the Royal Navy's plan to create a decision support tool for submarines following the grounding of HMS Astute off the Scottish coast, and look at the technology used by submarine rescue teams.

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