Global Defence Technology: Issue 76

In this issue: The UK’s new virtual training capability, how small businesses can secure MoD contracts, benefits of networking radios for dismounted combat, contenders for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle, improving MRO availability with augmented reality tech, and more.


Soldier training has moved into a new era as the British Army, among others, has embraced the benefits of training on a virtual battlefield. We take a look at the UK’s next-generation virtual training capability to find out how sophisticated technologies are making simulated combat environments and scenarios ever more realistic.

Also in this issue, we find out how small businesses can make use of current opportunities in the UK and secure MoD contracts, and we hear from Thales about the benefits of networking radios
for dismounted combat.

Plus, we profile the contenders for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition, hear about Dstl’s efforts to improve data analysis through the power of crowdsourcing, and find out how the efficiency of military MRO can be improved with the help of augmented reality tech.

In this issue

Opportunities for Small Businesses
Military procurement tends to be dominated by major international defence contractors, but in the UK there is a massive opportunity for SMEs to secure MoD contracts. Dr Gareth Evans finds out how smaller players can get a foot in the door.
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All a Kaggle
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has partnered with Kaggle, the world’s largest data science competition community, to identify novel methods to evaluate large, complex data sets. Claire Apthorp finds out more about the project.
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In the Virtual Battlespace
Wargames have taken on a whole new meaning with the advent of realistic simulation technology, as the British Army, among others, has embraced the benefits of training on a virtual battlefield. Dr Gareth Evans reports.
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Building Range and Resilience
Networking radios are becoming increasingly popular for the dismounted soldier, extending the operational range and providing greater resilience in urban environments.  Timothy Coley, SquadNet product manager at Thales, tells us about the benefits of networking radios for dismounted combat.
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Augmenting Military MRO
Graham Grose, vice president and industry director at the IFS’ Aviation & Defence Business Unit, explains how the use of augmented reality can help solve shortages of maintenance skills in military MRO.
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Amphibious Combat Vehicle: The Contenders
Testing for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle increment 1.1 programme is now underway, with contenders lining up to replace the force’s battle-weary Assault Amphibious Vehicle fleet. Claire Apthorp takes a look at the two teams working under EMD contracts.
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Next issue preview

“Most crises and conflicts today have a cyber dimension,” NATO’s Secretary General warned in 2016, as he declared the internet an official war zone. With many of our critical systems now under threat, as was acutely demonstrate in the recent WannaCry attack, we finds out what NATO is doing about it.

Also in the next issue, we explore South Korea’s defence strategy and growing manufacturing sector, find out what a £1.7bn upgrade plan means for the future of Scotland’s military bases, and hear from IT experts about the need to simply military networks that have become overloaded with outdated legacy systems.

Plus, we investigate the need to find stealth solutions for aerial refuelling tankers, and take a look at Russia’s attempts to create a supercavitating torpedo.

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