Inside the Dutch military superstructure
After a decade of stagnation, the Dutch defence budget is now set to rise, with spending forecast to grow by around US$1.3 billion over the next four years. Driven by the needs of modernisation, NATO commitments and the increasingly complex global security picture, the investment will undoubtedly help bolster capability, but it has also re-ignited a simmering debate over the country’s future as a military power.
Global Defence Technology: Issue 78
In this issue: Autonomous systems for frontline resupply, electric hub-drive technology for armoured vehicles, the F-35’s arrival in Europe, how to turn an air force base into a ‘smart base’, the future of littoral warfare and more.
July’s top stories: Poland, Romania seek Patriot system, $3.8bn Black Hawk deal
Poland signed a memorandum to purchase the latest Patriot missile system from the US Government and Sikorsky secured a $3.8bn contract to manufacture H-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from July.
New rules for space warfare
An international coalition of lawyers is set to draft a manual setting out the legalities of warfare in outer space, including guidance on issues such as the legality of attacking satellites, firing lasers and what constitutes a space war crime. To find out more, Claire Apthorp spoke to lawyers working on the project from the University of Exeter’s Law School.
Inside QinetiQ’s revolutionary hub drive for armoured vehicles
A novel electric drive technology from QinetiQ could usher in a fundamental shift in the way armoured vehicles are built in future.