Global Defence Technology: Issue 74
In this issue: The EU army that isn’t an army, BAE Systems on cyber security skills, innovation in explosive trace detection, Airbus’ high-altitude pseudo-satellite, the UK’s $1bn deal for US-built Predator B aircraft, piracy in Somalia after Operation Ocean Shield, and more.
NATO: in need of an overhaul?
“Keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down” – that was how NATO’s first Secretary General, Lord Ismay, famously characterised the purpose of the newly founded organisation. Roll on nearly seventy years and with a more introspective US administration running and a reunited Germany calling for a single European army, the objectives seem much less clear.
Hitting the track with Boston Dynamics’ Handle
Boston Dynamics recently unveiled its latest creation, a two-wheeled robot named Handle built to hurdle obstacles at speed. Claire Apthorp reports on this leap in robotics and considers whether, with the company reportedly up for sale, the designs will ever make it into development for military customers.
March's top stories: Boeing wins $3.4bn Apache helicopters contract, US ally uses Patriot missile
Boeing has secured a $3.4bn contract to deliver AH-64E Apache helicopters to the US Army and Saudi Arabia, and a Patriot long-range air defence system was used by an American ally to shoot down a small quadcopter drone. Army-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from March 2017.
With today's advanced explosive detectors, is it time to retire the K9?
In an evolving frontline environment, are K9 dog detection squads still the best option, and will it be new technologies like ETD that really make a difference? Simon Williams and Nicholas Dale find out.