Using autonomy to supply the ‘last mile’
The UK Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has challenged industry and academia to design autonomous systems to resupply frontline troops. As part of the MoD’s innovation initiative, £3m has been invested in the next stage of the Innovation Autonomy Challenge which will focus on the ‘last mile’ of support – getting supplies to troops. Claire Apthorp finds out how, drawing on the rapid progress of the private sector, the MoD plans to leverage the success of technologies such as delivery drones.
Modernising Scotland’s military bases
In February the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved £1.7bn to upgrade Scotland’s military bases. The work is part of a wider programme that will bring sweeping changes to the MoD’s Defence Estate around the UK. Claire Apthorp found out where the money is going and what capabilities it will support.
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.
May’s top stories: US-Saudi Arabia sign $110bn deal, Manchester Arena attack
US President Donald J. Trump and King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia signed a $110bn arms deal, a suicide bomb blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people and the US THAAD advanced missile defence system became operational in South Korea. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from May.
The race for space robots: public vs private sector
A DARPA project to develop a robot for satellite servicing in space has come under fire over claims that it violates national space policy guidelines that discourage public competition with commercial space activities. Lawmakers in the US have asked DARPA to halt the programme arguing that it spoils the business case for commercial satellite servicing offerings from companies including Orbital ATK. Claire Apthorp looks at DARPA’s programme, and ask whether US space policy guidelines are holding back innovation instead of encouraging public-private sector cooperation.