Rolls-Royce row: could a weak UK defence budget force a British icon to leave the sector?
Rolls-Royce has warned that continued pressure on the UK defence budget could force the company to reduce investment in its highly-skilled defence workforce, with a worst-case scenario of the company pulling out of UK defence sector altogether. The heavy-handed warning did, however, come hot on the heels of a government review of whether or not the company overstated costs on a Hawk trainer contract. So does the threat hold weight? Claire Apthorp reports.
As autonomous technology emerges, are the days of the soldier numbered?
A huge amount of pressure on the UK MoD to reduce costs has resulted in plans to cut the number of regular soldiers. Meanwhile new operational requirements, combined with media and public opinion, are also pushing the MoD to better equip soldiers and, where possible, remove them from high-threat environments altogether. Aled Catherall, defence & security technology lead at Plextek, considers whether technology has the ability to completely replace soldiers one day.
Build and rebuild: Germany's future defence strategy
The German Federal Ministry of Defence’s 2016 White Paper came with some sober assessments on the state of European and wider international security challenges. As Claire Apthorp finds out, peace and stability are no long a matter of course, even in Europe.
Global Defence Technology: Issue 69
In this issue: Could Russia gain a technological edge over Britain? Plus: the benefits of base sharing, protecting GPS guided weapons from spoofing, the next step in electric vehicles, contenders for the T-X jet trainer programme, lessons learned from DCNS’ data breach, and more.
It's DARPA’s Tern: new UAV software masters the roughest seas
DARPA is ready to move to a full scale demonstrator of TERN, a technology that will allow UAVs to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas to achieve efficient long-duration flight. With phase 3 now awarded to a team from Northrop Grumman, Claire Apthorp caught up with the programme to find out what it could offer.