Inside ASDOT: the UK MoD’s new fighter trainer
QinetiQ, Thales and Textron AirLand have announced a collaborative bid to lead the UK Ministry of Defence’s upcoming Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme. Claire Apthorp looks at the move, which is the latest step in an accelerated programme to find a service provider by January 2020 when the current electronic warfare-type training activity ends.
August’s top stories: US-Saudi $1.15bn sale, Canadian Army’s first TAPV
Saudi Arabia has requested a $1.15bn sale of battle tanks and vehicles from US, the Canadian Army received its first TAPV from Textron Systems and Lockheed's PAC-3 MSE interceptor achieves initial operational capability. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from August.
Armoured vehicle manufactures look on the light side to shed weight
When it comes to ballistic protection, vehicle manufacturers experience the same problem as dismounted soldiers: the weight of armour. To tackle the problems created by heavyweight armour – such as difficulties in transport and manoeuvrability – vehicle manufacturers have been working on new materials and methods in a bid to maintain the same level of protection at a lighter weight. We take a look at innovative developments underway. Claire Apthorp reports.
Wrong kit, wrong place: will the Chilcot lessons be learned?
“Lessons will be learned” is a mantra that has become the required response to every British inquiry into instances of abuse, scandal or disaster, typically uttered shortly before the conclusions drawn are forgotten, the recommendations ignored, and in time, the same mistakes repeated. Seven years and £10m of public money in the making, is the long-awaited Chilcot report destined to suffer the same fate, or are things at last about to change? Dr Gareth Evans reports.
NATO summit 2016: common interests take sharp focus
At the NATO summit in Warsaw, NATO and the EU issued their first joint declaration on security cooperation, pledging to work together particularly in the fields of hybrid warfare and cyber warfare, as well as joint maritime operations to prevent illegal migration. Claire Apthorp takes a closer look at these policy decisions and asks how they will shape the defence landscape in the near future.