Global Defence Technology is a new monthly digital magazine for defence industry. Using an engaging mix of editorial articles, animation and video, the magazine offers in-depth coverage of the latest technological developments in the defence sectors army, air force and navy.
This month we explore how military communication is changing in the digital age. As modern combat becomes increasingly complex, and the enemy increasingly sophisticated, battlefield telecommunication strategies need to rise to the challenge. We speak to experts to find out what the challenges are and how they are being overcome.
We also look at the latest developments in the fields of soldier body armour and thermal control, and investigate how game-changing technologies are revolutionising the military use of unmanned vehicles in the air and under water.
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Special Focus: Transforming Communication
Command, control, communications, computers and intelligence – without doubt the backbone upon which every future war will be fought. The effective collection and dissemination of information is vital to the success of an operation and the safety of soldiers in the field.
In recent years Internet Protocol has been adopted as the standard set of rules for communication of voice and data on the battlefield and in command centres. We explore what this means for the development of new military communication systems.
Read more in the special focus section of this issue.
Army: Soldier Gear
Current military scenarios, such as Afghanistan, create an asymmetric challenge for soldiers and their equipment. This results in a growing need for more effective armour that is still lightweight. We investigate a range of new high-performance fibres that are helping soldiers to be more agile and easier to deploy.
We also look at thermal management, which is becoming an increasingly important consideration on today’s battlefield, and explore how new technologies are being deployed on soldiers in an attempt to win the battle for thermal control.
Read more in the army section of this issue.
Air Force: Changing the Game for UAVs
Game-changing technologies are revolutionising the roles of unmanned aerial vehicles. We examine two innovations that could transform the way the military uses UAVs, taking them beyond traditional roles of reconnaissance and engagement.
We also look at two major UAV projects currently underway – the Phantom Eye UAV in development for US defence forces, and the Mantis UAV which is being developed to perform ISTAR operations for the UK’s military.
Read more in the air force section of this issue.
Navy: The Underwater Revolution
Unmanned underwater vehicles have been on the inventories of navies around the world for decades, chiefly being used to provide targets for anti-submarine training exercises, but more recently, recognition has been growing of the wider potential of UUVs in the battle space. We report on evolving technology to see what the future holds.
We also look at unmanned surface vehicles, which have long been the overlooked system, but are now finding their niche in military use.
Read more in the navy section of this issue.
Next Issue: Protecting Bases and Infrastructure
The threat of global terrorism has increased awareness of the security of critical infrastructure. Whether for military bases, civil installations or other critical aspects of infrastructure, the need for protection and effective control is greater than ever. In next month’s issue we investigate what can be done to keep bases and perimeters safe and secure.
We also look at the latest technology in the field of flight simulation training for air force pilots and explore major developments in sonar technology and some of the most important sonar projects underway.
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