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 bases and critical infrastructure can be kept secure in the age of global terrorism. We round up the latest technology for perimeter protection and investigate the threat of attacks from within a base in conflict zones, looking at physical security measures as well as other factors that are crucial in keeping bases safe.
We also look at the equipment and methods for the deactivation of IEDs that are currently in use in combat zones, explore new technology in the field of flight simulation training, and investigate recent developments in sonar technology and some of the most important sonar projects underway.
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Special Focus: Defusing the Dangerous
For the coalition troops still engaged in combat in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) continues to be a major threat to their safety. In 2009, a total of 7,228 IED attacks were recorded and IEDs were responsible for 280 of the 448 servicemen killed in action in Afghanistan, representing 62.5%.
In order to minimise the threat IEDs pose to coalition troops, a growing number of deactivation techniques and technologies are being deployed. We round up the latest technology in use in conflict zones, looking at remote handling, water disruptors and laser systems.
Read more in the special focus section of this issue.
Army: Protecting Bases and Infrastructure
In a warzone, the base is the closest thing to home for service personnel. Attacks from mortar, bombs or enemy fire are accepted as a daily threat, but attacks from within the base have become a major concern. We investigate what can be done to keep insurgents out.
The threat of global terrorism has also 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. We look at the latest technology for perimeter protection.
Read more in the army section of this issue.
Air Force: Getting Ready for Take-Off
Sending trainee pilots into the sky in multi-million dollar equipment can be expensive and dangerous. Pilot training is therefore often accomplished more safely on the ground, in simulators which generate ever more realistic training environments. We explore the latest technology in the field of flight simulation training.
We also trace the testing process of a large-scale military aircraft programme, using the example of the Joint Strike Fighter, and examine the lengthy and expensive process of refinement that goes along with developing an aircraft on an international scale.
Read more in the air force section of this issue.
Navy: Sonar Rises from the Depth
The sinking of the Cheonan in 2010 highlighted the importance of sonar systems for undersea warfare. Evidence of the military prioritisation of sonar systems can be seen in the high levels of investment into this technology by the world's navies throughout 2010 and into this year.
We investigate some of the new developments that have emerged from this growing focus on sonar technology, looking at technological innovations, major contracts, and new research and upgrade programmes.
Read more in the navy section of this issue.
Next Issue: Powering Military Operations
The use of commercial-off-the-shelf equipment and systems in military applications continues to increase as militaries try to cut the costs of new development programmes. Next month we explore the latest technology in military electronics and power supply systems in the air and on the ground.
We also look at the logistics of keeping an armed force up and running, examine the role of modern refuelling aircraft, and investigate how, in times of sweeping budget cuts, modernisation and refurbishment of old vessels is becoming an alternative to buying new ships for navies worldwide.
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