Global Defence Technology Issue 54

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The US space launch market, so long dominated by United Launch Alliance, is entering a period of evolution with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified for national security space missions and the US Air Force seeking to transition off the Russian RD-180 engines used on the Atlas V rocket. We ask how these developments will change the game.

We also explore India’s ambitions to grow its domestic defence manufacturing industry through a stronger partnership with the US and hear from IFS about the biggest IT trends and challenges for the industry. Moreover, we find out how Airbus’ new multirole jammer promises a better solution to jamming RCIED triggers, and take a look at the strategy behind a new EU naval force mission tackling trafficking in Libya and the role of the private shipping sector in supporting the effort.

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In this issue

Made in India
The US and India are set to strengthen their defence relationship as India moves away from its dependence on Russian equipment. Simon Williams and Alex Flather find out what each country stands to gain and whether we can expect power shifts on the global stage.
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Fault in the Chain
Live samples of anthrax have accidentally found their way to 19 US states and, at the time of writing, four foreign countries. Gary Peters investigates how this was possible and what processes are in place to contain and control the deadly bacteria.
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Keeping Up
Heidi Vella asks IFS’s Brendan Viggers about trends in IT and how the defence industry can meet cost pressures and agility challenges.
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Smart Jamming
To date the best method for de-mobilising IEDs has been to jam the signals used to set them off, but isolating them remains a challenge. Dr Gareth Evans finds out how a new multirole jammer by Airbus Defence and Space promises to change that.
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A New Trajectory
The US space launch market is entering a new era as SpaceX challenges United Launch Alliance’s monopoly. Chris Lo asks how the game will change.
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Joining Forces
A new naval force mission in the Mediterranean is targeting traffickers smuggling migrants from Libya. Dr Gareth Evans explores the naval approach, the role of the private sector and the long-term challenges for operations in the region.
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The US Army is evaluating 60 new technologies to help reduce fuel and water usage at forward operating bases in a bid to lower the number of convoys needed and hours soldiers are exposed to threats. We take a look at the most promising technologies for power and water supply.

We also find out how behaviour prediction software is emerging as a counter-terrorism tool and catch up with the UK Dstl’s research into improving the working environment for aircrew. Moreover, we take a look at the plans for a joint European MALE drone to be delivered by 2020, ask who is likely to compete for the US unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance strike programme to be launched next year, and find out how the US Navy is using injury prediction modelling to forecast casualties during combat operations and improve medical responses to attacks on ships.

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