Global Defence Technology: Military vehicles special issue | October 2014

The US Army’s efforts to design, test and build new combat vehicles have been historically tortuous processes which often result in delays, cost overruns and cancellations. As the Ground Combat Vehicle joins a growing list of cancelled army acquisition programmes, we investigate how this new setback will affect the US Army’s capabilities on the ground at home and abroad.

We also find out how advanced modelling and virtual reality tools inspired by the world of Formula One engineering are helping military manufacturers design new equipment more efficiently, explore the potential of a new steel alloy called super bainite for vehicle armour applications, and take a look at the latest innovation in hybrid electric engines and the benefits they offer to military vehicles.

Moreover, we speak to World of Tanks developer Wargaming about its work in restoring and preserving historic military vehicles for museums, and take a look at the best light armoured vehicles and armoured personnel carriers in service with armed forces around the world.

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False Start
After funding was slashed earlier this year, the US Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle joins a growing list of cancelled army acquisition programmes. Grant Turnbull asks how these failed projects are affecting US capabilities at home and abroad
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A Strong Contender
A new form of steel alloy called super bainite has been licensed to Tata Steel for use in its vehicle development projects – and it performs even better with holes in. Berenice Baker learns more about the super-strong steel and its potential applications.
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Light Protection
Light armoured vehicles serve as the primary mobile platforms for infantry, paratroopers and marines. We rank the best 4x4s under 10t.
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World-Class Battle Taxis
Armoured personnel carriers have occupied an important role in military operations since World War I. We take a look at the best.
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Driving the Future
Engineers are taking advantage of Formula One design tools to test and review equipment before it’s even built. Grant Turnbull asks, can these high-tech tools make design-related delays a problem of the past?
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Under the Bonnet
Vehicle innovation now extends to power options such as hybrid electric engines and hydrogen fuel cells. Berenice Baker learns about the military benefits of quiet new engine designs beyond breakthroughs in fuel consumption, range and reliability.
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Virtual to Reality
Working with museums around the world, Wargaming is helping to preserve historic military tech for generations to come. Chris Lo finds out how the video game publisher is restoring vintage vehicles in the real world
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Next issue preview

Following a lull in the western armoured vehicle market, manufacturers recently noted a marked surge in interest, not least from Nordic and Eastern European countries. We find out how the ‘Putin effect’, or the threat of instability spreading from the Ukraine, is causing a renewed preparation for land warfare.

We also take a look at the progress of the Humvee’s successor, the US Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and ask BAE Systems how its Broadsword soldier power system promises to cut the need for batteries and wires.

Moreover, we explore Duke Airborne Systems’ first-of-its-kind fully robotic remote weapon station for helicopters and find out how the US Navy’s new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the Gerald Ford class carriers is doing in its final testing phase.

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